Alienware’s Latest Desktop Design Leaves the Mothership and Heads Again Right down to Earth

Alienware has not been the kind of firm to shrink back from outlandish, costly, and typically gaudy case designs. That being mentioned, Alienware is attempting one thing a bit extra quaint in comparison with earlier years, as the newest in its Aurora mid-sized desktop PCs, the R16, now includes a boxier design that the corporate mentioned reduces the tower’s footprint whereas making it each cooler and quieter.

Alienware’s mid-tower desktop PC line has been straining the bounds of tower circumstances with extra out-of-this-world seems to be. The Aurora line and its “Legend 2” silhouette had turn into the epitome of this design philosophy. The whole case was angled up like a howitzer and it featured a big, floating LED oval eye in entrance.

By comparability, the Aurora R16 is way extra constrained and compact than earlier iterations. It’s shorter, and now measures solely 16.5 inches tall in comparison with previous variations’ over-20 inches. This so-called “Legend 3” design has seen a return of the standard sq. form so it should slot in amid the opposite mid-sized towers.

Alienware’s previous case design held the parts up at an angle and measured just over 20 inches tall.

Alienware’s earlier case design held the elements up at an angle and measured simply over 20 inches tall.
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There’s nonetheless the non-compulsory see-through plastic panel to look into the machine’s guts, however it now much more resembles an precise PC tower, with solely a single glowing LED “Stadium” lighting loop discovered circling the first vent on the case. There are further airflow vents on the aspect and prime, and Alienware claimed it’s executed some higher cable administration to enhance the desktop’s airflow.

There are some added advantages to this design, at the very least in line with Alienware. The corporate mentioned this “streamlined” newest case is a 40% lower in whole quantity in comparison with the R15, so extra individuals can really match it underneath their desk. The Aurora 16 must also be 20% quieter and run 6% cooler on the GPU than beforehand, in line with the corporate.

So far as precise elements, the R16 comes with choices from Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 40 Series and both the twelfth or thirteenth gen Intel processors. There are choices for both 64GB of 5200 MT/s DDR 5 or 32GB of 5600 MT/s DDR5 RAM. The rig can include as much as 8 TB of SSD storage (by way of two, 4 TB drives) and one other non-compulsory 1TB of arduous drive storage. And in the event you already couldn’t guess, it is a Home windows 11 PC.

The case additionally comes with the brand new Commander Heart 6 dashboard to vary out the lighting strip coloration, in addition to monitor and customise the inner thermal profiles. Over time, Alienware mentioned it should come out with newer GPU and CPU choices for supposedly beefier playing cards. Contemplating some model of the RTX 4090 are round 6.4 inches vast, that’s going to be a number of actual property for a case that’s acknowledged width is simply 7.76 inches

The Aurora R16 needs to be obtainable from Dell beginning Thursday for $1,750. The unit incorporates a thirteenth Gen Intel Core i7 and a GeForce RTX 4070 GPU. Supposedly, we’ll see extra variations sooner or later with completely different pricing factors.

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