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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 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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9 Reasons For

Just Released Five Months Ago

The Alpha was only relased by Alienware five months ago.

64-Bit Processor Operating Modes

This PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating modes, which is typical of many PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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Alienware Computers Have Good Reviews

Alienware is one of the superior PC brands according to average reviews from experts and users, and Alienware also has good reviews for its medium processor cores computers.

3 PCI Express Slots Version

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

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10/100/1000Base-T(X) Cabling Technology

This computer has a 10/100/1000Base-T(X) cabling technology, which is the most commonly found cabling technology on medium processor cores computers that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Two HDMI Ports Quantitys

The Alienware Alpha is a two HDMI ports quantity personal computer.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This computer has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is the most frequently found HDMI version on medium processor cores computers that are a comparable age to it.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This PC supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many medium processor cores computers that were released in the last year.

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Very Light

The weights of similar spec desktop computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha range from 350g to 15kg. With a weight of only 1.8 kilograms, the Alienware Alpha is one of the lighter new medium processor cores computers amongst personal computers of this age.

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10 Reasons Against

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

Most medium processor cores computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha have between two and seven USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantitys, including the Alienware Alpha which has two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantitys.

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Very Slow Memory Bandwidth Supported by Processor (max)

The average memory bandwidth supported by processor (max) of desktop computers that came out in the last year is 34GB/s, and the memory bandwidth supported by processor (max)s range from 21GB/s to 77GB/s. The Alienware Alpha has a quite slow memory bandwidth supported by processor (max) (only 25.6 gigabytes per second) compared to most of the other latest computers.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

At only 32 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly small maximum internal memory supported by processor compared to most of the other personal computers that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha. The maximum internal memory supported by processors of new similar spec desktop computers range from 8GB to 1.6TB.

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Quite Slow Processor Frequency

When compared to other medium processor cores computers that came out in the last 12 months, the processor frequency of the Alienware Alpha of only 2 gigahertz is one of the slowest. Recently released comparable spec desktop computers have processor frequencys of between 1.6GHz and 4GHz.

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Only 11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This personal computer supports a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is typical of many latest medium processor cores computers.

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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 the 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version supported by most recently released similar spec personal computers. The on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version of all new comparable spec PCs ranges from 4 (worst) to 4.4 (best).

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Very Small Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

At only 1.024 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a quite small maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other personal computers that came out in the last year. The average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of medium processor cores computers that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha is 6.3GB.

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Only Two USB 2.0 Ports Quantitys

The Alienware Alpha is a two USB 2.0 ports quantity desktop computer. Most of the other new similar spec PCs have between two and seven USB 2.0 ports quantitys.

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Very Low System Bus Rate

The system bus rates of desktop computers that were launched in the last 12 months range from 5GT/s to 8GT/s, and the average system bus rate is 7.2GT/s. The Alienware Alpha has a fairly low system bus rate (only 5 Gigatransfers per second) compared to most of the other new computers.

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Quite Slow Processor Boost Frequency

The processor boost frequencys of latest medium processor cores computers range from 2.2GHz to 4.2GHz. At only 3 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a quite slow processor boost frequency compared to most of the other latest medium processor cores computers.

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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 fairly standard hard drive capacity compared to most of the other latest comparable spec personal computers.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

The Alienware Alpha has a pretty typical total storage capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other latest comparable spec PCs.

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Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly average internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha.

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HDD Storage Media

The storage speed of this desktop computer is HDD, which is the most commonly found storage media on personal computers that have been around for the last year. 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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Specification

Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Threads
System Bus Rate
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Processor Boost Frequency
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 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
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 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
Embedded Options Available
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
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Version
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
Touchscreen
Display Diagonal
Drivers Included
Manual
Cables Included
Mouse Included
Display Included
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Full HD
Keyboard Supplied
Viewing Angle, Vertical
Viewing Angle, Horizontal
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
Display Resolution
Display Type
AC Adapter Included
Display Number of Colours
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...

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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dkcwa03, asm1004980, dell i54590, dell i54590t, alienware i54590, alienware i54590t, alienware alienwarealphad12, laasm100i581tbgw10s1701c001, alienware alienwarealphad12s, alienware alienwarealphad12sa
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