Dell’s Alienware division has started sales of its Aurora Ryzen Edition desktops. The latest Aurora systems not only put AMD’s processors back into mid-tower Aurora machines for the first time in more than a decade, but also feature rather interesting configurations. In order to address as wide audience as possible, Dell is offering their Aurora Ryzen Edition PCs with nearly the complete range of AMD’s Ryzen 3000 processors, including the entry-level Ryzen 5 3500, which up until now has only officially been available in China, Russia, and select Eastern European countries.

The Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition desktop comes in the brand’s latest chassis featuring its Legend design language, which blends futuristic style of Alienware (known from the early 2000s) with the recent trends towards minimalism, efficiency, and, of course, addressable RGB LEDs. Traditionally for Alienware, these systems can be configured using various AMD Ryzen 3000-series CPUs supporting the PCIe Gen 4 interface, a variety of GPUs from AMD (up to Radeon VII) or NVIDIA (up to GeForce RTX 2080 Ti), and different storage options.

(ed: yes, Dell put the Ryzen logo on top of an LGA processor)

One of the interesting things about the Aurora Ryzen Edition configurations offered by Dell is that the cheapest machines come with AMD’s six-core Ryzen 5 3500 CPU (w/ AMD Radeon RX 5700 8 GB GDDR6, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, 1 TB HDD, 850 W PSU) and start at $1,199, whereas the most advanced builds are equipped with 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X processor and can be beefed up with any graphics and storage components.

AMD’s Ryzen 5 3500 CPU is currently only officially sold in select markets where the company has to compete against Intel’s entry-level six-core Core i9-9000-series CPUs, and where the relatively inexpensive Ryzen 5 3500 does not affect sales of cheaper previous-generation Ryzen 2000-series products. Eventually, the CPU should make it to other markets, but for now it is exclusively available in China, Russia, select Eastern European countries, and from Alienware, a boutique PC maker.

At present, Dell’s Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition desktops can be purchased in North America, whereas customers in China and Europe will be able to buy them in the first half of 2020.

Related Reading:

Source: Dell/Alienware

Comments Locked


View All Comments

  • FreckledTrout - Monday, November 18, 2019 - link

    I just love that photo with Ryzen in an Intel socket :)
  • Xyler94 - Monday, November 18, 2019 - link

    That picture thoroughly threw me off. Of course Dell wouldn't take the time to properly model a Ryzen CPU :P
  • Nephtys - Monday, November 18, 2019 - link

    Wow that's some lazy marketing right there!
  • Marlin1975 - Monday, November 18, 2019 - link

    You're faster than me. I kept looking at it as I knew something was wrong I just could not get it. :)
  • HollyDOL - Monday, November 18, 2019 - link

    That cooler hanging from nowhere or scratching the board is good too... plus it seems a bit too wide to fit the mounting holes

    Or missing battery

    wonder how many other things went unnoticed yet
  • DanNeely - Monday, November 18, 2019 - link

    I think the cooler might just be rotated 90*. The spacing between the screws looks right for the top to bottom distance.
  • HollyDOL - Monday, November 18, 2019 - link

    Thought so at first too, but the alien face logo seems oriented correctly...

    My guess was Photoshop and ignored scaling down the cooler to be 1:1 with the background
  • Slash3 - Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - link

    Yeah, the entire picture is comprised of renderings, there isn't an actual photographed component in that image. They just slapped a Ryzen onto an LGA1151 socket and then pasted an AIO block above it to suggest a sort of socket reveal.

    As far as marketing graphics go, it's pretty bad, but I've seen much, much worse.
  • Hul8 - Monday, November 18, 2019 - link


    Looks like the cooler is indeed "hanging", but *over* the board and therefore closer to the viewer, which will make it look bigger.
  • HollyDOL - Monday, November 18, 2019 - link

    Perhaps, dunno, the cooler body looks way to low to go so wide... whole that area including mount points looks somehow wrong to me... idk

Log in

Don't have an account? Sign up now