Alienware is so expensive, should I get it?
How does Alienware Aurora R7 stacks up when playing the latest PC games?
Does the system run hot and loud under stress?
In this review, I will try my best to answer your questions whether the Alienware Aurora R7 gaming rig is right for you.
If you don’t feel like reading you can watch my video review below:
To start, here are the technical specifications of the Alienware Aurora R7 I will be reviewing:
- 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8700 Processor 3.2GHz
- 11GB NVIDIA® GTX 1080 Ti Graphics
- 16 GB RAM
- 256GB SSD
- 2TB Hard Drive
- Internal High-Definition Audio with Creative X-Fi Software
When the Alienware Aurora R7 arrived at my doorstep, the box was nicely designed. Reminiscent of an Apple product box, very sleek, minimalistic, and simple. I was a little surprise on how light the box was compare to my older gaming pc rig. When I opened the box, the rig was nicely secured with several inches of polymer sponge all around the pc. It was very secured and I admire the fact that Alienware is taking such precautions and care during transportation of this rig.
The rig does come with a set of complimentary keyboard and mouse. I am a little disappointed with the keyboard and mouse. They are just ‘standard’ keyboard and mouse. I expected a little bit more premium since Alienware is considered a luxury gaming pc brand. The price point for this machine was around $1,800 (monitors not included). In the end, I choose to use my own gaming keyboard and mouse over the ones provided by Alienware.
I have been testing the Alienware Aurora R7 unit for about a month. One thing I am surprise about is how quiet this gaming rig runs even under heavy stress from demanding video games. I use the highest graphical settings I can to run all my games and there seems to be no problem. I did have some issues running Just Cause 3, but I think it’s a game-related problem.
Overall, I am very happy with this unit except for the keyboard and mouse. All the games run smoothly and quietly. Don’t be surprise if your GTX 1080 Ti graphics card runs hot. I have seen temperature as high as 80C on high performance games. The price might be too expensive for some folks, but for the performance that you get out of this machine, I consider it a good buy.