Alienware has unveiled its next flagship pre-built desktop, the revamped Aurora R15, designed to house powerful hardware – just be prepared to pay an arm and a leg for it.
The company is being rather vague in disclosing what kind of graphics card will be in the Aurora R15. According to the ad (opens in new tab), the Aurora R15 is designed to support a GPU from NVIDIA’s newly announced GeForce RTX 40 series. Alienware even names the model 4090 GPU. The company also mentions support for graphics cards belonging to the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series and GeForce RTX 30-Series. Given the text, it is leading us to believe that the Aurora R15 may have different models based on different graphics cards. We contacted Alienware for clarification. This story will be updated if we receive a response.
Alienware also announced its new 34-inch curved gaming monitor and non-keyboard gaming keyboard to make up a complete computer setup. All three devices will launch in the US and Canada later this year. The exact date has not yet been revealed.
The Aurora R15
Mysterious GPUs aside, Alienware has revealed some concrete details. The desktop will house the latest “13th Gen Intel Core K-series” processors, formerly known by the codename Raptor Lake. As with the graphics card, the exact model of the CPU is unknown, but we can at least expect good performance. Even the slowest of Raptor Lake processors have a maximum turbo frequency of 5.1 GHz. For memory, it will be 4800MHz DDR5 RAM of a size yet to be determined.
For cooling, Aurora R15 has several solutions. It is equipped with a 240mm liquid cooling system and five different 120mm fans. Along the chassis, there will be two exhaust fans at the top, one at the back, and two intake fans at the front. On the side are hexagonal air vents for additional cooling. And if that’s not too much of a stretch, the computer’s motherboard will have its own “voltage regulator heatsinks”.
All this hardware, as you can imagine, will take a lot of power. Powering this beast will be a 1350W power supply, which is apparently designed to support the aforementioned RTX 4090 GPU, according to Alienware. The price of the Aurora R15 has not been revealed. Considering the fact that the desktop will have some powerful technology, it’s safe to say it won’t be cheap. To give you an idea of what it could be, the currently available Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 desktop starts at $1,299.99 and uses NVIDIA’s old 30-series GPUs.
monitor and keyboard
With a computer this strong, you’ll need a monitor to match and it looks like the Gaming Monitor ($1,099.99) is up to the task. The QD-OLED (Quantum Dot) screen has a resolution of 3440×1440 pixels and a response of 0.1ms, vital for intense gaming moments. There’s nothing worse than losing a game because your monitor couldn’t keep up. Other features include a 165Hz refresh rate along with Quantum Dot technology for deep blacks, as well as wider color coverage. For those long gaming sessions, the monitor has been TUV certified for ComfortView Plus to reduce blue light and protect against eye strain.
The Tenkeyless Keyboard ($129.99) appears to be a regular gaming keyboard complete with the typical RGB lights, but underneath the surface is a pretty chunky device. Its name is a reference to the fact that it does not have a numeric keypad allowing it to be more compact. The keycaps are covered in two layers of a plastic called PBT (polybutylene terephthalate) for durability. Inside the keys are a series of CHERRY MX Red switches that have a gold coating for easy cleaning and corrosion protection.
Pretty strong display for a main computer. We can’t wait to see this thing in action.
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