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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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14 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This personal computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on PCs of a similar type and age to it.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of comparable spec computers that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha is 640MHz and the fastest is 1,300MHz. At 1,200 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other comparable spec PCs that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha.

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Fairly Big Hard Drive Capacity

With a hard drive capacity of 2,000 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has one of the bigger hard drive capacity amongst personal computers of this age. The hard drive capacity of comparable spec personal computers that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha range from 1GB to 3TB.

Other 2TB hard drive capacity PCs currently available which you might also want to consider include the 8900[pl_3061375_price], or the XPS 8700[pl_2661554_price] both from DELL or the MSI B85C-085EU[plb_2947831_price] which has better reviews.

If this medium processor core desktop computer hard drive capacity is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the UC02140I3I8HE[pl_3098542_price] (3TB), or the UC02140I4I8HE[pl_3098570_price] (3TB) both from Sedatech or the HP 860[plb_3062256_price] (3TB) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Big Total Storage Capacity

Across all the medium processor core personal computers that have been available for more than a year the total storage capacity range from 4GB to 3.6TB. With a total storage capacity of 2,000 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a quite big total storage capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec PCs that came out around the same time as the Alpha.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 2TB total storage capacity personal computers currently available including the Acer Aspire TC-705[plb_2935609_price], the Alienware X51[plb_2790614_price], or the Asus G30AK[plb_2546521_price] which has better reviews.

If you want a computer with a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to look at the 8900[pl_3251718_price] (2TB), the 8900[pl_3061374_price] (2TB), or the 8900[pl_3061375_price] (2TB) all from DELL which is also higher rated.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This desktop computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many medium processor core personal computers that came out around the same time as it.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This desktop computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is typical of many similar spec personal computers that have been available for more than a year.

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

This computer has a 10/100/1000Base-T(X) cabling technology, which is the most frequently found cabling technology on personal computers of a similar spec and age to it.

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Two HDMI Port

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

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

Across all the personal computers of this spec and age the processor caches range from 2MB to 10MB. At 8 megabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly big processor cache compared to most of the other comparable spec personal computers that came out around the same time as the Alpha.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This desktop computer has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is the most commonly found HDMI version on medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This PC supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many PCs that were launched more than a year ago.

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Shallow

With a depth of only 200 millimeters, the Alienware Alpha is fairly shallow compared to most of the other comparable spec desktop computers that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha. Medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha have depths of between 31mm and 590mm, and the average depth is 350mm.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 1.8 kilograms, the Alienware Alpha is fairly light compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to the Alpha. The lightest personal computer of this age and spec is 38g heavy, the heaviest is 100kg, and the average weight is 7.5kg.

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Very Short

At only 55 millimeters, the Alienware Alpha is quite short compared to most of the other personal computers of this type and age. PCs of a comparable age and type to the Alpha have heights of between 9.8mm and 560mm, and the average height is 300mm.

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12 Reasons Against

Unexceptional Brand

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

Very Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

Across all the computers of this spec and age the discrete graphics adapter memory capacities range from 1GB to 8.2TB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 1.8TB. With a discrete graphics adapter memory of only 2 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly small discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Alpha.

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

Most desktop computers of this age and spec 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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Very Slow Processor Clock Speed

Across all the desktop computers that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha the processor clock speeds range from 1.3GHz to 4GHz. At only 2 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other PCs of this spec and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 2GHz processor clock speed personal computers currently available including the DELL OptiPlex 3020M[plb_2663078_price], the HP ProDesk 400 G1[plb_2773133_price], or the Fujitsu Esprimo Q920[plb_2545169_price] which has better reviews.

Desktop computers with a faster processor clock speed that might be worth considering include the Acer Veriton M4640G[plb_3133377_price] (2.2GHz), the HP EliteDesk 800 G1[plb_3106865_price] (2.2GHz), or the DELL OptiPlex 9020[plb_2985620_price] (2.2GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this personal computer is HDD, which is typical of many medium processor core personal computers that have been available for around the same time as 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.

Alternative HDD PCs currently available that you might also want to consider include the HP 8200 SFF[plb_1547155_price], the Asus G11CB[plb_3055339_price], or the Alienware X51 R3[plb_3062373_price] which has better reviews.

If the storage speed of this personal computer is too slow for you then you might want to consider the Z230 SFF[pl_2319242_price] (SSD), or the EliteDesk 800 G2 Mini[pl_3078512_price] (SSD) both from HP or the Acer Veriton X4640G[plb_3145009_price] (SSD) which also has a higher rating.

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Only Has One Memory Slot

The Alienware Alpha has a greater number of memory slots than most similar spec computers that were released more than a year ago. The most commonly found memory slot is 4x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this PC. The memory slots 2x DIMM are also found on this desktop computer.

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Only Two USB 2.0 Ports

Most desktop computers of this age and spec have between one and nine USB 2.0 ports, including the Alienware Alpha which has two USB 2.0 ports.

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Only Two USB 3.0 Ports

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

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

Desktop computers that were released around the same time as the Alpha have maximum internal memory of between 2GB and 260GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 33GB. At only 16 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other personal computers of this age and spec.

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Quite Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

At only 2,048 megabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly small discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha. The average discrete graphics adapter memory of medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha is 3GB, and the discrete graphics adapter memory range from 4.9MB to 8.2GB.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

The Alienware Alpha has a fairly slow maximum turbo frequency (only 3 gigahertz) compared to most of the other computers of this age and type. The maximum turbo frequencies of medium processor core personal computers that were released one year ago range from 1.8GHz to 4.4GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3.6GHz.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

The smallest maximum internal memory of PCs that came out more than a year ago is 2GB, the biggest is 790GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 75GB. With a maximum internal memory of only 32,768 megabytes, the Alienware Alpha has one of the smaller maximum internal memory amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Alienware Alpha

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this personal computer was released.

Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly typical internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec personal computers that were released around the same time as the Alpha.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 8GB memory desktop computers currently available including the HP EliteDesk 800 G1[plb_2819743_price], the Lenovo Thinkstation P500[plb_2765683_price], or the [plb_2560256] which has better reviews.

If this desktop computer internal memory is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Aspire XC-705[pl_3121374_price] (10GB), or the Aspire TC-705[pl_2935609_price] (12GB) both from Acer or the HP 750[plb_3072063_price] (12GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Threads
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Processor Boost Frequency
Processor Model
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 Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Graphics Adapter Open GL Support
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
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
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 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 (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
Display Included
AC Adapter Included
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 dkcwa04, asm1007980, alienware apr19812
Barcodes 00725001609709, 00884116162162, 05397063524334
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