Alienware Alpha (Console Sized PC) on offer at Dell, 12% off from £397.52 using Code.
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Alienware Alpha (Console Sized PC) on offer at Dell, 12% off from £397.52 using Code.

£397.52Dell Deals
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Found 29th Nov 2014
Great Offer on Alienware Alpha PCs at Dell.com, Save 12% on all Alienware. Use the coupon code 8$84W8J58ZXDM6. Offer valid until 1 Dec. 2014.

Valid on all models -
i3, 4GB model Was £429, NOW £397.52 incl. VAT
i3 8GB model Was £498.99, NOW £441.52 incl. VAT
i5 8gb model Was £569.00, NOW £503.12 incl. VAT
I7 8GB model Was £699.00, NOW £617.52 incl. VAT

Estimated Ship date: 18/12/2014

About the Alpha -
•The Ease of a Console - The Freedom of a PC
•Open ecosystem supports all your favorite windows PC games, software and hardware
•PC Gaming Console for the Living Room - Best Price/Performance/Form Factor offering
•Windows 8.1 and including a wireless Xbox360 Gamepad
•Boots into Windows with custom Alpha UI - 100% Game Controller user interface
•Supports Windows AAA and Indie game titles via Steam Big Picture
•Rapidly expanding (over 450 titles already) Windows Steam game library with Full Controller support
•Windows 8.1 OS interface for Social Media integration, News, Weather, etc…

External Chassis Connections
2x USB 2.0 (Front)
2x USB 3.0 (Back)
1x RJ45 GbE
1x HDMI-Out 1.4a
1x HDMI-In
1x optical audio out (Toslink)
1x DC in

Internal Chassis Connections
1x USB 2.0 – Tool-less access via bottom door

Hope this helps someone!

85 Comments

Roasting!!!! I'm practically basting myself in an oven

Original Poster

Link not working? dell.com/uk/…/pd

Need to refine your link dude:

dell.com/uk/…560

Smoking hot hot hot! Wish I hadn't bought my new one only 3 month ago or I think I'd have a bit of the top spec one.

Be warned, a lot of early adopters complaining about frame rate issues.. Might be fixed in updated drivers.. But frame rate is fine then all of a sudden drops to around 10 then boom straight back up to playable..

Have been following these alphas for months as really want a small unit for my living room.. But holding off for now due to this issue.

I think i might buy seems reasonable value. Anyone with opinion as to which. I was thinking the 2nd model as 40 quidco for double memory and hard drive seems good math, but should i pick the i5. Help anybody?

Can Anyone tell me what graphics card it is, I can see the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX GPU 2GB GDDR5
But can't see the model, thanks

Think they are running the 820m better spec on the scan steam machines bit more expensive but better spec

I've ordered the quad version and email confirmation says estimated delivery 30th December... ho ho no...

Console level performance probably requires gtx 860m but this will be made redundant in a year or two.

alexanderthenotsogreat

Need to refine your link … Need to refine your link dude:http://www.dell.com/uk/p/alienware-alpha/pd?ST=alienware%20alpha&dgc=ST&cid=41141&lid=1069630&acd=239715600820560

still does not work, needs copy and paste
_dell.com/uk/…560

Hmm, I guess they're okay if you need something small but nothing amazing for price/performance wise.....

Console level performance probably requires gtx 860m but this will be made redundant in a year or two.

Interesting idea but mismatched components let it down. Price seems fair given it's a ULV i3 and 860m based GPU, but it's got a crappy low speed HDD. Wouldn't dream of a 5400RPM HDD in any 'gaming' system. Surely a 7200RPM drive would have only added a couple of quid?



Edited by: "chippytea" 29th Nov 2014

alexanderthenotsogreat

Roasting!!!! I'm practically basting myself in an oven



Are you Master Basting yourself?

fxred

Think they are running the 820m better spec on the scan steam machines … Think they are running the 820m better spec on the scan steam machines bit more expensive but better spec

it is running a custom gtx 860 more powerful than next gen consoles.

Everything other than the gpu is upgradable and you don't lose warranty for opening up the console. Better than next gen consoles in my opinion.

It has a custom 860M (laptop type), performance little bettee than 750ti of desktops

chippytea

Interesting idea but mismatched components let it down. Price seems fair … Interesting idea but mismatched components let it down. Price seems fair given it's a ULV i3 and 860m based GPU, but it's got a crappy low speed HDD. Wouldn't dream of a 5400RPM HDD in any 'gaming' system. Surely a 7200RPM drive would have only added a couple of quid?



It's more likely an attempt to keep the heat down in a small case. It's also aimed at console users who I doubt would even notice.

I am a fan of these but I am seriously put off by the fact Dell has to release the GPU drivers as it is a custom board, and that spells trouble

Had a nightmare with Dells graphic drivers on my 17r 5737. Been nearly a year with no official fix. Its either poor frame rates from my 8870M or Hibernate and sleep make it crash. I want the i5 alpha but im now put off after hearing the're doing their own drivers

PSA: the GPU is a modified version of the 860m.

shanperson

PSA: the GPU is a modified version of the 860m.



also you can get an idea of the performance here: notebookcheck.net/NVI…tml

Banned

Advantages our a steam box?

I've been using a little NUC to stream my desktop to and it's been nothing short of amazing (with a wired connection of course).

And yet I'm still tempted...

This system had loads of potential but not being able to upgrade the soldered GPU was a deal breaker for me!

Good deal heat added.
I was going to buy this but I could not tell what the future support would be like and opted for a console instead.

As a device this doesn't make a lot of sense to me if I'm honest. If it's intended to be a steam box then the i3's GPU is up to the job, if it's intended to be a PC that runs games on the big screen like a console, then why cripple it with a non upgradable Nvidia chip that in PC terms will age badly quite quickly.

You'd be a lot better off with a well thought out SFF PC build that could be upgraded in the future as and when required and would cost significantly less to build.

It has the Alienware look, but for the money it doesn't seem good value in terms of what it offers.

Ew rubbish specs not worth the price

so when you go online with this are you pitched against all pc users or just alpha users ? If its pc then you have no chance , mouse keyboard combo wins every time in 1st person shooters

mchcreations

It has a custom 860M (laptop type), performance little bettee than 750ti … It has a custom 860M (laptop type), performance little bettee than 750ti of desktops



No it's not...
the architecture is the same, as is the clock speed, cuda cores, and all the rest. but you're comparing the 860M's power-restricted 64GB/s throughput to the 750ti's 86GB/s. At any real gaming resolutions you will have framerate issues.

What's the desktop graphics card equivalent of a GTX860M?

EDIT: Notebookcheck seems to suggest that it's only 10% or so weaker than the GTX 750 Ti which seems pretty decent for casual 1080p. I'm using a GTX 750 Ti for casual gaming and even at 1440p I'm fine with it.

Here's a 3DMark Fire Strike chart they posted:

http://i.imgur.com/BcEZlkZ.jpg

Also looked up on 3DMark directly and the results do seem to be similar:
futuremark.com/har…iew
futuremark.com/har…iew

I just wonder how loud one of those will be as it's quite tempting for the price.

I recently built a budget mini ITX system with the following specs and this seems to be almost on par

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 (OC to 4Ghz) - £40
Motherboard: MSI B85I Gaming - £60
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB 1600Mhz CL8 - £40
SSD: Crucial M500 240GB - £60
Graphics: MSI GTX750 Ti Gaming £90
PSU: Silverstone ST30F £40
Cooler: Phanteks 120mm PH-TC12DX Cooler - £25
Case: Raijintek Metis - £50

Only the PSU and SSD was brand new, everything else was second hand and the total was still around £400 without an OS. Here you're getting a brand new machine without a SSD but with an xbox controller and an OS for it for around the same price and performance is not going to be much weaker. 10% of 60fps is only 6fps different.

Really tempted to get one but I'll give it a miss as I don't need it atm. It'll probably be on the outlet store for around 20% off in the future anyway.
Edited by: "Ulti" 29th Nov 2014

RudiBryson

so when you go online with this are you pitched against all pc users or … so when you go online with this are you pitched against all pc users or just alpha users ? If its pc then you have no chance , mouse keyboard combo wins every time in 1st person shooters



This is very true.. but I'm sure it wouldn't be alpha vs alpha users so I guess you would be playing against all PC users in which case using a controller would be laughable in FPS games.

Can't understand why anyone would buy this. PC gamer through and through but Jesus Christ, if you're considering this either buy / build a DECENT PC or get a PS4. £400 for an i3, 4gb RAM and a very underwhelming GPU that you can't upgrade is a rip off of the highest order.

EllJay420

This is very true.. but I'm sure it wouldn't be alpha vs alpha users so I … This is very true.. but I'm sure it wouldn't be alpha vs alpha users so I guess you would be playing against all PC users in which case using a controller would be laughable in FPS games.



Well tbf, for most hardcore gamers they'd most likely plug in a mouse and keyboard into this, there's nothing stopping you from doing that.

In my opinion the Alienware brand was ruined by Dell buying them and making them mainstream. They used to be real hardcore, groundbreaking kit. Such a shame

hardstylemw

Are you Master Basting yourself?



To paraphrase a certain Mr David Bowie, he appears to be zealously "Loving the Alien"
Edited by: "HankMcSpank" 29th Nov 2014

hardstylemw

Are you Master Basting yourself?




Lolololol

then you may as well buy a desktop

Ulti

Well tbf, for most hardcore gamers they'd most likely plug in a mouse and … Well tbf, for most hardcore gamers they'd most likely plug in a mouse and keyboard into this, there's nothing stopping you from doing that.

adv

No it's not...the architecture is the same, as is the clock speed, cuda … No it's not...the architecture is the same, as is the clock speed, cuda cores, and all the rest. but you're comparing the 860M's power-restricted 64GB/s throughput to the 750ti's 86GB/s. At any real gaming resolutions you will have framerate issues.



This image suggests that the Alienware Alpha's version of the GTX 860M has 6gbps RAM, so it should actually be faster than the GTX 750 Ti, with around 96GB/s bandwidth: images.eurogamer.net/201…png

It all assumes that the core clock is the same, but that could be faster too. The thing about the 750 Ti is that it easily overclocks with barely any extra heat produced.

I'd love to see a GPU-Z screenshot for the Alpha's 860M.
Edited by: "Easy2BCheesy" 30th Nov 2014

Meshen

Can't understand why anyone would buy this. PC gamer through and through … Can't understand why anyone would buy this. PC gamer through and through but Jesus Christ, if you're considering this either buy / build a DECENT PC or get a PS4. £400 for an i3, 4gb RAM and a very underwhelming GPU that you can't upgrade is a rip off of the highest order.



It's absolutely tiny. Much smaller than a PS4, even.
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