Alienware Aurora ALX Gaming System Review

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Left 4 Dead and Batman: Arkham Asylum

Left 4 Dead
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Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead is a co-operative, survival horror, first-person shooter that was developed by Turtle Rock Studios, which was purchased by Valve part-way into development. Like Half Life 2, the game uses the Source engine, however, the visual in L4D are far superior to anything seen in the Half Life universe to date. The game pits four Survivors of an apocalyptic pandemic against hordes of aggressive zombies. We tested the game at resolutions of 1,280 x1024, 1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1,200 with 8X anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering enabled and all in game graphical options set to their maximum values.

We hit monstrous frame rates in Left 4 Dead. Even with all image quality settings at max, the Aurora ALX averaged 189.3 fps at 1920x1200 resolution.

Batman - Arkham Asylum
DirectX Gaming Performance

Batmat:Arkham Asylum

Batman: Arkham Asylum is a third-person action game developed by Rocksteady and is arguably the best comic book videogame of all time. Cast as the Dark Knight, you track down the Joker and bring him back to Arkham Asylum, Gotham's home for the criminally insane. However, the Joker escapes and takes over the asylum filled with hundreds of villains, which you must battle in this dark and creepy world. Gameplay consists of fist fighting, attacking from the shadows, and exploration. We tested the game using the built in benchmark at resolutions of 1280 x1024, 1680 x 1050, 1920 x 1200, and 2560 x 1600 with no anti-aliasing, PhysX off, and every graphical options set to their maximum values.

Much like Left 4 Dead, Arkham Asylum proved no match for the Aurora ALX. With Vsync turned off, the game reached insane frame rates of 269 in lower resolutions and 193 fps at maximum resolution. Since ATI videocards do not support PhysX, that option was not enabled. Anti-aliasing was turned off as well, due to the use of Radeon graphics cards.

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