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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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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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11 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Modes

This PC supports a 64-bit processor operating modes, which is typical of many few processor cores computers that were launched in the last 12 months.

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Fairly Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The smallest maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of personal computers that were released in the last 12 months is 1.7GB and the biggest is 64GB. When compared to other PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha that we have assessed, the maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of the Alienware Alpha of 16 gigabytes is one of the biggest.

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Only Released Seven Months Ago

Being released just seven months ago, this desktop computer is likely to have more advanced features.

Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)

With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of 1,150 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) compared to most of the other latest few processor cores computers. The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of new comparable spec personal computers is 790MHz, the fastest is 1,200MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) is 1,100MHz.

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Alienware Has Good Reviews for Its PCs

Average ratings across all Alienware personal computers are good, however average ratings across just Alienware's few processor cores computers are poor.

HDD Storage Media

The storage speed of this computer is HDD, which is the most frequently found storage media on new few processor cores 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.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is the most commonly supported PCI Express slots version on few processor cores computers that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Two HDMI Ports Quantitys

Most of the other few processor cores computers that were launched in the last 12 months only have one HDMI ports quantity, however the Alienware Alpha has two HDMI ports quantitys.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This PC has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is the most frequently found HDMI version on similar spec desktop computers that are a comparable age to it.

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Has One Memory Slots

The Alienware Alpha has a greater number of memory slots than most few processor cores computers that came out around the same time as it. 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 typical of many few processor cores computers that have been around for 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 few processor cores computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha is 330MHz. At only 200 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other latest few processor cores computers.

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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 desktop computer. Most of the other PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha 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)

With a memory bandwidth supported by processor (max) of only 25.6 gigabytes per second, the Alienware Alpha has a quite slow memory bandwidth supported by processor (max) compared to most of the other few processor cores computers that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha. The slowest memory bandwidth supported by processor (max) of PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha is 21GB/s and the fastest is 35GB/s.

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Only 4 On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version

The Alienware Alpha supports a better on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version than most computers that came out in the last 12 months. This computer supports a 4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version, whereas most recently released few processor cores computers support a 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version.

A 4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version is actually the worst supported on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version amongst all comparable spec personal computers that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha.

The best supported on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version across comparable types of personal computer is 4.4.

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Very Slow Memory Clock Speeds Supported by Processor

At only 1,333 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly slow memory clock speeds supported by processor compared to most of the other few processor cores computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha. The memory clock speeds supported by processors of few processor cores computers that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha range from 1,300MHz to 1,900MHz, and the average memory clock speeds supported by processor is 1,500MHz.

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Very Small Hard Drive Capacity

Across all the few processor cores computers that have been around for the last year the hard drive capacitys range from 500GB to 1TB. At only 500 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly small hard drive capacity compared to most of the other few processor cores computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha.

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Only Two USB 2.0 Ports Quantitys

The Alienware Alpha is a two USB 2.0 ports quantity PC. Most of the other latest similar spec personal computers have between one and five USB 2.0 ports quantitys.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

At only 16 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a quite small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other desktop computers that were released in the last 12 months. The smallest maximum internal memory of new desktop computers is 4GB and the biggest is 64GB.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

When compared to other few processor cores computers that came out in the last year that we have checked, the memory clock speed of the Alienware Alpha of only 1,600 megahertz is one of the slowest. Across all the new few processor cores computers the memory clock speeds range from 1,600MHz to 2,200MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,800MHz.

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Very Low System Bus Rate

The lowest system bus rate of recently released few processor cores computers is 5GT/s, the highest is 8GT/s, and the average system bus rate is 6.5GT/s. The Alienware Alpha has a fairly low system bus rate (only 5 Gigatransfers per second) compared to most of the other similar spec personal computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Alienware Alpha

Average Processor Frequency

At 3.2 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly average processor frequency compared to most of the other desktop computers that have been available for the last year.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 500 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a relatively average total storage capacity compared to most of the other computers that have been around for the last year.

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Average Internal Memory

The Alienware Alpha has a relatively typical internal memory (4 gigabytes) compared to most of the other 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
Stepping
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
ECC
Non-ECC
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
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 Maximum Resolution
On-Board Graphics Adapter Output
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Resolution
On-Board Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter Family
Software
Operating System Installed
Trial Software
Operating System Language
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Ports & Interfaces
SmartCard Slot
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in
DC-In Jack
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
HDMI Version
HDMI Ports Quantity
DVI Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Combo Headphone/mic Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Design
Chassis Type
Placement Supported
Colour of Product
Water Cooling System
Performance
Password Protection
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
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® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST)
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT)
Intel HD Graphics
Intel® Secure Key
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® OS Guard
Intel® Insider™
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Intel Standard Manageability
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
Processor Code
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 Secure Key Technology Version
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
Other Features
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

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...

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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 i34130, i34130t, alienware apr19782, laasm100i3450bgw10s1701a001

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