Detailed Specs Comparison

Alienware Aurora R12 Desktop vs. Alienware Aurora R13 Desktop

Here is a side by side comparison between Alienware Aurora R12 Desktop and Alienware Aurora R13 Desktop specs including price, processors, memory, graphics, storage, ports, and more.

Specs Comparison

Alienware Aurora R12 Desktop image
Alienware Aurora R12 Desktop
Alienware Aurora R13 Desktop image
Alienware Aurora R13 Desktop

Key Features

What's new
  • New 11th Gen Intel Core Processors.
  • Up to Intel Core i9-11900K (8 cores/ 16 threads).
  • Up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3090 24GB GDDR6X.
  • Up to 128GB Dual-Channel DDR4 XMP at 3200MHz memory.
  • Up to 1000W power supply.
  • 12th Generation Intel Alder Lake K-Series Processors.
  • Intel® Z690 Chipset
  • Up to 125W Intel Core i9-12900K (16 Cores, 30MB Cache, Up to 5.2 GHz)
  • Up to 64GB of 4400 MHz Dual-Channel DDR5 Memory
  • Up to 128GB of 3600 MHz Dual-Channel DDR5 Memory
  • Up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3090 (24GB GDDR6x)
  • Up to AMD® Radeon™ RX 6900 XT (16GB GDDR6)
  • Up to 750W Platinum PSU
  • Available in
    Dark Side of the Moon Lunar Light
  • PCI Express 5.0 Ready
  • New Type C USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 port (up to 20 Gbps)
  • Optional Alienware Cryo tech Edition CPU Liquid Cooling
What's missing
  • Has fewer USB ports.
  • Has fewer PCI Express slots.
  • Use Custom Alienware motherboard.

Availability

Alienware Aurora R12 DesktopAlienware Aurora R13 Desktop
Released20212021
Release InfoAnnounced on March 2021.Announced on October 27, 2021
PricingStarting from $1,099.99
i5-11400F GTX 1650 SUPER 8GB 1TB 3.5” HDD Wi-Fi 5
Generations

Exterior

Alienware Aurora R12 DesktopAlienware Aurora R13 Desktop
Size Comparison
Dimensions17 x 18.9 x 8.771” (431.9 x 481.6 x 222.8 mm)
  • 20.8 x 20.1 x 8.86” (529 x 510 x 225 mm)
    Without cable cover.
  • 23.2 x 20.1 x 8.86” (589 x 510 x 225 mm)
    With cable cover.
Weight30.42 - 39.2 lb (13.80 - 17.8 kg)Up to 36.4 lbs. (16.5 kg)
Colors
Dark Side of the Moon
2 unique programmable zones with up to 16.8 million distinct colors.
Lunar Light
4 unique programmable zones with up to 16.8 million distinct colors.
Dark Side of the Moon Lunar Light
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Multi-Media Keyboard (English)
  • Optical Mouse MS116AW
  • Multi-Media Keyboard (English)
  • Optical Mouse MS116AW
PortsFront
  • 2 x Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1
  • 1 x Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1 with Powershare technology
  • 1 x Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 1 with Powershare technology
  • 1 x Microphone/Line In
  • 1 x Headphone/Line Out
Rear
  • 1 x SPDIF Digital Output (Coaxial)
  • 1 x SPDIF Digital Output (TOSLINK)
  • 1 x RJ-45 Killer™ E3000 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet
  • 6 x Type-A USB 2.0
  • 1 x Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 2
  • 1 x Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 2
  • 1 x Side Surround Output
  • 1 x Microphone In
  • 1 x Line Out
  • 3 x Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1
  • 1 x Rear Surround Output Center/Subwoofer Output
  • 1 x Center/Subwoofer Output
  • 1 x Line In
Front
  • 3 x USB-A
    2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
    1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps) with Powershare technology
  • 1 x USB-C
    USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps) with Powershare technology
  • 1 x Headphone/Line Out
Rear
  • 6 x USB-A
    2 x USB 2.0 (480Mbps)
    2 x USB 2.0 (480Mbps) with Smart Power on
    2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
  • 2 x USB-C
    1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps)
    1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20Gbps)
  • 1 x RJ-45
    Killer™ E3000 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1 x SPDIF Digital Output (Coaxial)
  • 1 x SPDIF Digital Output (TOSLINK)
  • 1 x Microphone In
  • 1 x Line In
  • 1 x Line Out
  • 1 x Center/Subwoofer Output
  • 1 x Rear Surround Output
  • 1 x Side Surround Output

Chasis

Alienware Aurora R12 DesktopAlienware Aurora R13 Desktop
Form FactorMid TowerMid Tower (44L)
Power Supply
550W 1000W
  • 460W
    80+ Bronze 85% Efficiency
  • 750W
    80+ Platinum 92% Efficiency
Optical DrivesNot AvailableNot Available
Chasis Information
  • Micro ATX motherboard
  • CPU Cooling Options
    • Alienware™ High-Performance Liquid Cooling
    • Alienware™ Low-Profile Smart Cooling Heatsink Solution
Chasis Options
  • 460W Bronze Rated PSU, Air-Cooled CPU & Solid Side Panel
  • 460W Bronze Rated PSU, Liquid-Cooled CPU & Solid Side Panel
  • 750W Platinum Rated PSU, Air-Cooled CPU & Solid Side Panel
  • 750W Platinum Rated PSU, Liquid-Cooled CPU & Solid Side Panel
  • 750W Platinum Rated PSU, Air-Cooled CPU & Clear Side Panel
  • 750W Platinum Rated PSU, Liquid-Cooled CPU & Clear Side Panel
  • 750W Platinum Rated PSU, Alienware Cryo-tech™ Edition CPU Liquid Cooling & Clear Side Panel
  • 750W Platinum Rated PSU, Air-Cooled CPU & Solid Side Panel
  • 750W Platinum Rated PSU, Liquid-Cooled CPU & Solid Side Panel
  • 750W Platinum Rated PSU, Air-Cooled CPU & Clear Side Panel
  • 750W Platinum Rated PSU, Liquid-Cooled CPU & Clear Side Panel
  • 750W Platinum Rated PSU, Alienware Cryo-tech™ Edition CPU Liquid Cooling & Clear Side Panel

Internal Specs

Alienware Aurora R12 DesktopAlienware Aurora R13 Desktop
ChipsetIntel® Z490 ChipsetIntel® Z690 Chipset
Processor
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11400
    6C/12T, 2.60 → 4.40 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 65W
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11400F
    6C/12T, 2.60 → 4.40 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 65W
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11600K
    6C/12T, 3.90 → 4.90 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 125W
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11600KF
    6C/12T, 3.90 → 4.90 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 125W
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11700
    8C/16T, 2.50 → 4.90 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 65W
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11700F
    8C/16T, 2.50 → 4.90 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 65W
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11700K
    8C/16T, 3.60 → 5.00 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 125W
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11700KF
    8C/16T, 3.60 → 5.00 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 125W
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11900
    8C/16T, 2.50 → 5.20 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 65W
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11900K
    8C/16T, 3.50 → 5.30 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 125W
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11900KF
    8C/16T, 3.50 → 5.30 GHz, 16MB SmartCache, 125W
  • 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-12600K
    10C/16T, 3.70 → 4.90 GHz, 20MB SmartCache, 125W
  • 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-12600KF
    10C/16T, 3.70 → 4.90 GHz, 20MB SmartCache, 125W
  • 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-12700K
    12C/20T, 3.60 → 5.00 GHz, 25MB SmartCache, 125W
  • 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-12700KF
    12C/20T, 3.60 → 5.00 GHz, 25MB SmartCache, 125W
  • 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-12900K
    16C/24T, 3.20 → 5.20 GHz, 30MB SmartCache, 125W
  • 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-12900KF
    16C/24T, 3.20 → 5.20 GHz, 30MB SmartCache, 125W
Integrated Graphics
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11400
    Intel® UHD Graphics 730
    24 Execution Units, 350 → 1300 MHz
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11400F
    Not Available
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11600K
    Intel® UHD Graphics 750
    32 Execution Units, 350 → 1300 MHz
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-11600KF
    Not Available
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11700
    Intel® UHD Graphics 750
    32 Execution Units, 350 → 1300 MHz
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11700F
    Not Available
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11700K
    Intel® UHD Graphics 750
    32 Execution Units, 350 → 1300 MHz
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-11700KF
    Not Available
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11900
    Intel® UHD Graphics 750
    32 Execution Units, 350 → 1300 MHz
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11900K
    Intel® UHD Graphics 750
    32 Execution Units, 350 → 1300 MHz
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-11900KF
    Not Available
  • 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-12600K
    Intel® UHD Graphics 770
    32 Execution Units, 300 → 1450 MHz
  • 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-12600KF
    Not Available
  • 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-12700K
    Intel® UHD Graphics 770
    32 Execution Units, 300 → 1500 MHz
  • 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-12700KF
    Not Available
  • 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-12900K
    Intel® UHD Graphics 770
    32 Execution Units, 300 → 1550 MHz
  • 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-12900KF
    Not Available
Discrete GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce®
  • GTX 1650 SUPER™ - 4GB GDDR6
  • GTX 1660 SUPER™ - 6GB GDDR6
  • GTX 1660 Ti - 6GB GDDR6
  • RTX™ 2060 - 6GB GDDR6 (OC Ready)
  • RTX 2060 SUPER™ - 8GB GDDR6 (OC Ready)
  • RTX 2070 SUPER™ - 8GB GDDR6 (OC Ready)
  • RTX 2080 SUPER™ - 8GB GDDR6 (OC Ready)
  • RTX™ 2080 Ti - 11GB GDDR6 (OC Ready)
  • RTX™ 3060 Ti - 8GB GDDR6
  • RTX™ 3070 - 8GB GDDR6X
  • RTX™ 3080 - 10GB GDDR6X
  • RTX™ 3090 - 24GB GDDR6X
AMD® Radeon™
  • RX 5300 - 3GB GDDR6 (OC Ready)
  • RX 5600 - 6GB GDDR6 (OC Ready)
  • RX 5700 - 8GB GDDR6 (OC Ready)
  • RX 5700 XT - 8GB GDDR6 (OC Ready)
  • RX 6800 XT - 16GB GDDR6 (OC Ready)
NVIDIA® GeForce®
  • GTX 1650 SUPER™ - 4GB GDDR6
  • GTX 1660 SUPER™ - 6GB GDDR6
  • GTX 1660 Ti - 6GB GDDR6
  • RTX™ 3060 - 12GB GDDR6
  • RTX™ 3060 Ti - 8GB GDDR6 LHR
  • RTX™ 3070 - 8GB GDDR6 LHR
  • RTX™ 3080 - 10GB GDDR6x LHR
  • RTX™ 3080 Ti - 12GB GDDR6x
  • RTX™ 3090 - 24GB GDDR6x
AMD® Radeon™
  • RX 5300 - 3GB GDDR6
  • RX 6600 XT - 8GB GDDR6
  • RX 6700 XT - 12GB GDDR6
  • RX 6800 XT - 16GB GDDR6
  • RX 6900 XT - 16GB GDDR6
Memory
8GB 16GB 32GB 64GB 128GB
Dual-channel DDR4 2933 MHz, 3200 MHz, or 3400 MHz.
4 x UDIMM slots with up to 32GB per slot.
  • Memory Slots: 4 DIMM slots
  • Memory Type: Single or Dual Channel DDR5 Memory
  • Memory Speed:
    3600 MHz 4400 MHz
  • Memory Per Slot:
    8GB 16GB 32GB
Memory Configurations
  • 8GB 16GB 32GB 64GB
    4400 MHz Dual-Channel DDR5 memory.
  • 128GB
    3600 MHz Dual-Channel DDR5 memory.
Storage
  • 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    M.2 PCIe NVME SSD
  • 1TB 2TB
    7200 rpm 3.5" SATA Hard Drive
  • 256GB 512GB 1TB 2TB
    M.2 PCIe NVME SSD
  • 1TB 2TB
    7200 RPM SATA HDD
Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x16 slots
  • 2 x PCIe x4 slots
  • 4 x SATA slots
  • 1 x M.2 2242/2260/2280 slot
    For solid-state drive/Intel Optane memory
  • 1 x M.2 2230 slot
    For WiFi and Bluetooth combo card
  • Expansion Slots
    • 1 x PCIe x16 slot 
      PCIe Gen 5 x16, Full-height
    • 2 x PCIe x4 slot
      PCIe Gen 3 x4, Full-height
    SATA
    • 3 x SATA slots
      ForHDD/SSD.
    M.2
    • 1 x M.2 2230 slot
      For WiFi and Bluetooth combo card
    • 2 x M.2 2230/2280 slot
      For SSD/Intel Optane

Connectivity

Alienware Aurora R12 DesktopAlienware Aurora R13 Desktop
Wi-Fi
  • Qualcomm QCA9377 (DW1810)
    Up to 433 Mbps Dual band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz WiFi-5 (802.11ac) Bluetooth 5.0
  • Intel AX201
    Up to 2400 Mbps Dual band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz WiFi-6 (802.11ax) Bluetooth 5.1
  • Killer AX1650i
    Up to 2400 Mbps Dual band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz WiFi-6 (802.11ax) Bluetooth 5.1
  • Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX210
    Dual band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz WiFi-6 (802.11ax) Bluetooth 5.2
  • Intel® Killer™ Wi-Fi 6 AX1675
    Dual band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz WiFi-6 (802.11ax) Bluetooth 5.2
Bluetooth
Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.1
Bluetooth 5.2
EthernetKiller E3100 PCIe Gigabit Ethernet controller
10/100/1000/2500 Mbps.
Killer E3100 PCIe Gigabit Ethernet controller
10/100/1000/2500 Mbps.

Software

Alienware Aurora R12 DesktopAlienware Aurora R13 Desktop
OS
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 10 Pro
Built-in Apps
Alienware Command Center Dell Digital Delivery Dell Mobile Connect Dell Recovery Environment DropBox Microsoft® Office 30 Day Trial
  • Alienware Command Center Dell Digital Delivery Dell Mobile Connect Dell Recovery Environment DropBox Microsoft® Office 30 Day Trial
  • Alienware Command Center - includingAlienFX lighting, Game Library with auto-tune game profile functionality, Fusion ( and Alienware Adrenalin, Alienware Mobile Connect.

Camera & Audio

Alienware Aurora R12 DesktopAlienware Aurora R13 Desktop
Audio
  • No Speakers
  • Audio controller
    • Realtek ALC3861
  • External Ports
    • 7.1 channel output
    • Microphone-in
    • Stereo headphones
    • Headset combo connector
  • Audio controller
    • Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio with Waves MaxxAudio® Pro
  • External Ports
    • 1 x Headset Port
      Front
    • 1 x SPDIF Digital Output (Coaxial)
    • 1 x SPDIF Digital Output (TOSLINK)
    • 1 x Microphone In
    • 1 x Line In
    • 1 x Line Out
    • 1 x Center/Subwoofer Output
    • 1 x Rear Surround Output
    • 1 x Side Surround Output

Misc

Alienware Aurora R12 DesktopAlienware Aurora R13 Desktop
Warranty1 Year Hardware Warranty with Onsite/In-Home Service After Remote Diagnosis1 Year Hardware Warranty with Onsite/In-Home Service After Remote Diagnosis

Alienware Aurora R12 Desktop vs. Alienware Aurora R13 Desktop

The Alienware Aurora R12 Desktop and the Alienware Aurora R13 Desktop were released in the same year, 2021. Both systems share the same full-tower form factor that can accommodate a large motherboard, multiple graphics cards, extra storage, and better cooling solution.

Processor

The Central Processing Unit (CPU) is like the brains of your desktop computer. Its performance determines how fast and responsive your PC is. Generally, a processor with newer architecture, more CPU cores, higher TDP (measured in W), and faster clock speed (measured in GHz) tends to be more expensive and run faster than others with older architecture, fewer CPU cores, lower TDP, and lower clock speed.

For Alienware Aurora R12 Desktop, you have options to configure it with a 65W 11th Generation Intel Rocket Lake 6-core Intel Core i5-11400 up to a 125W 8-core Intel Core i9-11900KF with a boost speed up to 5.30 GHz.

While Alienware Aurora R13 Desktop has configurations with a 125W 12th Generation Intel Alder Lake 10-core Intel Core i5-12600K up to a 125W 16-core Intel Core i9-12900KF with a boost speed up to 5.20 GHz.

Memory

The Random Access Memory or RAM is the super-fast and temporary storage used to handle all active tasks, apps, and games that will go away when your PC turns off. The more memory your PC has, the better multitasking your PC can handle without having to reload data from slower permanent storage that includes the hard disk drive or solid-state drive.

Both PCs have the same amount of four RAM slots meaning that you upgrade later if you are unsatisfied with the amount of memory on your PC. You can upgrade memory on Alienware Aurora R12 Desktop up to 64GB of 3400MHz dual-channel DDR4 memory. For Alienware Aurora R13 Desktop, it supports up to 64GB of 4400MHz or 128GB of 3600MHz dual-channel DDR5 memory.

Ports

Computer ports are the interface for connecting your PC to its peripheral devices or other PCs. The most common peripherals are keyboard, mouse, monitor, flash drive, speaker, and printer. Most of them use Universal Serial Bus (USB) as their connection to your computer. So the PC with more USB ports can connect to more peripherals at the same time.

There is a total number of 15 USB ports available on the Alienware Aurora R12 Desktop, three more than the Alienware Aurora R13 Desktop that has only 12 USB ports. On top of the number of USB ports, the type and version of each USB port are also necessary for determining how fast it is.

The Alienware Aurora R12 Desktop has thirteen USB Type-A ports and two USB Type-C ports. It has six ports that support USB 2.0 (480 Mbps), seven ports that support USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), and two ports that support USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps).

For Alienware Aurora R13 Desktop, it has nine USB Type-A ports and three USB Type-C ports. The PC has four ports that support USB 2.0 (480 Mbps), five ports that support USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), two ports that support USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), and one port that supports USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20 Gbps).

Pricing

Motherboard

Alienware Aurora R12 Desktop System Board.

Alienware Aurora R12 Desktop Motherboard
Source: Dell

Alienware Aurora R13 Desktop System Board.

Alienware Aurora R13 Desktop Motherboard
Source: Dell

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