Aurora gaming desktop. Alienware’s revamped Aurora gaming PC didn’t take long to arrive. Both the Intel-powered Aurora R13 (above) and the AMD-based Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 have received a chassis redesign and, in the case of the R13, a processor upgrade.
The Intel machine currently uses 12th-generation Core (aka Alder Lake) processors, with speeds ranging from 3.7GHz for a 10-core Core i5 to 3.2GHz for the unlocked 16-core Core i9K and i9KF. Up to and including the 16-core 5950X, AMD models continue to use Ryzen 5000-series processors.
As you may anticipate, the standout feature is the Legend 2.0 chassis. Expect a 50 percent increase in internal volume, tool-free entrance, more configurable lighting, and a glass side panel that is more readily available.
This, combined with a cleaner design, should allow the Aurora to run cooler and quieter than its predecessor while still allowing for easy upgrades. If you’re set on building your own rig, it’s unlikely to dissuade you, but if you’re happy to buy a pre-built system, it could make things easier.
The AMD R13 and Ryzen R14 machines are available now, with the AMD model starting at $1,250 and the Intel-equipped model at $1,480. Up to 128GB of RAM, GeForce RTX 3090 or RX 6900 XT graphics, and 4TB of total storage will be available as upgrades (2TB SSD and 2TB spinning disk).
If you’re a designer who prefers a more subdued case, don’t worry: Dell has you covered as well. The business has teased a new XPS Desktop (below) that keeps the previous XPS Desktop’s’safe’ design, but in a significantly larger (27L versus 19L) form that enhances airflow and personalization in the toolless chassis. You’ll have to make do with ‘only’ 12th-gen Intel Core i5, i7, and i9 processors, but RAM, graphics, and storage options will be the same. If fan noise or throttling are an issue, you can also employ liquid cooling.
The new XPS tower will be available later this fall for $919. As a result, if sheer power is more important to you than a flashy enclosure, it might be the better choice
Is the Aurora Gaming Desktop good for gaming?
One of the most powerful pre-built gaming PCs available is the Alienware Aurora R11. The Alienware Aurora R11 may be one of the best gaming PCs — indeed, one of the best computers period — you can buy if you enjoy how the system looks and don’t mind splashing out on the best hardware.
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