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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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11 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 personal computers.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Across all the medium processor core personal computers that came out in the last 12 months the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 500MHz to 1,400MHz. At 1,200 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other latest similar spec computers.

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Just Released Eight Months Ago

This Alienware personal computer was released just eight months ago. Newer computers like this one are likely to use more advanced technology.

3 PCI Express Slots Version

This personal computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many desktop computers that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Two HDMI Port

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

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Eight Processor Threads

The Alienware Alpha is a eight processor thread personal computer. Most of the other new medium processor core personal computers only have between four and seven processor threads.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This PC has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is the most frequently found HDMI version on medium processor core personal computers that were launched around the same time as it.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This personal computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Shallow

The depths of PCs that were launched in the last year range from 33mm to 600mm. With a depth of only 200 millimeters, the Alienware Alpha is one of the shallower medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to the Alpha amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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Very Light

The lightest similar spec computer that was released in the last 12 months is 38g heavy, the heaviest is 16kg, and the average weight is 6.4kg. The Alienware Alpha is fairly light (only 1.8 kilograms) compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha.

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Very Short

The heights of comparable spec PCs that are a similar age to the Alpha range from 10mm to 560mm, and the average height is 280mm. At only 55 millimeters, the Alienware Alpha is fairly short compared to most of the other recently released similar spec personal computers.

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12 Reasons Against

Alienware Only Has Unexceptional Reviews for Its Personal Computers

We assessed average ratings for each computer manufacturer and found that whilst Alienware has unexceptional average ratings across all computers, Alienware has good ratings specifically within its medium processor core personal computers range.

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 PC. Most of the other computers that were released in the last 12 months 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

Personal computers that were launched in the last year have max memory bandwidth supported processor of between 10GB/s and 77GB/s. The Alienware Alpha has a quite slow max memory bandwidth supported processor (only 25.6 gigabytes per second) compared to most of the other newly released medium processor core personal computers.

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Very Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

Medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to the Alpha have max internal memory supported processors of between 2GB and 1.6TB. The Alienware Alpha has one of the smaller max internal memory supported processors (only 32 gigabytes) amongst similar spec desktop computers of this age.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

The average processor clock speed of latest similar spec PCs is 3.1GHz. At only 2 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a very slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other newly released medium processor core personal computers.

We compared this desktop computer to all the other 2GHz processor clock speed desktop computers and we think the Alienware Alpha which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a computer with a faster processor clock speed then you might also want to look at the HP 400 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 similar spec PCs that have been available for the last year. The on-board graphics adapter DirectX version of all computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha ranges from 11.2/12 (worst) to 12 (best).

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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 medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to it. Most desktop computers that have been on the market for around the same time as it support a 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version. Across all similar spec desktop computers that were released around the same time as the Alpha the on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version ranges from 4 to 4.4.

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Only IEEE 802.11a WiFi Standard

This computer supports an IEEE 802.11ac WiFi standard, which is the most frequently supported WiFi standard on similar spec desktop computers that were launched in the last year.

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Only Two USB 3.0 Ports

Most desktop computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha have between one and seven USB 3.0 ports, including the Alienware Alpha which has two USB 3.0 ports.

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Very Slow Memory Clock Speed

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 personal computers of this age. Across all the latest medium processor core personal computers the memory clock speeds range from 1,600MHz to 2,400MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 2,000MHz.

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Very Low System Bus Data Transfer Rate

The system bus data transfer rates of medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for the last year range from 5GT/s to 8GT/s. 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.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

With a maximum turbo frequency of only 3 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a quite slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that came out around the same time as the Alpha. The average maximum turbo frequency of PCs that are a similar age to the Alpha is 3.6GHz.

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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 pretty standard hard drive capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that were launched in the last 12 months.

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

If you are looking for a bigger hard drive capacity then you might also want to consider the DELL 3650 (2TB and cheaper), or the HP 550-170na (2TB and cheaper).

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Average Total Storage Capacity

The Alienware Alpha has a fairly average total storage capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other comparable spec PCs that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 1TB total storage capacity desktop computers currently available including cheaper personal computers such as the Alienware Alpha.

If this medium processor core desktop computer total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the DELL 3650 (2TB and cheaper), or the HP 550-170na (2TB and cheaper).

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Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly average internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha.

Alternative 8GB memory desktop computers currently available that you might want to consider include cheaper desktop computers such as the Alienware Alpha.

If this Alienware computer internal memory is too small for you then you might also want to look at the DELL 3650 (16GB) which is also cheaper.

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HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this personal computer is HDD, which is typical of many comparable spec desktop computers that have been on the market for a similar time to 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.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative HDD personal computers currently available including cheaper PCs such as the Alienware Alpha.

If the storage speed of this computer is not fast enough for you then you might want to consider the ThinkCentre M900 Tiny (SSD), the P310 (SSD), or the S500 SFF (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 Level
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
Number of QPI Links
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
Optical Drive
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
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 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
SmartCard Slot
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
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® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
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)
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
Drivers Included
Manual
Cables Included
Mouse Included
Display Included
Keyboard Supplied
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)
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 alph3955, laasm100i782tbgw10s1701d001
Barcodes 00884116247630, 05397063523955, 05397063529148
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