Alienware Aurora ALX Gaming System Review

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Test Systems and SANDRA

We tested the Alienware Aurora ALX as configured from the system builder. Then, we compared the results to three, recently reviewed Core i7 systems to give a sense of just how well it performs in light of some competing offerings.

HotHardware's Test Systems
Performance Comparisons


System 1:

Alienware Aurora ALX

Intel Core i7 975 3.33GHz
Alienware X58 MicroATX
6GB Corsair DDR3-1600
ATI Radeon 5870 CrossFire
1TB Seagate HDD RAID 0
Vista Home Premium x64

Price: $ 4,074.00 USD

System 2:

CyberPower Gamer Extreme 3000

Intel Core i7 860 2.8GHz
Asus P7P55D Delux P55
4GB Kingston DDR3-1600
EVGA NVIDIA GTX 295
1.5TB Seagate HDD
Vista Home Premium x64

Price: $ 1,599.00 USD

System 3:

Digital Storm Custom 950 Si

Intel Core i7 920 3.97GHz
EVGA X58 Motherboard
6GB Corsair DDR3-1333
GeForce GTX 285
1.5TB Seagate HDD
Vista Home Premium X64

Price: $ 3,265.00 USD

System 4:
iBuyPower Gamer Paladin F970

Intel Core i7 965 3.2GHz
Asus P6T Deluxe V2 X58
12GB Corsair DDR3-1333
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295
128GB SSD / 1TB HDD
Vista Ultimate 64-bit

Price: $ 3,111.00 USD

  

Preliminary Testing with SiSoft SANDRA 2009
Synthetic Benchmarks

We began testing with SiSoftware's SANDRA, which stands for System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. Each test wwas run at the processor's stock speed of 3.33GHz with Hyper-threading and turbo mode enabled. 


CPU Benchmark


Memory Bandwidth




Multi-Media Benchmark




Physical Disks


Its easy to see from the graphs that the parts used in this system are high-performance in every way. If money is no object, you can't buy a faster platform than the Intel Core i7 975 with an X58 chipset-based motherboard. 

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