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Alienware Alpha 4 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 2GHz 8GB 1TB HDD

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4 Intel Core I5-4xxx 2GHz 8GB Oct 2014
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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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Just Released Four Months Ago

Being released just four months ago, this medium processor core desktop computer is likely to have better features.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many new medium processor core personal computers.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of new PCs range from 500MHz to 1,400MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz. The Alienware Alpha has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies (1,150 megahertz) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This PC supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many new medium processor core personal computers.

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Two HDMI Port

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

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1.4 HDMI Version

This PC has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is typical of many personal computers that have been around for around the same time as it.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This desktop computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many desktop computers that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Shallow

Across all the computers that came out around the same time as the Alpha the depths range from 33mm to 600mm. With a depth of only 200 millimeters, the Alienware Alpha is one of the shallower PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the Alpha amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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Very Light

At only 1.8 kilograms, the Alienware Alpha is fairly light compared to most of the other recently released similar spec PCs. The weights of medium processor core personal computers that were launched around the same time as the Alpha range from 38g to 16kg, and the average weight is 6.4kg.

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Very Short

With a height of only 55 millimeters, the Alienware Alpha is quite short compared to most of the other comparable spec personal computers that were launched in the last year. Across all the latest medium processor core personal computers the heights range from 10mm to 560mm.

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10 Reasons Against

Alienware Only Has Unexceptional Reviews for Its Computers

Average ratings across all Alienware PCs are unexceptional, however average ratings across just Alienware's medium processor core personal computers are good.

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 medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha 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

With a max memory bandwidth supported processor of only 25.6 gigabytes per second, the Alienware Alpha has one of the slower max memory bandwidth supported processor amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age. Across all the PCs that were launched in the last year the max memory bandwidth supported processor range from 10GB/s to 77GB/s.

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Very Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

The max internal memory supported processors of comparable spec desktop computers that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha range from 2GB to 1.6TB, and the average max internal memory supported processor is 100GB. With a max internal memory supported processor of only 32 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has one of the smaller max internal memory supported processors amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

When compared to other recently released medium processor core personal computers that we have checked the processor clock speed of, the Alienware Alpha's processor clock speed of only 2 gigahertz is one of the slowest. Across all the latest computers the processor clock speeds range from 1.3GHz to 4GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 3.1GHz.

PCs with a faster processor clock speed that might also be worth considering include the HP 800 G2[plb_3834388_price] (2.5GHz), or the Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Tiny[plb_3118837_price] (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 computers that have been on the market for the last year. The worst on-board graphics adapter DirectX version of all latest medium processor core personal computers is 11.2/12 and the best is 12.

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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 new computers. Most recently released comparable spec PCs support a 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version. Across all medium processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha the worst on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version is 4 and the best is 4.4.

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Very Small Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The Alienware Alpha has one of the smaller maximum on-board graphics adapter memories (only 1.024 gigabytes) amongst desktop computers of this age. Medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha have maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of between 1GB and 64GB.

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Very Low System Bus Data Transfer Rate

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. The average system bus data transfer rate of comparable spec desktop computers that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha is 7.4GT/s.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

With a maximum turbo frequency of only 3 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has one of the slower maximum turbo frequencies amongst PCs of this age. Across all the medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha the maximum turbo frequencies range from 1.8GHz to 4.2GHz.

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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 relatively typical hard drive capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec computers that came out in the last 12 months.

If this Alienware computer hard drive capacity is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the 550-254na[pl_3730369_price] (2TB), or the 550-170na[pl_3747342_price] (2TB) both from HP or the DELL 3650[plb_3450642_price] (2TB) which is also cheaper.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware Alpha has a pretty typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for the last year.

If this computer total storage capacity is too small for you then you might also want to look at the 550-254na[pl_3730369_price] (2TB and cheaper), or the 550-170na[pl_3747342_price] (2TB and cheaper) both from HP or the DELL 3650[plb_3450642_price] (2TB and cheaper).

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Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a pretty average internal memory compared to most of the other new medium processor core personal computers.

Desktop computers with a bigger internal memory that might also be worth considering include the DELL 3650[plb_3450642_price] (16GB) which is also cheaper.

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HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this desktop computer is HDD, which is typical of many new computers. 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.

We compared all the other HDD PCs to this PC and we think the DELL 3650[plb_3450642_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

Personal computers with a faster storage speed that might be worth considering include the ThinkCentre M900 Tiny[pl_3169875_price] (SSD), the S500 SFF[pl_3244679_price] (SSD), or the E73[pl_3436638_price] (SSD) all from Lenovo.

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Specification

Features
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Thread
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Memory Channel Supported Processor
Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor
Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor
Memory Type Supported Processor
Max Internal Memory Supported Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
Tcase
PCI Express Lane (maximum)
Stepping
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Configuration
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Processor Installed
Ergonomics
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Memory Slot
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive
Storage Drive Installed
Optical Drive
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Displayssupported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Operating System/software
Operating System
Operating System Language
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth
WiFi Standard
WiFi
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
Ports & Interfaces
S/PDIF Out Port
DC-In Jack
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Version
HDMI Port
DVI Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Expansion Slots
Design
Chassis Type
Case Placement
Case Colour
Water Cooling System
Performance
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intell Identity Protection Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Quick Sync Videotechnology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Intel 64
Embedded Options Available
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel Secure Key
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel FDI Technology
Intel TSX-NI
Idle States
OS Guard
Intel Insider
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Execute Disable Bit
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Instruction Set
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Processor Code
Scalability
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O
Thermal Solution Specification
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Version
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Smart Cache
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Display
Power
Power Supply Input Voltage
Power Supply Input Frequency
Power Supply
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Packaging Content
Manual
Display Included
Other Features
Intel Virtualization Technology
Technical Details
Technical Details
Management Features

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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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dkcwa03, asm1004980, dell i54590, dell i54590t, alienware i54590, alienware i54590t, alienware alienwarealphad12, alienware alienwarealphad12s, alienware alienwarealphad12sa
Barcodes 00750253245030, 00750253277475, 00884116162155, 00884116247623, 05397063529131

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