This Aurora Desktop is Alienware’s 2010 model PC. It’s black, bulky, and a real beast of a machine.
Measuring 16.77 inches high and 25.39 inches long, you’re going to need a decent amount of space for it. Getting it there might be a challenge too. It’s not the most portable of computers weighing a hefty 20.41 kg.
But there’s a reason for its size. Powered by an Intel Core i7-920 processor overclocked from 2.66GHz to 3.2GHz, and ATI Radeon HD 5970, with 12GB DDR3 SDRAM, the Aurora needs proper ventilation. With a liquid cooling system and air holes along top, it has plenty of protection against burnout.
Alienware has a tradition of being flashy, even when it comes to looks. The black monster has some rather nice panels on either side that glow any colour you choose. You can turn that little alien head purple if you so wish.
And you can easily customise them to have one colour on one side, and a different one on the other. Or to even light up a particular colour when you get an email, reminding me of the Wii’s blue glow. Attached Alienware keyboards and mice can have a go at turning chameleon too.
Almost like a jet engine taking off, the Aurora is very loud when booting up. But once it loads the OS (Windows 7 64-bit), it calms down and makes barely a murmur.
The insides are easily customisable with the panel able to be pulled right off, no screwdriver required. The panel on the front of the thing slides down to reveal the disc drive and other necessary inputs.
So games, that’s what you want to know right? How does the Aurora fare? It was built as a gaming system and it certainly shows it.
The Aurora can run multiple games at once like Resident Evil 5 with no loading times, on full graphics settings, as well as a game of Starcraft II running on Ultra… at the same time.
The only way to slow this baby down was to set off 80 nuclear bombs with 7 AI in Starcraft II. But even then the slowdown was very minimal and still very much playable.
Also tested out some games from this year and the last; Batman: Arkham Aslyum, Prototype, Metro 2033, and Dead Rising 2, all running flawlessly.
The Alienware Aurora is almost unnecessary fast, what with 12GB of RAM. And at an online price of $3,204 for this model, and no monitor, you’re more likely to find a cheaper PC custom built.
But that’s no reason to hate on the Aurora. It’s a real dream machine, a power horse capable of incredible feats. And it don’t look too shabby either.
If you can stomach the price, the Aurora will prove a very reliable steed. One with a sleek coat, and requiring quite a bit of muscle to budge it (not just its performance).
Full specs below, and over at Dell.
Online Price $3,204.30
Standard Black Chassis(875 W)
Alienware Avatar -Alienhead 3D
AlienFX System Lighting – Nebula Aqua
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Intel® Core™i7-920 Processor Overclock from 2.66GHz to 3.2GHz, 8MB
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit (English)
12GB (6X2GB) DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz Memory
500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive with Native Command Queuing
16X DVD+/-RW with Dual Layer Write Capability
2GB DDR5 ATI Radeon™ HD 5970
Integrated high definition 7.1 channel audio
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1-year Premier Service
Standard Delivery: Delivery 9am-5pm – Monday to Friday (excl. public holidays)
Alienware Standard USB 2.0 Keyboard
19-in-1 Hi-Speed Media Card Reader
Alienware Standard Optical Mouse
Aurora – Resource DVD
2 Meter Power Cord (ANZ)
Alienware Accessories Info
ANZ Tech Sheet
Intel® X58 Express Chipset
Intergrated Intel® 10/100/1000 Ethernet Networking
Firewire IEEE 1394
Date safe local 2.0(basic)
Mod Specs Info (Australia)
Dimension Desktop XPS-Large Tower Handling and Insurance Charges
Alienware – Base for Direct Aurora
Aurora CPU Liquid Cooling Heatsink