Physical Evaluation (cont’d)
Continuing our look at the physical attributes of the Alienware Aurora 7500, we’ll now dive inside the case to see what they have actually built for us.
Looking at the side of the case, the Alienware Aurora 7500 looks much like any other full-tower case based system we have seen or built, though Alienware has obviously put some time and effort into making the build clean, neat and organized.
The top half of the motherboard shows use the power cables being cleanly routed away from any possible fan interference. Alienware is using a higher quality, and lower noise producing Thermaltake fan instead of the OEM AMD fan.
Looking towards the expansion area of the motherboard, we can see that there is a single GeForce 7950 GX2 card installed as well as the AGEIA PhysX PPU card at the bottom of the case. There is lots of room here for added components, such as a second 7950 GX2 card for Quad SLI (should you go that route) or an add-on sound card (that Alienware did not include).
The SATA connections are still pretty easily accessible even with the cards installed, making hard drive additions a snap for the user. Even cables for the hard drives, case front panel and external USB ports are well routed and neatly tucked away.
The two Western Digitla Raptor drives are mounted for maximumar air flow around them and the power and data cables routed neatly, just like the rest of the system.
The 7950 GX2 card that Alienware was using in this Aurora 7500 was the EVGA model clocked at 500 MHz core and 600 MHz memory clocks; the same as the reference speeds from NVIDIA.
The PhysX card is provided by BFG Technologies — you can see our review of this exact card here.