Dell updates its Steam Machine
Next up is the Alienware Alpha R2, a compact solution that promises to run The Witcher 3 at 60 frames per second and provide 60-percent higher GPU performance than the previous Alpha model. This version is also compatible with Dell’s Alienware Graphics Amplifier, an external chassis with its own 460-watt power supply for adding full-sized graphics cards to notebook form factors via a single cable.
The key features this new version brings to the Alpha family include support for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 and the AMD Radeon R9 M470X graphics cards. Supported processors now include the Intel Core i3-6100T (up to 3.2GHz), the Core i5-6400T (up to 2.8GHz), and the Core i7-6700T (up to 3.6GHz). Memory configurations consist of 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 2,133MHz.
On the storage front, the new Alpha R2 adds five new options — a 500GB 7,200RPM hard drive, a 1TB 7,200RPM hard drive, a 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD, a 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD, and a 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD. Wireless connectivity options include dual-band Wireless AC 3165 (1×1) with Bluetooth 4.0, or dual-band Wireless Ac 8620 (2×2) with Bluetooth 4.2.
Overall, the new Alpha R2 would make a great addition to the living room, as it’s about the size of Nintendo’s older Wii console. The Alpha R2 includes an HDMI input function too, allowing users to switch between the Alpha R2 and any connected device, such as a cable company’s set-top-box or a game console.
That said, this is basically Alienware’s latest Steam Machine. The “console” provides plenty of connectivity options such as two USB 3.0 ports on the front, two USB 3.0 ports on the back, one USB 2.0 port on the bottom, one gigabit Ethernet port, one HDMI input, one HDMI 2.0 output, and one optical audio output.
Dell said that the base configuration will come packed with the Intel Core i3 processor, the AMD Radeon R9 M470X graphics card, 4GB of DDR4 memory, and a 500GB hard drive. The starting price for the Alienware Alpha R2 will be $599.