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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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19 Reasons For

Four Industry Awards

This personal computer has received four awards from experts.

Three expert review sites all liked this medium processor cores computer. This desktop computer received a "Silver" award from Cowcotland.com and the writer at Hothardware.com gave it a "Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement. Also, the expert at Techstation.it concluded that this computer was marvellous and gave it a "Gold Performance" award.

Computershopper.com gave this computer a "Good For Gaming" award.

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User Reviews Are Average

This personal computer has an average user rating of 77 out of 100 based on 51 user reviews.

Good for Gaming

A few people mentioned in their reviews that the Alienware Alpha was good for gaming. Three years ago expert website Pcmag.com wrote “The concept of a gaming PC console is attractive”. Pcmag.com also said “Although it's a good budget-price gaming rig”. Expert review site Hothardware.com said “It is a sleek, small form factor gaming PC, designed specifically for gam”.

Good Size

Some Alienware Alpha reviewers who reviewed it considered that it was compact. Expert review site Pcmag.com gave this PC a rating of 70 out of 100 and mentioned in their Alienware Alpha review “The Alienware Alpha ($549) is one of the many compact gaming desktop concepts that came out of C”. Computershopper.com wrote in their review “Today, rather than waiting for Valve, Alienware has decided to bring its compact, console-like A” . Computershopper.com also mentioned “If you're looking for a compact, budget-friendly gaming PC, or something to get your Steam games running on your TV, Alienware's Alpha is packed with potential.”.

One Alienware Alpha owner who purchased the product said that it was thin. Expertreviews.co.uk said “While the X51 very much resembled an Xbox 360 Slim” yet they gave it a rating of 3 stars.

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Robust

One person mentioned in their reviews that the product was strong and durable. Expert review site Computershopper.com wrote “That left PC makers who had designed and manufactured custom systems in a tough spot, because unlike fine wine, computer hardware doesn't get better with age”.

Good Environmental Credentials

One person who reviewed this PC considered that it was good in terms of power usage. Eurogamer.net mentioned “It's significantly more energy efficient”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Alienware Alpha reviewer thought the product was quiet. Expert website Makeuseof.com mentioned “Then things went quiet” in their review.

Reasonably Priced

One Alienware Alpha reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it was a bargain for the price. Pcworld.com_techhive.com wrote “Perhaps the best deal going in small PCs today” in their review of this PC.

Only Released Five Months Ago

Alienware only released the Alpha five months ago.

64-Bit Processor Operating Modes

This PC supports a 64-bit processor operating modes, which is the most commonly supported processor operating modes on PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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

The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of the Alienware Alpha of 1,200 megahertz is one of the fastest amongst desktop computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha. The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of newly released medium processor cores computers is 1,100MHz.

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Alienware Personal Computers Have Good Reviews

Medium processor cores computers produced by Alienware have good ratings on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all personal computers (not just medium processor cores computers) and found that Alienware also has good ratings across its entire range.

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Two HDMI Ports Quantitys

The Alienware Alpha has more HDMI ports quantitys than most of the new medium processor cores computers. This Alienware computer is a two HDMI ports quantity PC compared to most of the PCs that are a comparable age to the Alpha which only have one HDMI ports quantity.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This desktop computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many medium processor cores computers that are a similar age to it.

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

This PC has a 10/100/1000Base-T(X) cabling technology, which is the most frequently found cabling technology on similar spec desktop computers that came out in the last year.

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

The Alienware Alpha has a fairly big processor cache (8 megabytes) compared to most of the other recently released medium processor cores computers. Across all the computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha the processor caches range from 2MB to 10MB, and the average processor cache is 6.8MB.

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1.4 HDMI Version

This computer has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is typical of many medium processor cores computers that were launched in the last 12 months.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This personal computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many medium processor cores computers that were released in the last 12 months.

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Very Light

Medium processor cores computers that have been on the market for the last year have weights of between 350g and 15kg, and the average weight is 6.3kg. The Alienware Alpha is one of the lighter similar spec computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha (only 1.8 kilograms) amongst medium processor cores computers of this age.

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14 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

This desktop computer has an average expert rating of 67 out of 100 based on thirty-one expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and Techradar.

Poor Design

A few people who purchased the product reckoned that it was not rough. Expert review site Cnet.com said in their review of this PC “There are still too many rough edges to make this a true console killer”. Two years ago expert website Techradar.com mentioned in their review of the Alienware Alpha “While its custom software is rough around the edges”.

One Alienware Alpha owner wrote that the Alienware Alpha was not ugly. Expert review site Pcworld.in wrote in their review of the Alienware Alpha “That's ultimately the ugly story behind Alienware's Alpha game console” . One person who reviewed this PC thought it was not good looking. Two years ago Makeuseof.com wrote “Things have been pretty slow in the world of Steam Machines” in their Alienware Alpha review.

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Difficult to Use

One Alienware Alpha reviewer who purchased it thought it did not have a good experience. Expertreviews.co.uk said in their Alienware Alpha review on expert review site Expert Reviews “Its console-like experience isn’t as seamless as we would like”.

One Alienware Alpha reviewer concluded that the Alienware Alpha was not easy to use. Gizmodo.com wrote “It's not as easy to use as a game console, not as foolproof” in their review of this PC.

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

Most medium processor cores computers that came out in the last year 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)

At 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 new similar spec desktop computers. The average memory bandwidth supported by processor (max) of new medium processor cores computers is 34GB/s, and the memory bandwidth supported by processor (max)s range from 21GB/s to 77GB/s.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

At only 32 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a quite small maximum internal memory supported by processor compared to most of the other new comparable spec computers. The average maximum internal memory supported by processor of medium processor cores computers that were released around the same time as the Alpha is 110GB, and the maximum internal memory supported by processors range from 8GB to 1.6TB.

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Quite Slow Processor Frequency

With a processor frequency of only 2.2 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has one of the slower processor frequencys amongst comparable spec desktop computers of this age. The slowest processor frequency of medium processor cores computers that are a similar age to the Alpha is 1.6GHz, the fastest is 4GHz, and the average processor frequency is 3.1GHz.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speeds Supported by Processor

The Alienware Alpha has a fairly slow memory clock speeds supported by processor (only 1,333 megahertz) compared to most of the other recently released medium processor cores computers. Across all the medium processor cores computers that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha the memory clock speeds supported by processors range from 800MHz to 2,200MHz, and the average memory clock speeds supported by processor is 1,700MHz.

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Only 11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This desktop computer supports a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is the most commonly supported on-board graphics adapter DirectX version on personal computers that have been on the market for the last year.

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Only 4.3 On-Board Graphics Adapter OpenGL Version

The Alienware Alpha supports a better on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version than most PCs that were released around the same time as it. This personal computer supports a 4.3 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version, whereas most latest comparable spec computers support a 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version. The worst on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version of all medium processor cores computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha is 4 and the best is 4.4.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

The maximum internal memorys of latest comparable spec PCs range from 4GB to 260GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 44GB. At only 16 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a quite small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor cores computers that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha.

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Very Slow Memory Clock Speed

The Alienware Alpha has a fairly slow memory clock speed (only 1,600 megahertz) compared to most of the other PCs that came out in the last 12 months. The average memory clock speed of similar spec desktop computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Alpha is 1,900MHz, and the memory clock speeds range from 1,600MHz to 2,400MHz.

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Quite Low System Bus Rate

Across all the comparable spec PCs that were released in the last 12 months the system bus rates range from 5GT/s to 8GT/s, and the average system bus rate is 7.2GT/s. With a system bus rate of only 5 Gigatransfers per second, the Alienware Alpha has a very low system bus rate compared to most of the other latest desktop computers.

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Quite Slow Processor Boost Frequency

Latest desktop computers have processor boost frequencys of between 2.2GHz and 4.2GHz. The Alienware Alpha has one of the slower processor boost frequencys (only 3.2 gigahertz) amongst medium processor cores computers of this age.

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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 average hard drive capacity compared to most of the other medium processor cores computers that were launched in the last year.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 1,000 gigabyte, the Alienware Alpha has a pretty average total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor cores computers that were released around the same time as the Alpha.

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Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a relatively average internal memory compared to most of the other recently released medium processor cores computers.

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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 medium processor cores computers that were launched in the last 12 months. 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
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 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
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
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

techstation.it Gold Performance cowcotland.com Silver computershopper.com Good For Gaming hothardware.com Recommended

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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