Alienware Aurora R8

Alienware Aurora R8 Review: All the Details About This New Dell Gaming Desktop & Its Design

Since Dell computers are known for being highly customizable, there are always plenty of options when ordering one online. If you’re ordering a gaming desktop such as the Alienware Aurora R8, then you’ll want to make sure that it comes with the specs you need in order to be able to play your favorite games. You can even order a VR-ready / HTC Vive & Oculus-certified model if you want to play some VR games. The tower design includes a place on top for you to rest your headset.

These desktops are especially known for their nice, futuristic “Sci-Fi” designs – not just with the structure itself but the bright RGB lighting, which is also customizable. There is always room for upgradability (hassle-free) if you want to add additional hardware and/or switch something out later on. A PSU swing-arm keeps the expansion cards and graphics cards secured, yet easy to upgrade should you need to.

It’s also designed to keep cool, as it is inspired by similar thermal ergonomics of the Dell Area 51. This Aurora model delivers optimal air intake on the right panels and front part and through an exhaust fan on top for the purpose of maximizing airflow and keeping the internal components cool. There is optional liquid cooling with the Alienware Aurora R8. For a bit more, you can get an 850-Watt power supply featuring high performance liquid cooling. Or, if you don’t need it, you can settle for an air cooling 850-Watt power supply (multi-GPU approved).

This gaming desktop is also engineered for overclocking. It fully supports custom upgrades, including factory overclocking Intel Core processors with at least 16GB DDR4 (dual channel) at 2666-MHz.

Alienware Aurora R8 Specifications

Here is an example configuration of the Alienware Aurora R8:

• Processor: 9th or 10th Gen. Intel Core i5 or i7 w/ Turbo Boost technology / 6-core
• Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX (1660) w/ 6GB GDDR5 – or better
• OS: Windows 10 Home 64
• Memory: 8GB – 64GB (2666-MHz) or 8GB HyperX DDR4 XMP – 64GB (2933-MHz)
• HDD: 1TB SATA 7200-RPM or dual drive with 128GB M.2SATA SSD for booting
• Optical drive: (optional) DVD-RW drive for reading / writing CD / DVD

Another nice feature is the revamped Command Center software that makes it easy to customize the RGB lighting to your liking. There are 7 lighting zones that can be set to glow in its own color to create a pattern, or just have them all light up with the same color.

Overall, if you’re looking for a new gaming desktop, you really should consider the Alienware Aurora R8 – it’s about as good as it gets.