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Alienware Alpha 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 2GHz 8GB 1TB HDD

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4 Intel Core I7-4xxx 2GHz 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 desktop computer supports a 64-bit processor operating modes, which is typical of many medium processor cores computers that were launched in the last 12 months.

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

The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of personal computers that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha is 1,100MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max)s range from 600MHz to 1,400MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of 1,200 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) compared to most of the other medium processor cores computers that came out around the same time as the Alpha.

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Alienware Has Good PC Reviews

Based on 267 user and expert reviews, Alienware has good reviews for its personal computers. Alienware also has good reviews specifically within its medium processor cores computers range compared to other brands.

Fairly Big Hard Drive Capacity

Recently released similar spec desktop computers have hard drive capacitys of between 120GB and 3TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 890GB. The Alienware Alpha has one of the bigger hard drive capacitys (1,000 gigabyte) amongst medium processor cores computers of this age.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This personal computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is the most commonly supported PCI Express slots version on medium processor cores computers that were launched around the same time as it.

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

This personal computer has a 10/100/1000Base-T(X) cabling technology, which is the most frequently found cabling technology on medium processor cores computers that came out in the last year.

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Two HDMI Ports Quantitys

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

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1.4 HDMI Version

This personal computer has a 1.4a HDMI version, which is the most frequently found HDMI version on personal 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 PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Very Light

The average weight of medium processor cores computers that were released around the same time as the Alpha is 6.3kg. At only 1.8 kilograms, the Alienware Alpha is fairly light compared to most of the other comparable spec personal computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the Alpha.

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12 Reasons Against

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.

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Very Slow Memory Bandwidth Supported by Processor (max)

At only 25.6 gigabytes per second, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly slow memory bandwidth supported by processor (max) compared to most of the other medium processor cores computers that were launched around the same time as the Alpha. The average memory bandwidth supported by processor (max) of medium processor cores computers that were released around the same time as the Alpha 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

The Alienware Alpha has one of the smaller maximum internal memory supported by processors (only 32 gigabytes) amongst medium processor cores computers of this age. The smallest maximum internal memory supported by processor of latest medium processor cores computers is 8GB and the biggest is 1.6TB.

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Quite Slow Processor Frequency

Across all the PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the Alpha the processor frequencys range from 1.6GHz to 4GHz. When compared to other recently released medium processor cores computers that we have checked the processor frequency of, the Alienware Alpha's processor frequency of only 2 gigahertz is one of the slowest.

If you want a faster processor frequency then you might want to consider the Alienware Alpha[plb_3801416_price] (2.2GHz and higher rated).

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Only 11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This computer supports a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is the most commonly supported on-board graphics adapter DirectX version on medium processor cores computers that were launched around the same time as it.

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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 medium processor cores computers that have been around for a comparable time to it. This PC supports a 4.3 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version, whereas most comparable spec desktop computers that are a similar age to it support a 4.4 on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version. Across all similar spec desktop computers that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha the on-board graphics adapter OpenGL version ranges from 4 to 4.4.

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Only IEEE 802.11a Wi-Fi Standards

This PC supports an IEEE 802.11ac wi-Fi standards, which is typical of many latest medium processor cores computers.

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Only Two USB 2.0 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 2.0 ports quantitys, including the Alienware Alpha which has two USB 2.0 ports quantitys.

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Only Two USB 3.0 Ports

Most computers that were released in the last 12 months have between two and five USB 3.0 ports, including the Alienware Alpha which has two USB 3.0 ports.

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Quite Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

The Alienware Alpha has one of the smaller discrete graphics adapter memory (only 2,048 megabytes) amongst similar spec desktop computers of this age. Across all the medium processor cores computers that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha the discrete graphics adapter memory range from 1GB to 4.1GB.

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Very Low System Bus Rate

The system bus rates of medium processor cores computers that are a similar age to the Alpha 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 fairly low system bus rate compared to most of the other desktop computers that have been available for a similar time to the Alpha.

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Quite Slow Processor Boost Frequency

The processor boost frequency of the Alienware Alpha of only 3 gigahertz is one of the slowest amongst medium processor cores computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha. The processor boost frequencys of computers that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha range from 2.2GHz to 4.2GHz, and the average processor boost frequency is 3.6GHz.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Alienware Alpha

Released Ten Months Ago

This desktop computer has been on the market for ten months.

Average Total Storage Capacity

The Alienware Alpha has a pretty typical total storage capacity (1,000 gigabyte) compared to most of the other desktop computers that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha.

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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 similar spec desktop computers that were launched in the last year.

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HDD Storage Media

The storage speed of this desktop computer is HDD, which is typical of many similar spec personal computers that came out 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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Specification

Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Threads
System Bus Rate
Processor Cache Level
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
Number of QPI Links
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
Optical Drive
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
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
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® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
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)
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
Drivers Included
Manual
Cables Included
Mouse Included
Display Included
Keyboard Supplied
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)
Maximum Internal Memory
Technical Details
Intel Visual Technology

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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Manufacturer Part Numbers alph3955, laasm100i782tbgw10s1701d001
Barcodes 00884116247630, 05397063523955, 05397063529148

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