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So how does the Alienware perform? In our intensive ‘SpodeMark’ tests, the Alienware takes the crown as the fastest machine we’ve ever tested overall, pulling ahead of the Wired2Fire and our reference platform. In Call of Duty 2, our most demanding game test, it pulled ahead at all resolutions bar one. In Counter-Strike: Source it was a clean sweep, and it achieved a narrow victory in Battlefield 2. However, in Quake 4 it fell behind, though the result is still very respectable.
So this is then a very fine, very fast, but flawed PC. The biggest issue is the use of four DIMMs instead of two and a very loud power supply. The fact that you can’t fit an Aegia card at present is also an annoyance. So though it’s very well put together and offers some outstanding components, it’s not perfect. But for nearly four grand, shouldn’t it be?
Even taking into consideration the very high specifications, the great looks, the care and attention to detail in the construction and the technical support, I find it impossible to see how Alienware comes up with £3.992. And five pence.
It simply defies logic. But then, buying an Alienware, doesn’t have an awful lot to do with logic. If you want value for money, then Dell, Mesh and Evesham are waiting to take your call. The only reason to buy an Alienware is, because you want one and if you are worried about how much it costs then your probably kidding yourself and you can’t actually afford it.
However, even for those that might not be overly concerned with the technical fineries of a PC, for that kind of money it ought to be perfect – and the Aurora 7500 isn’t.
A staggering PC in terms of looks, performance and construction. It’s also quite outrageously overpriced but if you can afford to spend this you probably don’t care. However, the specification is flawed and it’s far too noisy. The search for the ultimate machine continues.