Alienware Aurora ALX Gaming System Preview - HotHardware

Alienware Aurora ALX Gaming System Preview

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We know it can be difficult to keep up with all of the latest and greatest hardware. After months of saving up every spare penny, you finally have enough money for that new upgrade that you've been yearning for since its debut. All the reviews are in agreement and you have to own what many are calling the component of the year. Those who don't buy it run the risk of suffering from mediocre benchmark scores or unexceptional frame rates. While those who are able to make the purchase waste no time posting scores on countless tech forums and showing off their new hardware to friends at LAN parties.   

Well folks, its that time once again. The release of ATI's Radeon HD 5870 graphics card has caused quite a stir in the hardware industry. While enthusiasts scramble to find the coin to upgrade their systems, Alienware is providing an all inclusive option for those in the market for an entire rig, loaded with some of the fastest parts available. Yesterday, Alienware announced the launch of five new configurations, consisting of all new Area 51, Aurora, and M15x gaming systems. Although each option brings something new to the table, we had the chance to check out the Aurora ALX featuring a Core i7 975 processor, X58 microATX motherboard, and two ATI Radeon HD 5870's in CrossFire. If you crave cutting edge technology, then you've come to the right place. Read on as we take a quick look at the Aurora ALX to see just how fast it really is...

Alienware Aurora ALX Gaming System
System Specifications

Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 975 3.33GHz 8MB Cache


Alienware MicroATX LGA 1366 Intel X58 Motherboard

Operating System
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition SP1
Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade

Corsair Dominator 6GB (3x2GB DIMMs)
DDR3-1600MHz 8-8-8-24

Graphics Cards

ATI Radeon HD 5870 GB GDDR5 CrossFire

CPU Cooling

Liquid Cooling - 120mm Single Radiator



Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM HDD RAID 0

Optical Drive
Blu-ray 6x Dual Layer Disc Burner

Cosmic Black ALX
Width: 9.84" (250mm)
Depth: 25.39" (645mm)

Height: 16.77" (426mm)
Weight: 45lbs (20.41kg)

Power Supply
Dell PSU

Available Expansion Slots

Front Panel I/O Ports

2 USB 2.0
1 FireWire 1394A
1 Headset
1 Mic

Rear Panel I/O Ports
1 PS/2 mouse
1 PS/2 keyboard
6 USB 2.0
1 RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet
1 IEEE 1394A
10-channel audio I/O
1 SPDIF Digital Output

Warranty and Support

1 year hardware warranty
In-home service after remote diagnosis

$4,074.00 USD (as tested)


The Alienware Aurora ALX seen here is powered by Intel's Core i7 975 processor running at 3.33GHz and features a custom X58 microATX motherboard. The 975 is Intel's fastest and most powerful desktop CPU in its entire line up, though it is also the most expensive. For cooling duties, Alienware installed a 120mm singe radiator liquid cooling solution on top of the processor. And installed on the board is 6GB of Corsair Dominator memory running at DDR3-1600MHz at 8-8-8-24 timings. There is a ton of fast storage available as we find two 1TB 7200 RPM hard drives in a RAID 0 configuration at the bottom of the case. Last but not least, the highlight of the system is the dual ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics cards running in CrossFire.

Of course, high end technology is never cheap. With a sticker price of $4,074, the Aurora ALX has a lot to prove. So, let's see what the benchmarks have to say. 

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sick machine!, who ever get would be a lucky guy!

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Let's see...

Awesome processor?

Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 975 3.33GHz 8MB Cache


Top of the line video cards in SLI/CrossFire?

ATI Radeon HD 5870 GB GDDR5 CrossFire


Copious amounts of RAM?

Corsair Dominator 6GB (3x2GB DIMMs)


Hideously oversized Tower?


This machine is sick indeed!

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Looks like a beast of a system. That case is longer than anything I have ever seen.

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Nice machine. I think that is the about the decent lookin case that has come out of alienware in a while. That I like anyways. Good numbers put out as well. It is kinda tight in that case so you couldnt do any adding of cards since they decided to go with a micro atx board. But all in all alienware does it again with putting out another monster of a computer. And yea bob you are right that case is long you would have to have a monster desk to sit that thing on.

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I like building my own systems way too much to ever pay 4K to have one built for me. I like the tweaking, testing, and the problem solving involved.

It is a fine performer though.

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Yes, it's very powerful.

I think the case is an aesthetic step backwards, though. :(

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The system looks great. But does anyone else think that alienware has been making uglier and uglier cases on the outside? Just another reason I build my own, I guess :P

$4k is a lot, but you gotta consider that the CPU alone is 1/4 of that price.

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I agree.

Alienware's cases have progressively gotten to be uglier and uglier over time.

Just accepting the weird-ass looks of them because their computers are blindingly fast seems to be the norm. Many have drank the kool-aid and really think that they look good! LOL!

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looks broken, send it to me for troubleshooting...

should take me about a week to get throught arkham asylum... er um benchwork.

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Yea I don't think I would spend 4k for this type of thing that I could do myself and have so much fun.  Then again if you have more money then sense, this is perfect for you!

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