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Alienware Alpha 2 Core Intel Core I3-4xxx 3.2GHz 4GB 500GB HDD

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2 Intel Core I3-4xxx 3.2GHz 4GB Jul 2016
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Alienware Alpha Vs Playstation 4 Graphics Comparison
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Just Released Five Months Ago

The Alpha was only relased by Alienware five months ago.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many similar spec personal computers that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Quite Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

At 16 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other comparable spec desktop computers that came out around the same time as the Alpha. The smallest maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of recently released few processor core computers is 1.7GB, the biggest is 64GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 5GB.

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Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of new few processor core computers is 1,000MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of 1,150 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a very fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other latest few processor core computers.

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HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this PC is HDD, which is the most commonly found storage medium on desktop computers that are a similar age 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.

Alternative HDD personal computers currently available that you might want to look at include cheaper personal computers such as the DELL 3650[plb_3437520_price].

If you are looking for a computer with a faster storage speed then you might also want to look at the DELL 3050[plb_2928392_price] (SSD) which is also cheaper.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is the most frequently supported PCI Express slots version on comparable spec computers that are a similar age to it.

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Two HDMI Port

Most of the other computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha only have one HDMI port, however the Alienware Alpha has two HDMI port.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This desktop computer has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is typical of many similar spec personal computers that were launched in the last 12 months.

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Has One Memory Slot

The number of memory slots found on the Alienware Alpha is more than most few processor core computers that came out in the last 12 months. The most commonly found memory slot is 2x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this desktop computer. The memory slots 2x SO-DIMM are also found on this Alienware desktop computer.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This PC supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most frequently supported discrete graphics memory type on few processor core computers that were launched in the last 12 months.

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Very Short

Comparable spec personal computers that came out in the last 12 months have heights of between 33mm and 500mm, and the average height is 230mm. The Alienware Alpha is quite short (only 55 millimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec PCs that were released around the same time as the Alpha.

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9 Reasons Against

Unexceptional Brand

On average Alienware few processor core computers have unexceptional reviews compared to other manufacturers as do all desktop computers produced by Alienware.

Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The Alienware Alpha has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency (only 200 megahertz) compared to most of the other few processor core computers that are a similar age to the Alpha. The on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of few processor core computers that came out around the same time as the Alpha range from 100MHz to 690MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 320MHz.

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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 recently released few processor core computers have between one and five USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.

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Very Slow Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor

The slowest max memory bandwidth supported processor of new few processor core computers is 21GB/s, the fastest is 35GB/s, and the average max memory bandwidth supported processor is 30GB/s. The Alienware Alpha has a fairly slow max memory bandwidth supported processor (only 25.6 gigabytes per second) compared to most of the other new few processor core computers.

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Only 4 On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version

The Alienware Alpha supports a 4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version which is better than the 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version supported by most comparable spec PCs that were launched around the same time as it.

This PC's on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version (4) is actually the worst supported on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version amongst all recently released few processor core computers.

Amongst similar types of PC the best supported on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version is 4.4.

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Only 11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This PC supports a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is typical of many few processor core computers that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Only Two USB 2.0 Ports

Most computers that were released in the last year have between one and five USB 2.0 ports, including the Alienware Alpha which has two USB 2.0 ports.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

At only 16 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec personal computers that were released around the same time as the Alpha. Across all the new few processor core computers the maximum internal memory range from 4GB to 64GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 19GB.

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Very Low System Bus Data Transfer Rate

The Alienware Alpha has a quite low system bus data transfer rate (only 5 Gigatransfers per second) compared to most of the other few processor core computers that came out in the last 12 months. The system bus data transfer rates of similar spec desktop computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha range from 5GT/s to 8GT/s, and the average system bus data transfer rate is 6.5GT/s.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Alienware Alpha

Average Processor Clock Speed

The Alienware Alpha has a pretty average processor clock speed (3.2 gigahertz) compared to most of the other few processor core computers that were launched around the same time as the Alpha.

If this personal computer processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might want to consider the DELL 3650[plb_3437520_price] (3.7GHz) which is also cheaper.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a pretty typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other few processor core computers that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha.

If you are looking for a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to look at the Lenovo 510s[plb_3784745_price] (1TB) which is also higher rated.

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Average Hard Drive Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a relatively average hard drive capacity compared to most of the other few processor core computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 500GB hard drive capacity desktop computers currently available including the Fujitsu P556[plb_3186785_price] which is cheaper.

If you would prefer a computer with a bigger hard drive capacity then you might want to look at the Lenovo 510s[plb_3784745_price] (1TB) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 4 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a pretty average internal memory compared to most of the other recently released few processor core computers.

We compared this computer to all the other 4GB memory personal computers and we think the Lenovo S500[plb_3255700_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a personal computer with a bigger internal memory then you might also want to look at the Lenovo 510s[plb_3784745_price] (8GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Intel Quick Sync Videotechnology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel HD Graphics
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Intel Built-In Visuals Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
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Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
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Intel Virtualization Technology

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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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