Dell refreshes its Alienware Aurora gaming desktops with Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 graphics cards
Now that Nvidia has lifted the veil of its highly-awaited RTX 3000 series of graphics cards, it is only a matter of time before we see them featured in pre-built gaming rigs. Dell is one of the first OEMs to throw its hat into the ring with its refreshed Alienware Aurora line of gaming PCs.
Dell already sells its Aurora gaming desktops with a wide range of Intel, AMD, and Nvidia hardware. The desktops are configurable with 10th-generation Intel Comet Lake and AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs, with the former maxing out at the Core i9-10900k and the latter at the Ryzen 9 3950X. The CPUs can now be paired with Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3090 and RTX 3080. Whether or not Dell will let us daisy-chain two GPUs via NVlink remains to be seen. Everything else about the desktops will remain identical. RAM still tops out at 64GB, along with 4TB of storage (2TB NVMe SSD plus 2TB 7200 RPM SATA drive).
Based on what we know about Nvidia's RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 so far, it is quite evident that both cards will run hot. Dell says that the new Aurora line of gaming PCs come with a 'unique thermal design' to keep thermals in check. It still retains its pill-shaped aesthetic along with Dell's trademark swiveling power supply mount. Unfortunately, the price and availability of the refreshed Dell Aurora gaming desktops remain unknown at this time. We should know more about it before the month ends, though. If its predecessor is anything to go by, we can expect it to start at US$2,000 for the base variant.
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