CES 2011: Dell Upgrades Gaming to Sandy Bridge with the Alienware Aurora

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At CES this week, Dell unveiled the revamped Alienware Aurora desktops, offering users the chance to buy into the Alienware brand and snag some Sandy Bridge love.  As of yet, the Alienware Area-51, Dell’s highest end desktop, isn’t feeling the same kind of favor.

Despite the transition to the next generation of Intel’s microprocessors, the new computers keep the same looks previous iterations have offered consumers.  The Aurora, which offers the highest performance we’ve seen in a micro-ATX-based desktop, will start at $1,799 for versions that come with Sandy Bridge.  For users looking to save some cash, Dell will continue selling the old Auroras for a limited time at a discounted price.

In addition to likely confusing its customers who buy the cheaper Aurora and expect to get the latest chips, users should beware: Dell will be adding cheaper Sandy Bridge Auroras in the coming weeks as older stock dwindles.

Dell Alienware Aurora CES 2011 Sandy Bridge

The new Auroras will add a premium color choice over the old models; gamers will be able to buy an Aurora with the snazzy black chrome sides, adding a bit of shine reminiscient of the extremely glossy cases that Alienware used to ship. The Dark Chrome features chrome that has been electroplated onto the case side.

Specifications:

  • Intel P67 Express chipset
  • Sandy Bridge Core i5 and Core i7 Quad-core CPUs
  • All CPUs supposedly factory overclocked
  • Matte Black and Dark Chrome color choices
  • AMD or NVIDIA graphics, offering both companies latest and greatest cards
  • Supports AMD’s Crossfire X and NVIDIA’s SLI multi-GPU graphics options
The specifications are currently limited, but the rest will be unveiled soon, as shipments are set to start going out on January 10th.

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