Dell says goodbye to the “Alienware” look of its Alienware PCs and gives the gaming brand a much more restrained design. The new Aurora R16 relies on completely redesigned housing with less plastic and a long overdue cooling upgrade.
Dell ditches plastic bomber
Alienware’s complete computers have been heavily criticized by the international trade press in recent years. Too much plastic, poor workmanship, and, above all, inadequate cooling of the components were the main points of criticism. Dell is now trying to turn things around with a revised case.
Visually, the new “Legend 3” steel case of the Alienware Aurora R16 is reminiscent of a restrained office PC. Little remains of the old pill-shaped alien look. The gaming factor is only accommodated by the Alienware logo on the front and comparatively subtle AlienFX RGB lighting.
New Cooling: Lower temperatures, quiet ventilation
The volume of the new case has been reduced by 40 percent compared to its predecessor (60.7 liters vs. 36 liters), while the space for components is the same as the Aurora R15 at almost 25 liters. So Dell says goodbye to too much plastic, which in the end also affected the cooling.
According to The Verge, the company promises “up to” 10 percent lower CPU and 6 percent lower GPU temperatures. At the same time, the Alienware desktop is said to be 20 percent quieter on average than its predecessor.
The air is sucked in by a single 120 mm fan via illuminated air inlets on the front (Stadium Loop) and directed into the housing in the area of the graphics card. The processor is cooled by AiO water cooling with a 240 mm radiator and two 120 mm fans in a pull orientation. In addition, warm air is transported out of the case by a 120 mm fan on the back.
Features of the Alienware Aurora R16
Dell offers its new Alienware PC with a choice of 500-watt or 1000-watt power supplies (80 Plus Platinum), up to two M.2 SSDs, a maximum of 64 GB DDR5-5600 RAM, custom mainboard (12-phase regulation), and Z690 chipset. Accordingly, current Intel Core processors of the 12th and 13th generations are used, such as the Core i7-13700F or Core i9-12900F.
The graphics cards come from Nvidia, starting with the GeForce RTX 4070 (Ti), RTX 4080, or RTX 3050. Other options, such as the RTX 4090, are likely to follow in the future. Other key data of the Aurora R16 include Wi-Fi 6E, a total of 12 USB ports including USB-C, 2.5 Gbit LAN, audio ports, and more.
Prices and Availability
For the time being, the Alienware Aurora R16 will start at prices starting at 1750 US dollars in the home market in the United States (USA).
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