What you need to know

  • The Alienware Aurora R9 is now available.
  • The gaming desktop has been redesigned with Alienware's new "Legend" design language.
  • You can grab the new Aurora R9 now at Dell starting at $970.

Following its launch at Gamescom this week, the new Alienware Aurora R9 is now available starting at $970. Far more than a simple refresh, the Aurora R9 has undergone a complete redesign that follows Alienware's "Legend" design language introduced earlier in 2019 with its laptops.

The new design features a rounded look that looks a bit like a mix between a gaming PC and a Dyson fan — but, somehow, it works. Running up the middle of the front is an LED-lit strip that includes all of the front USB ports and a prominent glowing Alienware logo. That rounded aesthetic carries on to the rest of the case as well, with venting grates on the left side and Alienware branding on the right.

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Inside the Aurora R9, you'll be able to pick from a wide variety of configurations. Processor options extend across Intel's 9th Gen range, on up to a Core i9-9900K. There's also up to 64GB of RAM, up to 4TB of storage, and graphics options ranging up to dual NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 cards. Here's a full breakdown of the specs:

Category Alienware Aurora R9
Operating System Windows 10
Processor Up to Intel Core i9-9900K (8-core, 16MB cache, overclocked up to 4.7GHz)
Graphics Up to dual NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
Memory Up to 64GB (3200MHz)
Storage Up to 4TB (2TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD (Boot) + 2TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s (storage))
Connectivity Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Qualcomm Wi-Fi 5 DW1810 1x1 802.11ac Wi-Fi Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.2
Qualcomm Wi-Fi 5 DW1820 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.2
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.0
Front Ports 1x Headphone/Line Out, 1x Microphone/Line In, 2x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1 w/Powersharetechnology, 1x Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 1
Rear Ports 1x SPDIF Digital Output (TOSLINK), 1x SPDIF Digital Output (Coax), 5x Type-A USB 2.0, 1x Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 2 w/Powersharetechnology (up to 15W), 3x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 2, 1x RJ-45 Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet, 1x Full Size DisplayPort 1.2 Output, 1x Microphone In, 1x Line In, 1x Line Out, 1x Center/Subwoofer Output, 1x Rear Surround Output, 1x Side Surround Output
Dimensions Height (maximum): 481.6 mm (18.9 in.)
Length (maximum): 431.9 mm. (17.00 in.)
Width (maximum): 222.8 mm. (8.771 in.)
Weight Maximum: 17.8 Kg. (39.2 lbs.)
Colors Lunar Light
Dark Side of the Moon

If the Aurora R9 piques your fancy, you can grab it now starting at $970. If you want to deck it out with top-of-the-line specs, however, you're looking at spending around $3,000.

Lookin' Good

Alienware Aurora R9

A Legend

The Alienware Aurora R9 shakes things up with a new design that not only looks fresh, but brings some significant improvements to airflow throughout. Combined with a solid slate of hardware, the Aurora R9 looks to be a capable pre-built gaming rig.

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