When it comes to pre-built desktops, I've nearly bought myself an Alienware Aurora several times over the years because the company's tool-less, upgradeable chassis and value for money were hard to beat. Now, the Alienware Aurora R11 and R10 Ryzen Editions are also a way to get Nvidia's extremely hard-to-find RTX 3080 and 3090 GPUs – and they're like no RTX 3080 or 3090 you've seen.
The boards and cooling have been customized by Alienware itself to be shorter than any RTX 3000-series card we've heard of so far. At just 267 mm (10.5 inches) in length, it fits better into smaller cases like the Aurora R11. Believe it or notice, Nvidia's own RTX 3080 Founder & # 39; s Edition is one of the smallest cards on the market at 285 mm (11.2 inches) in length, and this one is even shorter.
According to Alienware, the custom 10mm heat pipe and vapor chamber solution with two fans only takes up 2.5 PCIe slots. A standard pair of 8-pin power connectors is used in place of the 12-pin Nvidia cable.
Of course, the new cards aren't cheap, adding $ 825 to the base price of Aurora or an additional $ 1,625 for an RTX 3090. Still, you can still buy a full RTX 3080 PC for just $ 1,800 adding the 1,000 watts -Power supply. (Dell ships a 550W power supply as standard, but Nvidia recommends 750W or more for these cards.)
Personally, I'd recommend spending at least $ 2,000 to make sure you get 16GB of RAM and a solid state boot drive, and I could lose an extra $ 100 on a faster CPU unless you do pair this PC with a fairly high PC resolution monitor. I'm currently using an RTX 3080 in a rig with a slightly slower processor and a 1080p screen. Benchmarks suggest that my CPU is stalling the frame rate.
Speaking of screens, Alienware also has a new set that might fascinate you, including three new gaming monitors and a new 360 Hz 1080p panel for the Area 51m laptop, which will cost you an additional $ 150. (Also requires an RTX 2060 or better. We're seeing configurations as low as $ 2,419.99.)
The Alienware 25 (AW2521H), Alienware 27 (AW2721D), and Alienware 38 (AW3821DW) monitors will retail at $ 899.99, $ 1099.99, and $ 1899.99, respectively, starting next month.
While their screen sizes should be pretty obvious from their names, they're separated by more than one large area of pixels: the Alienware 25 is a lightning-fast 360Hz 1ms Fast IPS-G-Sync monitor with a pretty standard 400 nits of brightness and 1080p resolution, while the Alienware 27 has a fast IPS panel with 240 Hz, 2560 x 1440 1 ms and 98 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut, G-Sync Ultimate and DisplayHDR 600 certifications (though it is designed for a typical brightness of 450 nits)).
DisplayHDR 600 is better than DisplayHDR 400, but it's not a DisplayHDR 1000
Then there's the Alienware 38, a fast 144 Hz, 3840 x 1600 1 ms IPS monitor with a curved 2300R screen, 21: 9 aspect ratio and 95 percent DCI-P3 coverage, G-Sync Ultimate and the same DisplayHDR 600 certificate (and 450-) no typical brightness) as the Alienware 27. All three monitors have a pair of HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.4 (which you need to use for maximum refresh rate), a variety of USB 3.2 connections and an ambient light sensor for automatic adjustment of the brightness.
The Alienware 25 had previously been deployed as one of four 360 Hz monitors in support of Nvidia's new Reflex Latency Analyzer feature for what may be a minor benefit in esports. As we predicted, it's not cheap.
Correction 11:26 p.m. ET: The Alienware 38 is a 3840 x 1600 display, not a 3440 x 1440. We are sorry for the mistake.