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Alienware Alpha 2 Core Intel Core I3-4xxx 3.2GHz 4GB 500GB HDD

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2 Intel Core I3-4xxx 3.2GHz 4GB Jul 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 Five Months Ago

This personal computer is one of the latest PCs to be released.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many few processor core personal computers that were released in the last year.

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Quite Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of few processor core personal computers that have been available for the last year is 4.4GB, and the maximum on-board graphics adapter memories range from 1GB to 64GB. At 16 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a quite big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other computers that came out around the same time as the Alpha.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Similar spec desktop computers that were released in the last 12 months have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 790MHz and 1,200MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of 1,150 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies amongst personal computers of this age.

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Alienware Personal Computers Have Good Reviews

Average ratings across all Alienware PCs are good, however average ratings across just Alienware's few processor core personal computers are poor.

HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this personal computer is HDD, which is the most frequently found storage medium on new few processor core personal 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 considering one of the other HDD computers currently available including the DELL OptiPlex 3020M, the Acer Veriton X2640G, or the HP 460-p035na which is cheaper.

If the storage speed of this personal computer is too slow 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 personal computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many similar spec PCs that have been available for the last year.

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Two HDMI Port

The Alienware Alpha is a two HDMI port PC.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This desktop computer has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is the most commonly found HDMI version on comparable spec PCs that were launched in the last year.

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Has One Memory Slot

The Alienware Alpha has a greater number of memory slots than most few processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a similar time to it. The most commonly 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 desktop computer.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many few processor core personal computers that were launched around the same time as it.

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7 Reasons Against

Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

At only 200 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other personal computers that were released in the last year. Across all the few processor core personal computers that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 100MHz to 690MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 330MHz.

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Quite Slow Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

Across all the few processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as the Alpha the max memory bandwidth supported processor range from 21GB/s to 35GB/s. With a max memory bandwidth supported processor of only 25.6 gigabytes per second, the Alienware Alpha has one of the slower max memory bandwidth supported processor amongst desktop computers of this age.

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Only 4 On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version

The Alienware Alpha supports a 4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version which is better than the 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version supported by most few processor core personal computers that came out in the last year.

A 4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version is actually the worst supported on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version across all few processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha.

Across comparable types of desktop computer the best supported on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version is 4.4.

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Quite Small Hard Drive Capacity

When compared to other latest computers, the Alienware Alpha's hard drive capacity of only 500 gigabytes is one of the smallest. Latest few processor core personal computers have hard drive capacity of between 500GB and 1TB.

We compared this PC to all the other 500GB hard drive capacity computers and we think cheaper personal computers such as the Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 Tiny, the DELL OptiPlex 3040 ($489.98), and the Alienware Steam Machine ($355.00) is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a bigger hard drive capacity then you might also want to consider the Lenovo 510s (1TB and higher rated) or the HP 460-p035na (1TB and cheaper), or the Acer Veriton X2640G (1TB and cheaper).

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Only 11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This computer supports a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is typical of many few processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Only Two USB 2.0 Ports

The Alienware Alpha is a two USB 2.0 port desktop computer.

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Very Low System Bus Data Transfer Rate

The lowest system bus data transfer rate of few processor core personal computers that were released in the last 12 months is 5GT/s and the highest is 8GT/s. With a system bus data transfer rate of only 5 Gigatransfers per second, the Alienware Alpha has a quite low system bus data transfer rate compared to most of the other PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Alienware Alpha

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 3.2 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha.

We compared all the other 3.2GHz processor clock speed computers to this desktop computer and we think cheaper computers such as the Alienware Steam Machine ($355.00), the Fujitsu Q556, and the DELL OptiPlex 3040 ($540.60) is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a PC with a faster processor clock speed then you might also want to look at the Lenovo E73 (3.6GHz and cheaper), the Acer Veriton X2640G ($495.00) (3.7GHz and cheaper), or the DELL 3650 (3.7GHz and cheaper).

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Average Total Storage Capacity

The Alienware Alpha has a relatively standard total storage capacity (500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other comparable spec PCs that are a similar age to the Alpha.

There are a number of alternative 500GB total storage capacity desktop computers currently available which you might want to look at including cheaper PCs such as the Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 Tiny, the Fujitsu Q556, or the Alienware Steam Machine ($355.00).

If this computer total storage capacity is too small for you then you might want to consider the Lenovo 510s (1TB and higher rated) or the HP 460-p035na (1TB and cheaper), or the Acer Veriton X2640G (1TB and cheaper).

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Average Internal Memory

The Alienware Alpha has a fairly typical internal memory (4 gigabytes) compared to most of the other similar spec desktop computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha.

Alternative 4GB memory PCs currently available that you might want to consider include the Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 Tiny, the DELL OptiPlex 3020M, or the Alienware Steam Machine ($355.00) which is cheaper.

If this computer internal memory is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the HP 460-p035na (8GB and cheaper) or the Lenovo 510s (8GB and higher rated).

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Intel Virtualization 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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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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