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Dell unveils Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R14, new details on R13

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What you need to know

  • Dell launched its new Alienware Aurora desktop PCs today.
  • An Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 and Alienware Aurora R13 with Intel are available.
  • The Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 starts at $1,250, and the Alienware Aurora R13 starts at $1,480.
  • Both new desktop PCs are available starting today, October 27, 2021.

Dell's new Alienware gaming desktops are here. The Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 runs on up to a Ryzen 9 processor, and the Aurora R13 is powered by up to a brand-new 12th Gen Intel Core i9K CPU. Both PCs are available starting today, October 27, 2021. The Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 starts at $1,250, and the Alienware Aurora R13 starts at $1,480.

Alienware announced a refresh to its Aurora desktops earlier this month, but we now have more details about the powerful PCs. High-end configurations of both Aurora desktops have four 120 mm fans. The desktops also feature a chassis that is 1.5 times larger than previous models.

Dell states that its new Alienware Aurora desktops are 13-16% quieter when idle than earlier models. During CPU-intensive tasks, the new Aurora PCs are up to 9% quieter than their predecessors. When overclocked with 175W devoted to the CPU, the new Auroras are said to be up to 13% quieter.

Alienware Aurora R13

CategoryAlienware Aurora R13
OSWindows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Processor12th Gen Intel
Core i5-12600K
Core i5-12600KF
Core i7-12700K
Core i7-12700KF
Core i9-12900K
Core i9-12900KF
ChipsetIntel Z690
Custom motherboard
RAM8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
DDR5-4400MHz
Dual-channel
GraphicsUp to NVIDIA RTX 3090
Up to AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
StorageUp to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Up to 2TB SATA HDD
PortsFront:
3.5mm audio
Two USB-A 3.2 (Gen 1)
USB-A 3.2 (Gen 1)
USB-C 3.2 (Gen 2)
Rear:
Four USB-A 2.0
USB-C 3.2 (Gen 2)
Two USB-A 3.2 (Gen 1)
USB-C 3.2 (Gen 2x2)
Ethernet
SPDIF
Audio out
PSUUp to 750W liquid cooling
ConnectivityRealtek 8822CE Wi-Fi 5
Intel AX201 Wi-Fi 6
Killer AX1675 Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0 or 5.2
Volume44L
WeightUp to 36.4 pounds (16.5kg)
ColorLunar Light
Dark Side of the Moon
PriceFrom $1,480
AvailabilityOctober 27

Alienware Aurora R14 Ryzen Edition

CategoryAlienware Aurora R14 Ryzen Edition
OSWindows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 5600X
AMD Ryzen 7 5800
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
AMD Ryzen 9 5900
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
ChipsetAMD B550
Custom motherboard
RAM8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
DDR4-3200MHz
Dual-channel
GraphicsUp to NVIDIA RTX 3090
Up to AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
StorageUp to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Up to 2TB SATA HDD
PortsFront:
Three USB-A 3.2 (Gen 1)
USB-C 3.2 (Gen 2)
Rear:
Four USB-A 2.0
USB-C 3.2 (Gen 2)
Two USB-A 3.2 (Gen 1)
Ethernet
SPDIF
Audio out
PSUUp to 750W liquid cooling
ConnectivityRealtek 8822CE Wi-Fi 5
MediaTek MT7921 Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0 or 5.2
Volume44L
Weight36.4 pounds (16.5kg)
ColorDark Side of the Moon
PriceFrom $1,250
AvailabilityOctober 27

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In addition to running at a lower volume, the new Alienware Aurora desktops are more powerful than the last generation. Graphics performance bumped up by 5% when using the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090. Despite the added power, the desktops run cooler. Dell states that CPU temperatures are up to 3% lower when compared to preceding models.

The desktops are able to run cooler in part because Dell introduced a custom motherboard that places power connections towards the edge of the PC's case.

The Aurora R12 desktop only had a maximum of four externally facing lighting zones. The Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 and Alienware Aurora R13 bump that up to eight. An optional clear side panel helps show off the lighting in the Aurora desktops.