Alienware this week announced its latest versions of Aurora and Area-51 desktops, the most notable change being that the new models will be equipped with NVIDIA’s latest GeForce RTX graphics cards. The systems are expected to be based on Intel’s Z370 and X299 platforms as well as current-gen CPUs processors, but will feature a considerably higher performance GPU.

Dell’s Alienware Aurora is the company’s mid-tower desktop powered by enthusiasts-class processors. These PCs will soon be offered with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2070, 2080 and 2080 Ti GPUs. Select configurations will use two of such graphics adapters. The Aurora systems start at $1,900, but once equipped with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX boards, they will naturally cost more.

The Alienware Area-51 is Dell’s flagship desktop based on Intel’s HEDT processors with up to 18 cores. The Area-51 machines come in Alienware’s triad chassis and can be equipped with up to two NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 2070, 2080 and 2080 Ti graphics cards. The most affordable Area-51 desktop costs $5,000 and is now equipped with Intel’s Core i9-7980XE CPU as well as NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080 GPU. In the coming months these systems will be available with more powerful graphics.

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  • eastcoast_pete - Saturday, August 25, 2018 - link

    Just get a ripoff of the case for $ 100, and put a $ 400 system inside, and call it an "illegal Alienware". Same ugly "look at my expensive rig" optics, but for $ 4,500 less.
  • just4U - Sunday, August 26, 2018 - link

    I priced my R7 out.. No way in hell I could have built it cheaper (cost $3200CAD) in Feb. I could have (of course..) built a higher quality computer /w the same specs but it would have cost me another $400. Their Area 51 systems are a different breed entirely.. you could easily build something as good for a fair amount less. It's a hefty buy-in for those. I do wish they'd allow the 2700x onto their Aurora line. I always figured I "settled" with a 8700k.
  • vailr - Sunday, August 26, 2018 - link

    Alienware won't actually be selling any RTX-equipped systems until the Sep. 20 general release date, correct?
    So the title "Alienware Installs NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX Cards In Aurora and Area-51 Desktops" is kind of misleading, no?

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