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Review: Alienware’s Aurora R8 with RTX 2080 cartoon is a triumph

Price $ 2,774.99 ProductAurora R8 by Alienware
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I’m not really a $3,000 computer kind of guy. But when Alienware offered to let me review the new Aurora R8 with an Intel 9th gen processor and Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics, I bound became one.

Normally I’d advance saving yourself a grand by architecture your own system – but that’s not for everyone. In fact, as addition with a two-year-old toddler at home, the odds of me architecture a new gaming PC anytime soon are slim to none. But it’s tax season in the US, and that means some of us have a bit of extra cake to spend.

If you’re a austere gamer geek attractive for an upgrade, but you’re not absorbed in architecture out a new system, keep reading.

The Aurora R8 – in the agreement I tested – is a monster. It’s a capital acquaintance for people who don’t do loading screens. It’s so able that I found myself oddly balked by my disability to beat it. Every time I review a machine, I like to see how much it takes to bog it down.

Credit: Nicole Gray
What do I tell my two-year-old when he asks what shape this is?

After chewing through every game I owned at the accomplished settings (GTA V, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Battlefield V, etc.) and aperture half a dozen apps at once (including Chrome with about 20 tabs open), I had to throw in the towel. I felt like Ivan Drago in “Rocky IV” when he realizes that Balboa is tougher than a “piece of steel.” You win Aurora R8. I can’t find your breaking point.

But, I know mine is amid anon in my wallet. As mentioned above, the review unit I tested cost $3,064.99 — (Edit: In the time since our review unit was sent out this agreement has alone to $2,774.99) at Dell’s website. You can get one starting at $895, but you’re not accepting the same machine.


  • CPU: Intel Core i7-9700K
  • RAM: 32GB
  • Storage: 512GB SSD, 2TB hard drive
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080
  • Weight: 14.5 kg (32 Lbs)
  • Dimensions: 18.6 x 14.1 x 8.3 inches

Before we go any deeper into the all-important of the R8, let’s take a moment to altercate Alienware’s access to artful design: it’s weird. That’s a good thing though, because Alienware’s always bucked the status-quo. I don’t hate the way this oddly shaped mid-size tower looks (mostly because it’s jaw-droppingly able for such a small footprint). Thanks to its diminutive MicroATX motherboard, the R8 is Alienware’s aboriginal desktop acknowledging dual GPUs.

But clever LED lighting doesn’t make up for the fact that this is addition black/gray piece of gear sucking the ambient light out of my office. I know my dream of having all of my accessories in electric-green is far-fetched, but can we at least get light-gray?

Credit: Nicole Gray
Lord Vader, your computer is ready.

Enough about the looks. Let’s talk about who this speed-demon is for. You can do a lot on this tower – the aggregate of processor, RAM, and cartoon make it absolute for design or other able purposes. But let’s be honest: this is a apparatus for gaming. And it’s there the R8 shines above all other systems I’ve used.

The Alienware Aurora R8 is a pretty good band-aid for just about any gamer, but it might not be the best band-aid for every gamer in the agreement I reviewed. The important catechism is: do you intend on gaming in 4K? There’s a lot more that goes into it (does the RTX series of cartoon cards absolutely help when it comes to games that aren’t optimized to take advantage of its real-time ray-tracing abilities?), but my acquaintance with it tells me that if you’re not using it for 4K, it’s apparently more economical to get one with a GTX 1080 inside for a few quid less.

To that end, after arena with the settings maxed out and accepting more than 30FPS in august 4K (about 95-ish in 1080), I can say I’m absolutely hooked. I’m a $3,000 computer kind of guy now, because I’ve tasted the albino up here in first-class.

The white glove analysis extends to the case. The R8 has a adorable number of ports that should work for all but the most USB-needy setups out there. The advanced facing USB and USB-C ports were able for VR use (only the HDMI cable had to go in the back) and absolute for my circadian needs.

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In the back there’s a accumulation of ports:

The assorted configurations accessible run the gamut from systems for gaming beginners, to the beast of a apparatus that I tested. But one important consideration, no matter how much you spend, is that the R8 is one of Alienware‘s most upgradeable desktops. There’s room for growth.

There are – as always – a few things I didn’t like about this computer. For starters, when the fans all kick in at the same time it sounds like a helicopter is bottomward on your location. If loudness is a application for you: accede this one of the loudest.

Also, the little stand that clips into the bottom of the tower at its rear is made of shoddy, brittle plastic. It askance when I tried to slide the PC, so now I’ve got to lift it absolutely off my desk to acclimate its position. This isn’t a minor quibble: the tower apartment a $3,000 computer shouldn’t have cheap feet.

Credit: Nicole Gray

Those problems aside, it’s easy to acclaim this R8 build with Intel 9th gen processor and RTX 2080 graphics. You don’t have to fiddle with your cartoon settings to clasp achievement out of it – just set it to the max and go play your games the way they were advised to be played. You’ll apparently come across some games that’ll give this computer some about trouble, but they’ll be few and far between.

Published March 6, 2019 — 21:21 UTC

Price $ 2,774.99 ProductAurora R8 by Alienware
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