Alienware Aurora ALX Gaming System Review

Cinebench R10 and LAME

The following benchmarks measure processor throughput along with memory bandwidth. Both Cinebench and LAME show performance scaling as CPU speed increases and also gives single vs multi threaded scores.

Cinebench R10
3D Rendering

Cinebench R10 is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation tool suite used by 3D animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of system processor resources and is an excellent gauge of pure computational throughput. Cinebench is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a single 3D scene and tracks the length of the entire process. The rate at which each test system could render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.

It was surprising to see the Aurora ALX beat out by the CyberPower 3000 in Cinebench testing, especially considering the slower Core i7 860 processor found in the CyberPower system.

Audio Encoding

In our custom LAME MT MP3 encoding test, we convert a large WAV file to the MP3 format. This simulates a common scenario that many of us users work with on a regular basis to provide portability and storage of digital audio content. LAME is an open-source, mid- to high- bit-rate and VBR (variable bit rate) MP3 audio encoder that is widely used around the world in a multitude of third party applications. For this benchmark, we've created our own 223MB WAV file and converted it to the MP3 format using the multi-thread capable LAME MT application in single and multi-threaded modes. Processing times are recorded below, listed in seconds. Shorter times equate to better performance..


Once again, the Aurora ALX comes up a bit short. The difference in our LAME enconding test is only a few seconds but we expected to see the Alienware system near the top of the list instead of the bottom.

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