New Alienware AuroraSource: Dell

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

Category Alienware Aurora R13
OS Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Processor 12th Gen Intel
Core i5-12600K
Core i5-12600KF
Core i7-12700K
Core i7-12700KF
Core i9-12900K
Core i9-12900KF
Chipset Intel Z690
Custom motherboard
RAM 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
DDR5-4400MHz
Dual-channel
Graphics Up to NVIDIA RTX 3090
Up to AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
Storage Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Up to 2TB SATA HDD
Ports Front:
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
PSU Up to 750W liquid cooling
Connectivity Realtek 8822CE Wi-Fi 5
Intel AX201 Wi-Fi 6
Killer AX1675 Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0 or 5.2
Volume 44L
Weight Up to 36.4 pounds (16.5kg)
Color Lunar Light
Dark Side of the Moon
Price From $1,480
Availability October 27

Alienware Aurora R14 Ryzen Edition

Category Alienware Aurora R14 Ryzen Edition
OS Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
AMD Ryzen 7 5800
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
AMD Ryzen 9 5900
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
Chipset AMD B550
Custom motherboard
RAM 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
DDR4-3200MHz
Dual-channel
Graphics Up to NVIDIA RTX 3090
Up to AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
Storage Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Up to 2TB SATA HDD
Ports Front:
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
PSU Up to 750W liquid cooling
Connectivity Realtek 8822CE Wi-Fi 5
MediaTek MT7921 Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0 or 5.2
Volume 44L
Weight 36.4 pounds (16.5kg)
Color Dark Side of the Moon
Price From $1,250
Availability October 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.

Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R

Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R14

This gaming desktop runs on up to an AMD Ryzen 9 5950X CPU. It's available with up to an NVIDIA RTX 3090 or up to an AMD Radeon R 6900 XT GPU.

Alienware Aurora R

Alienware Aurora R13

This Aurora gaming desktop runs on up to an Intel Core i9-12900KF CPU. It also has graphics options of up to an NVIDIA RTX 3090 or up to an AMD Radeon R 6900 XT.

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