Alienware Aurora R14 Review

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Alienware Aurora R14 Gaming Desktop Review

Richie’s Verdict
4.8 Stars
The Alienware Aurora R14 gaming desktop is a high-performing PC built for gamers with powerful graphics and a choice of AMD Ryzen CPUs. It looks spectacular, performs flawlessly, and is 2K, VR-ready with 290+ FPS performance. If you need a high-end gaming rig and can afford the price tag, go for it.
Pros Cons
✅ Excellent 2K performance ❌ Mechanical data drive
✅ Looks spectacular ❌ Sketchy 4K performance
✅ Excellent ports/connectivity ❌ Expensive
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Overview

The Alienware R14 Aurora Ryzen Edition encapsulates everything that Alienware stands for; State-of-the-art design, high-end specifications, and stellar performance. You can do almost anything with this rig, but it’s designed for gaming and delivers in spades.

Building a gaming PC has become difficult due to the worldwide shortage of computer chips. Alienware doesn’t seem to be affected by this and continues to offer high-end PCs and laptops. It’s the reason why pre-built gaming rigs have become so popular.

There are advantages to buying a pre-built system, including reliability, matched hardware, tested configurations, and warranty.

The Aurora R14 has a 3DMark Time Spy score of 12920 and is in the Elite gaming experience class. Virtually all games run 60 FPS or more at 1440p resolution with the highest graphics settings. Many games also run well in 4K resolution.

Alienware Aurora R14 Gaming Desktop - 3DMark Score

Hardware

Let’s go through the hardware and benchmarking data.

CPU

The Aurora R14 comes with a choice of liquid-cooled AMD Ryzen CPUs; The 8-core Ryzen 7 5800X, and the 12-core Ryzen 9 5900X, offering excellent performance options. The lower-end 5800X has a PassMark benchmark of 28,142, while the higher-end 5900X scores a respectable 39,316 and a CPU rank of 73.

PassMark CPU Benchmarking
Model CPU Mark
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 28,142
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 39,316

Graphics

Graphics options for the Aurora R14 are NVIDIA RTX 3060Ti 8GB, 3070 8GB, or 3080 with 10GB GDDR6. All these GPUs are capable of high frame-rate gaming (290+ FPS) and VR. Let’s take a look at some PassMark benchmarking scores for these GPUs.

PassMark GPU Benchmarking
Model G3D Mark
RTX 3060Ti 20,388
RTX 3070 22,276
RTX 3080 25,154

Memory

Memory is a choice between 16GB for the two lower-end systems and 32GB for the high-end Ryzen 9 5900X system. All memory is DDR4 3200MHz that supports XMP profiles.

Storage

The standard storage option is a 512GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD for the boot/system drive and a 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s mechanical drive for your data. I feel it would have been better to have a solid-state SSD for the data drive.

Network

Networking consists of a standard Realtek 2.5G Ethernet RJ45 and a MediaTek MT7921 Wi-Fi 6 chip with a 2.4Gbp/s transfer speed (with a router that supports Wi-Fi 6).

Audio

On-board audio comes from a High Definition Realtek ALC3861 chip with 7.1 Surround Sound, 3.5mm ports and S/PDIF optical and coaxial ports.

I/O Ports

The Aurora R14 has excellent connectivity with three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports, three Gen 1 ports, two gen 1 Type-A ports, and four USB 2.0 ports.

Alienware Aurora R14 Specifications

CPU
  • AMD® Ryzen™ 7 5800X
  • AMD® Ryzen™ 7 5800X
  • AMD® Ryzen™ 9 5900X
Graphics
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ 3060 Ti, 8 GB GDDR6
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ 3070, 8 GB GDDR6
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ 3080, 10 GB GDDR6X
Memory
  • 16 GB, 2 × 16 GB, DDR4, 3200 MHz, XMP
  • 32 GB, 2 × 16 GB, DDR4, 3200 MHz, XMP
Storage 512GB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD (Boot) + 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s (Storage
Keys/Mouse
  • Dell Wired Keyboard KB216 Black
  • Dell USB Optical Mouse-MS116 – Black
Networking
  • Gigabit Ethernet RJ45
  • MediaTek MT7921 Wi-Fi 6 (2×2) MIMO 802.11ax Wireless LAN
  • Bluetooth 5.2
Front Ports
  • 1 headset (headphone and microphone combo) port
  • 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
  • 1 USB 3.2 Gen 1 port with PowerShare
  • 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-C®) port with PowerShare
Rear Ports
  • 1 optical S/PDIF port
  • 1 coaxial S/PDIF port
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports with Smart Power
  • 2 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-C®) ports
  • 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
  • 1 RJ45 Ethernet port
  • 1 audio input/microphone port
  • 1 line-in port
  • 1 line-out port
  • 1 center/subwoofer LFE surround port
  • 1 rear L/R surround port
  • 1 side L/R surround port
  • 1 power adapter port
Operating System Windows 11 Home
Dimensions
  • Height (rear): 510 mm (20.08 in.)
  • Height (front): 510 mm (20.08 in.)
  • Width: 225 mm (8.86 in.)
  • Depth: 589 mm (23.19 in.) (with cable cover)
  • Depth: 529 mm (20.83 in.) (without cable cover)
Weight
  • Starting weight: 12.50 kg (27.56 lb) (without cable cover)
  • Weight (maximum): 15.50 kg (34.17 lb) (without cable cover)

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Conclusion

The Alienware R14 Aurora isn’t cheap, but the adage “You get what you pay for” stands true in this case. As I said in the overview, buying a pre-built gaming PC has many advantages; matched hardware, tested configurations, and warranty. If you can afford the price tag and need a killer gaming desktop, the Alienware R14 Aurora is a great choice.

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