In conjunction with its celebration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Dell-owned brand, announced Alienware announces a redesign of its flagship Aurora gaming desktop.
The new design relies on more industry-standard parts and layouts, a common feature on some of the best gaming PCs.
It is noteworthy that the device is not yet for sale. But it is expected to be part of the upcoming Aurora flagship launch.
While current Aurora devices use a power source that makes this part difficult to upgrade or replace, the redesigned model does not.
However, it is still not entirely clear if the company has switched to standard ATX power supplies.
The upcoming Aurora, most of whose specifications Alienware has not revealed, has an updated chassis with an internal size of 1.5 times the size of the current font.
The exterior of the case looks much the same, with the familiar aesthetic up front. But there is now an optional clear side panel that lets you see all of your components.
The new design measures 23.2 x 20.1 x 8.86 inches (589 x 510 x 225 mm) and weighs 15.5 kg. This is much larger than the Alienware R10, which measures 18.9 x 17 x 8.77 inches. The new chassis also appears to be slightly more angular than the previous design.
The new enclosure also allows for more RGB light display. Whereas the previous device had up to four lighting zones, models with a glass panel allow up to eight zones.
Alienware celebrates its 25th anniversary
Besides the fact that it’s offered with up to an RTX 3090 graphics card, Alienware isn’t talking about specs just yet.
The system includes up to four 120mm fans, depending on setup. There are also liquid-cooled options with an All-In-One cooler. So at least one of those fans may be connected to a coolant.
Alienware claims it’s between 13 and 16 percent quieter at idle compared to the R10 and R12 via liquid cooling, and it’s 9 percent quieter during heavy processor workloads.
The company also promises lower processor temperatures with liquid cooling. You can also overclock the processor. Alienware says the processor cooler is 13 percent quieter than previous overclocked models.
The company uses a dedicated panel with power connections placed on the flanges for cleaner cable management and better airflow. Alienware claims that this allows the front ports to connect to the processor without a front panel, which could mean the oddly shaped panels it used in previous designs could continue.
We’ll likely find out more about the larger, redesigned Aurora later this year. Including how upgradeable it is, plus cost and gear.