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Alienware Aurora R7 (i7-8700 & GTX 1080) System Review

Rating: 8.0.

The Alienware Aurora R7 is the company’s latest small form factor gaming PC. Inside its impressively compact, and typically Alienware-styled, case it packs in a choice of top-of-the-line components and can offer reasonable value as well, depending which configuration you go for.

Opt for the most powerful £3,000 model and you’ll get an Intel Core i7-8700K and dual GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards. Considering one of those graphics cards costs £800-£900 at the moment, that’s not a bad price at all.

Meanwhile, the version we’re reviewing here sports an Intel Core i7-8700 and GTX 1080, along with an M.2 SSD, hard drive and 16GB of RAM. Costing £1,729, it seems a touch pricey for that configuration but there’s plenty of scope here for Alienware to add value to its system elsewhere. Let’s see if it manages to do just that.

Specifications:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8700 (3.7Ghz – 4.7GHz)
  • CPU cooling: Alienware all-in-one liquid cooler with 120mm rad/fan
  • Memory Supplied: 1 x 16GB
  • Memory Type: DDR4
  • Memory Speed: 2,666
  • Max Memory Support: 64GB
  • Graphics Chipset: nVidia GeForce GTX 1080
  • Graphics Memory: 8GB GDDR5
  • Graphics cooling: Standard blower fan
  • Storage: 240GB M.2 SSD, 1TB hard drive, 8x DVD+/-RW drive
  • Front ports: 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB-C, headphone, microphone
  • Rear ports: 6 x USB 2.0, 4 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB-C, 4 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, optical and coaxial digiatl audio, 6 x analogue audio
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet, Killer N1350 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1
  • Power supply: Alienware custom
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Warranty: 1yr RTB

Total cost: £1,729

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