Alienware Aurora R16 Desktop Review

Alienware: The feedback has obviously been received by Alienware. Particularly in the area of cooling, the pre built Aurora desktop PC requires improvement. As a result, the company has virtually abandoned its signature out-of-this-world design for the new Alienware Aurora R16, which is laser-focused on correcting that.

With the same 25.2 litres of space for your components, the new Aurora R16’s inside steel chassis is substantially unchanged. The computer’s overall volume is reduced by 40%, from 60.7 litres to just 36 litres, thanks to its boxy new shape, which does away with many pounds of plastic.

Design and Appearance

This black box design, which entirely defies the typical “alien-eques” aesthetics of Alienware PCs, contributes to the device’s office-friendly appearance. The glass side panel on this desktop, which allows you to see all the internals, or components, is the only slight drawback.

Dell didn’t bother to update the interior arrangement from prior models, which results in a somewhat dull interior appearance.

There is a great port selection with almost everything you could possible need to connect to the desktop. It has one audio jack, two SPDIF digital outputs, one center/sub woofer output, one rear surround output, four USB 3.2 Gen Type-A ports, three USB 3.2 Gen Type-C ports, one Ethernet port, one line out port, and one line in port.

The end result is an average 20 percent quieter system and “up to” 10% lower CPU and 6% lower GPU temperatures. Eddy Goyanes, a longtime Alienware employee, claims that it is the quietest Aurora the firm has ever produced.

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The “Stadium Loop,” which consists of two sizeable looping vents on either side of the front of the system and a single 120mm intake fan behind them, is now how the PC draws air into the system.

One of the computer’s three RGB LED zones illuminates the window-side of the loop with 44 unique LEDs. (There is also an optional 240mm liquid cooling radiator with twin 120mm fans up top.

The 120mm rear exhaust fan and the alien head logo in the front also have RGB LEDs inside.

Additionally, the side of the chassis is covered with hexagonal vents, the front of which it anticipates to take in air and the rear ones of which it also expects to exhaust it, probably dependent on your GPU.

Voltage Regulation as Standard Features

The new R16 boasts two memory slots, two M.2 SSD slots, and a 500W 80+ Platinum power supply with 12-phase voltage regulation as standard features.

These slots can accommodate up to 64GB of DDR5-5600 RAM and up to 8TB of PCIe Gen 4 storage, respectively. (Prices for aftermarket storage and memory are currently at all-time lows.

A 3.5mm spinning hard disc can also fit inside. Depending on your CPU and GPU, a 1000W 80+ Platinum power supply is also an option.

The 33.8 pound (maximum weight) chassis also has a lot of ports: in the front, a USB-C port that operates at 10Gbps, three USB-A ports that operate at 5Gbps, and a 3.5mm headset jack; in the back, a 20Gbps USB-C port, a 10Gbps USB-C port, two 5Gbps USB-A ports, two USB 2.0 ports, 2.5Gbps ethernet, and various audio outs are available.

With an air-cooled Core i7 13700F and Nvidia RTX 4070 graphics, it is currently available for as little as $1,750 in the United States (or $2300 CAD in Canada).

Improvement in the GPU Sector

You won’t see much improvement in the GPU sector for a while: in Asia and Europe, you can start with an RTX 3050 and upgrade to an RTX 4080 if you’d like, but until later in the year, the only additional GPU choice in the United States is the RTX 4070 Ti.

However, a 13th Gen i9 13900F is also available, and the company claims that by the end of the year, the R16 will surpass it as its most potent desktop.

Proper upgradeability is still lacking in this new model because the power supply and Z690 motherboard are still exclusive.

That’s due to focus and time constraints, according to Alienware lead Matt McGowan: “It was more efficient for us to move forward with this architecture and iterate on that than it was for us to completely redesign the product.”

Before perhaps considering up grade ability for future models, McGowan told journalists that the team iterated around the previous-generation Alienware R15 to concentrate on space savings, complexity, and airflow — but no guarantees there.

Given all the additional benefits this device offers, “we’ve obviously talked about how much upgradeability we want to have with this product,” he says.

On whether it will provide an AMD version of the R16, the business likewise won’t comment. We are considering that for a future roadmap, but we are not yet commenting.

The Alienware Aurora R16 has the following specifications.

Component Review unit Base model superior setup

 

Component Base model Review unit Top configuration
Price $1,749.99 (around £1,367 / AU$2,610) $1,899.99 (around £1,485 / AU$2,836) N/A
CPU Intel Core i7-13700F Intel Core i7-13700F Intel Core i9F-13900F
GPU Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 12GB GDRR6 Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 16GB GDDR6X
RAM 16GB RAM (8×2) DDR5 RAM 32GB (16×2) DDR5 RAM 64GB DDR5
Storage 1TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD 1TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD 4TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SS
Ports 4x USB 3.2 Gen Type-A, 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, 1x audio port, 2x SPDIF Digital Output, 1x Side Surround Output, 1x Rear Surround Output,1x Center/Subwoofer Output, 1x ethernet port, 4x USB 3.2 Gen Type-A, 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, 1x audio port, 2x SPDIF Digital Output, 1x Side Surround Output, 1x Rear Surround Output,1x Center/Subwoofer Output, 1x ethernet port, 4x USB 3.2 Gen Type-A, 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, 1x audio port, 2x SPDIF Digital Output, 1x Side Surround Output, 1x Rear Surround Output,1x Center/Subwoofer Output, 1x ethernet port,

 

Purpose of Alienware

The Alienware Aurora R16, like the majority of gaming PCs, works well with top-tier PC games while simultaneously functioning as a productive and creative/editing tool.

It does well with games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Dirt 5, the latter of which achieves over 150 fps on lesser settings while the former constantly scores close to 60 fps.

But when you increase the resolution to 4K, the frame rate drops to 16 fps without DLSS 3, making Cyberpunk 2077 a little risky. Even though the frame rate in Dirt 5 decreases, it is still a great 82 on average.

This is consistent with the R16’s emphasis on 1080p and QHD gaming, so having it operate at 4K resolution isn’t the best scenario.

Dell’s assertion that the R16 maintains mid-range pricing while offering performance on par with or better than the R15 is an intriguing one.

Furthermore, it is clear where that assertion originates from after reviewing the benchmark ratings. Surprisingly, in Night Raid and Fire Strike of 3DMark, the R16 falls short of the R15, with Port Royal and Time Spy being the only exceptions.

Good Game Performance without spending

The R16 either equals or outperforms the results of Geek Bench 5 and the PCMark 10 Home Test, despite the latter’s far superior Cine  bench R23 scores than the former.

The R15 performs better than the R16 when it comes to gaming because it has a better graphics card, but benchmarks aren’t the be all and end all of actual performance.

For those who seek good game performance without spending close to or over $4,000 for the top-tier features, the R16 is a good computer given what it provides and its reduced price.

It also performs well on benchmarks like the Cross Mark, Handbrake 1.6, and 25GB File Copy tests. To make the most of this PC, you should consider spending money on a monitor with a wide colour gamut if you require a PC for editing and creative work.

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