Test: Alienware Aurora R13, especially gaming

Today in the Kitchen of Hardware we like to pass a full test on the PC Alienware Aurora R13. It is a computer pre-assembled by the manufacturer Dell and marketed by the gaming arm of the company, namely Alienware. Inside we find the latest generation and especially high-end components such as a twelfth generation Intel processor, an RTX 3080 graphics card, 64 GB DDR5 memory, a 1 TB SSD and liquid cooling. In short, a computer with which you can work or have fun in good conditions.

Alienware Aurora R13 computer review, summary

We’re back for a desktop-type computer test with theAlienware Aurora R13. In it, this PC is equipped with an Intel Core i9-12900KF processor (16 cores and 24 threads on 3.2 GHz base and 5.2 GHz in turbo mode). We also have an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card equipped with 10 GB GDDR6 (LHR) memory. As memory, we have 64 GB of DDR5 memory clocked at 4400 MHz. On the storage side, we have a Samsung PM9A1 SSD from 1TB. For the motherboard we are on a card with an AMD B550 chipset. The computer chassis comes in the Lunar Light livery, which matches the white color. We also have 120mm AiO type liquid cooling for the processor and a 750 Watt power supply. The computer is 510 mm high, 225 mm wide and 529 mm long for a maximum weight of 15.5 kg.

On paper, the computer offers a configuration that many of us would dream of. But is the computer really effective? How does it behave while gaming? And for the office? We will answer all these questions by thoroughly testing the computer. We will check the temperatures, the consumption, but also whether it is not too noisy. Finally, we will open it and analyze how the components are incorporated into the case.

Let’s start by tackling the price of this computer Alienware Aurora R13. The model we received is marketed by Dell at a price of approx €3,739.72. A particularly high price. So we’re going to see if it’s worth it and see if we can get an equivalent machine for less.

Without further ado, let’s start exploring the packaging before tackling the computer itself.


The Alienware Aurora R13 comes in a huge black colored box. We have an exploded view of the computer and the different parts on the different sides. We have no product information. No label to know which model is in the box. The box opens from above and allows us to discover the computer, a mouse as well as a box containing the keyboard and the power cable.

The packaging is quite basic, but sufficient to protect the computer well during transport.

Appearance: Alienware Aurora R13

Now let’s move on to the visual aspect of this computer. Our PC is Lunar Light or white and has a transparent (plastic) window on the left to see the inside of the beast. The design is quite ambitious and may not appeal to everyone. Indeed, the computer has an oval-shaped facade with in the middle the front panel with the power buttons and the USB ports surrounded by an RGB strip. So on the facade we have:

  • Earphone/Line Out
  • Two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
  • 1 USB 3.2 Gen 1 port, with PowerShare technology
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port® with PowerShare technology

The back part has all the connectors needed to use the computer. This is how we find:

  • SPDIF digital output (TOSLINK)
  • Side surround output
  • microphone input
  • Align
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port® (10 Gbps)
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C port® (20 Gbps)
  • Two USB 2.0 Type-A ports
  • SPDIF digital output (coaxial)
  • Center speaker/subwoofer output
  • Line in
  • Two USB 2.0 Type-A ports
  • Two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A (5 Gbps) ports
  • Killer™ E3100 Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 Port

Once we’ve walked around the owner, we can tackle what’s inside. To open the computer, nothing is really rocket science. Just unlock the hooks on the back of the computer. Once this is done you can remove the side panel and access the inside.

Thus we discover a gray metal cage that largely hides the interior of the computer. A good point compared to the Ryzen Edition version: the power cables are not yellow and black like many years ago, we have black cables, which gives a much more qualitative display. We appreciate the waterblock/pump combination on the CPU, which is truly a sight to behold. We also discover the graphics card which is very discreet and also the DDR5 memory modules which for once do not come with a heat sink. So the print is bare and green in color, that’s a bit of a smudge in the middle of the rest, too bad!

For the rest, nothing to complain about, the cables passed perfectly, everything is already planned to connect an additional HDD. Behind the cage that contains the graphics card, we find two 120 mm fans. On the other hand, from the opening we wonder how the hot air from the graphics card will be discharged. The only air exhaust at the back is through the heat sink of the AiO. Which in terms of airflow (let’s not be afraid of words) is pretty hopeless. However, at the top there are two fans to exhaust warm air through the back of the machine (the honeycomb part). We will see in the test what this installation gives in terms of temperatures. At the very top of the case we have an RGB strip with the inscription ALIENWARE. A nice little touch that allows you to remember that we have a game-like product above all!

Alienware Aurora R13: Technical Specifications

Trade name Aurora R13
Operating system Windows 11 Home
Processor Intel Core i9-12900K
Motherboard Dell
Storage 1 SSD of 1TB
Memory 64GB DDR5 at 4400MHz
Graphics Card

NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080 with 10 GB GDDR6 memory

connectors 2x USB 2.0 Gen 1 Type-A
4x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
3x USB 3.2 Gen 1
4x USB 3.0 Type-A
Communication 1 Killer E3100 RJ45
Audio ports 1 x Headphone/Microphone Out
Nutrition 750 watts
Dimensions 510mm height x 225mm width x 529mm length
Weight 15.5 kg

Now let’s move on to the software part.

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