The Alienware Aurora R8 is packed with the latest and greatest offering from Intel and Nvidia for a great high-end gaming experience, and it launches with any AAA game you can use. It can easily handle 1440p games.
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Alienware Aurora R8 is the perfect entry into high-end gaming. while the souped-up Alienware Aurora R8 cost a pretty penny, it more than delivers.
it’s packed with the latest and greatest from intel and NVIDIA for a high-end gaming experience that blazes through any triple-a game you can throw at it.
it can tackle 1440p and even 4k games to an extent, all tucked into an elegant and understandable gaming desktop.
Alienwares newest addition to its Aurora line, the R8, is a beast of a computer.
it keeps the previous Aurora model’s look of understated, yet undoubtedly gaming centric design and fills it with the best components one could ask for.
between the ninth generation Intel processors, latest discrete NVIDIA graphics,
and its memory RAM and storage offering the computer should be able to handle the wants and desires of any gamer out there.
The Alienware Aurora R8 isn’t cheap at all, getting a Core i7 and RTX 2080 with 32GB RAM and a 512GB NVMe SSD and a second hard drive costs about $ 2,112, £ 1,742, £ 3,112. Australian dollars.
And you can get the same components without the Super RTX 2080 and included keyboard, at £ 2,475. in Australia.
The base model comes with a starting price of $ 898 with an Intel i5-9400 processor, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, NVIDIA GTX 1650, and a 1 TB hard drive.
And in the UK, it comes for £ 799, with the Intel i3 9100 and AMD Radeon RX 560X.
- Lots of computing power
- Advanced components
- A lot of ports
- Not completely 4K gaming ready
- Pricing is fine
|CPU||3.6GHz Intel Core i7-9700K (8-core, 12MB cache, up to 4.9GHz)|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 (8GB DDR 6)|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 SDRAM|
|Motherboard||micro-ATX with Intel Z370 Express Chipset|
|Power Supply||Alienware 850-Watt Multi-GPU Approved|
|Storage||512GB NVMe SSD, 1TB HDD|
|Connectivity||Wifi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Weight||32.67 pounds (14.819kg)|
|Size||8.35 x 14.19 x 18.6 inches (21.2 cm x 36.05 x 47.25 W x D x H)|
The Alienware Aurora R8 is simple yet extremely elegant, as its appearance takes the design of the center of the tower and gives it an attractive gray over black.
As for RGB lighting, it is executed in a way that makes it very attractive to gamers without going over the top.
The Alienware logo and the power button illuminate a very attractive lighting, in addition to three lines that spring from the center of each side panel, and they can all be customized in the color you want via the settings.
Because Dell is marketing its computer as having toolless access, you may have to remove the screw to get inside.
But don’t worry, the hard drives, GPU, RAM, and additional slots are all devoid of tools, making this computer easy to access and upgrade with ease and without any complications.
And you can always upgrade to the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti later.
Or you can upgrade to 64GB of RAM, which is pretty cool by any standard.
The special chassis contains two additional slots for additional peripherals, such as hard drives.
As for the ports, the device comes with too many ports, as they are more than what any gamer or home user would ask.
It has USB-C ports on each side (front and back), and there are multiple USB-3 and USB-2 ports.
You also have more than one connection method, and they are three different ways, with one or two displays on the DisplayPort video card, USB and HDMI, plus it has enough audio outputs to deal with the surround sound system.
Alienware Command Center is the main piece of software that Alienware offers as a unique and very useful feature of its desktop hardware. Although, this app is incredibly comprehensive although it only serves most of your software customizations.
Where if you install any game on your device, the program will scan it immediately and make it available through Command Center, which in turn provides you with many clicks through Steam or anywhere else you download your games from it.
Then you easily run the games, but that’s not all, you can also customize the heat, power, and sound as you want and in the way you want, as well as RGB lighting profiles for each game. For example, when you play Pubg, the computer can light completely differently than Play another different game, let it be Resident Evil 2.
As for the app itself, it has four menu tabs at the top, namely “Home”, “Library”, “Fusion” and “FX”, which you can choose from easily.
For example, the Home tab is a fairly comprehensive option that provides you with many of the games you have played or the most recent games installed.
As for the Library tab, it provides a comprehensive view of all your games, and you can easily adjust the settings on the home page.
And the Fusion tab is where you can see what each of your profiles does, in addition to creating your profile.
Finally, the FX tab is where RGB lighting is controlled, and you can easily program the Alienware logo on the front, for example.
The performance of the Alienware Aurora R8 is great by all standards, as it is well suited to play AAA games, but despite this, you may need to adjust the settings a little when dealing with any game with many graphics, but other than that, it is wonderful by all standards
When we tested the Alienware Aurora R8 in games, the 1080p games were very easy, but it was thought that it should be connected to a monitor with a high refresh rate so that the screen would not tear.
As for the 32 GB RAM and even Intel Core i7, they are no longer the highest selectable options,
but they are nonetheless among the most sufficient options to run most AAA games at around 60 frames per second.
For example, we tested Pubg play at 117 frames per second on Ultra settings at 1080p.
We saw some drop in frame rate when using ray tracing in a different game Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
But games like Far Cry 5 and Hitman 2 cannot collect 60 frames per second
(27 and 40 fps on Ultra, respectively) even though playing games at 1440p still yields very respectable results.
The Alienware Aurora R8 is fantastic by all accounts and the experience is amazing,
as it’s more powerful than we really need for our gaming needs.
And that although it is not completely present for 4K games or ray tracing,
with the retrofit we hope to see more games with built-in ray tracing.
One of the distinguishing things that I found is that the fans do not make unpleasant noises
and the computer does not generate a lot of heat, even at high temperatures, this is a nice surprise.
The Aurora R8 is definitely a giant, computer-worthy beast to help you immerse yourself in your next adventure.