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Alienware Alpha 2 Core Intel Core I3-4xxx 2.9GHz 8GB 500GB HDD

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2 Intel Core I3-4xxx 2.9GHz 8GB Oct 2014
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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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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This desktop computer supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many few processor core computers that are a similar age to it.

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11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This PC supports a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is typical of many few processor core computers that were launched around the same time as it.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other few processor core computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha. The average internal memory of personal computers of this age and type is 4.9GB, and the internal memory range from 1GB to 16GB.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This personal computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many PCs of this age and spec.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This PC has a L3 processor cache level, which is the most frequently found processor cache level on personal computers of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Two HDMI Port

The Alienware Alpha has more HDMI port than most of the personal computers of a similar age and type to the Alpha. This computer is a two HDMI port personal computer compared to most of the personal computers that were released more than two years ago which only have one HDMI port.

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DDR3L-SDRAM Internal Memory Type

The Alienware Alpha has a DDR3L-SDRAM internal memory type which is newer than most computers of a comparable spec and age to it. Most few processor core computers that have been on the market for a similar time to it have a DDR3-SDRAM internal memory type.

This personal computer's internal memory type (DDR3L-SDRAM) is in fact the best internal memory type across all few processor core computers that came out around the same time as the Alpha.

The worst internal memory type across comparable types of personal computer is DDR3-SDRAM.

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Fairly Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

Comparable spec computers that are a similar age to the Alpha have discrete graphics adapter memory of between 250MB and 4.1GB. The Alienware Alpha has one of the bigger discrete graphics adapter memory (2,048 megabytes) amongst computers of this age.

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Has One Cable Included

The number of included cables found on the Alienware Alpha is more than most similar spec PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This desktop computer has an AC cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha.

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Has One Memory Slot

The number of memory slots found on the Alienware Alpha is more than most desktop computers of this age and type. The most commonly 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 Alienware 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 desktop computers of a similar spec and age to it.

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Very Short

Few processor core computers that are a similar age to the Alpha have heights of between 22mm and 450mm. The Alienware Alpha is fairly short (only 55 millimeters) compared to most of the other computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha.

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4 Reasons Against

Alienware Personal Computers Only Have Unexceptional Reviews

Alienware is one of the mediocre personal computer manufacturers according to average expert and user reviews, and Alienware also has unexceptional ratings for its few processor core computers.

Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The average on-board graphics adapter base frequency of personal computers of this type and age is 350MHz. 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 computers of this age.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this computer is HDD, which is typical of many few processor core computers that have been on the market for a similar time to it. 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.

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Only Three USB 2.0 Ports

The Alienware Alpha is a three USB 2.0 port desktop computer. Most of the other desktop computers of a comparable spec and age to the Alpha have between one and nine USB 2.0 ports.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Alienware Alpha

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Alienware released the Alpha.

Average Total Storage Capacity

The Alienware Alpha has a fairly standard total storage capacity (500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other desktop computers of a comparable spec and age to the Alpha.

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Average Hard Drive Capacity

With a hard drive capacity of 500 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a relatively standard hard drive capacity compared to most of the other few processor core computers that were launched around the same time as the Alpha.

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Average Processor Clock Speed

At 2.9 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a relatively average processor clock speed compared to most of the other desktop computers of this age and type.

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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
Processor That Supports ECC
Memory Channel Supported Processor
Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor
Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor
Memory Type Supported Processor
Max Internal Memory Supported Processor
Conflict Free 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
Processor Installed
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Memory Slot
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive
Storage Drive Installed
Integrated Card Reader
Optical Drive
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
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
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth
WiFi Standard
WiFi
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
Ports & Interfaces
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
DC-In Jack
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
Password Protection
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel Quick Sync Videotechnology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel AES New Instructions
Idle States
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Execute Disable Bit
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Instruction Set
Intel Enhanced Halt State
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
Software Driver Included
Manual
Cable Included
Display Included
AC Adapter
Other Features
Intel Virtualization Technology
Technical Details
Intel Visual Technology
Performance
Video Memory
Graphics Processor
Graphics Adapter Memory Type
Built-In Processor
Internal Memory Type
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Internal Memory
Platform
Storage
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Interface
Built-In Hard Drive
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Wi-Fi Standards
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Ports & Interfaces
DC-In Jack
Digital Audio Optical Out
USB 3.0 Ports Quantity
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Power
Power Supply
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Design
Colour of Product
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
User Guide
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Manual
Number of Gamepads Included
Other Features
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports

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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...

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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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