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By 29 October 2021
Save $239 on one of the best gaming PCs around.
We may be on the cusp of the Black Friday silly season, but that hasn’t stopped Dell from slashing the price of one of the best gaming PCs you can buy. The Intel-powered Aurora R12 has been a mainstay of our best gaming PC guide for a long time and right now you can save $239 on its normal price.
You’re still looking at a sizable pile of cash at $1,899, but that does net you the kind of gaming PC that dreams are made of. You know, the kind that actually has a graphics card in it. In fact, it has one of the best discrete graphics cards around, namely the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070. Perfect for playing at 1080p, 1440p, and even capable of some 4K gaming with a little massaging of the settings.
Alienware Aurora A12 | Core i7 11700F | GeForce RTX 3070 |
$2,139.98 $1,899.99 at Dell
This is a powerful machine that will handle 1440p gaming easily at the top settings and even cope with 4K in plenty of games. With a healthy $239 off the normal price, this is a quality gaming PC at a great price.
The Aurora R12 is also home to Intel’s most recent desktop CPU, the 11th generation Rocket Lake Core i7 11700F. Intel’s 12th generation Alder Lake chips are on the way very soon, but this is still a great eight-core, 16-thread processor for gaming and more serious exploits.
The rest of the specification is pretty much what you’d want from a new PC in 2021. You’re looking at 16GB of DDR4, a 256GB NVMe SSD and a 1TB hard drive for your games. A 1TB NVMe SSD as the boot drive would have been preferable for this sort of money, but that’s an easy upgrade down the road if you fancy it.
Upgrading this machine isn’t too much of a problem either, as the Legend chassis opens easily and there’s plenty of room around the core components. You also get to play with the lighting on the front bezel to make the standout machine really shine.
If that’s more than your budget allows, then this RTX 3060-based machine could well be of interest as it is currently available for $1299.99 an impressive $549.99 cheaper than normal.
Alienware Aurora A12 | Core i7 11700F | GeForce RTX 3060 |
$1,849.98 $1,299.99 at Dell
This machine is all about the RTX 3060 that can be found at its heart—a great graphics card for 1080p gaming with all the settings ramped up as high as they will go. Paired with the quality 11th Gen Core CPU, this is a quality gaming PC for anyone on a more reasonable budget.
The Alienware Aurora R12 ships with Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows 11. Meaning your machine is bang up to date and ready for all the goodness that Microsoft promises for the future of gaming, such as AutoHDR and DirectStorage.
Alan has been writing about PC tech since before 3D graphics cards existed, and still vividly recalls having to fight with MS-DOS just to get games to load. He fondly remembers the killer combo of a Matrox Millenium and 3dfx Voodoo, and seeing Lara Croft in 3D for the first time. He’s very glad hardware has advanced as much as it has though, and is particularly happy when putting the latest M.2 NVMe SSDs, AMD processors, and laptops through their paces. He has a long-lasting Magic: The Gathering obsession but limits this to MTG Arena these days.
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Sony to keep making PlayStation 4 as PS5 output hits snag – New York Post
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Sony’s plans to mass produce its new PlayStation 5 gaming console have been put on hold because of disruptions in the global supply chain — forcing the company to keep cranking out its older PS4 systems.
The Japanese tech giant had initially planned to phase out manufacturing of PS4 at the end of last year and move to a full transition to its newer consoles, according to Bloomberg. But now it is pivoting to produce as many as 1 million of the old models in 2022.
After introducing the PS5 in November 2020, supply has been scarce due to shortages in advanced chips and other commodities needed to mass produce the hardware.
This past November, Sony reduced its PS5 production outlook. Initially, it aimed to make more than 16 million units in the year ending in March, but that number was trimmed to 14.8 million.
The older PS4 is cheaper to make and uses less advanced chips and software than its successor. Released in 2013, the PS4 has sold more than 116 million units and remains popular among gamers.
The PS5, which offers more sophisticated graphics and faster loading times than the PS4, was also met with great fanfare. As of September 2021, it has sold 13.3 million total units — surpassing the 7.6 million units that the PS4 sold in its first year of availability nearly a decade ago.
Sony told assembly partners late last year that it is pivoting to manufacture more PS4 consoles this year, though a company spokesperson denied that it had planned to discontinue production altogether.
“It is one of the best-selling consoles ever and there is always crossover between generations,” a spokesperson told Bloomberg.
This past fall, Sony reported a 27% increase in sales in its gaming division for the three-month fiscal quarter that ended on Sept. 30. The firm credited the popularity of the PS5.
In total, the Japanese conglomerate’s gaming division recorded $5.7 billion in sales during the three month period starting in July. Operating income fell 21% to $727 million while the company generated $10.8 billion in revenue.
Sony isn’t the only gaming company that is relying on its older technologies to keep profits flowing during the supply chain crunch.
Last year, Nvidia, the US firm that makes processing units for gaming consoles, revived its previous generation of GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards due to the shortage in semiconductors.
While the company never officially discontinued production of the card, it was not listed for sale as recently as November 2020.
The card was first introduced in 2016, but was gradually phased out in favor of the newer 16-series cards, according to PC Gamer.
Market observers say that the supply chain crisis and chip shortages will likely last through this year.
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