Alienware Aurora R5 memorable gaming PCs Review
This PC has a long list of memorable gaming PCs in its 20-year history, and perhaps one of the most notable has been its mid-size tower, the Aurora. We’ve been waiting patiently for a follow-up to the Aurora R4 and its maneuverable fins since it was released in 2011.
Now, it’s finally here with the Alienware Aurora R5: a leaner, meaner and even more head-turning gaming desktop than the new Alienware Area 51.
The Aurora R5 looks like a tower of force, yet it’s shockingly minor regardless of its commanding outline. Measuring around 1.5 feet tall and a little more than a foot inside and out, it’s a far littler framework than your conventional mid-tower case and nearly veers into Mini-ITX domain.
The second thing you’ll see about the Aurora R5 is the way smooth it is. There are no level edges on any side of the case. Rather, they all slide off at odd points, and even the desktop’s two feet are pitched at various slopes. That all may appear to be irregular, however it signifies a beautifully current plan.
The Alienware’s designs have classically exuded an exotically extraterrestrial quality to them. However, the Aurora is more industrial and seems more like something from our own future rather than an alien pod, like the Area 51. Ultimately, though, there haven’t been many gaming PCs with a uniquely asymmetrical design like this before.
- CPU: 4GHz Intel Core i7-6700K (quad-core, 8MB cache, up to 4.2GHz with Turbo Boost)
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X RAM)
- RAM: 16GB DDR4 RAM (2,133MHz)
- Storage: 256GB PCIe SSD, 2TB HDD (7,200RPM)
- Optical drive: Tray-loading dual layer Blu-ray reader
- Ports: 7 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1 x USB-3.1 Type-C, 6 x USB 2.0, Ethernet, 4 x DisplayPort, HDMI, optical out, headphone jack, microphone jack, 7.1 surround sound out
- Connectivity: Intel 3165 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
- Weight: 32.67 pounds (14.82kg)
- Size: 8.35 x 14.19 x 18.6 inches (212 x 360.5 x 472.52mm; W x D x H)
But Don’t let the Aurora’s small size fool you – it’s a full-fledged gaming desktop. And can even be In reality, though, you can’t really play many demanding games with this starting spec. So, you’ll likely have to step up to the $1,099. (about £825, AU$1,473) Intel Core i5 and Nvidia GTX 970 configuration, if you want a smooth, say, Overwatch experience. Even at this price point, the Aurora R5 is more affordable than the Lenovo Ideacenter Y900 and Acer Predator G6 – with cheaper upgrades to boot.