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Dell Alienware Aurora R10 Gaming Desktop w/ AMD Ryzen

MSRP 1170 USDNEX score 76%

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Product Overview

Dell Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 is a mid-tower gaming desktop computer powered by up to AMD Ryzen 9 3950X processor with 16 cores, 128GB Dual Channel HyperX FURY memory, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics.
Available in two colors, the Aurora R10 features programmable two-zone RGB lighting. It shares the same design with the R9 unveiled earlier and is marketed alongside the Aurora R11 powered by Intel.
To ensure thermal performance in a compact chassis, the Aurora R10 chooses custom, compact graphics cards that, in constrained spaces, offer superior cooling.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful CPU and multi-core performance
  • Stunning design
  • Robust selection of configuration options
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 76% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good build quality
  • Great 1080p gaming performance
  • Fantastic gaming performance
  • Good overclocking performance
Cons
  • Lacks RGB lighting
  • No upgradability options
  • Expensive for what it offers
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • Only one year warranty
  • Only two Ryzen Edition models available
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Specifications

Capacity

Interior Volume
33.8 L

Connectivity

Ports
[Front] 6x USB 2.0 + 3x USB 3.1 Gen1 + 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 + 1x USB-C 3.1 Gen2 + 1x TOSLINK + 1x Coaxial + 1x RJ45 Gigabit LAN + 1x Microphone + 1x Line In + 1x Line Out + 1x Center/Sub + 1x Rear Surround + 1x Side Surround | [Rear] 3x USB 3.1 Gen1 (1x Powers
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0

Construction

Colors
Lunar Light or Dark Side of the Moon

Dimensions

Size | Depth
431.9 mm / 17 inch
Size | Height
481.6 mm / 18.9 inch
Size | Width
222.8 mm / 8.8 inch
Weight
17.8 kg / 39.2 lbs

Function

Audio
Internal High-Definition 7.1+2 Performance Audio
Graphics
AMD Radeon RX 5300 3GB, RX 5600 6GB, RX 5700 8GB, or RX 5700 XT 8GB or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB, RTX 2060 6GB, RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB, RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB, or RTX 3070 8GB
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X, 3600XT, Ryzen 7 3700X, 3800X, 3800XT, or Ryzen 9 3900XT, 3950X
RGB Lighting
2 unique programmable zones with up to 16.8 million distinct colors

Performance

Memory | Capacity
Up to 128 GB (4x DIMMs)
Memory | Type
DDR4 XMP 2666, 2933, 3200, or 3400 MHz
Power Supply
550 W or 1000 W
Storage
Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD (Boot) + 2TB 7200RPM SATA

Production

Accessory
Mouse: Dell Alienware Optical Mouse MS116AW
Debut
2019-11

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The Aurora R10 is a showcase for AMD's powerhouse Ryzen 3 processors. It's a beast of a gaming PC, even if the high-end options have more cores than most games know what to do with. This desktop also puts the spotlight on what Alienware does best. With great build quality, and fairly simple upgradability, it should last for many, many years.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful AMD Ryzen 3 processors
  • Unique case design
  • Good build quality
Cons
  • No upgradability options
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Alienware Aurora R10 is an absolute performance beast. The top-end GPU and the latest AMD silicon together make for a blistering gaming desktop. It's expensive, in part, because of the cost of the Ryzen 9 3950X and the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. If you're mostly going to play games, save a few hundred dollars and pick a less expensive CPU.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful CPU and GPU
  • High-refresh-rate 4K gaming
  • Powerful graphics performance
Cons
  • Expensive for what it offers

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Alienware Aurora R10 is a great example of how well AMD's latest platform performs. The $1,079 base model of the Aurora is promising, but the rest of its loadout is just a tease. Moderate upgrades to a 6GB GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD plus 1TB hard drive combo bring it to $ 1,734. That said, Alienware's plastic construction doesn't feel premium, facing stiff competition.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent 4K gaming performance
  • Sleek, premium design
  • Supports AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
Cons
  • Somewhat stiff cooling fans
  • No factory overclocking

techadvisor[4]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following***:
Alienware Aurora R10 and R11 have a wide range of models on offer. Prices start at £949/US$$1,014 and go up to £4,249/US$4,019 depending on what you want. All machines come with at least 8GB of RAM (64GB at the top end) and a range of graphics cards – a GTX 1660 Ti up to an RTX 3090. Dell gives you the option to customise certain elements should you want something dual-GPUs or more storage, for example.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great 1080p gaming performance
  • Great build quality
Cons
  • Extremely loud fans
  • Loud fans

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Alienware Aurora R10 is one of the most powerful gaming desktops you can buy. In Australia, there are only two Ryzen Edition R10 models available including a $3,599 priced 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 5800X. There is also a slew of various built-in software including My Alienware, which serves as a hub to other apps including the Alienware Command Center.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic gaming performance
  • Unique case design
Cons
  • Only two Ryzen Edition models available
  • Only one year warranty

tomsguide[6]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
Alienware's Aurora R10 is the first Aurora model in several years to offer AMD processors. The R10 ran the orc-slaying action of Middle-earth: Shadow of War at a nice 69 frames per second at 4K and max settings. Up front, you've got three USB 3.1 Type-A Ports, as well as a PowerShare-enabled USB-C port.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful AMD CPU and GPU
  • Sleek design
  • Easy to upgrade
Cons
  • Lacks RGB lighting

tomsguide[7]

Sentiment Score 68%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 (2021) absolutely cannot be fazed by everyday productivity tasks. It's not quite as powerful as the Alienware Aurora R11, but it's also not nearly as expensive. Offering AMD hardware lets users customize a model that suits their needs.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Extremely powerful CPU and GPU
  • Comfortable chassis
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No preinstalled software
  • Extremely loud fans

tomshardware[8]

Sentiment Score 68%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
The Alienware Aurora R10 is a powerful gaming and productivity system. Its look makes a statement and has a great selection of front ports. But the cooling, particularly for a high-end chip, doesn't meet AMD's recommended standards. The base model starts at $1,199 with an AMD Ryzen 5 3500 CPU.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful Ryzen 9 3950X CPU
  • Good overclocking performance
  • Solid build quality
Cons
  • Loud fans

tomshardware[9]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
The Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 is the most powerful all-AMD desktop we've reviewed yet. It starts at $1,058.39, though the configuration we tested came in at $2,639.99. A fully decked-out Aurora R10 will run you around $4,478,59. The plain color that came with our configuration doesn't work with its unusual shape for me.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful AMD Ryzen 5 5600X CPU
  • High-end components
  • Good build quality
Cons
  • Loud fans
  • Expensive for what you get

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition review: A new dawn for AMD. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/desktop-computer-reviews/alienware-aurora-r10-ryzen-review/. 2019-11-14. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/alienware-aurora-r10-ryzen-edition. 2019-11-14. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 (2021) Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/alienware-aurora-ryzen-edition-r10-2021. 2021-03-01. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Alienware Aurora R10 (Ryzen Edition) review. [techadvisor]. https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/alienware-aurora-r10-ryzen-edition-3797934/. 2020-11-12. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/alienware-aurora-r10-ryzen-edition. 2021-03-17. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/alienware-aurora-r10-ryzen-edition. 2019-11-14. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 (2021) review: Affordable power. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/alienware-aurora-ryzen-edition-r10-2021. 2021-03-29. Retrieved 2021-03-31.
8. ^ Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 Gaming Desktop Review: a 16-Core 3950X Spaceship. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/alienware-aurora-r10-ryzen-edition. 2019-11-14. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R10 (2021) Review: Proud and Loud. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/alienware-aurora-ryzen-edition-r10-2021. 2021-02-26. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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