Dell’s Alienware Aurora R7 is a middle-tower gaming desktop PC. The biggest feature is that it is a standard size as a middle tower type, but it is finished with powerful specifications.
A high-performance CPU and large-capacity memory / storage can be added, and two graphic board insertions (SLI) are also supported.
There is a difference between things that are a budget or a great value, because the former is not necessarily good quality, and the latter means that you can pay a little more money for something that boasts excellent quality.
Alienware Aurora R7 at $2,904 is not the most affordable on the market.
It is the raw power, convenience and flexibility with which we would be happy to pay more money.
In this article, we will discuss Alienware Aurora R7 (released in October 2017) borrowed from the manufacturer to review the appearance, functions, and actual performance of the main unit.
Specifications of Alienware Aurora R7
|OS||Windows 10 Home * Customizable|
|Chipset||Intel Z370 Chipset|
|CPU||Core i5-8400 / i7-8700 / i7-8700K * Customizable|
|memory||8 / 16GB (up to 64GB) * Customizable|
|storage||HDD / SSD or SSD + HDD * Customizable|
|Graphics||GeForce GTX 1050 Ti / 1060/1070/1070 Ti / 1080/1080 Ti * SLI compatible, customizable|
|optical drive||DVD Super Multi Drive * Customizable|
|Communication function||1000BASE-T compatible wired LAN, IEEE802.11a / b / g / n / ac compatible wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.1|
|interface||USB3.1 Gen1 (full size) x 6 (front x 3 + back x 3), USB3.1 Gen2 (full size) x 1 (rear), USB3.1 Gen2 (Type-C) x 1 (rear), USB3. 1 Gen1 (Type-C) x 1 (front), USB 2.0 x 6 (rear), DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, wired LAN, headphone output / microphone input, audio terminals|
|Expansion slot||PCI Express x16 x2, PCI Express x1 x2, M.2 slot (PCIe / Optane compatible)|
|Drive bay||3.5 inch x 1, 2.5 inch x 2|
|Size / weight||Width 212 x Depth 472.52 x Height 360.5mm / Approximately 14.819kg|
|support||1 year manufacturer’s warranty|
Price and Availability
Like its predecessors, the Alienware Aurora R7 comes in different configurations, the cheapest of which is $999 Climb one configuration for $ 1,329 and you’re ready for VR with this configuration, which comes with the more powerful Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card, plus twice as much memory.
Meanwhile, the most expensive model that will return you $4,279 will be tricked by an Intel Core i7 8700 processor, 64 GB of RAM, 1 TB PCIe SSD, 2 TB hard disk and dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB.
Design of the Alienware Aurora R7
Despite the fact that the Aurora R7 is not as deceived as other gaming PCs, it certainly looks good. At 18.6 x 14.2 x 8.35 inches (21.1 x 47.2 x 36.1 cm: W x D x H) it is not necessarily compact in design.
The best thing about its design, if not its portability, is its affordability. This may seem complicated, but the only trick for this is to cancel the two switches that this panel is in place.
Securing the lid back is a little tricky, but seeing how easy it is to handle everything else is a trade-off that we can ignore.
The Alienware Aurora R7 chassis is designed for retrofit. The power-supplied hard drive is easily removable, replaceable, and can be upgraded to 2 TB.
There are also four RAM slots on the left side of the multi-core processor.
Thanks to its superior processor, top of the line GPU and significant RAM, it looks like the Aurora R7 can’t be wrong.
At the heart of this, of course, is the Intel Core i7 8700K.It is also an unlocked processor that allows you to accelerate even faster, although, frankly, he did not need a reason for this.
There is also the flagship GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GPU, Nvidia, which promises to bring up to a 3x performance increase.
Here is a good example of the capabilities of this GPU: the first Doom ward in which you demonized daemons from all sides is a situation where you can expect frame rates and texture to fall from a less powerful machine.
While playing Call of Duty, while this reviewer had few problems with what was happening, this beast handled the game’s physics perfectly.
And we can’t forget about 32 GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory, which includes our review unit.
Essentially, because the Alienware Aurora R7 can take whatever you throw at it – Doom, Call of Duty: World War II, Middle Earth: Shadows of War – each game is presented with great details with a steady falsification frequency that doesn’t.
Convenience of Modernization
Look inside the Alienware Aurora R7 case, and you will see why it is so easily upgraded. Most core components are easily accessible for upgrades and maintenance without any tools.
The housing provides illumination of five zones powered by batteries, which will work even if the power cable is temporarily disconnected.
Access from the front panel
Just click on the first grille to get the ability to connect USB devices and audio cables; you no longer need to get to the back of the case.
The ports are spaced apart enough to reduce the chance of clinging to the front panel when connecting cables. This avoids unwanted tangling and costly spoilage.
Access to the rear panel
Use the latest ventilation grille towards the rear wall as a handle to open the chassis for upgrading and maintaining the system.
There is also a back light on the back of the case for more convenient connecting and disconnecting cables.
Too many interfaces of Alienware Aurora R7
Interfaces for connecting peripheral devices are provided on the front and back. There are 15 USB ports in total.
However, it may be better to have more than less. It should be noted that there is no memory card slot. To import data such as digital cameras, you need to use a USB cable or prepare a separate memory card reader.
- USB3.1 Gen1 (full size)
- Headphone output / microphone input
- USB3.1 Gen1 (Type-C)
- USB3.1 Gen1 (full size)
Rear I / O panel interface
- S / PDIF digital output (coaxial / optical)
- 1000BASE-T compatible wired LAN
- DisplayPort * Not used
- 1 Gen2 (Type-C)U
- 1 Gen2 (full size)
- 1 Gen1 (full size)
- Audio connectors
The power consumption measurement results are as follows:
- Power consumption is very high because it has a high-performance CPU and GPU.
- The power consumption also varies greatly depending on the game.
- There was a considerable difference in power consumption between the mid-size FF14 bench and the heavyweight Assassin’s Creed Origins (ACO).
About Driving Sound
Driving noise (fan rotation noise, exhaust noise, etc.) is not a concern at low loads. However, during the trial period, it suddenly sounded big enough to surprise me twice.
The detailed cause is unknown. The drive sound during video conversion is quite loud, but it is 47.5dBA at the maximum in QSV and NVENC (hardware encoding) that are usually used, and it is not so loud. For mid-sized games, the drive sound was not as worrisome.
Drive sound measurement result (room temperature 26 ℃)
|Waiting||43.2dBA||Hear the fan rotating, but it’s not noisy|
|Watch video||43.3dBA||Same as above|
|Video conversion||60.9dBA||Exhaust sound and rotation sound are considerably loud|
|FF14: FHD||45.1dBA||Hear the rotation sound but I don’t care much|
|FF14: 4K||47.6dBA||Exhaust noise is slightly noticeable|
|ACO: FHD||53dBA||Exhaust noise is quite loud|
|ACO: 4K||52.8dBA||Same as above|
CPU Temperature of the Alienware Aurora R7
The maximum CPU temperature is 95 degrees during video conversion. Although the sound is quite high, it seems that the air cooling fan rotates strongly when the CPU gets hot, so there is little effect on other parts.
The 512GB SSD used in the trial machine is a high-speed type with PCIe connection. The access speed of 2TB HDD was also faster. 512GB SSD (left) and 2TB HDD (right) access speed.
The Core i7-8700K used in the trial machine is a very high performance CPU, but for some reason, the Pass Mark Performance Test gave a lower benchmark result than the Core i7-8700. That said, you will be able to achieve higher performance than a CPU of one or two generations ago.
Even with Core i5-8400, which is available as a CPU option, you can expect the same level of performance as the previous generation Core i7.
The benchmark score of GeForce GTX 1080Ti used in the trial machine is as follows. Even if you choose GeForce GTX 1080 or GeForce GTX 1070 Ti / 1070 as GPU, you can expect moderately high performance.
Benchmark tests were performed on medium to heavy class games, and it was found that full HD was able to play almost comfortably.
However, for some reason, the score has hardly changed even if the image quality is changed in FF15. Something may have gone wrong during the test.
VR Performance of the Alienware Aurora R7
Benchmark tests that measure comfort, such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, also gave excellent results. This time, we have not verified Windows Mixed Reality (MR) Ultara, but it seems to work without problems because the required specs are lower than those for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
If the average FPS exceeds the target FPS, VR content can be played comfortably, and VR content can be used comfortably at present.
Final Verdict about Alienware Aurora R7
When we look at the equipment, sometimes a small part of the guilt arises, although unnecessary when we rave about a specific product, because obviously nothing is perfect.
This car is great, not necessarily in a game-like aesthetics – it doesn’t come with all the Chillblast Fusion Spectrum bells or Darth Vader, which meets Transformers’ glance at MSI Aegis 3 – but in its power.
Aurora R7 has a more affordable look, made for games, but not too aggressive to put off some potential buyers. Admittedly, this is not the cheapest gaming desktop computer.