Alienware was, if not still, one of the most iconic gaming PC brands in the industry. When you see that alien logo, you know who it belongs to and you know it means business. They continue to release new ranges, utilising products from team red, blue and green and in today’s review, they’ve gone team red for a Ryzen edition of their Aurora range.
The Aurora R10 Ryzen edition includes 11 standard builds, starting from £979 and going upwards to nearly £5000 for the top of the range model. Each of the 11 builds can of course be fully customised, to add a little extra here and there to suit your budget. We got sent one of their mid-range builds, which retails at a cool £1799 and includes the Ryzen 9 3900 CPU, Radeon 5700XT GPU, 16GB Ram, and both an SSD and HDD for Windows and games. Alienware have used their own motherboard but CPU-Z says its model 0NWN7m (x570).
Appearance & Build Quality
The R10 range comes in two colour schemes, Dark Side of the Moon or Lunar Light, with the latter having an extra RGB lighting zone (Alienware wording). We got sent the Dark Side version and we think it looks pretty sleek. The case is unlike anything else on the market and has that distinct but subtle Alienware branding.
To the front of the case is the power button and a number of inputs, including 3 USB-A ports, 1 USB-C port and your standard headphone & mic inputs. The Alienware logo is the power on button. At the rear, you will find all your standard ports found on most motherboards, as well as power supply input and graphic cards outputs.
It’s quite a large and heavy unit, weighing in at nearly 18kg. It’s size is 481H x 223W x 432L which is bigger than any of our current PC’s in the office but sat perfectly fine on my desk and is no where near too big.
There is a level of pride with most high-end gaming PC’s, an intricate arrangement to the cabling and a desire for showing off the internals. The R10 does not do this unfortunately, nor would you want it to, as the internal appearance and how the components are housed, is practical but very industrial and quite an eyesore. If you want to take a peak inside, there is a single screw on the back, near the top. Unscrew it, push the button in and that will release the side panel which you can then remove.
Gamers love RGB and although this does offer some RGB, it’s very limited to just the front facia surround and logo (unless you have the Lunar Light option, then you have the Alienware wording RGB too). That being said, the FX software used to control the RGB offers a good of flexibility.
Performance & Benchmarks
We ran a number of benchmarks and played a few games, to see how well the PC performed and the results can be found in the images below.
As you can see, positive results at both 1080p and 1440p across the four games we tested. At 1080p we achieved over 110FPS average across the board which is very good. Looking at 1440p and the average has dipped a little, sometimes by circa 50% which is a shame but apart from Borderlands 3, we were above 60FPS average. 4K? We didn’t feel the need to even try it, not with the 5700XT as a game needs to be playable before being glorious to look at.
We also ran fire strike and time spy, hitting a respectable 21832 and 9379. In Cinebench R20 we got 5224 points, while Heaven hit 134FPS & a score of 3383. We also did UserBenchmark, gaming achieving 91%, desktop 63% and workstation 77%.
As for temperatures, it got toasty! On Modern Warfare, GPU temps maxed out at 77C with an average of 64C, respectable, perfectly fine and as expected as the GPU had it’s stock cooler on it. However, with the CPU, we were maxing out at a whopping 106C, with an average of 93C! That is hot!
When I first turned the PC on, I thought it was going to take flight, the fans were spinning and it was loud. It looks like there is just a single 120mm fan to the front pulling air in and one on the top pushing air out. The default fan profile would make the fans go up and down like a yoyo, which of course helped performance under load but was just too much and needed to be toned down.
The PC includes the Alienware Command Centre and from there, you can monitor and control certain aspects of it. Primarily it’s a hub for your game library but there are two other parts worth mentioning. FX is the first, where you are able to control the RGB. You can select either the logo or surround, or both, and change colours and brightness to create personal profiles. The second, under the Fusion tab. Within this section you can monitor your current usage but also control your fans. You can adjust default profiles such as balanced or performance and change fan curves to suit your needs. There are also options for power management and audio profiles too.
Overclocking? Yeh, you can but at this price, should you be?
So this version of the Aurora R10 did a very good job of playing all the games we threw it at 1080p with ease, and also offered a decent performance at 1440p too. Retailing at nearly £1800, it’s not cheap and although performance was good, it could have benefited from a better GPU to match the higher performance from the 3900. I would have also liked to have seen better cooling, with AIO’s so cheap now, it’s worth upgrading. It goes without saying that this build would be a few hundred pounds cheaper if you built it yourself or got a lesser known company to build it for you but then you cant tell your mates you have an Alienware PC.
For more info and to configure your own R10, head over to the official Alienware webpage.