Alienware’s redesigned Aurora gaming PC celebrates 25 years of play

It looks like solely yesterday that Alienware hit the 20-year mark within the PC gaming enterprise, however now it is moved on to a full quarter of a century. To have fun the worthwhile passage of time, the Dell-owned gaming model has launched an up to date model of its sole remaining Alienware desktop PC, the Alienware Aurora (if you happen to’re counting, it is in all probability thought of the R13). The brand new mannequin retains the identical blobby design aesthetic — often known as “natural” — whereas nonetheless managing an nearly full overhaul in and out. It is gotten blobbier and greater, however with extra environment friendly cooling and a wiser structure.

We do not know something about configurations, pricing or availability; Dell says that is slated to return “later this fall.” In all probability PR-speak for “after Intel releases its Twelfth-gen Ok-series desktop CPUs.” Acer already introduced a system incorporating the brand new processors earlier this week, the Predator Orion 7000, so we count on to listen to about them throughout the subsequent few weeks. So I would not be shocked if the Aurora additionally gives DDR5 and PCIe 5 help.

Learn extra: How Alienware’s gaming PCs stored their cool

On one degree, it is type of unhappy that Alienware’s touting first-time options for the Aurora which have been gaming desktop staples for years, like a clear facet panel (EMI shielded) and eight lighting zones (up from 4) — although when you concentrate on it, with out the clear facet panel it actually did not want greater than 4 zones. 

The corporate says the inner quantity is 1.5 instances bigger than the sooner fashions — the maths makes that fifty.7L — however Alienware additionally says that it manages the feat “with out considerably increasing the general footprint of the chassis.” Alienware should actually imply “footprint,” as a result of whereas the half that touches your desk could also be about the identical measurement, the system itself is far larger general. It is now 23 inches deep, up from 17 (589 vs. 432mm) and barely wider and taller. Not as massive because the outdated Space 51, however beginning to get there.

Alienware does say it incorporates a customized motherboard, rearranged to forestall cables from having to achieve farther than obligatory (which isn’t solely messy and annoying if you’re working contained in the system, however dangerous for airflow as properly); particularly the facility connectors are as near the sides as attainable, connecting the entrance ports on to the motherboard reasonably than by a daughterboard and offering accessible cable routing on the opposite facet of the system. 

Relying upon configuration, the system will come geared up with as much as 4 followers, and the brand new airflow path runs from entrance to again reasonably than its predecessor’s intakes on each the entrance and the again and outflow by the again. There’s extra intensive venting in again, notably out the highest rear, to compensate for the lack of it on the facet panel. You’ll be able to go for a ventilated magnetic rear cowl as properly for conditions the place you do not need folks to see the tangled mess of cables.

Alienware claims that every one the adjustments make the system run much more effectively than its predecessor — meaning quieter and a bit quicker — given the identical parts. 

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