Aurora R7 Setup and Specifications

Aurora R7
Setup and Specifications
Computer Model: Alienware Aurora R7
Regulatory Model: D23M
Regulatory Type: D23M002
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make better use of your product.
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hardware or loss of data and tells you how to avoid the problem.
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personal injury, or death.
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2017 - 08
Rev. A00
Contents
Set up your computer..................................................5
Create a USB recovery drive for Windows................8
Reinstall Windows using a USB recovery drive................................8
Setting up the Virtual Reality (VR) headset —
optional.......................................................................10
Views...........................................................................11
Front.........................................................................................11
Back......................................................................................... 13
Back panel................................................................................ 15
Specifications............................................................ 18
Computer model........................................................................ 18
Dimensions and weight...............................................................18
System information.................................................................... 18
Operating system.......................................................................19
Memory.................................................................................... 19
Intel Optane memory.................................................................. 19
Ports and connectors..................................................................20
Communications........................................................................ 21
Wireless module................................................................... 21
Video........................................................................................ 22
Audio........................................................................................22
Storage.....................................................................................23
Power ratings............................................................................ 24
Computer environment............................................................... 24
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Intel Optane memory................................................. 26
Enabling Intel Optane memory.................................................... 26
Disabling Intel Optane memory....................................................26
Getting help and contacting Alienware................... 28
Self-help resources.................................................................... 28
Contacting Alienware..................................................................28
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Set up your computer
1
Connect the keyboard and mouse.
2
Connect the network cable — optional.
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3
Connect the display.
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 PCIExpress X16 (graphics slot 1) is the primary graphics card.
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6
Connect the power cable.
5
Press the power button.
7
Create a USB recovery drive for
Windows
Dell recommends that you create a recovery drive to troubleshoot and fix
problems that may occur with Windows. An empty USB flash drive with a
minimum capacity of 16 GB is required to create the recovery drive.
NOTE: The following steps may vary depending on the version of
Windows installed. Refer to the Microsoft support site for latest
instructions.
1
Connect the USB flash drive to your computer.
2
In Windows search, type Recovery.
3
In the search results, click Create a recovery drive.
The User Account Control window is displayed.
4
Click Yes to continue.
The Recovery Drive window is displayed.
5
Select Back up system files to the recovery drive and click Next.
6
Select the USB flash drive and click Next.
A message appears, indicating that all data in the USB flash drive will be
deleted.
7
Click Create.
NOTE: This process may take several minutes to complete.
8
Click Finish.
Reinstall Windows using a USB recovery
drive
CAUTION: This process formats the hard drive and removes all data
on your computer. Ensure that you back up data on your computer
before beginning this task.
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NOTE: Before reinstalling Windows, ensure your computer has more
than 2 GB of memory and more than 32 GB of storage space.
1
Connect the USB recovery drive to your computer.
2
Restart your computer.
3
Press F12 after the Dell logo is displayed on the screen to access the boot
menu.
A Preparing one-time boot menu message appears.
4
After the boot menu loads, select the USB recovery device under UEFI
BOOT.
The system reboots and a screen to Choose the keyboard layout is
displayed.
5
Choose your keyboard layout.
6
In the Choose an option screen, click Troubleshoot.
7
Click Recover from a drive.
8
Choose one of the following options:
–
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Just remove my files to do a quick format.
– Fully clean the drive to do a complete format.
Click Recover to start the recovery process.
This will take several minutes to complete and your computer will restart
during this process.
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Setting up the Virtual Reality (VR)
headset — optional
NOTE: The VR headset is sold separately.
1
Download and run the setup tools for your VR headset at www.dell.com/
VRsupport.
2
Connect the VR headset to the USB 3.1 Gen 1 and HDMI ports on your
computer, when prompted.
NOTE: Connect the headset to the HDMI port on the primary
graphics card and connect the display to any available port on
the card.
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Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the setup.
Views
Front
1
USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (2)
Connect peripherals such as external storage devices and printers.
Provides data transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps.
2
Headphone port
Connect a headphone or speakers.
3
Microphone port
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Connect an external microphone to provide sound input.
4
USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port
Connect to external storage devices. Provides data transfer speeds up to 5
Gbps.
NOTE: This port does not support video/audio streaming or
power delivery.
5
USB 3.1 Gen 1 port
Connect peripherals such as external storage devices and printers.
Provides data transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps.
6
Optical-drive eject button
Press to open or close the optical drive tray.
7
Optical drive (optional)
Reads from and writes to CDs, DVDs, and Blu‑ray discs.
8
Power button (AlienHead)
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.
Press and hold for 4 seconds to force shut-down the computer.
NOTE: You can customize the power-button behavior in Power
Options.
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Back
1
Back panel
Connect USB, audio, video, and other devices.
2
PCI-Express X16 (graphics slot 1)
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 speed only.
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NOTE: If you have two graphics cards, the card installed in PCIExpress 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.
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 speed 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 power‑supply 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
Hard-drive activity light
Turns on when the computer reads from or writes to the hard drive.
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
DisplayPort
Connect an external display or a projector.
NOTE: The DisplayPort on the back panel of your computer is
covered. Connect the display to the discrete graphics card of
your computer.
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5
USB 3.1 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.
6
USB 3.1 Gen 2 port
Connect peripherals, such as external storage devices and printers.
Provides data transfer speeds up to 10 Gbps.
7
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.
8
Microphone port
Connect an external microphone to provide sound input.
9
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.
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Line-in port
Connect recording or playback devices such as a microphone or CD player.
11
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.
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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.
13
USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (3)
Connect peripherals such as external storage devices and printers.
Provides data transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps.
14
Network port (with lights)
Connect an Ethernet (RJ45) cable from a router or a broadband modem for
network or Internet access.
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The two lights next to the connector indicate the connectivity status and
network activity.
15
Coaxial S/PDIF port
Connect an amplifier, speakers, or a TV for digital audio output through a
coaxial cable.
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Specifications
Computer model
Table 1. Computer model
Computer model
Alienware Aurora R7
Dimensions and weight
Table 2. Dimensions and weight
Height
472.5 mm (18.60 in)
Width
212 mm (8.34 in)
Depth
360.50 mm (14.19 in)
Weight
14.62 kg (32.23 lb)
NOTE: The weight of your computer
varies depending on the configuration
ordered and the manufacturing variability.
System information
Table 3. System information
Processor
•
•
8th Generation Intel Core i5/i5k
8th Generation Intel Core i7/i7k
NOTE: If your computer is shipped with
an Intel Core i5k or Intel Core i7k
processor, you can overclock the
processing speed beyond the standard
specifications.
Chipset
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Intel Z370 chipset
Operating system
Table 4. Operating system
Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Operating system supported
Memory
Table 5. Memory specifications
Slots
Four DIMM sockets
Type
DDR4
Speed
•
•
2666 MHz
Up to HyperX FURY DDR4 XMP at 2933
MHz
Configurations supported
Per slot
4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB
Total memory
4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB
Intel Optane memory
Intel Optane memory functions as a storage accelerator. It accelerates the
system and any type of SATA-based storage media such as hard drives and
solid-state drives (SSDs).
NOTE: Intel Optane memory is supported on computers that meet the
following requirements:
•
7th generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor or higher
•
Windows 10 64-bit version or higher(Anniversary Update)
•
Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver version 15.5.xxxx or higher
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Table 6. Intel Optane memory
Interface
PCIe NVMe 3.0 x2
Connector
M.2
Configurations supported
16 GB and 32 GB
NOTE: For more information about enabling or disabling the Intel
Optane memory, see Enabling Intel Optane memory or Disabling Intel
Optane memory.
Ports and connectors
Table 7. Ports and connectors on the back panel
Back panel:
Network
USB
Audio
Video
One RJ45 port
•
•
•
•
Six USB 2.0 ports
Three USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
One USB 3.1 Gen 2 port
One USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
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
One DisplayPort - optional
NOTE: The DisplayPort on the back panel
of your computer is covered. Connect the
display to the discrete graphics card of
your computer.
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Table 8. Ports and connectors on the front panel
Front panel:
USB
Audio
•
•
Three USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
One USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port
•
One audio output/headphone port (supports 2
channel audio)
One audio input/microphone port
•
Communications
Table 9. Supported Communications
Ethernet
10/100/1000 Mbps Killer E2500 Ethernet
controller integrated on system board
Wireless
•
•
•
802.11b/g/n
802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.1/Bluetooth 4.2
Wireless module
Table 10. Wireless module specifications
Type
QCA9377
(DW1810)
QCA61x4A
(DW1820)
Rivet 1535 (Killer)
Transfer rate
433 Mbps
Up to 867 Mbps
Up to 867 Mbps
(1.867 Gbps with
Doubleshot Pro
technology)
Frequency bands
supported
Dual band 2.4
GHz/5 GHz
Dual band 2.4
GHz/5 GHz
Dual band 2.4
GHz/5 GHz
Encryption
•
•
•
•
•
64-bit and
128-bit WEP
CKIP
TKIP
•
•
64-bit and
128-bit WEP
CKIP
TKIP
•
•
64-bit and
128-bit WEP
CKIP
TKIP
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•
AES-CCMP
•
AES-CCMP
•
AES-CCMP
Video
Table 11. Video specifications
Integrated:
Controller
Intel HD Graphics 630
Memory
Shared system memory
Discrete:
Type
Up to two PCI-Express X16, single-width/doublewidth, full length (maximum 10.5 inches)
NOTE: The graphics configuration of
your desktop varies depending on the
graphics card configuration ordered.
Controller
•
•
Memory
AMD or NVIDIA
Also supports NVIDIA SLI and AMD Crossfire
technologies
Up to 12 GB
Audio
Table 12. Audio specifications
Controller
Realtek ALC3861
Type
Integrated 7.1 channel audio with S/PDIF support
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Storage
Table 13. Storage specifications
Interface
SATA 6 Gbps
Externally accessible
One 9.5 mm slim drive bay for DVD+/-RW drive,
Blu-ray Disc combo (optional), or Blu-ray Disc
writer (optional)
Internally accessible
Solid-state drive (SSD)
One M.2 drive
NOTE: If you purchased an M.2 drive, it
is assigned as primary drive and all
other SATA drives in your computer are
assigned as secondary drives.
U.2 drive
One optional U.2 drive installed in 3.5” HDD
bay.
One 3.5-inch drive bay
For one 3.5-inch SATA drive or two 2.5-inch
SATA drives (optional)
NOTE: If your computer is shipped with
only one 3.5-inch SATA drive, it is the
primary drive. If your computer is
shipped with two 2.5-inch SATA drives,
one is primary drive and the other is
secondary drive.
Two 2.5-inch drive bays
For two 2.5-inch SATA drives
NOTE: The SATA drives installed in
these drive bays are secondary drives.
Capacity
SSD
Up to 1 TB
U.2
Up to 960 GB
Hard drive
Up to 2 TB
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Power ratings
Table 14. Power ratings specifications
Input voltage
100 VAC–240 VAC
Input frequency
50 Hz–60 Hz
Temperature range
Operating
5°C to 50°C (41°F to 122°F)
Storage
–40°C to 70°C (–40°F to 158°F)
Type
460 W
850 W
Input current (maximum):
8A
10 A
Output current:
3.3V/17A, 5V/25A,
12VA/18A, 12VB/16A,
12VC/8A, 5Vaux/3A
3.3V/20A, 5V/20A,
12VA/32A, 12VB/48A,
12VD/16A, -12V/0.5A,
5Vaux/4A
Rated output voltage:
3.3V, 5V, 12VA, 12VB,
12VC, 5Vaux
3.3V, 5V, 12VA, 12VB,
12VD, -12V, 5Vaux
Computer environment
Airborne contaminant level: G2 or lower as defined by ISA-S71.04-1985
Table 15. Computer environment
Operating
Storage
Temperature range
5°C to 35°C (41°F to 95°F)
–40°C to 65°C (–40°F to
149°F)
Relative humidity
(maximum)
10% to 90% (noncondensing)
0% to 95% (noncondensing)
Vibration (maximum)
0.26 GRMS
1.37 GRMS
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)‡
Shock
(maximum)*
Altitude (maximum)
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–15.20 m to 3048 m (–50 ft –15.20 m to 10,668 m (–
to 10,000 ft)
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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Intel Optane memory
Enabling Intel Optane memory
1
On the taskbar, click the search box, and then type Intel Rapid
Storage Technology.
2
Click Intel Rapid Storage Technology.
The Intel Rapid Storage Technology window is displayed.
3
On the Status tab, click Enable to enable the Intel Optane memory.
4
On the warning screen, select a compatible fast drive, and then click Yes to
continue enabling Intel Optane memory.
5
Click Intel Optane memory → Reboot to complete enabling your Intel
Optane memory.
NOTE: Applications may take up to three subsequent launches
after enablement to see the full performance benefits.
Disabling Intel Optane memory
CAUTION: Do not try to remove the Intel Rapid Storage Technology
driver after disabling Intel Optane memory, it will result in a blue
screen error. The Intel Rapid Storage Technology user interface can
be removed without uninstalling the driver.
NOTE: Disabling Intel Optane memory is required before removing
the SATA storage device accelerated by the Intel Optane memory or
the Intel Optane memory module from the system.
1
On the taskbar, click the search box, and then type Intel Rapid
Storage Technology.
2
Click Intel Rapid Storage Technology.
The Intel Rapid Storage Technology window is displayed.
3
On the Intel Optane memory tab, click Disable to disable the Intel Optane
memory.
4
Click Yes if you accept the warning.
The disabling progress is displayed.
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5
Click Reboot to complete disabling your Intel Optane memory and restart
your computer.
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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 16. Alienware products and online self-help resources
Information about Alienware products
and services
www.alienware.com
Troubleshooting information, user
manuals, setup instructions, product
specifications, technical help blogs,
drivers, software updates, and so on
www.alienware.com/gamingservices
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 and product, and some services
may not be available in your country.
NOTE: If you do not have an active internet connection, you can find
contact information on your purchase invoice, packing slip, bill, or
Dell product catalog.
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