Alienware Aurora R11 Review: Perfect Prebuilt Gaming PC


Alienware Aurora R11 specifications

  • Processor: Intel Core i9-10900KF
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super
  • Memory: 32 GB DDR4
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Alienware Aurora R11 Design: Unique and RGB Filled

Alienware Aurora R11 Design: Unique and RGB Filled

The Alienware Aurora R11 is a unique looking desktop computer with a certain character that makes it stylish. The device has a two-tone panda-like design with a mix of black and white plastic panels, which feel sturdy. The lower part has rubber feet, which helps the PC to stay stable and reduces wobbling.

On the right panel we have the Alienware logo with RGB processing. While the left side has vents for cooling, with a toasted honeycomb pattern. On the back we have most of the I / O, including various GPU display outputs, multiple USB-A ports, a Thunderbolt USB Type-C port, an S-PDIF port, and a few optical audio output ports. .

On the front we have a tube-shaped design with a few USB ports, a headphone jack, a microphone jack and the power button with a skull design, embracing the brand logo in a subtle way. Compared to the Aurora R8, the Aurora R11 is both modern and futuristic.

While the Aurora R11 has a lot of RGB lighting, it looks stealthy, and an RGB enthusiast might have to build their own PC, especially if you want to show off components with RGB lighting. I would have loved the next-gen Aurora if it came with a clear side panel.

Storage performance Alienware Aurora R11

Storage performance Alienware Aurora R11

As said before, the Alienware Aurora R11 comes with a hybrid storage solution with a 512 GB PICe SSD and a 1 TB hard drive. The Aurora R11 SSD offered a maximum read speed of 3415 MB / s. and a write speed of 1400MB / s, which confirms that the PC comes with a PICe Gen3 SSD. These speeds are quite good and should provide excellent operating system boot times and application load times.

Then there is a typical 1TB hard drive with an average read and write speed of 200MB / s. While this won’t slow you down when it comes to real games, it will slow down loading files a bit. games and for a PC that costs over Rs. 3,000,000, the company should have opted for a full SSD storage solution instead of opting for this hybrid SSD + HDD combination.

Alienware Aurora R11 processor performance

Alienware Aurora R11 processor performance

The Alienware Aurora R11 is powered by the 10th Generation Intel Core i9-10900KF processor, which is a 10-core, 20-thread processor and is also one of the most powerful mainstream processors launched by Intel in 2020, which is now replaced by the i9-11900KF Core. Compared to the normal K version of the KF, the KF version has no GPU and is completely dependent on the external GPU.

Typically, most high-end PCs will have a dedicated graphics card, so KF processors are mostly seen on pre-built gaming PCs, which cost a bit less than the K variant. Although the Intel Core i9-10900KF already has a generation, it has the same base frequency and boost frequency of 3.5 GHz and 5.3 GHz, respectively.

One of the advantages of the Intel Core i9-10900KF over the Intel Core i9-11900KF, although it is one year old, is that it has more cores (10) and threads (20), while the last model has only eight cores and sixteen threads. A major difference between the two is that the Intel Core i9-10900KF that powers the Aurora R11 comes with PCIe Gen3 lanes while the Intel Core i9-11900KF comes with PCIe Gen 4 lanes.

When it comes to performance, on Cinebench R23, the Alienware Aurora R11 with the Intel Core i9-10900KF processor posted 1,265 and 1,3009 points on the single-core and multi-core processor rendering tests, respectively. Likewise, on Geekbench 5, the computer shows 1293 and 9764 points on the single-core and multi-core CPU tests. Finally, on CPU-Z, the PC shows 545.7 and 6927.9 points on the performance of the multi-threaded processor.

Although the Intel Core-i9 11900KF has fewer cores than the Core-i9 10900KF, it outperforms the Aurora R11 processor in every benchmark. However, the performance between the two models is not very good, which means that the Alienware Aurora R11 with the Core i9-10900KF performs as well as a new PC with the latest high-end Intel processor.

Alienware Aurora R11 gaming performance

Alienware Aurora R11 gaming performance

The Alienware Aurora R11 also packs a premier RTX 2080 super GPU. Again, it’s not as powerful as the current RTX 3080. However, it is more than enough to handle even titles like Cyberpunk 2077, Control, Shadow Of The Tomb Raider at 1440p without any issues.

We paired the Alienware Aurora R11 with the LG UltraGear-27GL850, which is a 27-inch 1440p monitor with a 1ms response time, 144Hz refresh rate, and HDR10 support. The monitor is also NVIDIA G-Sync certified, which goes well with the RTX 2080 GPU, helping to reduce screen tearing.

We connected to Alienware Aurora R11 with LG UltraGear-27GL850 monitor using DisplayPort cable. Therefore, we were able to run at 1440p with 144Hz refresh rate without any issues and we were also able to use the HDR capabilities of the monitor while playing games. like the Shadow of The Tomb Raider with ease.

We tested games like Shadow Of The Tomb Raider, GTA: V, Control, and CS: Go, and the PC easily delivered over 80fps on every title we tested, that too at 1440p resolution. On CS: Go we were actually able to hit over 120fps at 1440p resolution which was pretty smooth and I was able to kill a few bots with ease.

Verdict: Well-designed pre-built gaming PC

Verdict: Well-designed pre-built gaming PC

The Alienware Aurora R11 is a testament to the looks of a pre-built gaming PC. During regular office work, the PC would be quite quiet, while the fans would turn on while playing games or doing intensive tasks. Even in terms of appearance, the PC looks modern and the whole design ensures that the PC receives a lot of air to easily cool the high performance CPU and GPU components.

Since there is a global shortage of processors and graphics processors, it is almost difficult to build a PC which makes this product much more attractive because it is simply a plug-and-play product. The product seems a bit expensive for the technical sheet it offers. However, pre-built PCs have always been that way and that’s the premium we have to pay for brands.

If you are looking for a high performance PC, especially from an established brand, the Alienware Aurora R11 might just offer everything you could possibly need and this PC should be able to handle most games as well as creative tasks like 3D rendering, photo editing and video editing without any problem.

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