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Alienware Alpha 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.2GHz 8GB 1TB HDD

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Just Released Three Months Ago

This computer was only released three months ago. Newer computers like this one are likely to have better features.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This personal computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on recently released comparable spec desktop computers.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of 1,200 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies amongst desktop computers of this age. Across all the personal computers that have been available for the last year the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 500MHz to 1,400MHz.

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Alienware Has Good Reviews for Its Computers

We checked 306 expert and user reviews for Alienware computers and found that on average Alienware has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Alienware has good ratings specifically within its medium processor core PCs range.

3 PCI Express Slots Version

This PC supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is the most frequently supported PCI Express slots version on medium processor core PCs that were released around the same time as it.

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Two HDMI Port

The Alienware Alpha has more HDMI port than most of the recently released medium processor core PCs. This Alienware personal computer is a two HDMI port desktop computer compared to most of the recently released similar spec personal computers which only have one HDMI port.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This computer has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is typical of many medium processor core PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many comparable spec computers that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Shallow

With a depth of only 200 millimeters, the Alienware Alpha is fairly shallow compared to most of the other medium processor core PCs that are a comparable age to the Alpha. The depths of new medium processor core PCs range from 33mm to 600mm.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 1.8 kilograms, the Alienware Alpha is fairly light compared to most of the other new similar spec PCs. Latest medium processor core PCs have weights of between 38g and 16kg, and the average weight is 6.6kg.

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Very Short

With a height of only 55 millimeters, the Alienware Alpha is fairly short compared to most of the other similar spec PCs that came out in the last year. The average height of medium processor core PCs that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha is 280mm.

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11 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 computer.

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Quite Slow Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

At only 25.6 gigabytes per second, the Alienware Alpha has a quite slow max memory bandwidth supported processor compared to most of the other medium processor core PCs that were launched in the last 12 months. The max memory bandwidth supported processor of latest medium processor core PCs range from 10GB/s to 77GB/s, and the average max memory bandwidth supported processor is 34GB/s.

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Very Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

The Alienware Alpha has a fairly small max internal memory supported processor (only 32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor core PCs that are a similar age to the Alpha. Medium processor core PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha have max internal memory supported processors of between 2GB and 1.6TB.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

At only 2.2 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core PCs that have been on the market for the last year. The slowest processor clock speed of medium processor core PCs that were launched around the same time as the Alpha is 1.3GHz and the fastest is 4GHz.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 2.2GHz processor clock speed desktop computers currently available including the Alienware Steam Machine ($495.00) which is cheaper.

If this computer processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might also want to consider the 800 G2 ($616.99) (2.5GHz and cheaper), or the 400 G3 SFF ($698.33) (3.2GHz and cheaper) both from HP.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor

At only 1,333 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly slow memory clock speed supported by processor compared to most of the other latest medium processor core PCs. The memory clock speeds supported by processors of newly released personal computers range from 800MHz to 2,200MHz, and the average memory clock speed supported by processor is 1,700MHz.

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Only 11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This PC supports a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is typical of many medium processor core PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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Only 4.3 On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version

The Alienware Alpha supports a 4.3 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version which is better than the 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version supported by most new comparable spec desktop computers. The on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version of all comparable spec computers that are a similar age to the Alpha ranges from 4 to 4.4.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

At only 16 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a quite small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other latest computers. The smallest maximum internal memory of newly released medium processor core PCs is 2GB, the biggest is 260GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 42GB.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

With a memory clock speed of only 1,600 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a quite slow memory clock speed compared to most of the other recently released medium processor core PCs. New medium processor core PCs have memory clock speeds of between 1,000MHz and 2,400MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,900MHz.

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Quite Low System Bus Data Transfer Rate

The system bus data transfer rates of PCs that were launched in the last year range from 5GT/s to 8GT/s. The system bus data transfer rate of the Alienware Alpha of only 5 Gigatransfers per second is one of the lowest amongst medium processor core PCs that came out around the same time as the Alpha.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

The average maximum turbo frequency of medium processor core PCs that came out around the same time as the Alpha is 3.6GHz, and the maximum turbo frequencies range from 1.8GHz to 4.2GHz. The Alienware Alpha has a quite slow maximum turbo frequency (only 3.2 gigahertz) compared to most of the other latest similar spec desktop computers.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Alienware Alpha

Average Hard Drive Capacity

At 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware Alpha has a pretty standard hard drive capacity compared to most of the other latest similar spec computers.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly standard total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core PCs that were launched around the same time as the Alpha.

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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 comparable spec PCs that are a similar age to the Alpha.

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HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this personal computer is HDD, which is the most frequently found storage medium on comparable spec personal computers that have been available for the last year. 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 desktop computers currently available including the HP 800 G2 ($616.99) which is cheaper.

If the storage speed of this desktop computer is too slow for you then you might also want to look at the HP 400 G3 (SSD and higher rated) or the HP 400 G2 ($668.18) (SSD and cheaper).

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Processor Family
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System Bus Data Transfer Rate
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Maximum Turbo Frequency
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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)
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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
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter
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
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Operating System
Trial Software
Operating System Language
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Bluetooth Version
WiFi Standard
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Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Version
HDMI Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Design
Chassis Type
Case Placement
Case Colour
Performance
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
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
Intel® Wireless-AC Technology
Processor ARK ID
Power
Power Supply Input Voltage
Power Supply Input Frequency
Power Supply
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Weight
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Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
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Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features
Intel Virtualization Technology

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Expert Reviews

(49)

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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