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Alienware Alpha 4 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 2GHz 8GB 1TB HDD

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4 Intel Core I5-4xxx 2GHz 8GB Aug 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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10 Reasons For

Just Released Four Months Ago

Being released just four months ago, this medium processor core desktop computer is likely to have better features.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many new medium processor core personal computers.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of new PCs range from 500MHz to 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 (1,150 megahertz) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This PC supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many new medium processor core personal computers.

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Two HDMI Port

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

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1.4 HDMI Version

This PC has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is typical of many personal computers that have been around for around the same time as it.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This desktop computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many desktop computers that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Shallow

Across all the computers that came out around the same time as the Alpha the depths range from 33mm to 600mm. With a depth of only 200 millimeters, the Alienware Alpha is one of the shallower PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the Alpha amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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Very Light

At only 1.8 kilograms, the Alienware Alpha is fairly light compared to most of the other recently released similar spec PCs. The weights of medium processor core personal computers that were launched around the same time as the Alpha range from 38g to 16kg, and the average weight is 6.4kg.

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Very Short

With a height of only 55 millimeters, the Alienware Alpha is quite short compared to most of the other comparable spec personal computers that were launched in the last year. Across all the latest medium processor core personal computers the heights range from 10mm to 560mm.

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10 Reasons Against

Alienware Only Has Unexceptional Reviews for Its Computers

Average ratings across all Alienware PCs are unexceptional, however average ratings across just Alienware's medium processor core personal computers are good.

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 personal computer. Most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha have between one and seven USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Quite Slow Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

With a max memory bandwidth supported processor of only 25.6 gigabytes per second, the Alienware Alpha has one of the slower max memory bandwidth supported processor amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age. Across all the PCs that were launched in the last year the max memory bandwidth supported processor range from 10GB/s to 77GB/s.

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Very Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

The max internal memory supported processors of comparable spec desktop computers that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha range from 2GB to 1.6TB, and the average max internal memory supported processor is 100GB. With a max internal memory supported processor of only 32 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has one of the smaller max internal memory supported processors amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

When compared to other recently released medium processor core personal computers that we have checked the processor clock speed of, the Alienware Alpha's processor clock speed of only 2 gigahertz is one of the slowest. Across all the latest computers the processor clock speeds range from 1.3GHz to 4GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 3.1GHz.

PCs with a faster processor clock speed that might also be worth considering include the HP 800 G2 (2.5GHz), or the Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Tiny (2.5GHz) which is also cheaper.

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Only 11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

The Alienware Alpha supports an 11 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version which is better than the 12 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version supported by most computers that have been on the market for the last year. The worst on-board graphics adapter DirectX version of all latest medium processor core personal computers is 11.2/12 and the best is 12.

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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 most new computers. Most recently released comparable spec PCs support a 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version. Across all medium processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha the worst on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version is 4 and the best is 4.4.

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Very Small Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The Alienware Alpha has one of the smaller maximum on-board graphics adapter memories (only 1.024 gigabytes) amongst desktop computers of this age. Medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha have maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of between 1GB and 64GB.

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Very Low System Bus Data Transfer Rate

The Alienware Alpha has one of the lower system bus data transfer rates (only 5 Gigatransfers per second) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age. The average system bus data transfer rate of comparable spec desktop computers that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha is 7.4GT/s.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

With a maximum turbo frequency of only 3 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has one of the slower maximum turbo frequencies amongst PCs of this age. Across all the medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha the maximum turbo frequencies range from 1.8GHz to 4.2GHz.

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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 relatively typical hard drive capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec computers that came out in the last 12 months.

If this Alienware computer hard drive capacity is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the 550-254na (2TB), or the 550-170na (2TB) both from HP or the DELL 3650 (2TB) which is also cheaper.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware Alpha has a pretty typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for the last year.

If this computer total storage capacity is too small for you then you might also want to look at the 550-254na (2TB and cheaper), or the 550-170na (2TB and cheaper) both from HP or the DELL 3650 (2TB and cheaper).

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Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a pretty average internal memory compared to most of the other new medium processor core personal computers.

Desktop computers with a bigger internal memory that might also be worth considering include the DELL 3650 (16GB) which is also cheaper.

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HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this desktop computer is HDD, which is typical of many new computers. 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 PCs to this PC and we think the DELL 3650 which is cheaper is also worth considering.

Personal computers with a faster storage speed that might be worth considering include the ThinkCentre M900 Tiny (SSD), the S500 SFF (SSD), or the E73 (SSD) all from Lenovo.

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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 Boost Frequency
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
Stepping
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
ECC
Non-ECC
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
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
Trial Software
Operating System Language
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Ports & Interfaces
SmartCard Slot
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
Combo Headphone/mic Port
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
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
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
Embedded Options Available
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
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Version
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)
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Touchscreen
Display Diagonal
Drivers Included
Manual
Cables Included
Mouse Included
Display Included
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Full HD
Keyboard Supplied
Viewing Angle, Vertical
Viewing Angle, Horizontal
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
Display Resolution
Display Type
AC Adapter Included
Display Number of Colours
Other Features
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

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 dkcwa03, asm1004980, dell i54590, dell i54590t, alienware i54590, alienware i54590t, alienware alienwarealphad12, laasm100i581tbgw10s1701c001, alienware alienwarealphad12s, alienware alienwarealphad12sa
Barcodes 00750253245030, 00750253277475, 00884116162155, 00884116247623, 05397063529131
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