03/12/2022

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Alienware Aurora R13 Overview: Alder Lake Alien

Alienware Aurora R13 Overview: Alder Lake Alien

With AMD’s Ryzen 7000 CPUs, Intel’s thirteenth Gen Raptor Lake, plus new high-end GPUs from each Nvidia and AMD seemingly proper across the nook, proper now might not be the most effective time to purchase a brand new gaming desktop. Then once more, in case you’ve been ready years to purchase a gaming rig due to GPU availability points surrounding crypto mining and the pandemic, you may be fairly sick of ready. And it appears extremely probably that we’ll solely see recent graphics playing cards on the very high-end ($900 plus) this yr anyway. 

For many who care extra about getting a gaming rig now than ready for fairly reasonably priced next-gen elements to turn into accessible, Alienware’s Aurora R13 is a horny, highly effective choice. Its main downsides are a 120 mm all-in-one cooler that, whereas adequate for gaming, would not deal with heavy CPU workloads nicely on higher-end Alder Lake CPUs. Additionally, as we’ll element later, inventory of our $3,450 MSRP assessment mannequin (with a Core i7-12700KF, 64GB of RAM, 4TB of storage and an RTX 3080) was not accessible after we wrapped up this assessment. However an RTX 3080 Ti mannequin with in any other case the identical specs was promoting for $90 much less ($3,359).

Alienware Aurora R13 Specs

Processor Intel Core i7-12700KF
Motherboard Customized Alienware Z690 (0C92D0)
Reminiscence 32GB DDR5 (4400 MHz)
Graphics OEM RTX 3080 (10GB GDDR6X,1710 MHz Increase Clock)
Storage 2TB Samsung PM9A1 PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD; 2TB Arduous Drive
Networking Killer E3100 Gigabit Ethernet, Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1675x, Bluetooth 5.2
Entrance Ports 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Sort-A (5Gbps) ports, 3.2 Gen 2 Sort-C (10Gbps) USB Sort-C port, 3.5 mm headphone/mic combo audio jack
Rear Ports (Motherboard) 4x USB 2.0 ports, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Sort-A (5 Gbps),  USB 3.2 Gen 2 Sort-C (10 Gbps), USB 3.2 Gen 2 Sort-C (20 Gbps), Gigabit Ethernet, 6x analog audio jacks, 2x SPDIF digital audio (TOSLINK, coax)
Video Output (GPU) 3x DisplayPort 1.4a, HDMI 2.1
Energy Provide 750W 80 Plus Platinum
Cooling 120 mm AIO CPU cooler/exhaust, 3x 140 mm followers (2x entrance consumption, 1x high exhaust)
Case Alienware Aurora R13
Working System Home windows 11 Residence
Dimensions 20.1 x 23.2 x 8.86 inches / 510 x 589 x 225 mm
Worth as Configured $3,450 (as configured)

Design of the Alienware Aurora R13