ALIENWARE AURORA R6
Brand Name: Alienware
Item model number: AWAUR6-7482SLV-PUS
Hardware Platform: PC
Operating System: Windows 10 Home
Item Weight: 32.7 pounds
- Great design
- Good price
- Very good performance
- Design a bit too safe
- Included mouse and keyboard (Could do better)
Over the years, Alienware has consolidated the reputation of building high powerful and expensive gaming machines. Still, its range of Aurora game desktops has compact designs and more reasonable prices while maintaining the strong position of Alienware in the gaming community. Alienware Aurora R6 seems to continue with this tradition.
Alienware Aurora R6 is among Alpha’s affordable and compact Alienware and Alienware Area 51 PCs. While this brings Aurora R6 to the mid-range of Alienware offers, it combines everything we expect from Alienware products, including powerful components and an attractive design, which culminates in one of the best gaming PCs you can buy today.
PRICING / AVAILABILITY
As usual, with Alienware gaming PCs, the Aurora R6 comes in a variety of settings. The lowest-priced version comes with a 7-generation Intel Core i5-7400 processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and an AMD Radeon RX 560 GPU, and costs $ 799.99 (£ 849).
In Australia, the lower-end Aurora R6 is slightly different, with an Intel Core i7-7700 processor, 8GB RAM, and an Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti for $ 1,799.
Meanwhile, at the top of the range is a model with Intel Core i7-7700K processor, 64GB of RAM, and two GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards in SLI. This model is the US only and costs $ 3,799.99.
The highest-rated Alienware Aurora R6 in the UK comes with 16GB of RAM and a GTX Titan X graphics card for £ 2,599. In Australia, the tallest Aurora R6 has almost the same specs as the UK model, but with a GTX 1080 graphics card, for $ 2,999. All of those prices include delivery.
Unfortunately, the Alienware Aurora R6 discontinued by Dell. However, you can still find it online. For example, you can pick it up at Amazon in the US for $ 1,366 (around £ 1,032, $ 1,846) with a Core i5-7400, GTX 1060, and 8GB of RAM.
Do you think gaming desktop PCs – especially those from Alienware – are huge black monoliths that stand out above you and dominate your desk? Think again – because the Aurora R6 comes in a specially made central tower, making it quite small when gaming desktops go, with a height of 18.6 inches (472.52 mm), a depth of 14.2 inches (360.5 mm) and a width of 8.3 inches (212 mm).
The size is limited thanks to what Alienware describes as the ‘zero-fat design,’ which cleverly packages the components – including dual GPUs and water cooling if you choose those configurations – in a smart space-saving design that also ensures sufficient airflow around the parts to keep fresh. This airflow can go through vents and intake fans on the front and right sides of the housing, with an exhaust fan pushing hot air through vents on the top of the chassis.
It also comes with a tool-free design that should theoretically make installing some components, such as graphics cards, more comfortable when you want to upgrade. It’s a careful thought. The inside of the Alienware Aurora R6 is unique, with the power supply mounted on a metal arm that swings out of the housing, giving you room to add components. Other design considerations, such as placing the hard drives at the bottom of the case, are good ideas that help the Aurora R6 maintain its small size.
At the front of the case are four USB 3.0 ports, with four at the back, along with six USB 2.0 ports and a USB C port, which gives you a generous amount of connectivity. You also get an Ethernet port and a 3.5 mm connection and optical digital audio output. The video outputs vary depending on the graphics card that comes with the Alienware Aurora R6 model that you purchase.
Although the case is quite modest in appearance compared to other gaming PCs, equipped with RGB LED lighting – a mainstay of gaming products nowadays, so you can choose the colors and patterns of lights in and around your PC. Alienware’s AlienFX technology powers the LEDs and can be adapted to respond to in-game events and to show solid colors or patterns.
Generally, it is a nice setup that adds an extra element of the visual pit without looking too flashy, and the amount of adjustment thanks to the AlienFX software makes it easy to get the desired look. In general, I was very impressed by the compact design of the Alienware Aurora R6, which manages to pack some potent components in a small and attractive package, while keeping everything nice and cool. It also gives you room to upgrade and replace parts in the future.
THE MOUSE AND KEYBOARD
Unlike many other game desktops, the Alienware Aurora R6 comes with a keyboard and mouse, so there are two essential components you shouldn’t worry about buying separately – you need a monitor. When it comes to mouse and keyboards, those with the Aurora R6 do a great job of competing with mechanical keyboards and specially designed gaming mouse. Both branded with the Alienware logo, so they look next to your desktop.
The Alienware Aurora R6 is an excellent gaming PC with a compact body that delivers outstanding performance. Considering the power provided the price is quite good.