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Alienware Alpha 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.2GHz 8GB 1TB HDD

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4 Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.2GHz 8GB Aug 2016
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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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Only Released Four Months Ago

This medium processor core desktop computer has only been on the market for four months.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This desktop computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many medium processor core personal computers that were released around the same time as it.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

When compared to other similar spec computers that were launched in the last year, the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of the Alienware Alpha of 1,200 megahertz is one of the fastest. Latest similar spec personal computers have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 500MHz and 1,400MHz.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This desktop computer 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 medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha. Most of the medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to the Alpha only have one HDMI port, however this personal computer has two HDMI port.

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Eight Processor Threads

The Alienware Alpha is a eight processor thread computer.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This personal computer has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is typical of many recently released similar spec computers.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This PC supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many recently released medium processor core personal computers.

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Shallow

With a depth of only 200 millimeters, the Alienware Alpha is fairly shallow compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha. Across all the PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha the depths range from 33mm to 600mm.

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Very Light

The Alienware Alpha is one of the lighter medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha (only 1.8 kilograms) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age. The lightest latest similar spec personal computer is 38g heavy, the heaviest is 16kg, and the average weight is 6.4kg.

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Very Short

The shortest comparable spec PC that has been around for a similar time to the Alpha is 10mm high and the tallest is 560mm. The Alienware Alpha is one of the shorter new PCs (only 55 millimeters) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

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12 Reasons Against

Alienware Only Has Unexceptional Reviews for Its Desktop Computers

We analysed average ratings for each PC manufacturer and found that whilst Alienware has unexceptional average ratings across all PCs, Alienware has good ratings specifically for its medium processor core personal computers.

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 desktop computer. Most of the other comparable spec personal computers that came out in the last 12 months 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

New comparable spec desktop computers have max memory bandwidth supported processor of between 10GB/s and 77GB/s, and the average max memory bandwidth supported processor is 34GB/s. With a max memory bandwidth supported processor of only 25.6 gigabytes per second, the Alienware Alpha has a quite slow max memory bandwidth supported processor compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that were launched around the same time as the Alpha.

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Quite Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

The Alienware Alpha has one of the smaller max internal memory supported processors (only 32 gigabytes) amongst desktop computers of this age. The max internal memory supported processors of PCs that were launched in the last 12 months range from 2GB to 1.6TB.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

The slowest processor clock speed of recently released personal computers is 1.3GHz and the fastest is 4GHz. The Alienware Alpha has one of the slower processor clock speeds (only 2.2 gigahertz) amongst desktop computers of this age.

If you would prefer a faster processor clock speed then you might want to consider the HP 400 G3 SFF[plb_3820588_price] (3.2GHz and cheaper).

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Only 11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

The Alienware Alpha supports a better on-board graphics adapter DirectX version than most computers that are a comparable age to it. This computer supports an 11 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, whereas most latest medium processor core personal computers support a 12 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version. The worst on-board graphics adapter DirectX version of all medium processor core personal computers that came out in the last year 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 comparable spec PCs that were launched around the same time as it. Most new medium processor core personal computers support a 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version. Across all personal computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha the on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version ranges from 4 to 4.4.

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Very Small Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of computers that are a similar age to the Alpha range from 1GB to 64GB. With a maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of only 1.7 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a quite small maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other personal computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Alpha.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

Medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha have maximum internal memory of between 2GB and 260GB. With a maximum internal memory of only 16 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has one of the smaller maximum internal memory amongst PCs of this age.

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Very Slow Memory Clock Speed

With a memory clock speed of only 1,600 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has one of the slower memory clock speeds amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age. The memory clock speeds of similar spec personal computers that have been on the market for the last year range from 1,600MHz to 2,400MHz.

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Quite Low System Bus Data Transfer Rate

Medium processor core personal computers that came out in the last 12 months have system bus data transfer rates of between 5GT/s and 8GT/s. When compared to other medium processor core personal computers that came out around the same time as the Alpha that we have checked the system bus data transfer rate of, the Alienware Alpha's system bus data transfer rate of only 5 Gigatransfers per second is one of the lowest.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

The average maximum turbo frequency of medium processor core personal computers that have been around for the last year is 3.6GHz. At only 3.2 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a quite slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Alienware Alpha

Average Hard Drive Capacity

The Alienware Alpha has a pretty standard hard drive capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha.

We compared this desktop computer to all the other 1TB hard drive capacity computers and we think the Alienware Alpha[plb_2706467_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware Alpha has a relatively average total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that came out in the last 12 months.

We compared all the other 1TB total storage capacity PCs to this desktop computer and we think cheaper PCs such as the Alienware Alpha[plb_2706467_price], and the Lenovo P310[plb_3191099_price] is also worth considering.

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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 medium processor core personal computers that have been around for the last year.

We compared all the other 8GB memory PCs to this PC and we think cheaper PCs such as the 800 G2[pl_3267969_price], and the 600 G2[pl_3791240_price] both from HP or the Alienware Alpha[plb_2706467_price] is also worth considering.

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HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this desktop computer is HDD, which is typical of many PCs that were launched 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.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative HDD personal computers currently available including cheaper personal computers such as the Z230[pl_3288100_price], or the 600 G2[pl_3791240_price] both from HP or the Alienware Alpha[plb_2706467_price].

Computers with a faster storage speed that might be worth looking at include the Lenovo ThinkCentre M900 Tiny[plb_3169875_price] (SSD) which is also cheaper.

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Specification

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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
Processor Memory Voltage
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
Memory
Internal Memory
Non-ECC Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive
Storage Drive Installed
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Open GL Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Maximum Resolution
On-Board Graphics Adapter Output
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
Displayssupported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
Operating System/software
Operating System
Trial Software
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
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Design
Chassis Type
Case Placement
Case Colour
Performance
Password Protection
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
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel HD Graphics
Intel Secure Key
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel FDI Technology
Intel TSX-NI
Idle States
Intel Built-In Visuals Technology
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
Intel® Wireless-AC Technology
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 Range
Storage Temperature Range
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Software Driver Included
Manual
Cable Included
Mouse Included
Keyboard Supplied
AC Adapter
Other Features
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...

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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 dell i74785, dell i74785t, alienware ddr3, dell asm1006980, alienware ddr3l, dell asm1006980b, alienware i74785, dell asm1006980bl, alienware i74785t, dell asm1006980blk, alienware asm1009000, alienware asm1009000b, alienware asm1009000bl, alienware asm1009000blk, alienware alienwarealphad37, alienware alienwarealphad37p, alienware alienwarealphad37pc
Barcodes 00750253253486, 00884116197034, 00884116233985, 05397063840786

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