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Also bundled in the box is a set of Alienware Ozma 7 headphones. These headphones offer a reasonable surround envelope and pretty clean sound when listening to music. However, they do add a substantial £130 to the cost of the system, and any gamer is going to be more interested in a decent stereo headset than a set of headphones. In fact Alienware offers a Sennheiser headset for a far more reasonable £43 - I know which one I'd go for.
But the really important thing with a machine like this is how fast it is and on that count it delivers in spades. I'm not even going to bother talking about low resolution stuff because anyone running a resolution lower than 1,600 x 1,200 on a machine like this deserves to be shot. Let's kick off with Doom 3 at 1,600 x 1,200 with 4x FSAA and 8x AF - the Aurora 7500 turned in a score of 124.5fps! That's a truly amazing score and an indication that perhaps you need to look higher than 1,600 x 1,200 to get an idea of this Alien's ability.
Pushing Far Cry up to a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 with 4x FSAA and 8x AF, the Alienware still managed over 78fps, while running Half-Life 2 at the same resolution and settings resulted in a score of 90fps! Even running Day of Defeat: Source with HDR enabled couldn't faze this beast of a system - once again running at 2,048 x 1,536 with 4x FSAA and 8x AF, the Aurora 7500 still crept over the 70fps mark.
I loaded up F.E.A.R. which has a habit of bringing fast PCs to their knees. I instantly cranked the resolution up to 1,600 x 1,200 with 4x FSAA and 8x AF and the gameplay was silky smooth. I played for a while, marvelling at just how fantastic this game looked - the dust and smoke looked particularly superb and added masses of atmosphere to an already atmospheric game. I pushed things up to 2,048 x 1,536 and I finally started to see the Aurora 7500 struggle - with no image quality turned on it still managed 78fps,but once you turned on 4x FSAA that number dropped to mid 30s. That said, if you settle for 2x FSAA and 4x AF F.E.A.R. is still completely playable at 2,048 x 1,536.
Of course the only aspect of a machine like this that’s as important as performance is price, and you’re going to have to be very flush to afford this baby. Alienware quoted me a price of £4,206 for the Aurora 7500, which I’m sure you’ll agree is an astronomical price tag. Of course for that price you are getting one of the fastest machines on the planet, with a plethora of top quality components coupled with beautiful build quality.
Basically, the Alienware Aurora 7500 is like a Bugatti Veyron – you’ll need to be a Premiership footballer to afford one, but you’ll have something very special sitting in your garage, I mean study.
This is a staggeringly fast PC along with an equally staggering price point. But if you happen to be earning thousands of pounds a week and want to relax playing some games after the gruelling Christmas schedule and FA Cup ties, the Aurora 7500 is definitely worth a considering.
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