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Dell Alienware Aurora R12 Desktop Setup Guide PDF

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Summary of Content for Dell Alienware Aurora R12 Desktop Setup Guide PDF

Alienware Aurora R12 Setup and Specifications

Regulatory Model: D23M Regulatory Type: D23M003 August 2021 Rev. A02

Notes, cautions, and warnings

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Contents

Chapter 1: Set up your computer............................................................................................................. 4

Chapter 2: Views of Alienware Aurora R12............................................................................................7 Front...................................................................................................................................................................................... 7 Back.......................................................................................................................................................................................8 Back panel...........................................................................................................................................................................10

Chapter 3: Specifications of Alienware Aurora R12............................................................................. 12 Dimensions and weight.......................................................................................................................................................12 Processors............................................................................................................................................................................ 12 Chipset................................................................................................................................................................................ 14 Operating system................................................................................................................................................................14 Memory............................................................................................................................................................................... 14 Ports and connectors.......................................................................................................................................................... 15 Ethernet...............................................................................................................................................................................16 Wireless module..................................................................................................................................................................16 GPUDiscrete....................................................................................................................................................................17 Audio................................................................................................................................................................................... 18 Storage................................................................................................................................................................................ 18 Power ratings.......................................................................................................................................................................18 Computer environment...................................................................................................................................................... 19

Chapter 4: Alienware Command Center...............................................................................................20

Chapter 5: Getting help and contacting Alienware..............................................................................21

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Set up your computer 1. Connect the keyboard and mouse.

2. Connect to your network using a cable, or connect to a wireless network.

3. Connect the display.

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NOTE: The DisplayPort on the back panel of your computer is covered. Connect the display to the discrete graphics card of your computer.

NOTE: If you have two graphics cards, the card installed in PCI-Express X16 (graphics slot 1) is the primary graphics card.

4. Connect the power cable.

5. Press the power button.

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Views of Alienware Aurora R12

Front

1. Power button (Alien head)

Press to turn on the computer if it is turned off, in sleep state, or in hibernate state.

Press to put the computer in sleep state if it is turned on.

When the computer is turned on, press the power button to put the computer into sleep state; press and hold the power button for 4 seconds to force shut-down the computer.

NOTE: You can customize the power-button behavior in Windows. For more information, see Me and My Dell at www.dell.com/support/manuals.

2. USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (2)

Connect peripherals such as external storage devices and printers. Provides data transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps.

3. USB 3.2 Gen 1 port with PowerShare

Connect peripherals such as external storage devices and printers.

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Provides data transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps. PowerShare enables you to charge connected USB devices.

NOTE: Certain USB devices may not charge when the computer is turned off or in sleep state. In such cases, turn on the computer to charge the device.

4. USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port with PowerShare

Connect peripherals such as external storage devices and printers.

Provides data transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps. PowerShare enables you to charge connected USB devices.

NOTE: Certain USB devices may not charge when the computer is turned off or in sleep state. In such cases, turn on the computer to charge the device.

5. Headphone port

Connect a headphone or speakers.

6. Microphone port

Connect an external microphone to provide sound input.

Back

1. Back panel

Connect USB, audio, video, and other devices.

2. PCI-Express X16 (graphics slot 1)

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Connect a PCI-Express card such as graphics, audio, or network card to enhance the capabilities of your computer.

For optimal graphics performance, use a PCI-Express X16 slot for connecting the graphics card.

NOTE: The PCI-Express X16 slot works at X8 lanes only.

NOTE: If you have two graphics cards, the card installed in PCI-Express X16 (graphics slot 1) is the primary graphics card.

3. PCI-Express X4 slots (2)

Connect a PCI-Express card such as graphics, audio, or network card to enhance the capabilities of your computer.

NOTE: The PCI-Express X4 slot 3 works at X2 lanes only.

4. PCI-Express X16 (graphics slot 2)

Connect a PCI-Express card such as graphics, audio, or network card to enhance the capabilities of your computer.

For optimal graphics performance, use a PCI-Express X16 slot for connecting the graphics card.

NOTE: The PCI-Express X16 slot works at X8 lanes only.

5. Power-supply cage release-latches (2)

Allows you to remove the power supply unit from your computer.

6. Power-supply diagnostics button

Press to check the powersupply state.

7. Power-supply diagnostics light

Indicates the power-supply state.

8. Power port

Connect a power cable to provide power to your computer.

9. Service Tag label

The Service Tag is a unique alphanumeric identifier that enables Dell service technicians to identify the hardware components in your computer and access warranty information.

10. Side panel release latch

Allows you to remove the side panel from your computer.

11. Security-cable slot (for Kensington locks)

Connect a security cable to prevent unauthorized movement of your computer.

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Back panel

1. Coaxial S/PDIF port

Connect an amplifier, speakers, or a TV for digital audio output through a coaxial cable.

2. Optical S/PDIF port

Connect an amplifier, speakers, or a TV for digital audio output through an optical cable.

3. USB 2.0 ports (6)

Connect peripherals such as external storage devices and printers. Provides data transfer speeds up to 480 Mbps.

4. USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-C) port

Connect peripherals, such as external storage devices and printers. Provides data transfer speeds up to 10 Gbps.

NOTE: This port does not support video/audio streaming or power delivery.

5. USB 3.2 Gen 2 port

Connect peripherals, such as external storage devices and printers. Provides data transfer speeds up to 10 Gbps.

6. Side L/R surround port

Connect audio-output devices such as speakers and amplifiers. In a 7.1 speaker channel setup, connect the side-left and side-right speakers.

7. Microphone port

Connect an external microphone to provide sound input.

8. Front L/R surround line-out port

Connect audio-output devices such as speakers and amplifiers. In a 2.1 speaker channel setup, connect the left and right speakers. In a 5.1 or a 7.1 speaker channel setup, connect the front-left and front-right speakers.

9. Line-in port

Connect recording or playback devices such as a microphone or CD player.

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10. Center/subwoofer LFE surround port

Connect the center speaker or the subwoofer.

NOTE: For more information about the speaker setup, refer the documentation that shipped with the speakers.

11. Rear L/R surround port

Connect audio-output devices such as speakers and amplifiers. In a 5.1 or a 7.1 speaker channel setup, connect the rear-left and rear-right speakers.

12. USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (3)

Connect peripherals such as external storage devices and printers. Provides data transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps.

13. Network port (with lights)

Connect an Ethernet (RJ45) cable from a router or a broadband modem for network or Internet access.

The two lights next to the connector indicate the connectivity status and network activity.

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Specifications of Alienware Aurora R12

Dimensions and weight The following table lists the height, width, depth, and weight of your Alienware Aurora R12.

Table 1. Dimensions and weight Description Values

Height:

Front height 441.80 mm (17.39 in.)

Rear height 481.60 mm (18.96 in.)

Width 222.80 mm (8.77 in.)

Depth 431.90 mm (17 in.)

Weight (maximum) 17.80 kg (39.24 lb)

NOTE: The weight of your computer depends on the configuration ordered and manufacturing variability.

Processors The following table lists the details of the processors supported by your Alienware Aurora R12.

Table 2. Processors Processors Wattage Core count Thread count Speed Cache

10th Generation Intel Core i3-10100F

65 W 6 12 3.60 GHz/4.1 GHz 12 MB

10th Generation Intel Core i3-10100

65 W 6 12 3.60 GHz/4.1 GHz 12 MB

10th Generation Intel Core i5-10400

65 W 6 12 2.90 GHz/4 GHz 12 MB

10th Generation Intel Core i5-10400F

65 W 6 12 2.90 GHz/4 GHz 12 MB

10th Generation Intel Core i5-10600K

125 W 6 12 4.10 GHz/4.50 GHz

12 MB

10th Generation Intel Core i5-10600KF

125 W 6 12 4.10 GHz/4.50 GHz

12 MB

10th Generation Intel Core i7-10700

65 W 8 16 2.90 GHz/4.60 GHz

16 MB

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Table 2. Processors (continued)

Processors Wattage Core count Thread count Speed Cache

10th Generation Intel Core i7-10700K

125 W 8 16 3.80 GHz/4.70 GHz

16 MB

10th Generation Intel Core i7-10700F

65 W 8 16 2.90 GHz/4.60 GHz

16 MB

10th Generation Intel Core i7-10700KF

125 W 8 16 3.80 GHz/4.70 GHz

16 MB

10th Generation Intel Core i9-10900

65 W 10 20 2.80 GHz/4.60 GHz

20 MB

10th Generation Intel Core i9-10900K

125 W 10 20 3.70 GHz/4.90 GHz

20 MB

10th Generation Intel Core i9-10900F

65 W 10 20 2.80 GHz/4.60 GHz

20 MB

10th Generation Intel Core i9-10900KF

125 W 10 20 3.70 GHz/4.90 GHz

20 MB

11th Generation Intel Core i5-11400

65 W 6 12 2.60 GHz/4.40 GHz

12 MB

11th Generation Intel Core i5-11600K

65 W 6 12 3.90 GHz/4.90 GHz

12 MB

11th Generation Intel Core i7-11700

65 W 8 12 2.50 GHz/4.90 GHz

16 MB

11th Generation Intel Core i7-11700K

65 W 8 12 3.60 GHz/5 GHz 16 MB

11th Generation Intel Core i9-11900

125 W 8 12 2.50 GHz/5.20 GHz

16 MB

11th Generation Intel Core i5-11900K

125 W 8 12 3.50 GHz/5.30 GHz

16 MB

11th Generation Intel Core i5-11400F

65 W 6 16 2.60 GHz/4.40 GHz

12 MB

11th Generation Intel Core i5-11600KF

125 W 6 16 3.90 GHz/4.90 GHz

12 MB

11th Generation Intel Core i7-11700F

65 W 8 16 2.50 GHz/4.90 GHz

16 MB

11th Generation Intel Core i7-11700KF

125 W 8 16 3.60 GHz/5 GHz 16 MB

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Table 2. Processors (continued)

Processors Wattage Core count Thread count Speed Cache

11th Generation Intel Core i9-11900F

65 W 8 16 2.50 GHz/5.20 GHz

16 MB

11th Generation Intel Core i9-11900KF

125 W 8 16 3.50 GHz/5.30 GHz

16 MB

Chipset The following table lists the details of the chipset supported by your Alienware Aurora R12.

Table 3. Chipset Description Values

Chipset Intel Z490

Processor 11th Generation Intel Core i5/i7/i9

DRAM bus width 128 bit

Flash EPROM 256 Mb

PCIe bus PCIe Gen4

Operating system Your Alienware Aurora R12 supports the following operating systems:

Windows 11 Home, 64-bit Windows 11 Pro, 64-bit Windows 10 Home, 64-bit Windows 10 Pro, 64-bit

Memory The following table lists the memory specifications of your Alienware Aurora R12.

Table 4. Memory specifications Description Values

Memory slots Four UDIMM

Memory type DDR4

Memory speed 3200 MHz up to 3400 MHz (XMP memory)

Maximum memory configuration 128 GB

Minimum memory configuration 8 GB

Memory size per slot 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB

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Table 4. Memory specifications (continued)

Description Values

Memory configurations supported 8 GB, 1 x 8 GB, DDR4, 3200 MHz 16 GB, 1 x 16 GB, DDR4, 3200 MHz 16 GB, 2 x 8 GB, DDR4, 3200 MHz 32 GB, 2 x 16 GB, DDR4, 3200 MHz 64 GB, 2 x 32 GB, DDR4, 3200 MHz 64 GB, 4 x 16 GB, DDR4, 3200 MHz 128 GB, 4 x 32 GB, DDR4, 3200 MHz 16 GB, 1 x 16 GB, DDR4, 3400 MHz 32 GB, 2 x 16 GB, DDR4, 3400 MHz 64 GB, 4 x 16 GB, DDR4, 3400 MHz 64 GB, 2 x 32 GB, DDR4, 3400 MHz 128 GB, 4 x 32 GB, DDR4, 3400 MHz

Ports and connectors The following table lists the external and internal ports available on your Alienware Aurora R12.

Table 5. Ports and connectors Description Values

External:

Network One RJ-45 port

USB Six USB 2.0 ports Five USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports One USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-C) port with PowerShare One USB 3.2 Gen 2 port One USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-C) port One USB 3.2 Gen 1 port with PowerShare

Audio One audio output/headphone port (supports 2 channel audio)

One audio input/microphone port One optical S/PDIF port One coaxial S/PDIF port One front L/R surround line-out port One side L/R surround port One rear L/R surround port One center/subwoofer LFE surround port One line-in port

Video Supported through discrete GPU

Media-card reader Not supported

Power port 110 V/220 V

Security Kensington lock slot

Internal:

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Table 5. Ports and connectors (continued)

Description Values

PCIe expansion card slots Two PCIe x16 mechanical/x8 electrical Gen4 slots (SLOT 1 and SLOT4)

Two PCIe x4 slots (SLOT2 and SLOT3)

mSATA Not supported

SATA Four

M.2 One M.2 card slot for WLAN and Bluetooth One PCIe/SATA M.2 card slot for 2230/2280 solid-state

drive

NOTE: To learn more about the features of different types of M.2 cards, see the knowledge base article 000144170.

Ethernet The following table lists the wired Ethernet Local Area Network (LAN) specifications of your Alienware Aurora R12.

Table 6. Ethernet specifications Description Values

Model number Killer E3100 Ethernet controller integrated on system board

Transfer rate 10/100/1000/2500 Mbps

Wireless module The following table lists the Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) module specifications of your Alienware Aurora R12.

Table 7. Wireless module specifications Description Option one Option two Option three

Model number Qualcomm QCA9377 (DW1810)

Intel AX201 Killer 1650i

Transfer rate Up to 433 Mbps Up to 2400 Mbps Up to 2400 Mbps

Frequency bands supported Dual band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz Dual band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz Dual band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz

Wireless standards Wi-Fi 5 (WiFi 802.11ac) Wi-Fi 6 (WiFi 802.11ax) Wi-Fi 6 (WiFi 802.11ax)

Encryption 64-bit/128-bit WEP AES-CCMP TKIP

64-bit/128-bit WEP AES-CCMP TKIP

64-bit/128-bit WEP AES-CCMP TKIP

Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.1 Bluetooth 5.1

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GPUDiscrete The following table lists the specifications of the discrete Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) supported by your Alienware Aurora R12.

Table 8. Discrete graphics specifications Controller Number of cards (maximum) External display

support Memory size Memory type

AMD RX 5300 1 Three DisplayPort and one HDMI port

3 GB GDDR6

AMD RX 5700 1 Three DisplayPort and one HDMI port

8 GB GDDR6

AMD RX 5700 XT 1 Three DisplayPort and one HDMI port

8 GB GDDR6

AMD RX 5600 1 Three DisplayPort and one HDMI port

6 GB GDDR6

AMD RX 6800 XT 1 Three DisplayPort and one HDMI port

8 GB GDDR6

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super

1 One HDMI port and one DVI-D port

4 GB GDDR6

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super

1 One HDMI port and one DVI-D port

6 GB GDDR6

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti

1 One DVI port, one HDMI port and one DisplayPort

6 GB GDDR6

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super

1 One DVI port, one HDMI port and one DisplayPort

8 GB GDDR6

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super

1 Three DisplayPort and one HDMI port

8 GB GDDR6

NVIDA GeForce RTX 2080 Super

1 Three DisplayPort and one HDMI port

8 GB GDDR6

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080Ti

1 Three DisplayPort and one HDMI port

11 GB GDDR6

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super

1 Three DisplayPort and one HDMI port

8 GB GDDR6

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060Ti

1 Three DisplayPort and one HDMI port

8 GB GDDR6

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070

1 Three DisplayPort and one HDMI port

8 GB GDDR6

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080

1 Three DisplayPort and one HDMI port

10 GB GDDR6X

NVIADIA GeForce 3090

1 Three DisplayPort and one HDMI port

24 GB GDDR6X

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Audio The following table lists the audio specifications of your Alienware Aurora R12.

Table 9. Audio specifications Description Values

Audio type Integrated 7.1 channel audio with S/PDIF port

Audio controller Realtek ALC3861

Internal audio interface High-definition audio

External audio interface 7.1 channel output, Microphone-in, stereo headphones, and headset combo connector

Storage This section lists the storage options on your Alienware Aurora R12.

Your computer supports one of the following configurations: One M.2 2230/2280 solid-state drive, one 3.5-inch hard drive, and two 2.5-inch hard drives One 3.5-inch hard drives and two 2.5-inch hard drive

NOTE: The primary drive of your computer varies depending on the storage configuration.

Table 10. Storage specifications Storage type Interface type Capacity

Two 2.5-inch hard drives SATA AHCI 6 Gbps Up to 2 TB

One 3.5-inch hard drives SATA AHCI 6 Gbps Up to 2 TB

One M.2 2230/2280 solid-state drive PCIe NVMe up to 32 Gbps Up to 2 TB

Power ratings The following table lists the power rating specifications of Alienware Aurora R12.

Table 11. Power ratings Description Option one Option two

Type 550 W 1000 W

Input voltage 90 VAC to 264 VAC 90 VAC to 264 VAC

Input frequency 47 Hz to 63 Hz 47 Hz to 63 Hz

Input current (maximum) 8 A 12 A

Output current (continuous) 5.1 V/20 A, 12 VA1/18 A, 12 VA2/18 A, 12 VA1+12 VA2/28 A, 12 VB/16 A, 12 VC1/18 A, 12 VC2/18 A, 12 VC1+12 VC2/20 A, 3.3 V/15 A, 5.1 Vaux/4A

5.1 V/20 A, 12VA/42 A, 12VB/52 A, 12VD/16 A, 3.3 V/20 A, -12 V/0.5 A, 5.1Vaux/4 A

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Table 11. Power ratings (continued)

Description Option one Option two

Rated output voltage 5.1 V/12 VA1/12 VA2/ 12 VB/12 VC1/12 VC2/3.3 V/ 5.1 Vaux

5.1 V/12 VA/12VB/12VD/3.3 V/-12 V/5.1 Vaux

Temperature range

Operating 5C to 50C (41F to 122F) 5C to 50C (41F to 122F)

Storage -40C to 70C (-40F to 158F) -40C to 70C (-40F to 158F)

Computer environment Airborne contaminant level: G1 as defined by ISA-S71.04-1985

Table 12. Computer environment Description Operating Storage

Temperature range 10C to 35C (50F to 95F) 40C to 65C (40F to 149F)

Relative humidity (maximum) 20% to 90% (non-condensing) 5% to 95% (non-condensing)

Vibration (maximum)* 0.26 GRMS 1.37 GRMS

Shock (maximum) 40 G for 2 ms with a change in velocity of 20 in/s (51 cm/s)

105 G for 2 ms with a change in velocity of 52.5 in/s (133 cm/s)

Altitude (maximum) 15.2 m to 3,048 m (50 ft to 10,000 ft) 15.2 m to 10,668 m (50 ft to 35,000 ft)

* Measured using a random vibration spectrum that simulates user environment.

Measured using a 2 ms half-sine pulse when the hard drive is in use.

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Alienware Command Center Alienware Command Center (AWCC) provides a single interface to customize and enhance the gaming experience. The AWCC dashboard displays most recently played or added games, and provides game-specific information, themes, profiles, and access to computer settings. You can quickly access settings such as game-specific profiles and themes, lighting, macros, and audio that are critical to the gaming experience.

AWCC also supports AlienFX 2.0. AlienFX enables you to create, assign, and share game-specific lighting maps to enhance the gaming experience. It also enables you to create your own individual lighting effects and apply them to the computer or attached peripherals. AWCC embeds Peripheral Controls to ensure a unified experience and the ability to link these settings to your computer or game.

AWCC supports the following features:

FX: Create and manage the AlienFX zones. Fusion: Includes the ability to adjust game-specific Power Management, Sound Management, and Thermal Management features. Peripheral Management: Enables peripherals to appear in and be managed in Alienware Command Center. Supports key

peripheral settings and associates with other functions such as profiles, macros, AlienFX, and game library.

AWCC also supports Sound Management, Thermal Controls, CPU, GPU, Memory (RAM) monitoring. For more information about AWCC, see the Alienware Command Center Online Help.

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Getting help and contacting Alienware

Self-help resources You can get information and help on Alienware products and services using these online self-help resources:

Table 13. Alienware products and online self-help resources Self-help resources Resource location

Information about Alienware products and services www.alienware.com

My Dell app

Tips

Contact Support In Windows search, type Contact Support, and press Enter.

Online help for operating system www.dell.com/support/windows

Access top solutions, diagnostics, drivers and downloads, and learn more about your computer through videos, manuals and documents.

Your Alienware computer is uniquely identified by a Service Tag or Express Service Code. To view relevant support resources for your Dell computer, enter the Service Tag or Express Service Code at www.dell.com/support.

For more information on how to find the Service Tag for your computer, see Locate the Service Tag on your computer.

VR Support www.dell.com/VRsupport

Videos providing step-by-step instructions to service your computer

www.youtube.com/alienwareservices

Contacting Alienware To contact Alienware for sales, technical support, or customer service issues, see www.alienware.com.

NOTE: Availability varies by country/region and product, and some services may not be avail

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