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Alienware Aurora 3500 SLI

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The Bottom Line

Alienware's Aurora 3500 SLI is one of the few mainstream desktops that has the capability to run multiple graphics cards for increased performance, but unless you particularly need this feature there are other systems that have a bit more to offer at the same price.

Pros

  • Dual Graphics Cards for Improved 3D Performance
  • Highly Customizable

Cons

  • Fairly Expensive
  • Uses CRT Over LCD Monitor
  • Base Configuration Lacks Many Features

Description

  • AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Processor
  • 256MB PC3200 DDR Base Memory
  • 80GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 16x DVD-ROM Drive
  • AC'97 Audio
  • Dual GeForce 6600LE Graphics Cards with 128MB Memory
  • 17" CRT Monitor
  • 10/100 Ethernet
  • Eight USB 2.0 Ports , Two FireWire Ports and 10-in-1 Card Reader
  • Windows XP Home SP2

Guide Review - Alienware Aurora 3500 SLI

2/20/06 – It should be noted that the specifications for the Alienware Aurora 3500 SLI are the base configurations. Users will want to customize the system to better meet their intended usage as the base setup has much to be desired.

The Aurora 3500 SLI comes with the 3200+ model of Athlon 64 that is quite capable, especially with PC gaming, but many users will want to upgrade to a higher model or X2 dual core processor. It is a shame that Alienware only offers 256MB in the base configurations when many other companies are offering 512MB of 1GB of memory with their systems for the same or lower price.

Graphics are what the Aurora 3500 SLI is all about. It is one of the only mainstream desktop computer systems to offer dual PCI-Express graphics card slots. This allows it to use two similar NVIDIA GeForce compatible graphics cards to increase the 3D performance. This feature may appeal to many who want to play games, but the 6600LE graphics cards included in the base system are still quite limited compared to many budget 3D graphics cards.

Storage is below average for the base configuration. No CD or DVD writer is included in the base configuration, limiting the system to just reading media. The 80GB hard drive uses SATA but is well below the average size of drive included with desktop PCs.

The big problem is that all these upgrades to make the system equal to competing PCs adds to the total cost of the system.

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