Dell Alienware Aurora R4
A desktop PC for gamers
Giant Dell announced its Alienware Aurora R4 desktop this month, a gadget that was thought as an update to the company’s Aurora ALX released in 2010. At first sight this device is a replica of its brother’s chassis, but its hard drive, CPU, internal memory and other specifications and features that made the ALX a success are, of course, improved on this model to meet customers’ expectations. The starting price is $2.199. Should you buy it or should you look at other models? Judge yourselves from this next review.
Alienware has been on the wave for a while now and every time they launch something new, faithful fans want to buy and try it right away, if possible. Our own expectations ran high when we first heard about the Dell Aurora R4, so we ordered a copy and tested it the moment it arrived. This desktop is quite an appearance with its imposing both outside and inside looks and its body bearing the same attractive lines as other models. But, design aside, actually using the R4 was a blast.
Invested with AMD CrossFireX Multi-GPU Graphic, this product has the immense advantage of making games look as if they are happening in your very own room. Add to that the GDDR5 graphics memory and you can say that you’ll have the most intense gaming ever from a visual standpoint. Nvidia 3D Vision technology and 1080p only enhanced the whole experience and the Alienware Aurora R4 could simultaneously receive up to 6 displays, allowing us, when we tested the device, to enjoy a landscape unlike many we’ve ever seen.
i7 Six Core Extreme CPU
The latest Alienware is a speed monster, effectively letting us immerse in the fast-paced atmosphere of a game and we were aided in that by a processor called Intel Corei7 Six Core Extreme of the 3rd generation kind. And, when we wanted to pump up the speed, we turned to the device’s Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, an extremely valuable tool for when there was fast action. Dell AlienFusion Power Management, a second feature of the Aurora R4, let us be the masters of the product by giving us full hand when it was time to choose the type of performance needed for various kinds of applications and by enabling us to do our own overclocking of the processor.
Even the sound worked in our favor and brought about a surreal experience, getting us even closer to the action on our laptop’s screen with the Creative SoundBlaster X-FI sound cards.
Liquid cooling unit
The Alienware Aurora R4 appealed to our desire of not letting the specifications added by the device’s manufacturers spoil our fun, so we did some modifications to make sure we got everything tailored to our gaming needs. Removing hard drives, handling maintenance issues and getting important upgrades were all very easy to do and, after we personalized everything, the device still worked great.
Heat problems simply didn’t exist when we reviewed the Aurora R4. Its 3 air-cooled thermal chambers for the processor and memory, as well as 1 liquid cooling unit for the same CPU kept the desktop clean all the time we were playing the latest games. If you think those aren’t enough, then you’ll be relieved to know that the product further comes with 5 louvers that are completely mechanical and cater to the system’s needs by providing coolness when the situation asks for that.
The new Dell Alienware Aurora R4 can, without the shadow of a doubt, quickly become this year’s best gaming desktop.
|Operating System||Windows® 7 Ultimate, 64Bit, English|
|Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English|
|Windows® 7 Professional, 64Bit, English|
|CPU||Intel® Core i7-3960X (Six Core Extreme, 15MB Cache) Overclocked up to 4.2Ghz|
|Intel® Core i7-3930K (Six Core, 12MB Cache) Overclocked up to 3.9Ghz|
|Intel® Core i7-3930K (Six Core, 12MB Cache) Overclocked up to 4.1Ghz|
|RAM||Up to 16GB4 Q DDR3 SDRAM at 1600Mhz – 4 DIMMS|
|Hard disk||Up to 2000GB2 SATA hard drive (7200RPM)|
|Up to 1000GB2 Solid State Drive SATA hard drive|
|Video Card||Dual 1GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 6870 – AMD CrossFireX Enabled|
|1.5GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 580|
|1GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 6870|
|1.25GB GDDR5 NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560 Ti|
|Dual 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 6950 – AMD CrossFireX Enabled|
|Sound Card||Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio (Optional)|
|Internal High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio with Waves MAXX Audio Software (Standard)|
|Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium (Optional)|
|Dimensions||Depth: 25.39″ – (645mm)|
|Height: 16.77″ – (426mm)|
|Width: 9.847″ – (250mm)|
|Weight||45lbs – (20.40 Kg.)|