Introducing The Alienware Aurora R5
desktop families from the small-form factor Alpha to the monstrous Area-51. The subject of today's alien autopsy: the new Aurora R5. The Aurora R5 is the most mainstream offering of the trio, but it is anything but ordinary. According to Dell, the Aurora R5 is engineered to exceed the demands of VR today, with easy upgradeability to meet VR's needs tomorrow, as the technology evolves.
A base level Aurora R5 comes with a modest, but reasonably equipped 6th Gen Intel Core i3 and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB for $799, which isn't too bad of a deal, but isn't particularly inspiring either. Fortunately, our unit is a cut above with nearly every line item upgraded. The Aurora R5 we'll be looking at packs a liquid cooled Intel Core i7-6700K, a Founder's Edition NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB, 16GB of 2133MHz DDR4 RAM, a 256GB Samsung NVMe SSD, 2TB 7200rpm HDD, an upgraded fully modular 850W PSU, slim Blu-ray reader, and Windows 10 Pro for $2595.
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro (X64)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-6700K (Quad Core, 8MB Cache, 4GHz)|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founder's Edition 8GB GDDR5X|
|Memory||16GB DDR4-2133 MHz (8GB x2)|
|Optical Drive||Dual Layer Blu-ray Reader|
|Storage||256GBSamsung PM951 NVMe SSD
2TB Seagate SATA HDD (64MB Cache, 7200 RPM)
|Cooling System||High Performance Liquid Cooling|
|Connectivity||Killer E2400 Gigabit LAN, Dell Wireless 1820 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1|
|Front Panel Ports||4 x USB 3.0 (2 x Charge Enabled), Headphone and Mic|
|Rear Panel Ports||1 x SPDIF Digital Output (TOSLINK), 1 x SPDIF Digital Output (Coax), 6 x USB 2.0, 1 x 10Gbps USB 3.1 Type-A, 1 x 10Gbps USB 3.1 Type-C, 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x RJ-45 Killer E2400 Gigabit Ethernet Port, 1 x DisplayPort, 6 x Audio Jacks|
|Power Supply||850W Multi-GPU Approved|
|Dimensions||18.6"x8.35"x14.19" inches (HxWxD)|
|Warranty||1-Year Mail-In Service|
|Pricing||$2,595 As Tested, Starting At $799|
As configured, this Aurora R5 has its sights set on 4K gaming. Should the going get tough, however, it can shift into overdrive by adding in a second GTX 1080 in SLI and bolting in additional drives as necessary. Actually, forget about bolting anything into the system - almost everything in the chassis is replaceable without turning a single screw. Let's see how all these massive pieces fit together so tightly...