Pros

  • A plethora of ports
  • Stylish, organized and compact case

Cons

  • Cramped case discourages tinkering.
  • Relatively poor performance for the price

At A Glance

The new Alienware Aurora is well-designed with a great case and a few neat features, but it’s a little pricey and doesn’t keep up with category leaders in our performance tests.

Manufacturer’s Description

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The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i7
Processor speed 3.4 MHz
Graphics
Graphics Type Discrete
Secondary Graphics Chipset ATI Radeon HD
General Information
UPC Code 884116067030
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • eSATA
Memory
Memory size 4096.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 667.0 MHz
Storage Media
Memory stick Memory Stick
Compact flash Yes
SD card Yes
Other Features
Devices Keyboard
Case
Chassis style Tower (Midsize)

Performance

Overall Rating
WorldBench 6 Score 170.0
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 133.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 304.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 138.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 248.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 268.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 164.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 129.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 248.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 147.0   seconds (lower is better)
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 154.0
Gaming
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1024x768 286.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1680x1050 293.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1920x1200 291.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 2560x1600 266.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1024x768 178.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1680x1050 181.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1920x1200 178.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 2560x1600 183.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1024x768 118.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1680x1050 86.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1920x1200 76.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 2560x1600 54.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 178.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1680x1050 149.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1920x1200 140.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 2560x1600 109.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1024x768 99.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1680x1050 78.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1920x1200 71.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 2560x1600 53.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 180.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1680x1050 145.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1920x1200 130.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 2560x1600 97.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600 48.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Ultra Quality, 2560x1600 50.7   Frames per second (higher is better)