Dell has had our hearts with space and alien inspired Alienware desktops and laptops, and they continue to conquer every heartbeat of ours with their new releases. At the moment, one of the hottest desktops in the world is the Alienware Aurora R8 specifically built for gaming enthusiasts. The fantastic machine was announced later in 2018 and fans couldn’t wait to get hold of it. So for those who fancy powerful gaming desktop but on a budget, Alienware Aurora R8 is the best they can get their hands on. It offers smooth gameplay and entertainment, the true alien experience. The desktop is appealing to the eye and has jaw-breaking features which we are going to explore.

Design and Lighting

The design for the new Alienware Aurora hasn’t changed that much since it didn’t have to. You still meet the same curvy case with unique Alienware chassis. The case features strips of RGB lighting.

The recently revamped system’s Command Center software allows you to customize the light as you prefer. You have the option of setting each lighting zone to glow uniquely or have all the seven lights shine in unison.

The Aurora is relatively a mid-tower measuring 18.6 x 14.1 x 8.3 inches. Although not that slim or unobtrusive, it sits comfortably on most desks or under. The base at the bottom ensures that it can rest well on your desk.

Ports and Upgradeability

Aurora has a variety of ports, which makes it more interesting. On the top of the desktop, you find three USB 3.0 Type-A, and one Type-C ports, as well as separate microphone and headphone jacks. On the back are nine USB type-A ports. Also, there is also another Type-C port, Ethernet jack, and a couple of audio jacks and DisplayPort.

Opening the Aurora is easy though you will need a screwdriver to open a Philips head screw that holds the lever behind on the rear of the case. After removing it, you can pop the left lever off with a single press to see the power supply. According to Dell, the screw is there to ensure the machine is safe while on transit.

The power supply is hidden by a back lock with two switches which can be opened and show the rest of the components including the GPU, RAM, and a CPU water cooling. Then PSU, however, is unique, and replacing it is quite a challenge.

Aurora R8 Specifications

Don’t be surprised that Aurora R8 has eight configurations. Yes, it actually has, and you can get any gaming desktop for any budget whether you love rigs or you want a 4K desktop that can handle the hardest tasks.

However, the case remains at the same place regardless of the option you will choose. The only differences will be the graphics cards, RAM, processor, and storage. The lowest of them all features 8th Gen CPUs while the high-end ones have 9th Gen beats.

The good news is that all the desktops come with 1TB or more of storage. Video games take much space these days, 50GB on average, and it’s good to know that Dell is aware of your storage needs.


Alienware Aurora R8 is packed with an Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU which enables it to tear through the heaviest games ever with zero struggle. Grand Theft Auto 5 is one of the most played video games in the world at the moment and in its maximum settings, it played smoothly on Aurora. Mind you GTA 5 is only 1080 when the graphics card supports up to 4K.

When its 4K performance was tested on the 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra, it scored 6,036. It also scored 11 on SteamVR Performance Test which is way above the average of 9.6. Those tests mean that the PC is a great performer.

The Alienware Aurora R8 features 32GB of RAM which allows the desktop to chew every task thrown at it like an herbivore. The systems work smoothly even if you open multiple Chrome tabs or perform multiple tasks. However, the fans get louder when you overwork the machine.

Why You Should Buy the Aurora R8

The Alienware Aurora R8 is one of the best if not the best gaming desktops in 2019. It has the best graphics card in the market as well as a powerful processor. The eighth option, which is the highest of them all goes for around $2,500 while the lowest of them all goes for about $850. It depends on your budget.

The desktop gives you a better option than building your own custom PC. If you would all the components like the graphics card, it would cost you around $2,400, exclusive of the chassis, PSU, motherboard, and liquid cooler. In short, you get the value of your money with Alienware Aurora R8.

Besides, Alienware Aurora R8 allows upgrading. You can add a second graphics card and other storage disks. This feature gives it an upper hand over its rivals like MSI Trident X. It also comes with a one-year warranty.


Gaming is fun but costly. You don’t have to spend more on building a gaming PC when you can go for Alienware Aurora R8. Dell designed and built a gaming desktop that satisfies your needs. It’s worth buying the PC. CyberPunk 2077 is one of the games with the highest requirement and to play it smoothly, grab an Aurora R8.


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