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Alienware Alpha 2 Core Intel Core I3-4xxx 2.9GHz 8GB 1TB HDD

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2 Intel Core I3-4xxx 2.9GHz 8GB Apr 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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10 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Modes

This computer supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating modes, which is the most commonly supported processor operating modes on similar spec personal computers that have been on the market for the last year.

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Alienware Desktop Computers Have Good Reviews

Alienware has poor ratings for its few processor cores computers, however it has good average ratings when measured across its entire desktop computer range.

Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

The average total storage capacity of latest personal computers is 570GB, and the total storage capacitys range from 16GB to 1TB. With a total storage capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware Alpha has a quite big total storage capacity compared to most of the other latest personal computers.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The Alienware Alpha has a fairly big internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha. Personal computers that were launched around the same time as the Alpha have internal memorys of between 2GB and 8GB.

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HDD Storage Media

The storage speed of this computer is HDD, which is the most commonly found storage media on few processor cores computers that were released 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.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many recently released few processor cores computers.

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Two HDMI Ports Quantitys

The Alienware Alpha is a two HDMI ports quantity personal computer. Most of the other similar spec desktop computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha only have one HDMI ports quantity.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This desktop computer has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is typical of many new similar spec PCs.

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Has One Memory Slots

The Alienware Alpha has a greater number of memory slots than most comparable spec PCs that were released in the last year. The most frequently found memory slots is 2x DIMM, but this memory slots is not found on this desktop computer. The memory slotss 2x SO-DIMM are also found on this personal computer.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most commonly supported discrete graphics memory type on PCs that came out around the same time as it.

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10 Reasons Against

Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The average on-board graphics adapter base frequency of personal computers that have been available for the last year is 330MHz. At only 200 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other few processor cores computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha.

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Only Two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantitys

The Alienware Alpha is a two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity PC. Most of the other personal computers that were launched in the last year have between one and five USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantitys.

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Very Slow Memory Bandwidth Supported by Processor (max)

Computers that came out in the last 12 months have memory bandwidth supported by processor (max)s of between 21GB/s and 35GB/s, and the average memory bandwidth supported by processor (max) is 30GB/s. The Alienware Alpha has a fairly slow memory bandwidth supported by processor (max) (only 25.6 gigabytes per second) compared to most of the other few processor cores computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The smallest maximum internal memory supported by processor of new few processor cores computers is 8GB and the biggest is 64GB. At only 32 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a quite small maximum internal memory supported by processor compared to most of the other recently released few processor cores 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 most computers that were released in the last year. Most new comparable spec desktop computers support a 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version.

This computer's on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version (4) is actually the worst supported on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version across all new few processor cores computers.

A 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version is the best supported on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version amongst comparable types of computer.

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Quite Slow Processor Frequency

The average processor frequency of personal computers that have been on the market for the last year is 3.2GHz, and the processor frequencys range from 1GHz to 3.7GHz. With a processor frequency of only 2.9 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a quite slow processor frequency compared to most of the other similar spec personal computers that came out around the same time as the Alpha.

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Very Slow Memory Clock Speeds Supported by Processor

The average memory clock speeds supported by processor of personal computers that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha is 1,500MHz, and the memory clock speeds supported by processors range from 1,300MHz to 1,900MHz. With a memory clock speeds supported by processor of only 1,333 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a quite slow memory clock speeds supported by processor compared to most of the other computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Alpha.

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Only Two USB 2.0 Ports Quantitys

The Alienware Alpha is a two USB 2.0 ports quantity personal computer.

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Very Slow Memory Clock Speed

Few processor cores computers that have been around for the last year have memory clock speeds of between 1,600MHz and 2,200MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,800MHz. With a memory clock speed of only 1,600 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has one of the slower memory clock speeds amongst computers of this age.

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Quite Low System Bus Rate

When compared to other new comparable spec computers, the system bus rate of the Alienware Alpha of only 5 Gigatransfers per second is one of the lowest. Comparable spec PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha have system bus rates of between 5GT/s and 8GT/s, and the average system bus rate is 6.5GT/s.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Alienware Alpha

Released Ten Months Ago

Alienware released the Alpha ten months ago.

Average Hard Drive Capacity

With a hard drive capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware Alpha has a pretty typical hard drive capacity compared to most of the other few processor cores computers that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha.

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Specification

Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Threads
System Bus Rate
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Processor Model
Memory Voltage Supported by Processor
ECC Supported by Processor
Memory Channels Supported by Processor
Memory Bandwidth Supported by Processor (max)
Memory Clock Speeds Supported by Processor
Memory Types Supported by Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
Tcase
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Configurations
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Number of Processors Installed
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Memory Slots
Memory Layout (slots X Size)
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Number of Hard Drives Installed
Number of Storage Drives Installed
Card Reader Integrated
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Interface
Built-In Hard Drive
Optical Drive
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Graphics Adapter Open GL Support
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
CUDA
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter Family
Software
Operating System Installed
Operating System Language
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Bluetooth Version
Wi-Fi Standards
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Ports & Interfaces
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in
DC-In Jack
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
HDMI Version
HDMI Ports Quantity
DVI Port
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
DC-In Jack
Digital Audio Optical Out
USB 3.0 Ports Quantity
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Design
Chassis Type
Placement Supported
Colour of Product
Water Cooling System
Colour of Product
Performance
Password Protection
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Video Memory
Graphics Processor
Graphics Adapter Memory Type
Internal Memory Type
Internal Memory
Platform
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel HD Graphics
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel FDI Technology
Intel TSX-NI
Idle States
Intel® Built-In Visuals Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Execute Disable Bit
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Supported Instruction Sets
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Scalability
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Thermal Solution Specification
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel® Smart Cache
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics
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 (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Drivers Included
Manual
Cables Included
Mouse Included
Display Included
Keyboard Supplied
AC Adapter Included
Manual
Number of Gamepads Included
Other Features
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports

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 dkcwa02, asm1002980, alienware win81, alienware win81b, alienware i34130, alienware win81bl, alienware i34130t, alienware win81bla, alienware win81blac, alienware win81black, laasm100i381tbgw10s1701b001
Barcodes 00001469130900, 00750253286569, 00884116162148, 05397063524310

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