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

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4 Intel Core I7-4xxx 2GHz 8GB Oct 2015
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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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25 Reasons For

Four Industry Awards

This medium processor core personal computer has received four awards from experts.

Three expert review sites thought that this computer was good. This Alienware computer received a "Silver" award from Cowcotland.com who wrote it was great and it received a "Recommended" award from Hothardware.com, confirming their endorsement. This computer also received a "Gold Performance" award from Techstation.it.

This Alienware desktop computer received a "Good For Gaming" award from Computershopper.com.

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Average Owner Reviews

Based on 52 owner reviews the average owner rating of this personal computer is 77 out of 100.

Good for Gaming

Several Alienware Alpha owners concluded that the Alienware Alpha was good for gaming. Two years ago Pcmag.com wrote in their Alienware Alpha review on expert website PC Mag “The concept of a gaming PC console is attractive” and gave it a score of 4 stars. Pcmag.com also wrote “Although it's a good budget-price gaming rig”. Two years ago expert website Hothardware.com wrote “It is a sleek, small form factor gaming PC, designed specifically for gam”.

Good Size

Some Alienware Alpha reviewers who bought this PC wrote that it was compact. Two years ago Pcmag.com said on PC Mag “The Alienware Alpha ($549) is one of the many compact gaming desktop concepts that came out of C” in their review of the Alienware Alpha. Computershopper.com mentioned in their Alienware Alpha review “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 person mentioned in their reviews that the Alienware Alpha was thin. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote “While the X51 very much resembled an Xbox 360 Slim” in their review of the Alienware Alpha but even so they only gave the product a rating of 60 out of 100.

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Robust

One customer who purchased the Alienware Alpha considered that it was strong and durable. Expert website Computershopper.com said in their review of this PC “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” .

Good Environmental Credentials

One person considered that this PC was good in terms of power usage. In November last year expert review site Eurogamer.net mentioned “It's significantly more energy efficient”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One person who bought this PC concluded that it was quiet. Expert website Makeuseof.com wrote in their Alienware Alpha review “Then things went quiet”.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This personal computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many desktop computers that are a comparable age to it.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The Alienware Alpha has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (1,200 megahertz) compared to most of the other similar spec computers that were released around the same time as the Alpha. The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of comparable spec PCs that are a similar age to the Alpha range from 640MHz to 1,300MHz.

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Quite Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The Alienware Alpha has one of the bigger maximum on-board graphics adapter memories (1.74 gigabytes) amongst similar spec PCs of this age. The maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of personal computers of this age and spec range from 1GB to 64GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 3.7GB.

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Alienware Has Good Desktop Computer Reviews

Based on 306 user and expert reviews, Alienware has good ratings for its computers. Alienware also has good ratings specifically within its medium processor core PCs range compared to other brands.

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Fairly Big Hard Drive Capacity

With a hard drive capacity of 2,000 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly big hard drive capacity compared to most of the other computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha. The smallest hard drive capacity of comparable spec personal computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha is 1GB, the biggest is 3TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 920GB.

Alternative 2TB hard drive capacity computers currently available which you might also want to look at include the Alienware X51 which has better reviews.

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Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

The average total storage capacity of medium processor core PCs that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha is 820GB. The Alienware Alpha has one of the bigger total storage capacity (2,000 gigabytes) amongst medium processor core PCs of this age.

We compared this PC to all the other 2TB total storage capacity desktop computers and we think because of it's better review score, the Alienware X51 is also worth considering.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This personal computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is the most commonly supported PCI Express slots version on similar spec computers that were launched more than a year ago.

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Two HDMI Port

The Alienware Alpha is a two HDMI port PC. Most of the other personal computers of this age and spec only have one HDMI port.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is typical of many computers of a similar age and spec to it.

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10/100/1000Base-T(X) Cabling Technology

This PC has a 10/100/1000Base-T(X) cabling technology, which is typical of many similar spec desktop computers that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Eight Processor Threads

The Alienware Alpha is a eight processor thread PC. Most of the other similar spec desktop computers that were released more than a year ago only have between four and seven processor threads.

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Quite Big Processor Cache

At 8 megabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a quite big processor cache compared to most of the other PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Alpha. Across all the medium processor core PCs that were released one year ago the processor caches range from 2MB to 10MB, and the average processor cache is 6.6MB.

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DDR3L-SDRAM Internal Memory Type

The Alienware Alpha has a newer internal memory type than most PCs of this age and spec. This desktop computer has a DDR3L-SDRAM internal memory type, whereas most medium processor core PCs that were released one year ago have a DDR3-SDRAM internal memory type. The best internal memory type of all medium processor core PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the Alpha is DDR4-SDRAM and the worst is DDR3-SDRAM.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This personal computer has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is typical of many desktop computers of this type and age.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This desktop computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most frequently supported discrete graphics memory type on similar spec computers that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Shallow

The Alienware Alpha is fairly shallow (only 200 millimeters) compared to most of the other computers of a comparable spec and age to the Alpha. Medium processor core PCs that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha have depths of between 31mm and 590mm.

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Very Light

At only 1.8 kilograms, the Alienware Alpha is fairly light compared to most of the other personal computers of this age and type. Across all the desktop computers that are a similar age to the Alpha the weights range from 38g to 100kg, and the average weight is 7.7kg.

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Very Short

The Alienware Alpha is one of the shorter PCs of this age and spec (only 55 millimeters) amongst comparable spec desktop computers of this age. The shortest computer of this spec and age is 9.8mm high, the tallest is 560mm, and the average height is 290mm.

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16 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

Thirty-one experts from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and Techradar have rated this medium processor core personal computer on average 67%.

Poor Design

A number of people considered that it was not rough. Cnet.com mentioned on expert website CNET.com “There are still too many rough edges to make this a true console killer” but despite that they still gave it a score of 70 out of 100. Techradar.com mentioned in their Alienware Alpha review on expert website Techradar “While its custom software is rough around the edges” but even so they gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

One Alienware Alpha owner said in their reviews that the Alienware Alpha was not ugly. Expert website Pcworld.in wrote in their Alienware Alpha review “That's ultimately the ugly story behind Alienware's Alpha game console”. One customer concluded that it was not good looking. Makeuseof.com wrote “Things have been pretty slow in the world of Steam Machines”.

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Difficult to Use

One customer considered that this PC did not have a good experience. Last year expert website Expertreviews.co.uk said “Its console-like experience isn’t as seamless as we would like” in their review of the Alienware Alpha. One person who reviewed it concluded that it was not easy to use. Expert website Gizmodo.com wrote in their review of the Alienware Alpha “It's not as easy to use as a game console, not as foolproof”.

Very Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

At only 2 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a quite small discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other PCs of a similar age and spec to the Alpha. Across all the medium processor core PCs that were released one year ago the discrete graphics adapter memory capacities range from 1GB to 8.2TB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 2TB.

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

Most medium processor core PCs that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha have between one and seven 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.

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Quite Slow Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

The average max memory bandwidth supported processor of medium processor core PCs that were released more than a year ago is 29GB/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 available for around the same time as the Alpha.

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Very Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

The average max internal memory supported processor of desktop computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha is 64GB, and the max internal memory supported processors range from 2GB to 770GB. At only 32 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a quite small max internal memory supported processor compared to most of the other similar spec computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Alpha.

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Very Slow Processor Clock Speed

The slowest processor clock speed of comparable spec personal computers that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha is 1.3GHz, the fastest is 4GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 3.1GHz. The Alienware Alpha has a quite slow processor clock speed (only 2 gigahertz) compared to most of the other medium processor core PCs that were released one year ago.

If this medium processor core personal computer processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might also want to look at the HP 400 ($329.99) (3GHz) which is also higher rated.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this personal computer is HDD, which is typical of many computers that were launched more than a year 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.

We compared all the other HDD desktop computers to this personal computer and we think because of it's better review score, the Alienware X51 is also worth considering.

If the storage speed of this Alienware computer is too slow for you then you might want to consider the Zotac ZBOX CI320 nano (SSD) which also has a higher rating.

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Only 11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This personal computer supports a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is typical of many computers of this age and spec.

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Only Has One Memory Slot

The Alienware Alpha has a greater number of memory slots than most desktop computers of this age and type. The most commonly found memory slot is 4x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this desktop computer. The memory slots 2x DIMM are also found on this computer.

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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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Only Two USB 3.0 Ports

The Alienware Alpha is a two USB 3.0 port PC.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

Medium processor core PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha have maximum internal memory of between 2GB and 520GB. The Alienware Alpha has a fairly small maximum internal memory (only 16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other personal computers that were launched around the same time as the Alpha.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

The slowest memory clock speed of personal computers of a comparable age and spec to the Alpha is 1,000MHz and the fastest is 2,400MHz. With a memory clock speed of only 1,600 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has one of the slower memory clock speeds amongst medium processor core PCs of this age.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

With a maximum turbo frequency of only 3 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other comparable spec personal computers that were launched around the same time as the Alpha. Across all the similar spec PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha the maximum turbo frequencies range from 1.8GHz to 4.4GHz.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Alienware Alpha

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Alienware released the Alpha.

Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a relatively standard internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 8GB memory PCs currently available including because of it's better review score, the Alienware X51.

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Specification

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Processor Model
Memory Channel Supported Processor
Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor
Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor
Memory Type Supported Processor
Max Internal Memory Supported Processor
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Tcase
PCI Express Lane (maximum)
Stepping
QPI Link
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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 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
Operating System/software
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Trial Software
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Networking
Bluetooth Version
WiFi Standard
Cabling Technology
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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
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
Cable Included
Display 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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