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Review: Video: Alienware Aurora R5

Review: Video: Alienware Aurora R5

Alienware Aurora R5 review

Update: We’ve added a video showing off the Alienware Aurora R5’s folding interior in action.

Alienware has a long list of memorable gaming PCs in its 20-year history, and perhaps one of the most notable has been its mid-size tower, the Aurora. We’ve been waiting patiently for a follow up to the Aurora R4 and its maneuverable fins since it was released in 2011.

Now, it’s finally here with the Alienware Aurora R5: a leaner, meaner and even more head-turning gaming desktop than the new Alienware Area 51.

Check out our Alienware Aurora R5 review video below

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The Aurora R5 is looks the part of a tower of power, but it’s surprisingly tiny despite its dominating silhouette. Measuring about 1.5 feet tall and just over a foot in depth, it’s a far smaller system than your traditional mid-tower case and almost veers into Mini ITX territory.

The second thing you’ll notice about the Aurora R5 is how sleek it is. There are no flat edges on any side of the case. Instead, they all slide off at odd angles, and even the desktop’s two feet are pitched at different inclines. That all might seem random, but it adds up to a gorgeously modern design.

Alienware Aurora R5 review

Alienware’s designs have classically exuded an exotically extraterrestrial quality to them. However, the Aurora is more industrial and seems more like something from our own future rather than an alien pod, like the Area 51. Ultimately, though, there haven’t been many gaming PCs with a uniquely asymmetrical design like this before.

Some elements of Alienware’s older designs also bleed through here, including the side panels that bend at the corners, like the company’s gaming laptops. You’ll also find that signature glowing alien head and tri-beam accent lights on the sides, all of which are customizable through the Alienware FX software.

Alienware Aurora R5 review

Curiously, one element that’s missing here is the center spine, which has been a part of almost every Alienware design since the Area 51 Predator 1. Instead of a wedge shape at the front end, the R5’s façade is flat and almost completely plain, save for the glowing logo, an extremely thin disc tray and ventilated front intake. One welcome new design element is a rear handle that makes lugging around the system a lot easier.

Alienware Aurora R5

Clever girl

Of course, the Aurora R5 has way more going for it than just a new look. Alienware has re-engineered its entire internal layout, having found a way to fold components into each other to save space without sacrificing accessibility or easy upgradability.

Most gaming PCs come with a top- or bottom-mounted power supply. However, the R5 comes with one that’s turned on its side and attached to an articulating arm that swings out of the case and closes over the motherboard.

Alienware Aurora R5 review

It’s a literally head-turning design that helps reduce the height of the PC while using up the empty space over the processor and CPU cooler, which is otherwise unoccupied on almost all other desktops.

The power supply assembly doesn’t interfere with other components, like crushing the memory modules. The folding arm is also designed to just glide over the graphics cards, and it has a small nook for cables to run through and a space cut into it to prevent the side panel from clamping down on them.

You might think that this would have a negative effect on cooling, but it actually works pretty well. A fan pulls in cool air through the front while the GPU(s) breathes through fins cut into the side panel, and heat radiates through the top.

Alienware Aurora R5 review

Our Intel Core i7 chip and Nvidia GTX 1080 kept cool as a cucumber while gaming and powering the HTC Vive. That said, our unit came with the optional liquid cooling system.

It’s a big upgrade from the usual CPU fan cooler, though it partially blows hot air directly into the rear handle. This means a portion of the heat travels a few inches before smacking into a solid plastic panel.

Spec Sheet

Here is the Alienware Aurora R5 configuration sent to TechRadar for review:

  • CPU: 4GHz Intel Core i7-6700K (quad-core, 8MB cache, up to 4.2GHz with Turbo Boost)
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X RAM)
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 RAM (2,133MHz)
  • Storage: 256GB PCIe SSD, 2TB HDD (7,200RPM)
  • Optical drive: Tray-loading dual layer Blu-ray reader
  • Ports: 7 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1 x USB-3.1 Type-C, 6 x USB 2.0, Ethernet, 4 x DisplayPort, HDMI, optical out, headphone jack, microphone jack, 7.1 surround sound out
  • Connectivity: Intel 3165 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Weight: 32.67 pounds (14.82kg)
  • Size: 8.35 x 14.19 x 18.6 inches (212 x 360.5 x 472.52mm; W x D x H)

Alienware Aurora R5 review

Don’t let the Aurora’s small size fool you – it’s a full-fledged gaming desktop and can even be VR-ready, depending on your configuration. The R5 starts at $799 (about £599, AU$1071) with an Intel Core i3 processor, Nvidia GTX 950 GPU, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive.

In reality, though, you can’t really play many demanding games with this starting spec. So, you’ll likely have to step up to the $1,099 (about £825, AU$1,473) Intel Core i5 and Nvidia GTX 970 configuration, if you want a smooth, say, Overwatch experience. Even at this price point, the Aurora R5 is more affordable than the Lenovo Ideacenter Y900 and Acer Predator G6 – with cheaper upgrades to boot.

Meanwhile, the $2,529 (about £1,899, AU$3,390) configuration you see above is a nearly maxed out unit with a few extras, including the upgraded 850W power supply plus the liquid-cooling system.

Alienware Aurora R5

With the higher-spec PSU, I plugged in a second Nvidia GTX 1080 for my enjoyment … err, I mean, testing. The system ran like a dream with the extra card and it really is amazing, how fully stocked you can make the Aurora despite its small size.

Of course, there’s the option of upgrading your system even more ways, and Alienware has made the entire process tool-less. You won’t even have to contend with thumbscrews to remove the expansion slots, and there’s room for two SSDs to slide in on tool-less trays as well.


Here’s how the Alienware Aurora R5 performed in our suite of benchmark tests:

  • 3DMark: Cloud Gate: 30,764; Sky Diver: 32,393; Fire Strike: 15,315
  • Cinebench CPU: 865 points; Graphics: 132.5 fps
  • GeekBench: GeekBench: 4023 (single-core); 16,067 (multi-core)
  • PCMark 8 (Home Test): 4,563 points
  • The Division: (1080p, Ultra): 91 fps; (1080p, Low): 201 fps
  • GTA V: (1080p, Ultra): 78 fps; (1080p, Low): 176 fps

Alienware Aurora R5 review

With Nvidia’s latest and hottest Pascal GTX 1080 graphics card and an Intel Core i7-6700 CPU on board, the Aurora R5 tore up all the benchmark tests I put it through. It easily put up some of the best scores I’ve seen from a gaming machine, and it even put the overpowered Maingear Shift to shame in certain respects.

With a single GPU, the R5 was able to play GTA V at 78fps on Ultra, whereas the Shift achieved a 73fps performance with two Nvidia GTX 980 Ti cards. Pascal offers so much more performance than Maxwell, it easily outpaces every Nvidia-powered gaming desktop we’ve reviewed in the past.

Alienware Aurora R5 review

Final verdict

The Alienware Aurora R5 is a revolution in gaming desktop design. Putting the power supply on an articulating arm and having it float over the motherboard is a completely unorthodox approach, but it makes a lot of sense when you put it to practice.

This helps reduce the overall height of the case while minimizing the amount of unused space in the case. As a result, the Aurora is dramatically smaller than most pre-built PCs.

While Alienware’s systems have a reputation of being exorbitantly expensive, the Aurora R5 is approachable at $1,099 (about £825, AU$1,473) for a decent configuration – more affordable than some of its competitors. From there, you could upgrade the components yourself through a painless and tool-less DIY process.

The Alienware Aurora R5 is a gorgeous and well-planned system light on in space and price, but heavy on power and potential.

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