Alienware Aurora R8 Desktop Review: The battle-hardened veteran

Introduction

Once in a while as an analyst, you get a gadget that brushes your socks off. This makes it difficult to be objective about things without subsiding into being a fan. What's more, on the off chance that you haven't assembled it yet, I super delighted in assessing the Alienware Aurora R8. On the off chance that you have the cash for it, I would prescribe you get yourself one. That being stated, gadgets don't exist in an air pocket and we should discuss how the Aurora R8 tolls against the remainder of the PC gaming biological system.


 

X-Files in a Box

For better or for more awful, subject to your supposition the R8 doesn't change much with regards to plan. It holds the UFO-motivated shape that feels like it was culled out of a scene of X-Files. The beautiful three-pronged lines over the sides of the bureau are featured by slender portions of customisable LEDs. You can pick whatever shading you like utilizing the Command Center application. Likewise of note is the cool Alienware logo on the front that serves as a power catch.

The main thing that stands out like a sore thumb is the fairly plain looking backplate however since you are most likely not going to gaze at it for anything over interfacing peripherals, it isn't that enormous of an arrangement.

What is a major ordeal is the quantity of ports this terrible kid brings to the table. There are three USB 3.0 ports on the front, one USB 3.0 Type-C port and an earphone and amplifier port. On the back, there are eight more USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 port, one USB 3.1 Type-C port, two SPDIF ports, a RJ-45 Ethernet port by Killer organizing and a DisplayPort. On the off chance that you are keeping check, that is fourteen USB ports alone.

The pièce de résistance, obviously, is the incredible instrument less plan that gives you a chance to get to the parts inside utilizing only two lock components at the back. The first occasion when you open the gadget, you are going to need to a screwdriver to expel one screw that is holding a switch at the back. When that is gone, a basic press swings the let board alone for the path with the PSU close behind. You additionally don't have to return the fasten.

This makes it amazingly simple to swap out parts and since Alienware enables you to swap parts to your heart's substance without voiding your guarantee, this is a success in my book. This implies you will almost certainly keep this machine refreshed with the most recent tech without seeing your expensive speculation go down the channel at whatever point another part is declared.

The main drawback to this swing out plan is that it makes the PSU unexpectedly or the case fans that are secured by it harder to supplant. The main thing that beats this as far as configuration is presumably the organization's own Area-51 work area, which has now been stopped. So yeah...this is numero uno in my book!


Speed for Days

Just for reference, our variant of the R8 had an Intel Core i9-9900K processor, 32 GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card, an NVMe SK Hynix 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD) and a Toshiba 1TB Hard Drive along with goodies like Killer Networking Ethernet and Wireless controller.
With a rig like this, performance is dreamlike and there was nothing I could throw at the system that it couldn’t chew and spit out. Shadow of The Tomb Raider, for example, ran flawlessly at framerates of 60 plus at 1440p, it’s only when I pushed the resolution up to 2160p that I saw the frame rate drop to the low 40’s.
Similarly with Metro: Exodus, with everything, turned to maximum and with DXR on, 1440p was the sweet spot for the machine. That isn’t to say that the R8 couldn’t play games at 4K, though, DOOM and Wolfenstein 2 were buttery smooth at 2160p, ditto for the Resident Evil 2 remake, which only dropped frames at certain heavier scenes.
A quick session on Adobe Premiere Pro was impressive as well, with the machine handling a 4K source file with nary a hitch, only slowing down a bit when I upped the resolution of the file to 8K. General day-to-day performance was also excellent, with applications running smoothly.
The one exception to this rule weirdly enough was the Alienware Command Centre app, which worked properly about half the time. It would often be stuck at the “Updating” dialogue box. I don’t know why this is, but it seems others have faced the problem too.


Should You Buy It?

 Having showered such a great amount of acclaim on the gadget, I would state yes. In any case, you need to comprehend that the design we got the opportunity to test was valued at an astounding Rs 2,80,120.

Fortunately, the arrangements begin at Rs 1,19,390. What's more, likewise with any PC, your execution and mileage will shift as indicated by the parts you pick. So it's truly down to the simplicity of support and redesigning the segments that skew the math to support its. It's a success in my book.

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