Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

Alienware did not wait long to release its redesigned Aurora gaming desktop. The Dell brand has released both the Intel-powered Aurora R13 (above) and the AMD-based Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 with their expected chassis redesign and, for the R13, a processor upgrade. The Intel machine now uses 12th generation Core (aka Alder Lake) processors ranging from a 10-core 3.7 GHz Core i5 to the unlocked 16-core, 3.2 GHz Core i9K and i9KF. The AMD models continue to use the Ryzen 5000 series chips up to and including the 5950X with 16 cores.

The highlight, as you might expect, remains the distinctive Legend 2.0 chassis. You can expect 50 percent more internal volume, tool-free access, more customizable lighting, and a more widely available clear side panel. That and a generally cleaner layout should help Aurora run cooler and quieter than its predecessor, while still allowing for easier upgrades. It probably will not affect you if you are determined to build your own rig, but it can make life easier if you just buy a ready-made system.

The R13 and Ryzen R14 models are available today from $ 1,250 for the AMD machine and $ 1,480 for its Intel-equipped counterpart. Upgrade options remain well known and include up to 128GB of RAM, GeForce RTX 3090 or RX 6900 XT graphics and 4TB of total storage (2TB SSD and 2TB rotating disk).

And don’t worry, if you’re a creator who prefers a more casual affair – Dell has you covered, too. The company has teased a new XPS Desktop (below) that retains the ‘safe’ design of the past, but in a much larger (27L versus 19L) form that improves airflow and fit in the toolless chassis. You’ll have to settle for ‘just’ 12th generation Intel Core i5, i7 and i9 processors, but you have the same memory, graphics and storage choices. You can also use liquid cooling if fan noise or throttling is a problem.

The new XPS tower arrives later this fall from $ 919. As such, it may be the better buy if you are more interested in raw power than an attention-grabbing cabinet.

Dell XPS Desktop (2021)


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