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...
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Some customers said in their reviews that the product was good for gaming. Pcmag.com gave it a score of 70 out of 100 and wrote in their review of the Alienware Alpha on PC Mag “The concept of a gaming PC console is attractive”. Pcmag.com also wrote “Although it's a good budget-price gaming rig”. Expert review site Hothardware.com wrote “It is a sleek, small form factor gaming PC, designed specifically for gam”.
A number of customers concluded that it was compact. Expert website Pcmag.com mentioned “The Alienware Alpha ($549) is one of the many compact gaming desktop concepts that came out of C” . Expert review site Computershopper.com wrote in their Alienware Alpha review two years ago “Today, rather than waiting for Valve, Alienware has decided to bring its compact, console-like A”. Computershopper.com also wrote “If you're looking for a compact, budget-friendly gaming PC, or something to get your Steam games running on your TV, Alienware's Alpha is packed with potential.”.
One Alienware Alpha owner wrote in their reviews that the product was thin. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned “While the X51 very much resembled an Xbox 360 Slim”.
One Alienware Alpha reviewer reckoned that this PC was strong and durable. Expert website Computershopper.com gave it a score of 70 out of 100 and said in their Alienware Alpha review “That left PC makers who had designed and manufactured custom systems in a tough spot, because unlike fine wine, computer hardware doesn't get better with age”.
Acceptable Noise Level
One customer who purchased the product reckoned that it was quiet. Makeuseof.com said in October last year “Then things went quiet” .
Good Environmental Credentials
One customer who purchased the Alienware Alpha thought it was good in terms of power usage. In October last year expert website Eurogamer.net wrote in their review of the Alienware Alpha “It's significantly more energy efficient”.
64-Bit Processor Operating Mode
This PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on computers of a similar spec and age to it.
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11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
This computer supports a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is the most frequently supported on-board graphics adapter DirectX version on desktop computers of a similar spec and age to it.
Quite Big Internal Memory
At 8 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other personal computers of this spec and age. The internal memory of few processor core PCs that were released more than two years ago range from 1GB to 16GB, and the average internal memory is 4.6GB.
Whilst Alienware is one of the better rated PC manufacturers according to average user and expert reviews, Alienware has unexceptional reviews specifically within its few processor core PCs range.
Has One Cable Included
The number of included cables found on the Alienware Alpha is more than most personal computers of a comparable age and type to it. This personal computer has an AC cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on comparable spec personal computers that are a similar age to the Alpha.
Two HDMI Port
Most of the other few processor core PCs that were launched more than two years ago only have one HDMI port, however the Alienware Alpha has two HDMI port.
3 PCI Express Slots Version
This PC supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many desktop computers of a comparable age and spec to it.
Supports One Case Placement
The Alienware Alpha has a greater number of placements than most personal computers of this spec and age. The most commonly supported case placement is Vertical, but this case placement is not supported by this PC. The case placements Horizontal are also supported by this computer.
L3 Processor Cache Level
This computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is typical of many few processor core PCs that have been around for around the same time as it.
DDR3L-SDRAM Internal Memory Type
The Alienware Alpha has a newer internal memory type than most comparable spec desktop computers that are a similar age to it. This computer has a DDR3L-SDRAM internal memory type, whereas most comparable spec PCs that have been available for around the same time as it have a DDR3-SDRAM internal memory type.
A DDR3L-SDRAM internal memory type is actually the best internal memory type amongst all PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha.
Amongst comparable types of PC the worst internal memory type is DDR3-SDRAM.
Has One Memory Slot
The number of memory slots found on the Alienware Alpha is more than most desktop computers that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently found memory slot is 2x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this computer. The memory slots 2x SO-DIMM are also found on this personal computer.
GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type
This desktop computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many similar spec PCs that have been available for a comparable time to it.
The Alienware Alpha is one of the shorter computers of this spec and age (only 55 millimeters) amongst similar spec computers of this age. The heights of few processor core PCs that were launched around the same time as the Alpha range from 30mm to 430mm, and the average height is 220mm.
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Some Alienware Alpha owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was not rough. Cnet.com wrote in their Alienware Alpha review on CNET.com “There are still too many rough edges to make this a true console killer”. Techradar.com wrote on expert review site Techradar “While its custom software is rough around the edges”.
One Alienware Alpha reviewer said in their reviews that the Alienware Alpha was not good looking. Expert website Makeuseof.com wrote in October last year “Things have been pretty slow in the world of Steam Machines” . One person said in their reviews that the Alienware Alpha was not ugly. Expert website Pcworld.in wrote in their review of the Alienware Alpha “That's ultimately the ugly story behind Alienware's Alpha game console”.
Difficult to Use
One person said in their reviews that this PC was not easy to use. Expert website Gizmodo.com said “It's not as easy to use as a game console, not as foolproof”. One Alienware Alpha reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this PC did not have a good experience. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk said “Its console-like experience isn’t as seamless as we would like”.
Only Two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports
Most comparable spec personal computers that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha have between one and five USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports, including the Alienware Alpha which has two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.
Only Three USB 2.0 Ports
Most PCs that were launched around the same time as the Alpha have between one and nine USB 2.0 ports, including the Alienware Alpha which has three USB 2.0 ports.
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Only Two USB 3.0 Ports
The Alienware Alpha is a two USB 3.0 port PC.
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Released Over Two Years Ago
It was over two years ago when this Alienware PC was released.
Average Total Storage Capacity
With a total storage capacity of 500 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a relatively average total storage capacity compared to most of the other few processor core PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha.
Average Hard Drive Capacity
With a hard drive capacity of 500 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a relatively average hard drive capacity compared to most of the other personal computers of a comparable age and spec to the Alpha.
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HDD Storage Medium
The storage speed of this desktop computer is HDD, which is typical of many computers that were launched more than two years ago. 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.
Average Processor Clock Speed
At 2.9 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a relatively standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other few processor core PCs that came out around the same time as the Alpha.
Intel Core i3, Intel Core i3-4xxx
Processor Clock Speed
PCI Express Slots Version
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Cache Level
Socket H3 (LGA 1150), LGA1150
Processor That Supports ECC
Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor
Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor
Memory Type Supported Processor
Max Internal Memory Supported Processor
Conflict Free Processor
PCI Express Lane (maximum)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Configuration
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Processor Cache Type
Smart Cache, L3
Memory Clock Speed
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Total Storage Capacity
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Interface
Serial ATA, Serial ATA II, Serial ATA III
Storage Drive Installed
Integrated Card Reader
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 4400
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
Windows 8, Windows 8.1
Operating System Architecture
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
10, 10, 100, 10, 100, 1000
Ethernet LAN Connection
Ports & Interfaces
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Water Cooling System
PC, Mini PC, Mini PC (<= 3L)
Processor Special Features
Intel Quick Sync Videotechnology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel AES New Instructions
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)
AVX, AVX 2.0
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Thermal Solution Specification
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Processor ARK ID
Power Supply Input Voltage
100 - 240
Power Supply Input Frequency
50 - 60
Weight & Dimensions
Storage Relative Humidity Range
0 - 95
Storage Temperature Range
-40 - 65
-15.24 - 10668
-15.24 - 3048
Relative Humidity Operating Range
10 - 90
Operating Temperature Range
5 - 35
Software Driver Included
Intel Virtualization Technology
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Clear Video HD, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
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