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Dell Alienware Aurora

Dell Alienware Aurora
alaScore 91

66 reviews

Aug, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 reviews of Dell Alienware Aurora. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People really like the design. The usability is also mentioned favorably. There are some negative opinions about the price and size.

reliability, usability, design

size, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Dell Alienware Aurora is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Dell Alienware Aurora from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Dell Alienware Aurora MW SKU-2 PC SystemeDell Alienware Aurora MW SKU-2 PC Systeme

Aug, 2016

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Dell Alienware Aurora


alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Dell Alienware Aurora from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on People are impressed by the price. The design also gets good feedback, but there are some less positive opinions about the size.

reliability, design, price


89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Alienware Aurora AAR2-2663CSB Desktop (Cosmic Black)Alienware Aurora AAR2-2663CSB Desktop (Cosmic Black)

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: J. Simon Leitner (

Review Alienware Aurora m9700 Notebook


Watch out 17 inch WUXGA Display, maximum resolution 1920x1200 Pix

Robust case ; A variety of interfaces and their order ; Flashy design, color can be selected ; High resolution display with good contrast ; Top graphical performance ; Fast hard disk ; Good sound system with a variety of ports

Smaller weaknesses in workmanship ; Unergonomic position of the keyboard ; Floating properties of the touch pad ; The display's moderate brightness and stability to the vantage point ; High temperature and noise emissions ; Low battery runtime

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: (

Alienware Aurora Desktop Computer -DPCWXT02


In one sense, it's a shame, because the X51 was one of the smallest desktops that could be configured to run current-gen virtual reality headsets (which have very heavy hardware requirements). But the switch-up also makes sense because the revamped...

The Alienware Aurora can fit two graphics cards into a relatively small case. Interior access doesn't require a screwdriver, and future GPU upgrades should be easy.

This is still big and heavy for a mid-size gaming desktop, some components are hidden behind the power supply, and some of the latest highest-end component options aren't available yet.

Alienware's mid-size Aurora is very flexible, and one of the smallest dual-GPU-ready gaming desktops, but it's still going to hog a lot of floor space under your desk.

Aug, 2016

Expert review by: Alex Wawro (

Alienware Aurora: Style Trumps Substance


If you're willing to pay for the privilege of owning a stylish gaming machine and want to avoid the hassle of building your own, the Alienware Aurora ($2600, as of 7/8/2011) is a solid choice. Those seeking the best price-to-performance ratio should...

A plethora of ports ; Stylish, organized and compact case

Cramped case discourages tinkering ; Relatively poor performance for the price

The new Alienware Aurora is well-designed with a great case and a few neat features, but it’s a little pricey and doesn't keep up with category leaders in our performance tests.

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Rich Brown (

Alienware Aurora (Core i7-2600K review: Alienware Aurora (Core i7-2600K


It's been 2.5 years since we last reviewed an Alienware desktop . Despite a complete chassis redesign, the $2,569 Alienware Aurora gaming PC feels familiar. This system trades heavily on its stylized appearance, and although it has some interesting...

The Alienware Aurora boasts one of the more eye-catching designs among higher-end gaming PCs, accompanied by configurable external lighting, capacious hard-drive space, and a wide range of connectivity options.

This system's application performance lags behind that of more aggressively overclocked boutique PCs, and suffers from a small memory allotment and lack of affordable solid-state storage options.

We can't recommend the Alienware Aurora on performance and value grounds, but its memorable appearance might appeal to those interested in making a statement with a gaming desktop.

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: Mick Lockey (

Alienware Aurora Extreme


What's Hot: Artwork: Rick Rizner, John GoddardThe latest gaming rig from Alienware is one of the first machines we've tested that's powered by AMD's Athlon 64 FX-51 processor, a 64-bit CPU. Drawing on 1GB of DDR400 memory, the system posted a 141 score...

Athlon 64 FX-51-based system with 1GB of RAM, Windows XP.

Nov, 2003

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Alienware Aurora


The inside of the chassis is tidy and designed for easy access and upgrades. The case door pops open with a hidden lever, and will look impressive when you show it off to your friends. The two AMD Radeon HD 6950 video cards are held in place by another...

Uses dual video cards. Impressive styling. Customizable lighting. Overclocked CPU is liquid cooled. Includes Blu-ray drive

Not a top performer. Can be loud. Video cards block expansion slots

Like an upscale gaming PC should be, the Alienware Aurora is built well and has the speed that you want when you kick the spurs. It's not the fastest system out there, but it certainly has a distinctive style.


Expert review by: Stuart_Davidson (

Alienware Aurora R4 Gaming Desktop Review


Over the past few years Alienware have become very well known for producing industry leading laptops. Whether it is the top of the line 17" M17x or the ultra-portable M11x… or maybe something in-between they offer a form factor to suit every mobile gamer.

Over the past few years Alienware have become very well known for producing industry leading laptops. Whether it is the top of the line 17" M17x or the ultra-portable M11x… or maybe something in-between they offer a form factor to suit every mobile gamer.

Feb, 2012


Expert review by: Paul Lilly (

Alienware Aurora R3 System Autopsy


As the final days of summer wind down, most people will find themselves in one of two situations. Either you're gearing up to head back to school, or it's life as usual, only with worse weather right around the corner. It doesn't matter which category...

Trademark Alienware styling ; Clean and easily accessible interior ; Intel Sandy Bridge platform is still tops ; Customizable lighting ; Two graphics cards are better than one

HD 6950 architecture isn't strong enough to drive demanding games on a 30-inch panel ; Gets loud when gaming ; Build quality feels rushed (unplugged 24-pin ATX power cord, loose screw)

As configured, Alienware's Aurora R3 balances performance with cost. The system didn't rip through our benchmarks with reckless abandon, nor did it ever feel slow. Instead, the Aurora R3 we tested lands somewhere in the middle flirting with the upper...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: By Cliff Edwards (

Alienware Aurora


Alienware's dual-core Aurora isn't cheap, but for graphics-intensive games, you won't find anything faster

Sep, 2005

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Alienware Aurora


The Alienware Aurora is a great gaming computer for any game enthusiast. While the base model doesn't offer the most high-end hardware available, the upgrade options are plentiful. With this system you can get exactly what you want to give you the...

This machine boasts a solid state drive (SSD) and a host of upgradable options

The mid-range hardware included with the base model means it may not be powerful enough for the most demanding games

While the base model doesn't offer the high-end hardware of our top gaming PCs, the upgrade options allow you to customize the system to meet your needs.

Product Specifications


DVD Writer:Blu-ray Combo / Blu-ray Writer / BR WRITER / DVD-Writer
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive / Hard Disk Drive / Hybrid Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: No


Bluetooth:No / Yes
Card Reader:Multi Card Reader
Firewire: Yes
TV Output:No / Yes
Wireless LAN: No


Water cooling system: No


Aspect Ratio:Not Applicable
True Resolution:Not Applicable

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:Not Applicable / vPro
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 7 Ultimate / Windows 8
Product Type:Desktop / Tower


Brand of Graphic Chip:AMD / nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GEF GTX660 / GEF GTX690 / GeForce GTS 240 / GeForce GTX 580 / GeForce GTX 690 / GeForce GTX 760M / GeForce GTX 780 / GeForce GTX260 / GEFORCE GTX460 / RADEON HD6870 / RADEON R9 270
GPU TYPE:Dedicated GPU / Dedicated GPU + OnBoard
OnBoard Graphic Chip:Dedicated GPU / Dedicated GPU + OnBoard


Discrete graphics adapter memory:1536 / 2048 / 3072 / 4096

Optical Drive

Optical drives quantity:1

Packaging Content

Speakers supplied: Yes

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2


Chipset Brand:Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:Unknown / X58 / X79
Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Hyper Threading:No / Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:64
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:40
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):51.2 / 59.7
Memory channels supported by processor:Quad
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333,1600 / 1333,1600,1866
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
Processor:CORE I5 / CORE I7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel / Intel ® / Intel®
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge E / Sandy Bridge E
Processor Number:i5-2300 / i5-2400 / i7-2600 / I7-2760QM / I7-3820 / I7-4820K / I7-4930K / I7-920
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-3800 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-3900 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-4900 Desktop Extreme Edition series / Intel Core i7-4900 Desktop series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):130

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Processor package size:52.5


Number of storage drives installed:1 / 2