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    Alienware Aurora R5

    Meet Dell's compact, potent and upgradeable desktop gaming PC.
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    Re: Alienware Aurora R5

    Eww...

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    Re: Alienware Aurora R5

    Surely that has some impact on the cooling of the CPU ??


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    Re: Alienware Aurora R5

    Unlikely in non-overclocked form.

    It's one thing I like about Dell/HP, is the level of functionality in their cases. Useful clips and bendy bits to hold places in clever positions. All the "premium" case manufacturers seem to stick to the same shell print and bolt on some different body panels or garnish it with rubber gromits and LEDs.

    I wouldn't stick a PSU where that one is, but I'd love an arm like that to mount a radiator and fans to. Such lost/dead space in a standard build unless you're running a tower cooler.

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    Re: Alienware Aurora R5

    Good grief, kill it with fire!
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    Re: Alienware Aurora R5

    Quote Originally Posted by g8ina View Post
    Surely that has some impact on the cooling of the CPU ??
    That will be fine, it's no worse than my old sugo sg01, I actually ended up cooling the cpu (s939 x2 opteron so pretty hot)via the psu fan using an nt07 without any issues.

    I'm more concerned with the massive wasted space bump at the top.... it's anything but compact with that thing sticking up.

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    Re: Alienware Aurora R5

    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt View Post
    Good grief, kill it with fire!
    This. Hella ugly.

    Also: 'the bad': Top configurations are pricey

    But also: '£799 will only get you a Core i3 processor, previous-generation GeForce GTX 950 graphics and one of those old storage devices with spinning platters and moving parts.'

    What exactly is the premium for?

    Seems awful to me.

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    Re: Alienware Aurora R5

    That's relatively petite for a performance machine, and yet it looks pretty good, too, with moulded plastic panels that give a gaming aesthetic without going over the top.
    My opinion is totally contrary to this.

    It's huge, it's ugly and the plastic has literally gone over the top - just look at that towering hump on the top the case... Yuck.

    The case looks like it could be a half to a third less voluminous if weren't for the plastic, especially over the top and also the bottom of the case.

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    Re: Alienware Aurora R5

    This is one of those 'looks better in real life' pieces of kit.

    The plastic section on top makes more sense on the high-end configurations as it houses a liquid-cooling radiator. Yet even so, it's a useful carry handle and the case is still shorter, thinner and less deep than, say, a mid-tower NZXT H440 NE.

    g8ina, we were surprised to see it coping well with CPU temperature, but then the Core i7-6700 is a 65W chip. The 91W i7-6700K comes with the liquid cooler by default.

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    Re: Alienware Aurora R5

    Quote Originally Posted by g8ina View Post
    Surely that has some impact on the cooling of the CPU ?? ...
    You'd be amazed what you can get away with - particularly with a 65W CPU. As long as there is some venting for the warm air to move away that layout should be fine (although personally I'd like some active airflow across the CPU - as far as I can see from the photos in the review it looks like the intake fan only supplies the bottom section with the GPU in it...). I have CPUs running fanless in smaller cases that maintain great temps just through good case airflow.

    As it is, the "PSU over CPU" set up is something I've long messed with as a way to get more space into a compact chassis. Personally I'd have the PSU the other way up (i.e. fan above the CPU) and use a larger fanless heatsink, letting the PSU act as the primary exhaust for the system - but using a solid based PSU as Dell do here should provide good venting and directing of whatever airflow there is...

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    Re: Alienware Aurora R5

    The inside of that machine looks virtually identical to my first Dell PC from 15 years ago! Good to see they're moving with the times
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    Re: Alienware Aurora R5

    Quote Originally Posted by wazzickle View Post
    What exactly is the premium for?
    Alienware branding. Literally all you're buying. You could get a far nicer mATX system at a fraction of the cost. Silverstone has a bunch of far classier SFF mATX cases. And the plastic fantastic wouldn't be so bad if they at least coated the metal and didn't let their mainstream Dell engineers near the chassis and cooling solution. Alienware has just been completely infested with corporatitis. Any machine you'd be embarrassed to put a window on the side panel shouldn't be flogged as a gamer rig.
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    Re: Alienware Aurora R5

    Conclusion: This is the reason technically minded gamers build their own rigs, you can literally build a machine twice as powerful that includes better cooling with aesthetics of your own choice, for a similar price.

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    Re: Alienware Aurora R5

    The psu is right over the cpu cooler, doesn't that lead to cpu overheating?

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    Re: Alienware Aurora R5

    Quote Originally Posted by fadsarmy View Post
    The psu is right over the cpu cooler, doesn't that lead to cpu overheating?
    As parm said -
    g8ina, we were surprised to see it coping well with CPU temperature, but then the Core i7-6700 is a 65W chip. The 91W i7-6700K comes with the liquid cooler by default.
    Quote Originally Posted by TAKTAK View Post
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    Re: Alienware Aurora R5

    The outside of the case looks really poor, and the inside looks even worse. It is cramped, and very ugly, certainly not something I'd ever want to open up and show to mates. I've never seen the appeal of Alienware PC's; they're always overpriced and the cases will have a niche appeal to a limited group of people.

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