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Alienware Alpha 4 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 2GHz 8GB 1TB HDD

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4 Intel Core I5-4xxx 2GHz 8GB 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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Just Released Three Months Ago

The Alpha was only relased by Alienware three months ago.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This computer supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on personal computers that were released in the last 12 months.

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Alienware Has Good Reviews for Its PCs

Alienware medium processor core PCs have good ratings on average and across all personal computers Alienware is one of the superior manufacturers.

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 computers that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Two HDMI Port

The Alienware Alpha has more HDMI port than most of the PCs that are a comparable age to the Alpha. This Alienware PC is a two HDMI port desktop computer compared to most of the medium processor core PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha which only have one HDMI port.

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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 medium processor core PCs that have been available for the last year.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This PC supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many medium processor core PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Shallow

The shallowest comparable spec PC that is a similar age to the Alpha is 33mm deep and the deepest is 600mm. At only 200 millimeters, the Alienware Alpha is fairly shallow compared to most of the other recently released medium processor core PCs.

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Very Light

The Alienware Alpha is fairly light (only 1.8 kilograms) compared to most of the other comparable spec computers that were launched around the same time as the Alpha. The average weight of medium processor core PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha is 6.6kg.

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Very Short

At only 55 millimeters, the Alienware Alpha is fairly short compared to most of the other recently released computers. The heights of latest medium processor core PCs range from 10mm to 560mm, and the average height is 280mm.

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9 Reasons Against

Only Two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The Alienware Alpha is a two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port desktop computer.

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Quite Slow Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

At only 25.6 gigabytes per second, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly slow max memory bandwidth supported processor compared to most of the other computers that were launched in the last year. Across all the PCs that are a similar age to the Alpha the max memory bandwidth supported processor range from 10GB/s to 77GB/s.

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Very Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

Across all the similar spec personal computers that came out in the last year the max internal memory supported processors range from 2GB to 1.6TB, and the average max internal memory supported processor is 99GB. The Alienware Alpha has one of the smaller max internal memory supported processors (only 32 gigabytes) amongst comparable spec computers of this age.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

Recently released desktop computers have processor clock speeds of between 1.3GHz and 4GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 3.1GHz. When compared to other similar spec personal computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Alpha, the Alienware Alpha's processor clock speed of only 2 gigahertz is one of the slowest.

If you are looking for a faster processor clock speed then you might want to consider the M700 Tiny[pl_3338469_price] (2.2GHz and cheaper), or the M700[pl_3257185_price] (2.2GHz and cheaper) both from Lenovo.

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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 medium processor core PCs that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Only 4.3 On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version

The Alienware Alpha supports a better on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version than most similar spec desktop computers that were launched in the last 12 months. This personal computer supports a 4.3 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version, whereas most personal computers that are a similar age to it support a 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version. Across all medium processor core PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the Alpha the best on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version is 4.4 and the worst is 4.

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Very Small Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

Medium processor core PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the Alpha have maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of between 1GB and 64GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 7.9GB. At only 1.024 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a quite small maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other similar spec personal computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Alpha.

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Very Low System Bus Data Transfer Rate

With a system bus data transfer rate of only 5 Gigatransfers per second, the Alienware Alpha has one of the lower system bus data transfer rates amongst similar spec personal computers of this age. The average system bus data transfer rate of new PCs is 7.2GT/s, and the system bus data transfer rates range from 5GT/s to 8GT/s.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

With a maximum turbo frequency of only 3 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has one of the slower maximum turbo frequencies amongst similar spec desktop computers of this age. Medium processor core PCs that are a comparable age to the Alpha have maximum turbo frequencies of between 1.8GHz and 4.2GHz.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Alienware Alpha

Average Hard Drive Capacity

With a hard drive capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly typical hard drive capacity compared to most of the other similar spec computers that have been around for the last year.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 1TB hard drive capacity desktop computers currently available including the DELL Precision T1700[plb_2754957_price] which is cheaper.

If this computer hard drive capacity is too small for you then you might want to consider the 460-p059na[pl_3700375_price] (2TB and cheaper), or the 550-254na[pl_3730369_price] (2TB and cheaper) both from HP or the DELL 3650[plb_3450642_price] (2TB and cheaper).

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Average Total Storage Capacity

The Alienware Alpha has a pretty standard total storage capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other medium processor core PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha.

We compared all the other 1TB total storage capacity personal computers to this desktop computer and we think cheaper personal computers such as the DELL Precision T1700[plb_2754957_price] is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to consider the 460-p059na[pl_3700375_price] (2TB), or the 550-254na[pl_3730369_price] (2TB) both from HP or the DELL 3650[plb_3450642_price] (2TB) which is also cheaper.

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Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a pretty typical internal memory compared to most of the other PCs that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 8GB memory PCs currently available including cheaper personal computers such as the Precision T1700[pl_2754957_price], or the OptiPlex 9020[pl_2663205_price] both from DELL.

If you want a desktop computer with a bigger internal memory then you might want to look at the DELL 3650[plb_3450642_price] (16GB and cheaper).

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HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this desktop computer is HDD, which is typical of many medium processor core PCs 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.

Alternative HDD desktop computers currently available that you might want to look at include cheaper computers such as the ProDesk 600 SFF[pl_2404729_price], the 550-254na[pl_3730369_price], or the 400 G3 SFF[pl_3540739_price] all from HP.

If the storage speed of this computer is too slow for you then you might also want to look at the DELL 5040[plb_3140759_price] (SSD and cheaper), or the Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Tiny[plb_3169875_price] (SSD and cheaper).

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Specification

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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
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Memory Voltage
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)
Stepping
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
Integrated Card Reader
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 OpenGL Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Maximum Resolution
On-Board Graphics Adapter Output
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
Displayssupported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
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
Microphone in Port
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 Smart Connect Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Embedded Options Available
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Idle States
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Instruction Set
Processor Code
Scalability
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Thermal Solution Specification
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Version
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
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
Display Diagonal
Cable Included
Typical Contrast Ratio
Display Vertical Viewing Angle
Display Horizontal Viewing Angle
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
Display Resolution
Display Type
Supported Number of Colours Display
Other Features
Intel Virtualization Technology
Maximum Internal Memory
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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