In case you missed it, we have new graphics cards on the way. And that can make dropping serious cash on a gaming PC a concern. Normally that would normally be the case, but given the specs and pricing of this Alienware Aurora R10, you can be sure that you won’t have buyer’s remorse.
For $1,400 (Opens in a new tab) you’re looking for a machine that will handle 4K gaming at the highest settings. That’s mainly thanks to the Radeon RX 6800 XT (Opens in a new tab) you will find it inside. It’s AMD’s best graphics card this generation, and it’s a card that’s incredibly close to Nvidia’s RTX 3080. (Opens in a new tab) in many games.
There are a few exceptions, and it’s fair to say that the RX 6800 XT isn’t quite as powerful in ray tracing, but aside from those, this is a worthwhile option. The price of the RTX 3080 hasn’t dropped to its original MSRP yet, which is something you’ll have to live with to get to this $1,400 price point.
Alienware has also paired it with a Ryzen 7 5800, which is a very capable chip. You’re looking at an eight-core, 16-thread CPU that can hit 4.6GHz at Max Boost, which will keep your GPU fully occupied. It will handle even more mundane tasks with ease. And even though AMD just released their new Zen 4 chips, there’s nothing wrong with this processor, especially when it comes to gaming.
The rest of the specs are healthy too, with 16GB DDR4-3466, a 1TB NVMe SSD and A 1TB hard drive for your extensive game library. The only mark against this build is that the RAM is a single 16GB stick, which means you won’t get the full benefit of the dual-channel memory controller. That’s a frustrating downside to an otherwise solid system. Ideally, you’ll want to add another stick further down the line to unlock the true performance of this system.
Overall, it’s a lot of gaming machine for the money. One that’s cheaper than new, which is the RTX 4090 (Opens in a new tab) which costs at least $1,599, and is still capable of high 4K frame rates.