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Alienware Alpha 2 Core Intel Core I3-4xxx 2.9GHz 8GB 1TB HDD

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2 Intel Core I3-4xxx 2.9GHz 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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13 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This desktop computer supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on recently released few processor core computers.

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Just Released Eight Months Ago

Alienware only released the Alpha eight months ago.

Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Recently released few processor core computers have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 790MHz and 1,200MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,000MHz. When compared to other recently released personal computers that we have checked, the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of the Alienware Alpha of 1,150 megahertz is one of the fastest.

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Very Big Total Storage Capacity

The smallest total storage capacity of few processor core computers that were launched in the last 12 months is 16GB and the biggest is 1TB. At 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware Alpha has a very big total storage capacity compared to most of the other PCs that are a similar age to the Alpha.

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Very Big Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a very big internal memory compared to most of the other latest similar spec PCs. Across all the few processor core computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Alpha the internal memory range from 2GB to 8GB.

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HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this PC is HDD, which is the most frequently found storage medium on few processor core computers that have been on the market 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.

If you would prefer a computer with a faster storage speed then you might also want to look at the Chromebox 3010 (SSD), or the OptiPlex 3040 (SSD) both from DELL or the HP 400 G2 (SSD).

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This desktop computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is the most frequently supported PCI Express slots version on personal computers that have been available for around the same time as it.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is typical of many few processor core computers that have been on the market 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 recently released few processor core computers. This personal computer is a two HDMI port personal computer compared to most of the recently released PCs which only have one HDMI port.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This personal computer has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is typical of many few processor core computers that came out around the same time as it.

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Has One Memory Slot

The Alienware Alpha has a greater number of memory slots than most few processor core computers that have been around for the last year. 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 desktop computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most frequently supported discrete graphics memory type on few processor core computers that were released around the same time as it.

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Very Short

Few processor core computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha have heights of between 33mm and 500mm. At only 55 millimeters, the Alienware Alpha is quite short compared to most of the other newly released PCs.

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11 Reasons Against

Unexceptional Brand

Few processor core computers manufactured by Alienware have unexceptional ratings on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all computers (not just few processor core computers) and found that Alienware also has unexceptional ratings across its entire range.

Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The average on-board graphics adapter base frequency of latest computers is 320MHz. The Alienware Alpha has a very slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency (only 200 megahertz) compared to most of the other recently released few processor core computers.

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

Most new desktop computers have between one and five 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

At only 25.6 gigabytes per second, the Alienware Alpha has a very slow max memory bandwidth supported processor compared to most of the other few processor core computers that have been around for the last year. The average max memory bandwidth supported processor of newly released desktop computers is 30GB/s, and the max memory bandwidth supported processor range from 21GB/s to 35GB/s.

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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 desktop computers that have been available for the last year.

This desktop computer's on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version (4) is actually the worst supported on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version across all new few processor core computers.

The best supported on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version across similar types of desktop computer is 4.4.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor

The slowest memory clock speed supported by processor of few processor core computers that came out in the last 12 months is 1,300MHz and the fastest is 1,900MHz. When compared to other few processor core computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha that we have checked, the memory clock speed supported by processor of the Alienware Alpha of only 1,333 megahertz is one of the slowest.

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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 the most commonly supported on-board graphics adapter DirectX version on few processor core computers that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Only Two USB 2.0 Ports

The Alienware Alpha is a two USB 2.0 port desktop computer. Most of the other similar spec personal computers that were launched around the same time as the Alpha have between one and five USB 2.0 ports.

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Only Two USB 3.0 Ports

The Alienware Alpha is a two USB 3.0 port personal computer.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

The Alienware Alpha has one of the slowest memory clock speeds (only 1,600 megahertz) amongst similar spec PCs of this age. The average memory clock speed of comparable spec PCs that have been around for the last year is 1,800MHz.

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Quite Low System Bus Data Transfer Rate

PCs that have been around for the last year have system bus data transfer rates of between 5GT/s and 8GT/s. When compared to other few processor core computers that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha that we have assessed the system bus data transfer rate of, the Alienware Alpha's system bus data transfer rate of only 5 Gigatransfers per second is one of the lowest.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Alienware Alpha

Average Hard Drive Capacity

At 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly standard hard drive capacity compared to most of the other recently released comparable spec computers.

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Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 2.9 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a relatively standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other personal computers that were released in the last 12 months.

If you are looking for a personal computer with a faster processor clock speed then you might want to look at the Alienware Steam Machine (3.2GHz).

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Specification

Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Threads
System Bus Rate
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Processor Model
Memory Voltage Supported by Processor
ECC Supported by Processor
Memory Channels Supported by Processor
Memory Bandwidth Supported by Processor (max)
Memory Clock Speeds Supported by Processor
Memory Types Supported by Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
Tcase
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Configurations
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Number of Processors Installed
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Memory Slots
Memory Layout (slots X Size)
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Number of Hard Drives Installed
Number of Storage Drives Installed
Card Reader Integrated
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Interface
Built-In Hard Drive
Optical Drive
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Graphics Adapter Open GL Support
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
CUDA
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter Family
Software
Operating System Installed
Operating System Language
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Bluetooth Version
Wi-Fi Standards
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Ports & Interfaces
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in
DC-In Jack
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
HDMI Version
HDMI Ports Quantity
DVI Port
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
DC-In Jack
Digital Audio Optical Out
USB 3.0 Ports Quantity
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Design
Chassis Type
Placement Supported
Colour of Product
Water Cooling System
Colour of Product
Performance
Password Protection
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Video Memory
Graphics Processor
Graphics Adapter Memory Type
Internal Memory Type
Internal Memory
Platform
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel HD Graphics
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel FDI Technology
Intel TSX-NI
Idle States
Intel® Built-In Visuals Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Execute Disable Bit
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Supported Instruction Sets
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Scalability
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Thermal Solution Specification
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel® Smart Cache
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics
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 (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Drivers Included
Manual
Cables Included
Mouse Included
Display Included
Keyboard Supplied
AC Adapter Included
Manual
Number of Gamepads Included
Other Features
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports

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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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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dkcwa02, asm1002980, alienware win81, alienware win81b, alienware i34130, alienware win81bl, alienware i34130t, alienware win81bla, alienware win81blac, alienware win81black, laasm100i381tbgw10s1701b001
Barcodes 00001469130900, 00750253286569, 00884116162148, 05397063524310
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