Alienware banks on VR with the new Aurora desktop

3dbaz – Alienware’s last Aurora, the R4, is most (in)famous for the “ALX” option, which adds fins that flip open when the machine gets hot. Dell has just relaunched the Alienware Aurora desktop that sadly lacks that geeky option. In exchange, you do get a smaller, tool-less mid-tower that retains the minimalist gaming design flare that the original was known for. It also packs a punch with powerful CPU options and optional dual graphics cards, including NVIDIA’s latest GeForce GTX 1080.

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Another new Alienware offering is the Alpha R2, the successor to the Alpha that was originally pitched as the world’s first Steam Machine. As such, it’s more like a supercharged console than a PC, but is in fact “smaller than an Xbox One,” (at least for now) according to Dell. With support for the latest Intel Core CPUs, an NVIDIA GTX 960 with 4GB of DDR5 (or AMD Radeon equivalent) and an optional M.2 SSD and 16GB of RAM, it should solve the power problems of the original.

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It’s still not quite enough spec to power a VR headset (you need an NVIDIA GTX 970 or higher), but no worries — you can now equip it with the Alienware Graphics Amplifier. That box lets you add any graphics card you want, including the GeForce GTX1080, to multiply the power. The Alpha starts at $599, but again, for any kind of an enthusiast configuration, you’ll need to pay a lot more. The Graphics Amplifier alone, for instance, runs $300, not including the card.

source : engadget

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