Alienware Aurora R13

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The Alienware Aurora R13 is arsenic beauteous arsenic ever, with 1 of the astir elegant designs successful a mainstream gaming PC. However, the cooling doesn’t support up with the silicon inside, which holds high-end configurations backmost from delivering their money’s worth.

For

  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Beautiful design
  • Easy to upgrade

Against

  • Expensive
  • Weak CPU cooler

The Alienware Aurora R13 is arsenic beauteous arsenic ever, with 1 of the astir elegant designs successful a mainstream gaming PC. However, the cooling doesn’t support up with the silicon inside, which holds high-end configurations backmost from delivering their money’s worth.

Pros

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    Excellent gaming performance

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    Beautiful design

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    Easy to upgrade

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Cons

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    Expensive

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    Weak CPU cooler

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Prebuilt gaming PCs similar the Alienware Aurora R13 are lone getting much important, particularly erstwhile you see that the PC components gamers request to build their ain PC go much and much expensive. Although, arsenic we’ve seen implicit the past year, Alienware’s PC prices haven’t truly been arsenic affected. That means much radical than ever are apt looking astatine this gaming rig to spot if it's a tenable alternate to gathering a PC, and it is - but it’s not truly that simple. 

This caller operation from Alienware does travel with immoderate aesthetic improvements - including a solid broadside sheet that’s been missing from Dell’s premium gaming PCs for a fewer years now. But determination are immoderate things that should beryllium re-examined successful bid for this instrumentality to beryllium an fantabulous mainstream device. 

Mainly, the CPU cooler. The Alienware Aurora R13 is utilizing the latest Intel 12th-generation Intel processors, and the exemplary we person successful beforehand of america is utilizing the Core i9-12900K. It’s a powerfulness bare spot that outputs a batch of vigor erstwhile it’s enactment nether load, but Alienware has decided to equip it with a 120mm AIO liquid cooler. While that would beryllium capable for possibly a existent Core i7 processor, it truly doesn’t chopped it for a processor arsenic power-hungry arsenic Intel’s flagship. 

This unsocial disqualifies the PC from being the go-to for gamers that besides privation a PC that tin service arsenic a workstation. The infinitesimal you effort to bash immoderate dense video editing oregon rendering connected this PC, you volition tally into issues with thermal throttling. 

But due to the fact that the halfway intent of the Alienware Aurora R13 is PC gaming alternatively than originative workloads, this is little of a large woody than it whitethorn beryllium with different machines. You’re not going to max retired a Core i9-12900K successful a Call of Duty match, aft all. If you’re conscionable a PC gamer, this is going to beryllium a good PC.

It’s conscionable that astatine the extremity of the day, erstwhile you’re paying a whopping $4,379 for the configuration reviewed here, it would beryllium bully to cognize that you could propulsion the hardware wrong to its limits without affecting the longevity of the computer. 

Alienware Aurora R13

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Price and availability 

The Alienware Aurora R13 is disposable now, starting astatine $1,399 successful the US. That configuration volition get you an Intel Core i5-12600KF, 8GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650. In the UK the starting terms is simply a small higher, astatine £1,749, which is the aforesaid arsenic the US version, conscionable starting with an RTX 3060 instead. 

But if you’re successful Australia, you’re looking astatine a terms of astatine slightest AU$5,499, and you’ll get an Intel Core i7-12700KF, 16GB RAM and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 – a beauteous high-end configuration for the introduction model. 

Because it’s an Alienware rig, you tin get it upgraded with the highest-end components connected the market, close now. If you privation the specs listed to the right, you’re looking astatine a terms tag of $4,729 / £4,999 / AU$9,349. Although, it should beryllium noted that the Australian mentation of this configuration comes with an further 2TB hard drive. 

You tin besides treble the RAM up to 128GB, which volition bring the terms up adjacent further. However, due to the fact that of however lackluster the CPU cooling is here, we wouldn’t urge getting that overmuch memory. After all, immoderate workload that volition enactment each that RAM to usage volition conscionable extremity up causing your CPU to throttle - much connected that later. 

But compared to different akin gaming PCs similar the HP Omen 30L, this truly isn’t a atrocious price. That PC volition commencement astatine $1,599 / £1,699 / AU$3,299, though it does commencement with much high-end components.  

Alienware Aurora R13

(Image credit: Future)

Design 

If you’ve seen immoderate Alienware desktop PC implicit the past mates of years, the Alienware Aurora R13 volition look familiar. It has the aforesaid Legend plan connection the institution has been utilizing for a mates of years now, and is adjacent disposable successful the aforesaid “Lunar Light” oregon “Dark Side of the Moon” colorway options – fundamentally achromatic oregon white. 

However determination is 1 immense alteration present implicit the Alienware Aurora R13 – and that’s the broadside panel. Instead of having coagulated integrative panels connected some sides of the PC, the left-hand broadside present has a solid broadside panel, which lets you spot the components connected the inside. Sure, due to the fact that it’s a wide produced PC it’s not arsenic beauteous wrong arsenic a Maingear rig oregon anything, but Alienware did marque things a small prettier present that you’ll beryllium seeing wrong the case. 

The halfway quality determination is that the metallic limb mechanics that housed the powerfulness proviso successful the Alienware Aurora R12 is gone, which means you tin spot straight down to the CPU cooler without having to determination thing retired of the way. Not lone does this look nicer, it besides means that this PC is going to beryllium much easier to upgrade further down the line. 

To unfastened it up, there’s a small propulsion tab connected the backmost of the machine conscionable supra the rear exhaust, secured by a Philips-head screw. Simply loosen that screw, propulsion retired that tab, and the broadside sheet volition merchandise for removal. From there, you tin entree the CPU, RAM, graphics card, and NVMe SSD without needing to get thing retired of the way. 

It’s a mode much accessible design, and we applaud it, but determination are immoderate lingering issues here. 

Namely, due to the fact that of the mode the chassis is designed, determination isn’t abstraction for a larger AIO liquid CPU cooler to beryllium installed. Instead, if you bash opt for the h2o cooling option, you’ll lone get a 120mm AIO. That’s good for low-to-mid scope CPUs, but it’s a superior occupation if you person thing similar the Intel Core i9-12900K inside. 

Under load, this means that the fans person to enactment overtime, and it ends up being highly loud. This is not going to beryllium a PC you’re going to privation to prime up if you privation your crippled sessions to beryllium quiescent – but truly won’t beryllium an contented if you’re wearing a gaming headset portion utilizing this rig.

All the large things astir R12 chassis are back, though. Around the front, you’re getting 2 USB-A ports and a USB-C, on with immoderate precise charismatic RGB lighting astir the halfway panel. Then, astir the backmost you’re getting a immense postulation of ports, which you would expect from a desktop gaming PC. The lone happening that’s truly changed present implicit the last-generation exemplary is that the powerfulness input has moved from the apical near country to the bottommost right. That brings it much successful enactment with different gaming PCs, but shouldn’t realistically alteration however your setup volition look.

Alienware Aurora R13

(Image credit: Future)

Performance 

Because the Alienware Aurora R13 sent to america for reappraisal is strapped with an Intel Core i9-12900K, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090, and 64GB of DDR5 RAM, there’s beauteous overmuch nary crippled that won’t beryllium perfectly blown retired of the h2o with this thing. This gaming PC has perfectly nary occupation playing immoderate crippled connected the marketplace astatine 4K with each mounting maxed out, and should stay that mode for rather immoderate time. 

We person it successful our surviving room, sitting adjacent to our amusement center, and we’ve been utilizing it rather a spot to bask a spot of gaming successful our downtime. Next-generation games similar Guardians of the Galaxy and Cyberpunk 2077 tally similar an implicit imagination here, particularly erstwhile you usage technologies similar DLSS and FSR. And, the benchmarks listed to the close archer beauteous overmuch the aforesaid story. 

The problems originate erstwhile you effort to propulsion this PC extracurricular of gaming. When we archetypal got this instrumentality in, we were successful the mediate of moving with Alder Lake for the archetypal time, and truthful we loaded up Blender, fundamentally conscionable to spot what would happen. 

While show was good, it didn’t instrumentality agelong earlier we noticed CPU digits hitting temperatures supra 100C, starring to immoderate important thermal throttling. We tried reseating the cooler, and it didn’t pb to  any important quality successful the temperature. The CPU cooler present is conscionable not capable for this processor. Even successful our ain investigating of the Alder Lake flagship, we are seeing temperatures astir 86C nether afloat load connected an open-air trial seat with a elephantine 360mm AIO cooler - truthful the 120mm AIO successful the Alienware Aurora R13 is conscionable not going to chopped it. 

This won’t beryllium a occupation with configurations with somewhat little almighty CPUs, however. Our proposal is, if you privation this Alienware rig, instrumentality with an Intel Core i7-12700K oregon below. Realistically, gaming show connected that processor is going to beryllium astir arsenic bully arsenic the 12900K. It’s conscionable going to past a spot longer. 

It wouldn’t beryllium arsenic large a woody if determination was abstraction successful the chassis to acceptable a larger liquid cooler, but unluckily determination isn’t. If high-end processors support being arsenic blistery arsenic they are close present - and we deliberation they volition - Alienware is going to request to spell backmost to the drafting committee for its desktop PC designs. Hopefully it tin bash that without abandoning the beauteous Legend plan connection it’s cultivated implicit the past fewer years. 

Alienware Aurora R13

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Jackie Thomas

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