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Alienware Alpha 2 Core Intel Core I3-4xxx 3.2GHz 8GB 1TB HDD

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2 Intel Core I3-4xxx 3.2GHz 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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13 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many latest few processor core computers.

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Fairly Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

With a maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of 16 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha's maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is one of the biggest amongst few processor core computers that were released in the last year. The maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of few processor core computers that were released around the same time as the Alpha range from 1.7GB to 64GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 5GB.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Across all the few processor core computers that have been on the market for the last year the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 790MHz to 1,200MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,000MHz. At 1,150 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other desktop computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha.

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Fairly Big Hard Drive Capacity

The Alienware Alpha has a fairly big hard drive capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other latest few processor core computers. Across all the latest few processor core computers the hard drive capacity range from 500GB to 1TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 690GB.

We compared all the other 1TB hard drive capacity personal computers to this personal computer and we think the Alienware Steam Machine[plb_3366091_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Very Big Total Storage Capacity

The Alienware Alpha has one of the biggest total storage capacity (1,000 gigabyte) amongst PCs of this age. Across all the recently released computers the total storage capacity range from 16GB to 1TB, and the average total storage capacity is 580GB.

There are a number of alternative 1TB total storage capacity PCs currently available that you might also want to consider including cheaper PCs such as the Alienware Steam Machine[plb_3366091_price].

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The average internal memory of few processor core computers that were launched in the last 12 months is 4.8GB. With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other recently released comparable spec desktop computers.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 8GB memory PCs currently available including cheaper personal computers such as the Lenovo M700[plb_3257196_price], or the Alienware Steam Machine[plb_3366091_price].

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HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this PC is HDD, which is the most commonly found storage medium on new similar spec PCs. 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.

There are a number of other HDD personal computers currently available which you might also want to consider including cheaper computers such as the Lenovo M700 Tiny[plb_3338466_price], the Alienware Steam Machine[plb_3366091_price], or the Acer Veriton M2640G[plb_3690269_price].

If the storage speed of this personal computer is too slow for you then you might also want to look at the DELL Chromebox 3010[plb_2672334_price] (SSD and cheaper), or the Lenovo M700[plb_3257196_price] (SSD and cheaper).

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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 latest PCs.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is typical of many latest similar spec PCs.

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Two HDMI Port

The Alienware Alpha has more HDMI port than most of the new few processor core computers. Most of the computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha only have one HDMI port, however this Alienware PC has two HDMI port.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This computer has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is typical of many recently released few processor core computers.

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Has One Memory Slot

The Alienware Alpha has a greater number of memory slots than most new comparable spec personal computers. The most frequently found memory slot is 2x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this personal computer. The memory slots 2x SO-DIMM are also found on this 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 latest comparable spec computers.

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5 Reasons Against

Unexceptional Brand

On average Alienware few processor core computers have unexceptional reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all computers manufactured by Alienware.

Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

At only 200 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other comparable spec PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha. The average on-board graphics adapter base frequency of desktop computers that are a similar age to the Alpha is 320MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 100MHz to 690MHz.

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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 latest few processor core computers.

This personal computer's on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version (4) is in fact the worst supported on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version across all few processor core computers that are a similar age to the Alpha.

A 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version is the best supported on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version amongst comparable types of personal computer.

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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 desktop computers that are a similar age to it.

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Only Two USB 3.0 Ports

The Alienware Alpha is a two USB 3.0 port computer.

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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 Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 3.2 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a pretty typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other similar spec personal computers that were released in the last year.

If you want a personal computer with a faster processor clock speed then you might want to look at the HP 400 G3 SFF[plb_3449499_price] (3.7GHz), or the Acer Veriton M2640G[plb_3690269_price] (3.7GHz) which is also cheaper.

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ECC Supported by Processor
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Memory Clock Speeds Supported by Processor
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Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Conflict Free Processor
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Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Stepping
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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
Optical Drive
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Graphics Adapter Open GL Support
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 (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Maximum Resolution
On-Board Graphics Adapter Output
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
On-Board Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter Family
Software
Operating System Installed
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
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 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Design
Chassis Type
Placement Supported
Colour of Product
Water Cooling System
Performance
Password Protection
Audio System
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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® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST)
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT)
Intel HD Graphics
Intel® Secure Key
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® OS Guard
Intel® Insider™
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Intel Standard Manageability
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
Processor Code
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 Secure Key Technology Version
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)
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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
Other Features
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)
Maximum Internal Memory

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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 i34170, dell i34170t, alienware i34130, alienware i34130t, alienware asm1000779
Barcodes 05397063840779
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