It seems like yesterday thatmark on the business, but now it has passed a full quarter century. To celebrate the profitable passage of time, the Dell-owned gaming brand has released an updated version of its only remaining Alienware desktop, the Alienware Aurora (if you’re counting, you’ll probably consider the R13). The new model retains the same rough design aesthetic, often referred to as “organic,” while achieving a near-complete overhaul inside and out. It’s gotten blurrier and bigger, but with more efficient cooling and a smarter design.
We don’t know anything about configurations, pricing, or availability; Dell says it is scheduled for “later this fall.” Probably the public relations language of “after Intel launches itsK-series desktop CPUs. “Acer already announced a system incorporating the new processors earlier this week, the Predator Orion 7000so we look forward to hearing from them. In the next weeks. So I wouldn’t be surprised if Aurora also offers DDR5 and PCIe 5 support.
On one level, it’s a bit sad that Alienware is promoting first-time features for Aurora that have been gaming desktop staples for years, such as a transparent (EMI-shielded) side panel and eight lighting zones (instead of four. ), although when you think about it, without the transparent side panel I really didn’t need more than four zones.
The company says the internal volume is 1.5 times that of previous models (the math makes it 50.7 liters), but Alienware also says it accomplishes the feat “without significantly expanding the overall footprint of the chassis.” Alienware must literally mean “footprint,” because while the part that touches your desktop may be roughly the same size, the system itself is much larger overall. It is now 23 inches deep, compared to 17 (589 vs 432mm) and slightly wider and taller. Not as big as the old, but starting to get there.
Alienware says it incorporates a custom motherboard, rearranged to prevent cables from having to reach further than necessary (which is not only fiddly and annoying when working inside the system, but bad for airflow as well) ; specifically, the power connectors are as close to the edges as possible, connecting the front ports directly to the motherboard rather than through a daughter board and providing accessible cable routing on the other side of the system.
Depending on the configuration, the system will come equipped with up to four fans, and the new airflow path runs from front to back instead of its predecessor’s intakes at the front and rear and the exhaust flow out the rear. . There is more extensive ventilation in the rear, especially in the upper rear, to compensate for the loss in the side panel. You can also go for a vented magnetic back cover for situations where you don’t want people to see the mess of cables.
Alienware claims that all the changes make the system run much more efficiently than its predecessor, which means quieter and slightly faster, with the same components.