When it involves pre-built desktops, I’ve practically purchased an Alienware Aurora a number of instances over the years, as a result of the firm’s toolless upgradable chassis and bang-for-the-buck has been fairly laborious to beat. Now, the Alienware Aurora R11 and R10 Ryzen Edition have additionally develop into a solution to get Nvidia’s extraordinarily laborious to search out RTX 3080 and 3090 GPUs — and they’re like no RTX 3080 or 3090 you’ve seen.
The boards and cooling have been tweaked by Alienware itself to be shorter than any RTX 3000-series card we’ve heard about but, at simply 267mm (10.5 inches) in size, the higher to suit into smaller circumstances like the Aurora R11. Believe it or word, Nvidia’s own RTX 3080 Founder’s Edition is definitely certainly one of the smallest playing cards on the market at 285mm (11.2 inches) lengthy, and that is even shorter.
Plus, Alienware says its customized 10mm-heat-pipe-and-vapor-chamber resolution, with twin followers, solely takes up 2.5 PCIe slots. It makes use of an ordinary pair of 8-pin energy connectors, as a substitute of Nvidia’s 12-pin cable.
Of course, the new playing cards don’t come low-cost, including $825 to the base value of both Aurora, or an extra $1,625 for an RTX 3090. Still, you would stroll away with a full RTX 3080 PC for as little as $1,800 — after including the 1,000-watt energy provide. (Dell ships a 550W PSU by default, however Nvidia recommends 750W or greater for these playing cards.)
Personally, I’d advocate spending a minimum of $2,000 to ensure you’re getting 16GB of RAM and a solid-state boot drive, and I’d drop an additional $100 for a sooner CPU except you’re pairing this PC with a reasonably high-resolution monitor. I’m at present operating a RTX 3080 in a rig with a barely slower processor and a 1080p display, and benchmarks counsel my CPU is what’s holding again the framerate.
Speaking of screens, although, Alienware additionally has a new set which may intrigue you, together with three new gaming monitors and a new 360Hz 1080p panel for the Area-51m laptop computer that’ll price you an additional $150. (It additionally requires an RTX 2060 or higher; we’re seeing configs with it as little as $2,419.99.)
Meanwhile, the Alienware 25 (AW2521H), Alienware 27 (AW2721D) and Alienware 38 (AW3821DW) monitors will begin at $899.99, $1099.99 and $1899.99 respectively after they arrive subsequent month.
While their display sizes must be fairly apparent from their names, they’re separated by greater than an unlimited expanse of pixels: the Alienware 25 is a blazing quick 360Hz 1ms Fast IPS G-Sync monitor with a reasonably customary 400-nits of brightness and 1080p decision, whereas the Alienware 27 has a 240Hz, 2560 x 1440 1ms Fast IPS panel with 98 % of the DCI-P3 colour gamut, G-Sync Ultimate and DisplayHDR 600 certifications (although it’s rated at a typical brightness of 450 nits, FYI).
Then there’s the Alienware 38, a 144Hz, 3440 x 1440 1ms Fast IPS monitor with a 2300R curved display, a 21:9 facet ratio and 95 % DCI-P3 protection, G-Sync Ultimate and the identical DisplayHDR 600 cert (and 450-nit typical brightness) as the Alienware 27. All three monitors include a pair of HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.4 (which you’ll want to make use of for optimum refresh price), a bevy of USB 3.2 ports, and an ambient mild sensor for auto-adjusting brightness.
The Alienware 25 had beforehand been tipped as certainly one of 4 360Hz monitors to assist Nvidia’s new Reflex Latency Analyzer function for what may doubtlessly be a slight edge in e-sports, and as we predicted, it doesn’t come low-cost.