Alienware’s Latest Desktop Design Leaves the Mothership and Heads Again All the way down to Earth

Alienware has not been the kind of firm to shrink back from outlandish, costly, and typically gaudy case designs. That being mentioned, Alienware is attempting one thing slightly extra quaint in comparison with earlier years, as the newest in its Aurora mid-sized desktop PCs, the R16, now incorporates a boxier design that the corporate mentioned reduces the tower’s footprint whereas making it each cooler and quieter.

Alienware’s mid-tower desktop PC line has been straining the bounds of tower circumstances with extra out-of-this-world appears to be like. The Aurora line and its “Legend 2” silhouette had turn out to be the epitome of this design philosophy. Your entire case was angled up like a howitzer and it featured a big, floating LED oval eye in entrance.

By comparability, the Aurora R16 is much extra constrained and compact than earlier iterations. It’s shorter, and now measures solely 16.5 inches tall in comparison with previous variations’ over-20 inches. This so-called “Legend 3” design has seen a return of the normal sq. form so it can slot in amid the opposite mid-sized towers.

Alienware’s earlier case design held the components up at an angle and measured simply over 20 inches tall.
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There’s nonetheless the elective see-through plastic panel to look into the machine’s guts, but it surely now way more resembles an precise PC tower, with solely a single glowing LED “Stadium” lighting loop discovered circling the first vent on the case. There are extra airflow vents on the aspect and prime, and Alienware claimed it’s executed some higher cable administration to enhance the desktop’s airflow.

There are some added advantages to this design, a minimum of in accordance with Alienware. The corporate mentioned this “streamlined” newest case is a 40% lower in complete quantity in comparison with the R15, so extra folks can truly match it below their desk. The Aurora 16 also needs to be 20% quieter and run 6% cooler on the GPU than beforehand, in accordance with the corporate.

So far as precise elements, the R16 comes with choices from Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 40 Series and both the twelfth or thirteenth gen Intel processors. There are choices for both 64GB of 5200 MT/s DDR 5 or 32GB of 5600 MT/s DDR5 RAM. The rig can include as much as 8 TB of SSD storage (by means of two, 4 TB drives) and one other elective 1TB of arduous drive storage. And if you happen to already couldn’t guess, it is a Home windows 11 PC.

The case additionally comes with the brand new Commander Middle 6 dashboard to alter out the lighting strip shade, in addition to monitor and customise the inner thermal profiles. Over time, Alienware mentioned it can come out with newer GPU and CPU choices for supposedly beefier playing cards. Contemplating some model of the RTX 4090 are round 6.4 inches vast, that’s going to be lots of actual property for a case that’s said width is simply 7.76 inches

The Aurora R16 ought to be obtainable from Dell beginning Thursday for $1,750. The unit accommodates a thirteenth Gen Intel Core i7 and a GeForce RTX 4070 GPU. Supposedly, we’ll see extra variations sooner or later with totally different pricing factors.

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