Latest_Dell A_lienware Aurora R9 Gaming Tower Computer, Intel Core i7-9700K Processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Wireless+ Bluetooth, HDMI, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 Graphics, Windows10
This review refers to the Dell Alienware Aurora R9 with an Intel i7 9700, 16 GB Kingston HyperX Fury XMP DDR4 2666 RAM, an Nvidia RTX 2080 Super graphics, a 512 GB SK Hynix NVMe M.2 and a 1 TB WD Blue 3 Inch HDD and air cooling.
The above components are mounted on a Dell Micro ATX motherboard and work with a 850-watt power supply. There is a 3.5-inch hard drive bay and two (empty) 2.5-inch hard drive bays. It is prewired with full-size micro SATA power connectors for empty bays. You must provide the data cables if you want to add storage. It has a PCIe slot with 16 lanes, one with 8 lanes and two with 4 lanes. Upon request, it has space for two graphics cards. It has WIFI and Bluetooth. The operating system is installed on the Hynix NVMe M.2. There is only one M.2 slot. You can use a $ 15 M.2 PCIe adapter and another M.2 NVMe if you need faster access to a large game library. There is no access for a DVD player. You need to use a USB DVD if you need one.
It is delivered in double packaging so that there is no damage in transit.
Here you will find a complete view and description of all peripheral ports. https://www.dell.com/support/manuals/us/en/04/alienware-aurora-r9-desktop/alienware-aurora-r9-setup-and-specifications/views-of-alienware-aurora-r9? guid = guid-d3cb1479-5af9-4e2f-9a8b-416fc88c775d & lang = de-de and here https://www.dell.com/support/manuals/us/en/04/alienware-aurora-r9-desktop/alienware – aurora-r9-service-manual / alienware-aurora-r9-service-manual components. You can also find a complete list of BIOS setup features here. Note that models with the i7 9700 do not have any of the performance / overclocking features available because the third-party Intel i7 9700 is a locked processor.
I spent a lot of time before writing this review. First, it is a really elegant looking unit. The lights can be configured in a variety of colors and effects from the Alienware Control Center application. Although it is a micro ATX box, the plastic bezels make it about the size of a normal middle tower box if you remove all the plastic. Although narrow at the front, it is almost 21 cm wide at the back. It is 19 inches tall and just over 17 inches deep. The housing is easy to open and the power supply can be opened to reveal the motherboard. You can easily access the removal and replacement of all components. (Note: to unlock the side cover, the screw must be removed from the release handle). If you want to install a second graphics card, the power cable is now available.
This device has air cooling. The heat sink is a circular cooler with a 90 mm fan. There is a 120mm front and top fan. There is an additional PWM fan connector on the top of the board that can be used to control liquid cooling or to add another top fan, which I did. The power supply is modular, so there are open sockets if you need them for any reason.
The graphics are an Nvidia RTX 2080 Super. It is a long-lasting card with a fan. You can overclock through the Alienware Control Center or the MSI Afterburner, but if you’re not looking for the glory of overclocking, you could barely see a difference in the actual results. In the default configuration on my 4K screen, the 4K configuration in Furmark and in the flight simulation, I saw 67 FPS when using Furmark as a reference point in the highest configuration and 60 FPS with the DCS Mustang P51-D flight simulation World. Compared to my previous configuration with a GTX 1070, it runs 30 FPS faster and the scenario in flight simulation is remarkable. Furmark achieves 123 FPS in Quad HD and 183 FPS in Full HD.
On i7 9700. The disadvantages are that he and RAM are locked. The XMP controls the working memory and only works at the nominal speed of the working memory. I replaced a set of 2 x 16GB DDR4 2400 XMP and they ran to 2400 with no options in the BIOS to overclock them. I think the native RAM speed for the i7 9700 is 2666, so putting faster RAM on the i7 9700 probably won’t work, since it will probably re-stamp in 2666 quite impressive. Although designed for 3 GHz, it has an excellent Turbo Boost range. It will rise to 4.6 GHz and keep 4.4 under a constantly changing load, such as the Puget Sound Photoshop benchmark.
Okay, we have a really attractive PC with an excellent CPU and graphics, more than adequate power, wide peripheral audio, USB, video ports and a lot of memory expansion space.
These are really important advantages, but generally there are, and this time it is about cooling. The case is tight. There is only about an inch between the top of the CPU fan and the side of the power supply. There is a box fan at the top and one at the front. In the standard configuration under Prime 95, the temperature accelerated to 3.8 GHz at 70 ° C and the CPU temperature increased to 80 ° C. The load under Prime 95 is not normal, even running the Photoshop reference point, The CPU is normally loaded to maximum. The load was 75 degrees Celsius, although the CPU speed was largely constant at 4.3 GHz due to irregular load on the CPU cores, in contrast to the constant 100% load of all Prime cores 95. This is how the maximum performance actually stays alive, although it will run in the top 70. Many will say that this is not a problem, but you have to decide. I added another fan up. There is space on the built-in fan. The module to which the fan is connected is removed so you can easily install it. Simply remove the power cable from the CPU and remove the RAM. Then you have space to take it out. I did it and it helped me lower the temperature. It helps speed up the front fan, but it becomes very loud.
Now for the controls. The Alienware Comand Center, which has two integrated CPU overclocking settings and frequency controls for the graphics card, and controls for audio and lighting effects, is having problems on my computer. I uninstalled and reinstalled using the tutorial published by Dell. It still did not work properly. I called Dell before writing this review. A technician took care of my machine and showed me how to set fan speeds, but they don’t work. I installed the MSI Afterburner to control the speed of the GPU fan. By aggressively increasing the fan curve, I was able to reduce the temperature of the graphics card from 77 to 67 degrees Celsius under load. Afterburner can also be used to overclock the GPU.