Alienware Aurora R13 Review: Alder Lake Alien

Alienware Aurora R13 Review: Alder Lake Alien

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With AMD’s Ryzen 7000 CPUs, Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake, plus new high-end GPUs from both Nvidia and AMD seemingly right around the corner, right now may not be the best time to buy a new gaming desktop. Then again, if you’ve been waiting years to buy a gaming rig thanks to GPU availability issues surrounding crypto mining and the pandemic, you might be pretty sick of waiting. And it seems highly likely that we’ll only see fresh graphics cards on the very high-end ($900 plus) this year anyway. 

For those who care more about getting a gaming rig now than waiting for reasonably affordable next-gen parts to become available, Alienware’s Aurora R13 is an attractive, powerful option. Its primary downsides are a 120 mm all-in-one cooler that, while sufficient for gaming, doesn’t handle heavy CPU workloads well on higher-end Alder Lake CPUs. Also, as we’ll detail later, stock of our $3,450 MSRP review model (with a Core i7-12700KF, 64GB of RAM, 4TB of storage and an RTX 3080) was not available when we wrapped up this review. But an RTX 3080 Ti model with otherwise the same specs was selling for $90 less ($3,359).

Alienware Aurora R13 Specifications

Processor Intel Core i7-12700KF
Motherboard Custom Alienware Z690 (0C92D0)
Memory 32GB DDR5 (4400 MHz)
Graphics OEM RTX 3080 (10GB GDDR6X,1710 MHz Boost Clock)
Storage 2TB Samsung PM9A1 PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD; 2TB Hard Drive
Networking Killer E3100 Gigabit Ethernet, Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1675x, Bluetooth 5.2
Front Ports 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A (5Gbps) ports, 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (10Gbps) USB Type-C port, 3.5 mm headphone/mic combo audio jack
Rear Ports (Motherboard) 4x USB 2.0 ports, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A (5 Gbps),  USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (10 Gbps), USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C (20 Gbps), Gigabit Ethernet, 6x analog audio jacks, 2x SPDIF digital audio (TOSLINK, coax)
Video Output (GPU) 3x DisplayPort 1.4a, HDMI 2.1
Power Supply 750W 80 Plus Platinum
Cooling 120 mm AIO CPU cooler/exhaust, 3x 140 mm fans (2x front intake, 1x top exhaust)
Case Alienware Aurora R13
Operating System Windows 11 Home
Dimensions 20.1 x 23.2 x 8.86 inches / 510 x 589 x 225 mm
Price as Configured $3,450 (as configured)

Design of the Alienware Aurora R13

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