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Alienware Alpha 2 Core Intel Core I3-4xxx 2.9GHz 4GB 500GB HDD

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2 Intel Core I3-4xxx 2.9GHz 4GB Aug 2016
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The Alienware Alpha combines the freedom of PC gaming with the ease of a console. The exclusive Alienware-developed user interface allows you to navigate all of Alpha's core functions with only... More
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Only Released Four Months Ago

This computer was only released four months ago.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This computer supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many latest few processor core personal computers.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of new few processor core personal computers is 1,100MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of 1,150 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other few processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha.

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Alienware Desktop Computers Have Good Reviews

Alienware has poor reviews for its few processor core personal computers, however it has good average reviews when measured across its entire computer range.

HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this PC is HDD, which is the most frequently found storage medium on recently released comparable spec desktop computers. A Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is the traditional storage method for computers. A HDD stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are cheap, but they are slower than Flash and SSD bases storage systems.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other HDD computers currently available including cheaper personal computers such as the DELL OptiPlex 3020M, the Acer Veriton X2640G, or the HP 460-p035na.

If the storage speed of this desktop computer is not fast enough for you then you might want to look at the DELL OptiPlex 3040 ($540.60) (SSD and cheaper).

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This desktop computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is the most commonly supported PCI Express slots version on recently released computers.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is typical of many few processor core personal computers that were released in the last 12 months.

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Two HDMI Port

The Alienware Alpha is a two HDMI port personal computer.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This computer has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is the most frequently found HDMI version on personal computers that were launched in the last 12 months.

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Has One Memory Slot

The Alienware Alpha has a greater number of memory slots than most personal computers that were released in the last year. The most frequently found memory slot is 2x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this personal computer. The memory slots 2x SO-DIMM are also found on this computer.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most frequently supported discrete graphics memory type on computers that were released in the last year.

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Very Short

Across all the latest few processor core personal computers the heights range from 33mm to 500mm, and the average height is 230mm. With a height of only 55 millimeters, the Alienware Alpha is quite short compared to most of the other similar spec computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha.

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4 Reasons Against

Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The average on-board graphics adapter base frequency of desktop computers that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha is 330MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of only 200 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has one of the slower on-board graphics adapter base frequencies amongst few processor core personal computers of this age.

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Only 11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This desktop computer supports a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is the most frequently supported on-board graphics adapter DirectX version on comparable spec personal computers that were released around the same time as it.

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Quite Slow Hard Drive Speed

When compared to other computers that were launched around the same time as the Alpha that we have assessed, the hard drive speed of the Alienware Alpha of only 5,400 revolutions per minute is one of the slowest. The hard drive speeds of few processor core personal computers that came out around the same time as the Alpha range from 5,400 RPM to 7,200 RPM, and the average hard drive speed is 7,100 RPM.

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Only Two USB 2.0 Ports

The Alienware Alpha is a two USB 2.0 port desktop computer. Most of the other latest few processor core personal computers have between one and five USB 2.0 ports.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Alienware Alpha

Average Total Storage Capacity

The Alienware Alpha has a pretty typical total storage capacity (500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other similar spec computers that have been on the market for the last year.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 500GB total storage capacity desktop computers currently available including the Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 Tiny, or the DELL OptiPlex 3020M which is cheaper.

If you want a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to consider the Aspire XC-710 (1TB), or the Aspire XC-705 (1TB) both from Acer or the Asus K20CD (1TB) which is also cheaper.

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Average Hard Drive Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a pretty average hard drive capacity compared to most of the other new comparable spec personal computers.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 500GB hard drive capacity computers currently available including cheaper desktop computers such as the Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 Tiny, or the DELL OptiPlex 3020M.

If you want a personal computer with a bigger hard drive capacity then you might want to consider the Acer Aspire XC-710 (1TB and cheaper), or the HP 460-p035na (1TB and cheaper).

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Average Internal Memory

At 4 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a pretty typical internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 4GB memory desktop computers currently available including cheaper PCs such as the Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 Tiny, or the DELL OptiPlex 3020M.

If you are looking for a bigger internal memory then you might want to look at the Aspire XC-705 (6GB and cheaper), or the Aspire XC-710 (8GB and cheaper) both from Acer.

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Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 2.9 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a pretty typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other similar spec personal computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Alpha.

If this Alienware PC processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might want to look at the 400 G2 DM (3.2GHz), or the 400 G2 Mini (3.2GHz) both from HP or the Lenovo M700 Tiny ($579.95) (3.2GHz).

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Specification

Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Thread
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Cache Level
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Processor Model
Memory Channel Supported Processor
Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor
Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor
Memory Type Supported Processor
Max Internal Memory Supported Processor
Processor Series
Tcase
PCI Express Lane (maximum)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Configuration
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive
Storage Drive Installed
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Displayssupported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Operating System/software
Operating System
Trial Software
Operating System Language
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Bluetooth Version
WiFi Standard
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ports & Interfaces
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Version
HDMI Port
DVI Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Design
Chassis Type
Case Placement
Case Colour
Water Cooling System
Performance
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intell Identity Protection Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Idle States
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Instruction Set
Scalability
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Thermal Solution Specification
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Processor ARK ID
Power
Power Supply Input Voltage
Power Supply Input Frequency
Power Supply
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Display Included
Other Features
Intel Virtualization Technology
Technical Details
Intel Visual Technology

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Expert Reviews

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Alienware adds more capable graphics (and external-graphics support!) to its set-top-box-shaped gaming desktop. It's slick and a capable 1080p gamer, but we'd suggest making sure you choose a...

Computershopper.com

Alienware built the Alpha as a Steam Machine - a PC game console running Valve's Steam OS. This Linux-based operating system is an alternative to Windows 8, with a console-like interface optimised... Read more…

15 May 2015

Alienware built the Alpha as a Steam Machine - a PC game console running Valve's Steam OS.This Linux-based operating system is an alternative to Windows 8, with a console-like interface optimised... Read more…

28 March 2015

The Alienware Alpha is a delightfully small living room gaming PC but its console-like experience isn?t as seamless as we would like...

17 February 2015

Things have been pretty slow in the world of Steam Machines . Valve announced the initiative and the impending push on its Linux-based Steam OS, but then things went quiet. Alienware decided to... Read more…

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 21 April 2015 by Kenny
Kenny would recommend the Alienware Alpha

I am a console gaming at heart owning all the next gen systems, however I really wanted to get into PC gaming. This PC Console is awesome! The only thing is that you will need to buy a... Read more…

Reviewed 24 May 2015 by Xtaci35
Xtaci35 would recommend the Alienware Alpha

Incredible system runs everything in 1080p only recommend upgrading with another 4gig of ram to bring it to 8gig to get steady 50fps on gtav on very high settings...

Reviewed 6 May 2015 by Jennifer
Jennifer would recommend the Alcatel Evolve 2

Walmart family mobile is the only one for me...

Reviewed 13 June 2015 by Tom949
Tom949 would recommend the Alienware Alpha

Easy set up. Both windows and the console. Works like a champ in all aspects...

Reviewed 31 January 2016 by Bread

I've had this product for a few months now, and I have to say, it runs games great. Anything other than games it is really slow at doing though and whenever I quit a steam game it freezes and I... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers gtx860, gtx860m
Barcodes 05397063523931, 05397063524570
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