Alienware announces Aurora - promises extreme gaming performance

Alienware announces Aurora - promises extreme gaming performance

Alienware has announced a new gaming desktop that promises to deliver “extreme gaming performance” to gamers with blazing speeds and immerse graphics. Dubbed the Aurora, the desktop will run on the second generation of Intel Core i7 processors (i7-3000) among many different configuration setups.

The graphics cards chosen – from both AMD and NVIDIA – use GDDR5 graphics memory and will support DirectX 11 graphics. The AMD cards, however, also have CrossFire X technology, meaning that it can hold two graphics cards running at the same time.

Other configurable options include the RAM (it can be either 8GB, 16GB or even 32GB), Hard drive options (up to 2TB 7200RPM drives, with 256GB and 512GB SSD options) and a choice to choose either Blu-Ray or not.

Of course, this isn’t cheap. Prices start at AU$3,999, so you better start saving. It is available now at the Alienware website. Gallery and full press release is below.

Dell’s Alienware Aurora Delivers Extreme Gaming Performance and Experience as Game Developers Intended in Most Advanced Desktop Ever

– Brings Games to Life with Immersive HD 3D Gaming and Multi-Display Technologies
– Helps Competitive Gamers Push the Limits of Hardcore Gaming

SYDNEY, Australia, Dec. 14, 2011 – Competitive gamers asked for the ultimate gaming PC and Dell’s new Alienware Aurora gaming desktop computer, unveiled today, delivers. It is the company’s most advanced desktop ever delivering the extreme gaming performance and experience game developers intended for their players. With the latest technology and intelligent design, gamers can envelop themselves in the action, experience blazing fast performance and immersive graphics.

– The Aurora desktop delivers the pure, raw power that gamers crave. The systems come loaded with the new 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-3000 series six-core CPUs, factory overclocked1 and liquid cooled, with the Intel X79 Express Chipset (Dell’s first consumer system to offer this chipset), Quad Channel DDR32 memory and the latest SATA technology.

– Gamers can literally “see” all that power firsthand. Dual graphics cards and beyond 1080p gaming with immersive multi-display and 3D HD3 capabilities allow gamers to experience any game at its best – as intended by the game developers.

– And the gaming desktops are intelligently designed for unparalleled customisation. In addition to raw power, an innovative chassis design and intuitive internal component layout allows for user-friendly upgrades and optimized thermal management.

Purposeful Cool Design

Designed from the inside out with performance, function and style in mind, Alienware Aurora’s chassis delivers a purposeful internal layout in a sleek, beautiful and compact form factor.

The desktop’s maintenance-free, high performance CPU Liquid Cooling replaces the standard heat sink and fan that comes with most PCs, and its Active Venting system provides additional heat dissipation during heavy gaming. Additionally, all core components inside the Aurora are purposefully compartmentalised in chambers that provide clean, clear and easy tool-less access for upgrades, maintenance or showing off.

Supporting AMD CrossFireX technology, Alienware Aurora is capable of housing two graphics cards for maximum performance and extreme graphics power. All Aurora graphics cards use GDDR5 graphics memory2, the most advanced offering available. With Microsoft’s DirectX 11 graphics API, complex virtual worlds will come alive.

“The PC gaming industry continues to grow rapidly, and our customers are demanding systems that can keep up with the most graphic-intensive games on the market,” said Arthur Lewis, vice president, Alienware and Product Management for Consumer, Small and Medium Business. “Alienware Aurora, our most advanced gaming desktop ever, delivers an experience that will exceed the expectations of any serious gamer.”

Complete Control

All Alienware laptops and desktops come complete with the Alienware Command Centre, which provides intuitive, user‐friendly access to exclusive applications and controls, including AlienFX lighting effects, Thermal Controls and AlienFusion power management system. AlienFX allows users to customise the exterior lighting zones on the chassis with over 25 billion colour combinations for a one-of-a-kind personalized experience. Updates and new releases download directly into Command Centre, creating a constantly evolving tool for users to modify and personalise their gaming computer.

Detailed Information:

  • 2nd Generation 3000 series Intel Core i7 Six Core Processor Options
  • New Intel X79 Express Chipset with Unlocked BIOS for Overclocking1
  • Single and Dual Graphics Options:
    • 1GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 68702
    • 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 69502
    • 1.25GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti2
    • 1.5GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 5802
    • 3GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 5902
    • Dual 1GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 6870 – AMD CrossFireX2
    • Dual 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 6950 – AMD CrossFireX2
  • 8GB, 16GB and 32GB Quad Channel 1600MHz DDR3 Memory Options2
  • Fast 7,200RPM Hard Drive Options up to 2TB; 256GB and 512GB SSD Options4
  • Single and Dual Optical Drive Options; Including Blu-ray Disc Reader and Burner
  • High Quality Audio Options:
    • Internal High-Definition 7.1 Performance Audio with Waves MAXX Audio Software (Standard)
    • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio (Optional)
    • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium (Optional)
  • System Dimensions: height: 426mm, depth: 645mm, width: 250mm; weight: starting at 20.41kg

Availability and Pricing:
Alienware Aurora is available now on with a starting price of $3,999 for Australia and $5,599 for New Zealand.

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