We review a lot of system components at Kitguru, but sometimes we like to target the audience who have no interest or time to build their own computer. The system we are looking at today might appeal to that audience, because it is the latest high specification Core i7 Aurora R4 which is shipped inside a very sexy custom chassis.
Alienware are a little like Marmite, you either love them or hate them. Over the years of working with the company and reviewing their products, its been a bit of a mixed bag for me. I really do appreciate their high spec custom gaming laptops (such as the stunning M18x), but have found some of their desktop systems to be a little uninspiring, even utilizing some questionable components.
The Aurora R4 which we are reviewing today however looks like a good move forward for the company. The basic system starts at an affordable £1,199, and can be scaled to satisfy the biggest, fattest wallets. The specification we have on our test bench today comprises an Intel i7-3930k, 8GB of DDR3 memory, SSD/HDD combo and a 1.5GB GTX580 running on 64 bit Windows 7.
At £2,734.00 inc vat it really does need to deliver the goods.
|Alienware Aurora R4|
|Base||Alienware Aurora Matt Black 875W Chassis|
|Microsoft Operating System||English Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit|
|Memory||8192MB (4x2GB) 1600mhz DDR3 Quad Channel|
|Keyboard||Alienware TactX keyboard UK QWERTY|
|Monitor||Display not included|
|Video Card||Nvidia GTX580 1.5GB|
|Hard Drive||256GB SSD & 1TB SATA 6Gb/s (7,200) 32 mb cache|
|Floppy Drives and Additional Storage Devices||Alienware 19-in-1 Media card reader|
|Mouse||Alienware TactX Mouse|
|Optical Drive||DVD+/-RW (Read/Write) 24x|
|Sound Cards||Integrated HDA 7.1 Dolby Digital capability|
|Wireless Networking||802.11n WiFi & Bluetooth 2.1 EDR USB|
|Shipping Documents||English Documentation|
|Warranty||1 year Business Day Hardware Support|
|Processor||Intel Core i7 3930K (six core, 12MB cache)|
|Dell System Media Kit||Alienware Aurora Resource DVD|