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Alienware Alpha 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 2GHz 8GB 1TB HDD

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4 Intel Core I7-4xxx 2GHz 8GB Apr 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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14 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on recently released medium processor core PCs.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of medium processor core PCs that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha is 500MHz, the fastest is 1,400MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz. The Alienware Alpha has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies (1,200 megahertz) amongst desktop computers of this age.

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Only Released Eight Months Ago

As one of the newer personal computers, this desktop computer is likely to have more advanced features.

Alienware Has Good Reviews for Its PCs

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

Fairly Big Hard Drive Capacity

With a hard drive capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware Alpha has one of the bigger hard drive capacity amongst similar spec PCs of this age. Across all the medium processor core PCs that are a comparable age to the Alpha the hard drive capacity range from 120GB to 10TB.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 1TB hard drive capacity PCs currently available including cheaper PCs such as the Alienware Alpha[plb_2706467_price].

If this personal computer hard drive capacity is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the HP 550-170na[plb_3747342_price] (2TB) which is also cheaper.

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Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

Similar spec computers that came out in the last year have total storage capacity of between 32GB and 3.3TB. With a total storage capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly big total storage capacity compared to most of the other newly released medium processor core PCs.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 1TB total storage capacity computers currently available including cheaper PCs such as the Alienware Alpha[plb_2706467_price].

If you would prefer a personal computer with a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to look at the HP 550-170na[plb_3747342_price] (2TB and cheaper).

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Quite Big Internal Memory

Across all the similar spec personal computers that were released in the last year the internal memory range from 2GB to 32GB. At 8 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other newly released comparable spec PCs.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 8GB memory computers currently available including cheaper PCs such as the Alienware Alpha[plb_2706467_price].

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This personal computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is the most frequently supported PCI Express slots version on similar spec PCs that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Two HDMI Port

The Alienware Alpha is a two HDMI port computer.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This desktop computer has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is the most frequently found HDMI version on recently released PCs.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This PC supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most commonly supported discrete graphics memory type on new medium processor core PCs.

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Shallow

Comparable spec PCs that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha have depths of between 33mm and 600mm. At 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.

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Very Light

New personal computers have weights of between 38g and 16kg. With a weight of only 1.8 kilograms, the Alienware Alpha is quite light compared to most of the other medium processor core PCs that were released around the same time as the Alpha.

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Very Short

Recently released comparable spec desktop computers have heights of between 10mm and 560mm. The Alienware Alpha is quite short (only 55 millimeters) compared to most of the other recently released comparable spec PCs.

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12 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

The slowest max memory bandwidth supported processor of latest comparable spec desktop computers is 10GB/s and the fastest is 77GB/s. 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 medium processor core PCs that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha.

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Very Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

New medium processor core PCs have max internal memory supported processors of between 2GB and 1.6TB. At only 32 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a quite small max internal memory supported processor compared to most of the other similar spec PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

When compared to other medium processor core PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha that we have assessed, the processor clock speed of the Alienware Alpha of only 2 gigahertz is one of the slowest. The slowest processor clock speed of newly released comparable spec PCs is 1.3GHz, the fastest is 4GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 3.1GHz.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 2GHz processor clock speed PCs currently available including the Alienware Alpha[plb_2706467_price] which is cheaper.

If you are looking for a faster processor clock speed then you might want to consider the Alienware Steam Machine[plb_3359792_price] (2.2GHz), or the DELL 7040[plb_3072619_price] (2.5GHz) which is also cheaper.

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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 typical of many medium processor core PCs that came out in the last 12 months.

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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 computers that have been around for the last year. This Alienware computer supports a 4.3 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version, whereas most latest similar spec personal computers support a 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version. The best on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version of all medium processor core PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the Alpha is 4.4 and the worst is 4.

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Only IEEE 802.11a WiFi Standard

This personal computer supports an IEEE 802.11ac WiFi standard, which is typical of many comparable spec desktop computers that are a similar age to it.

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Only Two USB 2.0 Ports

The Alienware Alpha is a two USB 2.0 port computer.

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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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Very Low System Bus Data Transfer Rate

At only 5 Gigatransfers per second, the Alienware Alpha has a quite low system bus data transfer rate compared to most of the other desktop computers that have been available for the last year. The system bus data transfer rates of new medium processor core PCs range from 5GT/s to 8GT/s.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

The average maximum internal memory of latest medium processor core PCs is 110GB, and the maximum internal memory range from 8.1GB to 790GB. With a maximum internal memory of only 32,768 megabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other latest desktop computers.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

The average maximum turbo frequency of medium processor core PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha is 3.6GHz. At only 3 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a quite slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other comparable spec desktop computers that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha.

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1 Other reason to consider the Alienware Alpha

HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this desktop computer is HDD, which is typical of many medium processor core PCs that were launched around the same time as 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.

We compared this desktop computer to all the other HDD computers and we think cheaper personal computers such as the HP 800 G2[plb_3834366_price] is also worth considering.

PCs with a faster storage speed that might also be worth looking at include the DELL 5040[plb_3140759_price] (SSD), or the Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Tiny[plb_3169875_price] (SSD) which is also cheaper.

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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
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
QPI Link
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 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
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Bluetooth Version
WiFi Standard
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ports & Interfaces
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Version
HDMI 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
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
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
Cable Included
Other Features
Intel Virtualization Technology
Maximum Internal Memory
Technical Details
Intel Visual Technology

4 Awards

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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

(52)
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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dell i74785, dell i74785t, alienware ddr3, dell asm1006980, alienware ddr3l, dell asm1006980b, alienware i74785, dell asm1006980bl, alienware i74785t, dell asm1006980blk, alienware asm1009000, alienware asm1009000b, alienware asm1009000bl, alienware asm1009000blk, alienware alienwarealphad37, alienware alienwarealphad37p, alienware alienwarealphad37pc
Barcodes 00750253253486, 00884116197034, 00884116233985, 00884116247630, 05397063523955, 05397063840786
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