Alienware now sells the Aurora R11 gaming PC with a custom-built RTX 3080 or 3090

Humza

Posts: 737   +160
Staff member
Editor's take: Considering the chaotic launch of the Nvidia 3080 and 3090 GPUs, it only seems a matter of time until Alienware runs out of its updated Aurora R11 prebuilt gaming PCs. It's apparently one of the very few available options on the market right now that lets players experience the latest and greatest from Nvidia and AMD. Alienware has even gone for a custom GPU design for the Aurora R11/R10 that can be specced with up to a 10C/20T 10th-gen Intel i9-10900KF CPU or a 12C/24T AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT and also includes a chunky 1,000W PSU for those power-hungry internals.

Dell's latest revision for its Alienware gaming lineup includes the new Aurora R11 gaming desktop, which now features a custom GeForce RTX 3080 and 3090 built by Dell. These GPUs pack quad 10mm copper heat pipes with integrated vapor chambers that Alienware calls its largest diameter heat pipe design to date. They also have a dual-axial fan design that ensures optimum airflow through the case vents.

Dell says that these GPUs have a reduced footprint with a max length of 267mm, which covers 2.5x slots on the motherboard, with the cards using dual 6-pin/8-pin connectors for power. It's offering these GPUs with either Intel chips in the Aurora R11 or AMD Ryzen CPUs in the Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 model.

The base-spec Aurora R11 offers an i5-10400F, an AMD Radeon RX 5300 GPU, 8GB RAM, and a 1TB 7,400 SATA HDD. Further up are two Intel i7s (10700F and KF) alongside beefier GPUs and other components, including an i7-10700KF/RTX 3080 combo for $2,429.99. The top-end model, meanwhile, comes with an i9-10900F, a GeForce RTX 3090, 32GB RAM, 1TB of m.2 PCIe boot drive, and a 1TB SATA HDD. This beastly config starts at an eye-watering $3,649, though not all that bad considering you'll finally end up with a 3000 series GPU.

Prices, however, are even higher on AMD's side, where the base model of the Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 starts at a cool $1000+. This pairs an AMD Ryzen 5 3500 with an RX 5300 GPU, 8GB RAM, 128 GB of m.2 PCIe storage, and a 1TB SATA HDD. An RTX 3080 GPU is offered here with a Ryzen 7 3700X, 16GB RAM, and a 512GB m.2 PCIe SSD, which ups the price to $2,179. The flagship model starts at over $4,000 and packs a Ryzen 9 3900XT, an RTX 3090, 32GB of RAM, and a 1TB m.2 PCIe SSD.

Additionally, Dell has revised its Area 51m R2 gaming laptop with a 360Hz FHD display and 12-phase "HyperEfficent Voltage Regulation," a feature that's said to be a first on laptops. There's no word yet on the CPU/GPU options, I/O connectivity, and price, but these details are expected to be revealed later this month.

There's also a new trio of Alienware gaming monitors, which include the Alienware 25 (AW2521H), Alienware 27 (AW2721D), and Alienware 38 (AW3821DW). The 25" model supports Nvidia Reflex Latency Analyzer tech, packs a 360Hz FHD IPS G-Sync display with 400 nits of brightness, and costs $899.

The 27" model costs $1,099 and comes with a 240Hz QHD IPS G-Sync panel and Display HDR 600 certification. Finally, there's the flagship 38" model that has a 21:9 curved IPS display with a 3,840 x 1,600 resolution. It refreshes at 144Hz, supports G-Sync Ultimate, and costs $1,899.

In terms of I/O, all three monitors will come with 2 x HDMI 2.0 ports, 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, multiple USB 3.2 ports, and an ambient light sensor when they launch next month.

Permalink to story.

 

QuantumPhysics

Posts: 3,502   +3,346
I've got my eyes on the new HDR 38" Alienware monitor to replace my 34" 1440 alienware monitor.

Auroras promising a 3090 price around $5000 fully loaded with the 2TB M.2 and 64GB RAM.

Some people absolutely would pay it, but I think it more logical to buy a regular case, motherboard, CPU and 3080 / 3090 because I'm not a fan of the Aurora.

I prefer my Area 51. I can do Dual or Tri cards no problem with the 1500W PSU without thermal issues. The Aurora can't because it's too small.
 
  • Like
Reactions: Ketosis

brucek

Posts: 529   +614
TechSpot Elite
I've been wondering how the Ampere launch was going over with the big vendors like Dell/Alienware. On the one hand, the launch event on Sept 1 must have turned off most orders for the previous generation. On the other, inventory for the new generation didn't actually arrive.

It's one thing if you're an individual gamer and you just wait a month or two. It's probably quite another if you're a large business and a segment of it gets turned off for a couple months. I'd imagine some pretty testy conversations behind the scenes but maybe they have some other way of navigating this?
 

Squid Surprise

Posts: 3,453   +2,348
I wonder if they have an R12 coming after the AMD 5000 launch. I suspect a 5900 with a 3090 would be pretty sweet (and very expensive)!
 

eforce

Posts: 68   +55
I've been wondering how the Ampere launch was going over with the big vendors like Dell/Alienware. On the one hand, the launch event on Sept 1 must have turned off most orders for the previous generation. On the other, inventory for the new generation didn't actually arrive.

It's one thing if you're an individual gamer and you just wait a month or two. It's probably quite another if you're a large business and a segment of it gets turned off for a couple months. I'd imagine some pretty testy conversations behind the scenes but maybe they have some other way of navigating this?
Generally people that buy prebuilds aren't in the know regarding upcoming tech.
 

Bp968

Posts: 169   +113
I've got my eyes on the new HDR 38" Alienware monitor to replace my 34" 1440 alienware monitor.

Auroras promising a 3090 price around $5000 fully loaded with the 2TB M.2 and 64GB RAM.

Some people absolutely would pay it, but I think it more logical to buy a regular case, motherboard, CPU and 3080 / 3090 because I'm not a fan of the Aurora.

I prefer my Area 51. I can do Dual or Tri cards no problem with the 1500W PSU without thermal issues. The Aurora can't because it's too small.
You *could* do dual or tri cards, but why would you? Short of mining I can't imagine a reason. Only the 3090 supports sli anymore, and only dual sli, and nvidia just dropped driver support for it, so the game itself needs to support a feature only available to gamers who bought two 1500$ GPUs. Meaning no games will ever support SLI again. Its dead. (Though it was dead last time I tried it in the 9 series cards).
 
  • Like
Reactions: MWR01