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Alienware Aurora ALX SLI

Alienware Aurora ALX SLI
alaScore 86

49 reviews

Apr, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 reviews of Alienware Aurora ALX SLI. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the usability. The design also gets good views, whereas many are negative about the price.

design, usability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Alienware Aurora ALX SLI is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Gordon Mah Ung (

Alienware Aurora ALX


One of the PC's weaknesses is the tendency to be generic. That's certainly not a weakness of Alienware's new Aurora ALX. Using a new redesigned chassis, there's no way your Aurora ALX will be confused with a bland black box.

Truly unique chassis with multicolor perimeter lighting

Needs backup drive for storage; outperformed by overclocked machines

That puts the ALX in a good place for folks who want a unique machine—without any of the hassles that can crop up with overclocking.

Feb, 2010

Expert review by : Daniel S. Evans (

Alienware Aurora ALX (Core i7)


The Alienware Aurora ALX (Core i7)'s new Aurora ALX has a brand new core i7-CPU and two high-end graphics cards encased in one of the coolest chassis I've seen in a long time.

Case Design. Very quiet. Core i7 CPU.

Expensive. No multimedia card reader. No expandability.

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Mar, 2010

Expert review by (

Alienware Aurora ALX


When you by an Alienware gaming system you're making a statement. The Alienware Aurora ALX (Core i7) ($4,249 direct) gaming desktop is like buying a Porsche: You can certainly find other cars that go just as fast for a lower price, but they wouldn't...

Case Design. Very quiet. Core i7 CPU

Expensive. No multimedia card reader. No expandability

The latest iteration of Alienware's ALX line, the Alienware Aurora ALX (Core i7), is as flashy as its predecessor and just as powerful, but it will cost you an arm and a leg.

Expert review by : Dave Freeman (

Review: Alienware Aurora ALX


Short version: The Aurora ALX is quite possibly the fastest computer I've ever used. It is in a word, amazing. The water cooling, thermally reactive venting system, and lighting combine to make a system that runs great, looks amazing, and has some...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by : J.R. Nelson (

Alienware Aurora ALX Review


Alienware's new Aurora ALX is one of the four new offerings in Dell's rebranded gaming desktop line.

Stylish case, adv. lighting ; Water cooling ; Premium keyboard and mouse

Very loud ; Expensive ; Heavy

The Alienware Aurora ALX is an impressive piece of machinery. It represents a new face for Alienware and Dell by turning away from the style that's been their signature look for the past several years in favor of a new, harder, more...

Feb, 2010

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Bill O'Brien (

Alienware Aurora ALX


Once again, Alienware has created a visually stunning, smartly designed PC, without sacrificing the performance needed for gaming (or just about anything else).

Visually stunning; great gaming performance

Heavy; expensive; no free expansion slots on motherboard

Make no mistake here: You are paying a premium for the cachet of the Alienware name and the unique design features that define the Aurora ALX. But you can’t get a Bentley for the price of a Buick. Cyberpower’s Gamer Xtreme XI is much easier on the...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Stuart Davidson (

Alienware Aurora ALX Desktop


Alienware was formed in 1996 and in the first 10-years of their existence the company created a name for themselves in the enthusiast market. It did not matter if a consumer was looking for a high performance desktop, notebook or HTPC system because...

From testing the M15x and M17x laptops we knew that the acquisition of Alienware by Dell had provided both companies with the ability to release some very impressive products. Those two laptops were Performance award winners and the M15x which was one...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Mathew Miranda (

Alienware Aurora ALX Gaming System Preview


Well folks, its that time once again. The release of ATI's Radeon HD 5870 graphics card has caused quite a stir in the hardware industry. While enthusiasts scramble to find the coin to upgrade their systems, Alienware is providing an all inclusive...

In our limited time with Alienware's latest Aurora ALX, it provided the highest scores we've seen out of any of the systems recently reviewed at HotHardware. We expected it to do well due to its cutting edge hardware and configuration, but the extent...

Sep, 2009

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Alienware Aurora ALX


Alienware makes some of the best gaming computers on the market. What stands out when you first see the Alienware Aurora ALX is the almost alien look and feel to their tower. Now don't let this persuade you that it's all look and no power; Alienware...

Alienware has been a major name in gaming computers for a long time, and it doesn’t look like that’s about to change. The Alienware Aurora ALX proves that they know how to create a mid-range system for those who simply want a computer that will get the...

Expert review by : Elias Plastiras (

Alienware Aurora ALX gaming PC


A hardcore gaming PC with deadly looks and fast performance

Excellent performance, tool-less drive bays, customisable lights, neat internal construction

Micro-ATX motherboard doesn't leave room for add-in cards, only one hard drive

Nov, 2009

Product Specifications

When you demand high performance, superior build quality, innovative style, and award-winning support, turn to Alienware to deliver the definitive solution. Alienware delivers the peace of mind that can only come from an unparalleled tradition of excellence and an impeccable reputation for creating systems powered by the most advanced, non-proprietary technology. PRODUCT FEATURES: AMD Athlon processing power; Breakthrough SLI Multi-GPU technology; Cutting edge performance-enhanced hardware.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Full tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Full tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Full tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Full tower

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB
Per Processor Size:1MB


Chassis type:Midi Tower
Color of product:Black

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)


Energy Management

Power supply:875


Discrete graphics adapter memory:1024
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 6870


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Alienware Aurora


Chipset Type:NVIDIA nForce4 SLI
Data Bus Speed:2000MHz


Internal memory:6
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:12
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory slots:6x DIMM


Color:Space black


Type: None


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: No

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi

Optical Storage

Read Speed:48x (CD) / 16x (DVD)/52x (CD) / 16x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:24x (CD) / 4x (DVD/32x
Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo/DVD
Write Speed:48x (CD) / 16x (DVD/52x

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005/Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Other Features

Graphics adapter family:AMD

Packaging Content

Display included: No
Keyboard supplied: Yes
Mouse included: Yes


Chipset:Intel X58
Motherboard chipset:Intel X58
Product type:PC

Ports & interfaces

DVI port: No
eSATA ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:2
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:8


Power supply:875


64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:QPI
Clock Speed:2.8GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):20
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:24
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:3
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 800/1066
Number of Processing Die Transistors:731
Number of QPI links:1
Processing die size:263
Processor boost frequency:2.93
Processor cache:8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Bloomfield
Processor cores:4
Processor family:Intel Core i7-xxx
Processor frequency:2.66
Processor lithography:45
Processor model:i7-920
Processor Number:FX-55/FX-57
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i7-900 Desktop series
Processor socket:Socket B (LGA 1366)
Processor threads:8
System bus data transfer rate:4.8
System bus rate:4.8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):130
Type:Athlon 64 FX

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36
Processor ARK ID:37147
Processor code:SLBCH
Processor package size:42.5
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No


Installed Size:1GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR SDRAM

Service & Support

On-Site Warranty:On-site
Type:1 year warranty


Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium


Card reader integrated: Yes
Hard Drive Capacity:1024
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA II
Host interface:Serial ATA II
Total Storage Capacity:1024

Storage Controller

RAID Level:RAID 0 / RAID 1

Storage Controller (2nd)


Storage Floppy Drive

Type:3.5" 1.44 MB floppy / 3.5 1.44 MB floppy

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-150/Serial ATA-300

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:250GB/73.4GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:256MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT/NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT
Interface Type:PCI Express x16

Weight & Dimensions