25 years of Alienware: Aurora gaming PC has an optimized case for cooling

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Alienware is celebrating the company's 25th birthday with a new edition of the Aurora desktop gaming PC. Ventilation and cable routing has been optimized. Only a few points are currently known about the installed hardware.

According to the manufacturer, the new case of the Alienware Aurora comes with an open-air design that completely reorganizes the components installed inside. This new floor plan has made it possible for Alienware to increase the free space in the PC by 50 percent with only marginally larger external dimensions. Compared to the still current generation of the Aurora, this results in a cooler and quieter operation. A side effect, according to Alienware, is that players now have more direct access to the components and can thus upgrade the system more easily or make other changes to it.

Optimized cooling with up to 4 × 120 mm

Up to four 120 mm fans are responsible for the fresh and exhaust air of the case in the Aurora, with the CPU being kept in check with an all-in-one water cooling system. With the hitherto unknown basic equipment, two fans are installed in any case, one in the front and one in the rear, the larger configurations have a second 120 mm fan in the front and, depending on the equipment, an additional fan in the lid. For the first time, Alienware is offering a transparent side panel for the left side, so that, among other things, the new dark mainboard with up to eight individually adjustable AlienFX lighting zones and other components can be viewed.

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Alienware Aurora with Legend 2.0 chassis
Alienware Aurora with Legend 2.0 chassis
Alienware Aurora with Legend 2.0 chassis
Alienware Aurora with Legend 2.0 chassis
Alienware Aurora with Legend 2.0 chassis
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Alienware Aurora with Legend 2.0 chassis
Alienware Aurora with Legend 2.0 chassis
Alienware Aurora with Legend 2.0 chassis

Alienware Aurora with Legend 2.0 chassis
Alienware Aurora with Legend 2.0 chassis
Alienware Aurora with Legend 2.0 chassis
Alienware Aurora with Legend 2.0 chassis
Alienware Aurora with Legend 2.0 chassis
Alienware Aurora with Legend 2.0 chassis

Quieter operation and lower temperatures

According to Alienware, the new room layout and ventilation ensure that the gaming PC runs between 13 and 16 percent quieter than the current Aurora R12 model, depending on the configuration. Under load, the new generation is 9 percent quieter, with an overclocked CPU with a power budget of 175 watts, the difference is 13 percent. In normal operation with 160 watts, the company recorded 3 percent lower CPU temperatures using the AiO water cooling.

The GeForce RTX 3090 will give it again

It is not yet known which components the new Alienware Aurora will use. According to the German press office, the system should come onto the market in late autumn, only then can all the details and prices be expected. It is quite possible that Alienware will be relying on Intel Alder Lake-S by then. At least the maximum configurable graphics card is known with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 (test), because this delivers a 5 percent higher performance in the 3DMark Time Spy than in the Aurora R12 in the new chassis, explains Alienware.

Optional cover for cables at the rear

The housing measures 510 × 225 × 589 mm (H × W × D), weighs a maximum of 15.5 kg depending on the equipment and is available in the colors “Lunar Light” and “Dark Side of the Moon”. The current Intel model (R12), on the other hand, has a size of 481.6 × 222.8 × 431.9 mm and weighs up to 17.8 kg. The new generation has thus increased in depth. A new, optional magnetic cable cover for the rear of the PC also contributes to this, with the help of which cables and connections can be neatly stowed.