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Alienware's redesigned Aurora R16 looks really good

By The Count - on 28 Aug 2023, 1:17pm

Alienware's redesigned Aurora R16 looks really good

Dell just recently put up its new 2023 Alienware Aurora R16 for sale on its site. The facelift is definitely a departure from the familiar Aurora styling we've seen for the past several years. In my opinion, it looks great, but more importantly, Dell claims that despite the reduced size, this new chassis boasts better cooling and noise levels while maintaining the same top-of-the-line performance.

Currently, there’s a choice of equipping either the GeForce RTX 4070 12GB or RTX 4080 16GB. I highly doubt the included PSU will be able to support the more power-hungry RTX 4090. Nonetheless, both GPUs are a good upgrade for serious gamers who don't want to burn a massive hole in their wallet. The RTX 4070 is essentially an RTX 3080 with newer technology like DLSS 3.5.

Speaking of the new design, the new R16 chassis is 40% smaller in volume compared to previous iterations. That's a huge size reduction. And yet, Dell states that cooling has improved without a drop in performance. The Aurora R16 does feature a proven airflow design, with large vents on the side panels and a 120mm rear fan drawing air in and a generously sized 240mm all-in-one liquid cooler pushing air out through the top. This new design allows for better airflow to the GPU as well. Dell also claims that this new chassis will run quieter. If they can keep the ambient temps and the components cooler, then that makes sense. Much of PC system noise is due to thermo-controlled fans ramping up as the components heat up.

This chassis is so new that we haven't had a chance to get our hands on one. Small mATX and mini ITX computer cases are all the rage these days, and there have been plenty of examples of tiny cases that can handle the rigours of current-gen components, and we can’t wait to check out the Aurora R16.

Pricing for the Aurora R16 starts from S$3,199 and is available for purchase at Dell's webstore.

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