Alienware is known for being the one-stop solution for gaming PCs and laptops, and their Aurora and new Area-1 series of gaming desktop PCs affirm that fact. When discussing performance and gaming PCs, terms like powerful processor, whopping amount of RAM, dual-GPUs and such are most common, but, high-end variants of the Alienware gaming PCs have given these terms new meaning altogether.
As you read this, we have with us a high-end variant of the Alienware Aurora gaming machines. It’s common to see mainstream and high-end PCs using dual-core and quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU variants respectively. It’s also common to see 6 GB and 8GB RAM on high-end machines. What’s rare and exciting to see in a PC is the combination of double the amount of RAM, good graphics cards running in SLI and most importantly, an ultra-high-end CPU in the package.
Before we start on the looks part, we can’t wait to tell you about its real beauty, the hardware. So here it is! This particular machine is powered by an Intel Core i7 975 Extreme Edition processor. It has 12 GB triple channel DDR3 RAM (that’s right 12 GB), two Nvidia Geforce GTX 260 (1.8 GB each) cards in SLI and two 500 GB hard drives in RAID 0. And, it only gets more interesting. Let’s marinate on that while we take you through the unpacking bit.
The complete package is so heavy and large, that it’s impossible for a single person to carry. Nonetheless, once we had it in our labs, the unpacking took merely a few minutes. There were two boxes, one carrying the machine and the other had the keyboard, mouse and goodies that gaming machines usually bundle.
Speaking of which, the package includes an Alienware lazer gaming mouse, a stiff gaming mouse pad with the Alien face on it, a couple of un-intimidating Alienware-stickers, a power cord, and discs for OS recovery, drivers, utilities and such. Setting up the PC was seamless, ten minutes, and it was up and running.
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