Alienware has unveiled its upcoming flagship prefabricated desktop, the refurbished Aurora R15, designed with powerful hardware in mind – just be prepared to pay an arm and a leg for it.
The company reveals quite vaguely what kind of graphics card will be in the Aurora R15. As announced (opens in a new tab)The Aurora R15 is designed to support NVIDIA’s recently announced GeForce RTX 40 series GPUs. Alienware even dumps the name 4090 model GPU. The company also mentions support for graphics cards belonging to the AMD Radeon RX 6000 and GeForce RTX 30-Series series. Given the formulation, this leads us to believe that the Aurora R15 may have different models based on different graphics cards. We contacted Alienware for clarification. This story will be updated if we get a reply.
Alienware also announced a new 34-inch curved gaming monitor and Tenkeyless gaming keyboard, which add up to a complete PC configuration. All three devices will arrive in the United States and Canada later this year. The exact date has not yet been disclosed.
Aside from the mysterious GPUs, Alienware has revealed some specific details. The desktop will accommodate the latest “K series with 13th generation Intel Core processor“Processors, previously known as Raptor Lake. Like the graphics card, the exact processor model is unknown, but we can at least expect good performance. Even the slowest Raptor Lake processors have maximum turbo frequency 5.1 GHz. In the case of memory, it will be DDR5 4800 MHz RAM with an as yet undefined size.
Aurora R15 has many cooling solutions. It is equipped with a 240mm liquid cooling system and five different 120mm fans. There will be two exhaust fans at the top, one at the rear, and two intake fans at the front throughout the chassis. There are hexagonal vents on the side for additional cooling. And if that’s not an exaggeration, your computer’s motherboard will have its own “voltage regulator heat sinks.”
All this equipment, as you can imagine, will require a lot of power. This beast will be powered by a 1350W power supply, which Alienware says was apparently designed to support the aforementioned RTX 4090 GPU. The price of the Aurora R15 has not been disclosed. Considering the fact that a desktop computer will have powerful technology, it is safe to say that it will not be cheap. To give you an idea of what that could be, the currently available Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 desktop starts at $ 1299.99 and uses NVIDIA’s old 30-series GPUs.
Monitor and keyboard
With such a powerful computer you need the right monitor, and it looks like a gaming monitor ($ 1,099.99) is up to the task. The QD-OLED display (quantum dot) displays the image at a resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels and has a response time of 0.1 ms, which is necessary during intense moments in games. There’s nothing worse than losing a game because your monitor can’t keep up. Other features include a 165Hz refresh rate along with quantum dot technology for deep blacks and wider color coverage. For extended gaming sessions, the monitor has been TUV certified for ComfortView Plus to reduce blue light and protect against eye strain.
The Tenkeyless Keyboard ($ 129.99) feels like a regular gaming keyboard with the typical RGB lights, but there’s a pretty solid device below the surface. Its name alludes to the fact that it lacks a numeric keypad, making it more compact. The keys themselves are covered with two layers of a plastic called PBT (Polybutylene Terephthalate) for added durability. Inside the keycap is a series of CHERRY MX Red switches with a gold coating for easy cleaning and corrosion protection.
Quite a strong show for a flagship computer. We can’t wait to see it in action.
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