Alienware just changed everything you know about its desktops


Alienware Aurora R16 sitting on a desk.

Alienware’s flagship gaming desktop is getting a critical makeover. The brand new Aurora R16, which is accessible to buy now, ditches the angular, obtuse design of Alienware’s earlier fashions in favor of a design that feels acquainted but — in case you’ll excuse the pun — alien.

That’s clear by taking a look at a picture of the redesigned Aurora R16 above. It’s a mid-tower field, a lot in contrast to a machine just like the Aurora R15, with its huge footprint and huge plastic overlaying that makes it really feel a lot bigger than it really is. the Aurora R16 matches in a lot better now with the usual crop of gaming desktops, although it nonetheless has some distinctive design decisions.

Size comparison between the Alienware Aurora R15 and R16.

Total, the case is round 40% smaller than the earlier design, in accordance with Alienware, but it surely maintains the identical 25.2-liter quantity. Alienware says it has additional improved airflow, too, providing a 20% quieter system on common with as much as 10% decrease CPU and 6% decrease GPU temperatures.

Air strikes by means of the brilliant stadium lighting towards the entrance of the case, which Alienware says contributes to a 50% enchancment in “open airflow ratio” in comparison with the R15. It’s not precisely clear what an “open airflow ratio” is, but it surely looks as if the concept is that extra air is allowed by means of the perimeters of the entrance panel. It strikes by means of the case and is exhausted out of vents on the aspect panel, in addition to a single rear exhaust.

A demonstration of airflow in the Alienware Aurora R16.

Alienware is pulling a quick one with the aspect panel, although. All the pictures we’ve seen on the Aurora R16 are with the clear aspect panel, but it surely’s value stating that it comes with an opaque aspect panel with some configurations.

Contained in the machine, Alienware has some unusual configuration choices. For the CPU, you could have the selection between the Intel Core i9-12900F, Core i7-13700F, and Core i9-13900F. It’s the GPU decisions that stand out. They’re all Nvidia, with the RTX 4070, RTX 4070 Ti, and RTX 4080 up for provide. It appears Alienware can also be providing the machine with an RTX 3050, which is a bit unusual, in addition to bailing on the RTX 4090, which was accessible within the Aurora R15.

Graphics card inside the Alienware Aurora R16.

Fortunately, Alienware isn’t basing its pricing across the RTX 3050 configuration. The corporate tells me that the default configuration comes with a Core i7-13700F, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, a transparent aspect panel, and an RTX 4070 for $1,750. That’s an enormous value discount in comparison with the Aurora R15, which prices $2,200 for a similar configuration. That brings the machine extra in-line with the specs it presents. As an example, the Lenovo Legion Tower 5i prices round $1,650 for related specs.

Along with the CPU and GPU choices, Alienware presents as much as 64GB of DDR5 reminiscence, 8TB of SSD storage, and both a 500W or 1,000W 80 Plus Platinum energy provide relying in your GPU. All fashions additionally include Wi-Fi 6E together with a 2.5-Gigabit Ethernet connection.

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