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You know Alienware for producing some of the most mind-blowing gaming PCs and gaming laptops on the planet. The Alienware Alpha Gaming PC may just surprise you. This compact desktop PC is a Steam machine, a high powered computer pre-loaded with SteamOS and laser focused on bringing the best of PC gaming to your living room.


Powerful Hardware for Gaming

Despite its compact size (roughly 20 x 20 x 5.5 cm), the Alienware Alpha Gaming PC is a powerful gaming solution. Inside is a powerful Core i5 processor with 8GB of high speed, dual channel RAM. Storage is handled by a 1TB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive that offers the combination of massive capacity and fast speed. All the latest high speed connectivity options are covered, including Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Hooking the Alienware Alpha up to your TV? It includes HDMI out and even optical audio out for connecting to your multimedia receiver.

Put it all together and this PC offers the ultimate gaming experience, with high resolution, buttery smooth 60fps performance in a plug-and-play package that’s small enough to slide into your entertainment centre. It also makes for a powerful media streamer that can be used to deliver movies, photos and music to your living room.

Alienware Alpha Gaming PC Key Specs

  • Intel Core i5-4590T quad-core CPU @ 2.0GHz (6MB cache, up to 3.0 GHz)
  • 8GB dual-channel DDR3L 1600MHz RAM
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX-class GPU with 2GB GDDR5 RAM
  • 1TB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0
  • HDMI, Toslink optical out
  • Runs SteamOS, Valve Controller included

Massive Steam Games Library On Tap

The hardware inside the Alienware Alpha Gaming PC ensures you have the power on tap to play the latest PC games, free from stuttering, lag or jaggies.

Steam is what provides the gaming-focused interface and the massive library of video games.

A typical gaming console might have access to a few hundred games, but Steam has thousands of titles, including the latest and greatest PC video games. The Alienware Alpha Gaming PC is pre-loaded with SteamOS. It supports Steam Big Picture, so you can have multiple Steam accounts and libraries on one system. A Valve Controller is included, offering an incredible degree of customization and flexibility so you can play any PC game without the need for a keyboard and mouse.

Download the HiveMind interface to fully customize your Steam experience. You can also access GOG and Origin gaming, and use an Xbox controller if you prefer. If you want to connect your keyboard and mouse, you can do that too.

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With the Alienware Alpha Gaming PC, you get the best of both worlds. Enjoy the ease of use, compact form factor and quick setup of a game console, combined with the power and flexibility of a PC. It’s a console gaming experience—complete with a wireless controller and TV connectivity so you can sit back on the couch to play—but with higher resolution, higher performance and greater flexibility. With SteamOS, you have instant access to thousands of popular PC video game titles, millions of online opponents and even customized modifications.


Brad Moon
Editor Computing solutions
I’m a long-time electronics and gadget geek who’s been fortunate enough to enjoy a career that lets me indulge this interest. I have been writing about technology for several decades for a wide range of outlets including Wired, Gizmodo, Lifehacker, MSN,, Kiplinger, and GeekDad. I’m in my 10th year as a senior contributor for Forbes with a focus on reviewing music-related tech, Apple gear, battery power stations and other consumer electronics. My day job is with the Malware Research Center at AI-native cybersecurity pioneer CrowdStrike.