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Dell Alienware Aurora

Dell Alienware Aurora
alaScore 92

76 reviews

Nov, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 76 reviews of Dell Alienware Aurora. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People really like the reliability. The design is also appreciated. Opinions about the price and size are mixed, and some have doubts about the usability.

design, reliability

usability

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 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Dell Alienware Aurora

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Dell Alienware Aurora from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk 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

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Dell Alienware Aurora

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Dell Alienware Aurora from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the price. The design also gets good feedback. There are some less positive comments about the size.

reliability, design, price

size

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com 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)

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: J. Simon Leitner (notebookcheck.net)

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: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Alienware Aurora (2016)

 

The Alienware Aurora is a more compact gaming desktop than some of the behemoths we've tested lately, but it's more than capable of handling VR and fluid gameplay on one or more 4K monitors.

Strong gaming performance. Plentiful memory and storage. Wide range of connectivity options including USB-C and 802.11ac. Well-engineered, compact build. Tool-less case and PCIe card slots.

A bit finicky to open and upgrade. Interior cable wiring could be better routed. Limited expandability.

In baseball terms, the Alienware Aurora is a fine utility player: reliable enough to depend on every day, but not as exciting as the grand-slam-hitting star. Consequently, like that utility player, the Aurora is a lot less expensive than the Maingear...

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Alienware Aurora review

 

Alienware 's desktop gaming lineup has seen a recent shuffle, mixing up the catalog of products available, while keeping the same general small-medium-large division between them. Losing out in the reshuffle is the X51 desktop , a slim but flexible...

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: (cnet.com)

Alienware Aurora Desktop Computer -DPCWXT03

 

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: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Alienware Aurora

 

The Alienware Aurora is for gaming connoisseurs who want a desktop that doesn't look like they built it themselves.

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.

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Aug, 2011

Expert review by: Alex Wawro (pcworld.com)

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 (cnet.com)

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: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Alienware Aurora 7500

 

Alienware's pricey Aurora 7500 is packed with premium parts housed in a passé case.

Good gaming performance. Not as expensive as 7900 Quad SLI systems. Tested configuration comes with Logitech gaming keyboard and mouse.

Pricey for a system without monitor and speakers. Cooling fans are obnoxiously loud.

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Jun, 2006

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Alienware Aurora 7500 SLI

 

If you have a preference for the Alienware brand, the Aurora will fulfill your gaming needs with aplomb. For the $5,600+ price that Alienware is charging for the Aurora, however, there are better choices in the gaming ranks.

Distinctive case. Liquid cooling for overclocking and noise reduction. Overclocked graphics cards. Sound-deadening matting. 500GB of hard drive space. Astronomic performance.

Graphics not liquid cooled. Pricey.

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Nov, 2005

Expert review by: John Blazevic (pcmag.com)

Alienware Aurora DDR

 

In keeping with its black-ops naming convention, Alienware has created the Alienware Aurora DDR, which presumably takes its name from the rumored ultrafast spy plane being developed by the U.S. military.

The standard warranty for parts and labor is one year, including on-site service. Toll-free technical support is 24/7.

Nov, 2003

Product Specifications

Design

Chassis type:Desktop / Midi Tower / Tower
Color of product:Black / Black, Silver
Placement supported:Vertical
Water cooling system:N

Energy Management

Power supply:875

Expansion Slots

PCI Express x1 slots:2
PCI Express x16 slots:2

Graphics

CUDA:Y
CUDA cores:2560
Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1536 / 2048 / 3072 / 4096 / 8
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 6950 / AMD Radeon HD 7870 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Ti / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5 / GDDR5X
Graphics adapter DisplayPorts quantity:3
Graphics adapter DVI-D ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter HDMI ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:64
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1 / 2
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
NVIDIA G-SYNC:Y
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:Y
On-board graphics adapter:No / Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350 / 850
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1150 / 1350
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x102 / 0x5912
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 2000 / Intel HD Graphics 630 / No
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Memory

Internal memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32 / 8
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600 / 2133 / 2667
Memory layout:2 x 4 / 4 x 2 / 4 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 4 / 4 x 2 / 4 x 4
Memory slots:4x DIMM

Networking

Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 4.1
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wi-Fi:No / Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / Blu-Ray ROM / DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD±RW
Optical drives quantity:1

Other Features

Built-in camera: No
Graphics adapter family:AMD
HDMI: Yes
Networking topology:Gigabit Ethernet
TV tuner integrated: No
Weight:45

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Microsoft Office Home and Studen
Cables included:AC
Display included:N / No / Yes
Drivers included:Y
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard supplied:No / Y / Yes
Keyboard type:QWERTY / QWERTZ
Manual:Y / Yes
Mouse included:No / Y / Yes
Numeric keypad: Yes
Speakers supplied:Y
Windows keys: Yes

Packaging Data

Package depth:17.6 / 34.1
Package height:26
Package width:17.6 / 34.1

Performance

Audio chip:REALTEK ALC3861
Audio output channels:7.1
Chipset:Intel P67 / Intel X79 Express
Market positioning:Gaming
Motherboard chipset:Intel P67 / Intel X79 Express
Motherboard form factor:Micro ATX
Product type:PC
Virtual Reality (VR) ready:Y

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
DVI port:N / No / Yes
eSATA ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1 / 2
Line-in:Y / Yes
Line-out:Y / Yes
Microphone in:Y / Yes
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
S/PDIF out port:Y / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:6 / 8
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 7
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

Power supply:460 / 875

Processor

Bus type:DMI / DMI2 / DMI3
Conflict Free processor:N / Y
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):32 / 34 / 44
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32 / 64
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16 / 40
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21 / 51.2 / 59.7
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual / Quad
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 1066,1333,1600 / 1333,1600,1866 / 1333,1600,2133,2400
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM,DDR4-SDRAM
Memory voltage supported by processor:1.35
Number of processors installed:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor:i7-2600 / i7-3820 / i7-3930K / i7-4820K / i7-4930K / i7-4960X
Processor boost frequency:3.8 / 3.9 / 4 / 4.5
Processor cache:10 / 12 / 15 / 8
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge E / Kaby Lake / Sandy Bridge / Sandy Bridge E
Processor cores:4 / 6
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7 / Intel Core i7-2xxx / Intel Core i7-4xxx
Processor frequency:3.2 / 3.4 / 3.6 / 3.7 / 4.2
Processor front side bus:1600
Processor lithography:14 / 22 / 32
Processor model:i7-2600 / i7-3820 / i7-3930K / i7-4820K / i7-4930K / i7-4960X / i7-7700K
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-2600 Desktop 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 / Intel Core i7-7700 Desktop Series
Processor socket:LGA 1151 (Socket H4) / Socket H2 (LGA 1155) / Socket R (LGA 2011)
Processor threads:12 / 8
Stepping:B0 / C2 / D2 / M1 / S1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5 / 8
Tcase:66.8 / 72.6
Thermal Design Power (TDP):130 / 91 / 95
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:Y
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:52213 / 63697 / 63698 / 77779 / 77780 / 77781 / 97129
Processor code:SR00B / SR0LD / SR1AU
Processor package size:37.5 / 37.5 x 37.5 / 52.5 / 52.5 x 52.5
Scalability:1S
Supported instruction sets:AES, AVX, SSE4.2 / AVX / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / AVX, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2015D
Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology:Y

Software

Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 10 Home / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1
Pre-installed software:Steam Factory

Storage

Card reader integrated:N / No / Yes
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 2000
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:3.5
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1 / 2
Solid-state drive capacity:256
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:Serial ATA III
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD / HDD,SSD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1256 / 1280 / 2000 / 2256 / 256 / 3072

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:14.2 / 25.4 / 34.1
Height:16.8 / 18.6 / 26
Package depth:17.6 / 34.1
Package height:26
Package width:17.6 / 34.1
Weight:32.6 / 45
Width:17.6 / 8.35 / 9.84