Alienware Aurora R5 Review: Small Stature, Big Performance

Alienware Aurora R5: Metro Last Light & Shadow of Mordor

Metro Last Light

Metro Last Light is an excellent post-apocalyptic game with excellent 3D visuals. Metro makes use of advanced depth of field effects and character model tessellation for increased realism. This title also supports NVIDIA PhysX technology for impressive in-game physics effects. We tested the game at resolutions of 2560x1440 and 4K with its in-game image quality options set to their High Quality mode, with DOF effects disabled.

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With SLI setups back in the mix we find the Aurora R5's best listing yet. It scores the highest average frame rate of the pack, even beating out Tri-SLI'd 980's by nearly 6 fps at 1440p and just by a hair at 4K. The Aurora R5 also does an excellent job of keeping the GTX 1080 fed to avoid framerate drops, particularly at 4K.

Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Mordor is still a newer game in our benchmarking routine but that doesn't stop us from drawing some conclusions here. Mordor's developers took great pains and pride in making the game as graphically detailed as possible. We run the game with high quality settings, FXAA, and motion blur enabled.

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The Aurora R5 handily defeats the 980Ti at all resolutions with only a slight concession in minimum framerates to the iBuypower Revolt 2 at 1080p. The real story is at 4K where the Aurora R5 delivers framerates that aren't just playable but actually exceed 60fps almost the entire time.

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