Having an upgradeable desktop is the best benefit a great desktop can offer besides performance and value. But upgradability can also be initially a challenge for newbies or PC users without the ability to maneuver their way around the desktop’s interior. Fortunately, that’s an issue the Alienware Aurora tackles with its tool-less upgrade design. Read the full Alienware AUR5-12571SLV review right here.
- Great performance
- Impressive design
- Tool less upgradability
- Healthy future proof port system
- Can fit two graphic cards in its case
- Slightly heavy for a mid range desktop
- Internal cable management could be better routed
The Alienware AUR5-12571SLV Desktop | Amazon is a mid-sized tower case that borrows its design and thermal dynamics from the Alienware Area 51 desktop. It stands out owing to a remarkable unique-looking outside case and high-end hardware. The desktop accommodates two full-fledged graphics cards built on an SLI enabled motherboard. The GPU enables 3D triple A games and the healthy port system allows up to four monitors to connect and play 4K video. We recommend this system for avid gamers and VR lovers across the board.
Alienware AUR5-12571SLV Desktop SPECS
|Processor||3.4 GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7-6700K|
|RAM||16GB (1 DIMM) DDR4 at 2133MHz|
|Internal Storage||256GB M.2 PCIe SSD + 2TB SATA 7200Rpm HDD|
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5 – founders edition|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|DVD drive||Tray loading Dual layer DVD burner|
|Accessories||Alienware Multimedia Keyboard and Alienware Standard Optical Mouse|
|Audio||Internal High-Definition Audio with Creative X-Fi Software|
|Dimension||14.9 x 8.3 x 18.6 inches|
|Power supply||850W PSU|
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DESIGN AND FEATURES
Measuring 18.6 by 8.4 by 14.1 inches (HWD), the Alienware AUR5-12571SLV Desktop | Amazon is slightly smaller than the average Tower desktop. But it’s larger than other small factor desktops like the Origin Chronos VR PC. The design features a ribbed silver chassis with smoothly curved edges and ventilation slits at the right side panel and the chassis ceiling. Speaking of which, the top deck ventilation and handle are similar to what we had seen on the Lenovo Ideacentre Y710 Cube. The handle becomes very handy when you need to carry the desktop from one room to another or are a frequenter of LAN parties. The only caveat is that the handle is a little weak and feels like one that might snap under the desktop’s weight. So, perhaps it’s wise not to use the desktop’s top as a file/paper cabinet.Moving on, the right side panel is home to the slits for ventilation, but the panel also doubles up as the case door; a way to get into the desktop’s interior. There is no window on the side (Plexiglas) and the inside isn’t lit as the desktops we’ve reviewed recently (CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Ultra GUA4500A desktop), but that’s compensated by flashing and pulsating LED lights at the front, controlled by Alienware’s preinstalled software.
The Alenware Aurora port system comfortably covers your controllers, mice, keyboard and monitors. It has both front and rear ports and a number of futuristic ports so you don’t need to updgrade your system for a while. The front face houses the DVD +RW disc drive and the top deck holds four USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack and microphone jack.
The rear features six USB 2.0 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 Type-A, USB-3.1 Type-C port, a single Ethernet port, four DisplayPorts, a single HDMI, two S/PDIF digital output port, one optical out and a 7.1 surround sound out. Three of the DisplayPorts and a single HDMI port on the rear side are offered by the Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics unit. This provides room for connecting to external monitors and maintaining the picture and video quality.Wireless Connectivity is via 802.11ac Wi-Fi and the recent Bluetooth 4.2.
Our reviewed unit was the higher tier of what Alienware offers for this gaming desktop meaning there are other lower configurations available. The base unit starts with an Intel Core i3-6100 processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 graphics unit, 8GB of RAM and a spacious 1TB hard drive.
Spending almost $2000 on a desktop, you’d expect nothing short of brilliance and performance and we’re glad that you won’t be disappointed here. The Alienware AUR5-12571SLV packed an impressive assortment of high-end hardware to make sure this PC performs optimally, and it did with flying colors. The Alienware AUR5-12571SLV sports a 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7-6700k quad-core processor that’s able to reach 4.0 GHz speed at Turbo when the system is cool.
The processor works in tandem with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and 256GB solid state drive, coupled with 2TB of mechanical hard drive for data, games, music and video storage. Thanks to the SSD, it takes about 3 seconds to boot from off to on which is pretty sweet. For those intending to get additional storage, the downside is that the system only comes with a single 3.5” HDD drive, but shouldn’t hurt those comfortable with 2TB HDD/256GB SSD. Besides gaming, it’s a great choice for photo editing and handles software like Lightroom and Photoshop with flair. The 16 GB of RAM enables multitasking meaning you can work both work and play or open a couple of dozen tabs online, while working on software or other apps offline.When it comes to graphics, the housed Nvidia GeForce 1070 graphics unit is the business. This GPU is a high end graphics card and the second fastest Pascal architecture GPU in the industry at least from May 2016; and it doesn’t mince words when it gets down to gaming performance. A couple of other PCs like Dell XPS Tower Special Edition, Lenovo Ideacentre Y710 Cube and the Lenovo Ideacentre Y900 also have a similar Nvidia GeForce 1070 graphics unit. Alienware fitted two full-fledged graphics processing units to keep the performance peak. The GPUs are connected to an SLI compatible motherboard.
Additionally, the 600W GFX card makes the cut for VR and delivers some fast action on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. However, you would have to add a few extras to be able to max out the performance such as including a large power supply unit (for small configurations because our unit comes with 850W of power) and liquid cooling system to get the system performing optimally (especially for overclocking). The Alienware AUR5-12571SLV Desktop also runs smoothly and quietly so we had no qualms with the fans. You can hear the fan run while working, but it does its job reliably keeping the system cool and shouldn’t be distracting.
Alienware AUR5-12571SLV Desktop Review
The key specifications of the Alienware AUR5-12571SLV Desktop | Amazon are great: Intel Core i7-6700K, the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, 256 GB SSD/2TB HDD storage, and an impressive design to top it all up. It comes with the hardware and definitely looks the part of a powerful tower of power in a terrestrial modern design. The interior was carefully thought out and the articulating arm swinging the power supply unit out of the case was a well thought out idea. We loved the Alienware Aurora which makes it easy to recommend it to anyone. It is priced at around $2,000, the sweat spot for most performance and value VR ready desktops. And with that, it makes it to our Editor’s choice of best desktops 2017 owing to its design, power and potential.
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