Alienware Aurora R3 vs. Dell Vostro 3650

Comparison and Differences

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Model
Form factorDesktopMini Tower
CPU optionsIntel Gen2 i3/i5/i7;Intel Gen6 i3/i5/i7; Pentium; Celeron;
ChipsetP67H110
Dedicated GPU *GeForce GTX 1650 SuperGeForce GTX 1660 Super
RAMDIMM DDR3-1333/1866DIMM DDR3-1600
RAM slots42
RAM speed1866 MT/s1600 MT/s
RAM max32 GB16 GB
USB ports(5x) USB 3.0 Type A; (8x) USB-A 2.0;(4x)USB-A 2.0; (2x)USB-A 3.0;
Video portsN/AHDMI 1.4b; VGA;
Other portsRJ45; Headset; Line-Out; Line-In; S/PDFI optical/analog;RJ45; Hdph; Mic; Line-Out; Line-In;
Optional portsN.A.N/A
SATA ports44
PCI slots(x2) PCIe 3.0 x16; (x2) PCIe 3.0 x1;PCIe 2.0 x16; (2x) PCIe 2.0 x1; PCI
M.2 slotsN.A.M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT);
Drive bays(4x) 3.25in; (3x) 5.25in;3.5in; 5.25in; (2x) 2.5in
PSU525/875 W240W
Weight22.09 kg (48.7 lb)8.50 kg (18.73 lbs)
Released20182016
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* Dedicated GPU warning: Check if your particular power supply model has enough power. Additionally some PSUs don't come with an auxiliary PCIe power connector and you may need to buy a SATA to PCIe power adapter.

Differences between Alienware Aurora R3 and Dell Vostro 3650

If you are looking for a more modern desktop, then you should go with the Alienware Aurora R3 which was released in 2018. The Dell Vostro 3650 is older and entered production in 2016.

If you are looking for the smaller form factor the Alienware Aurora R3 is the right one for you. It is smaller than the Dell Vostro 3650 and will fit more easily under your desk.

Processor

Usually the newer the generation of the CPU, the better the performance and efficiency is. If your budget allows it, you should go with the Dell Vostro 3650 as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Alienware Aurora R3 is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.

Memory

The Alienware Aurora R3 has 4 RAM slots while the Dell Vostro 3650 has only 2 slot(s). This is not something to worry about. Just make sure you take it into consideration when planning how much RAM you are going to use.

The Alienware Aurora R3 is using the faster 1866 MT/s RAM. The Dell Vostro 3650 is slower by supporting RAM speeds of up to 1600 MT/s. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the Alienware Aurora R3 as it has the ability to run 32 GB of RAM. The Dell Vostro 3650 can do a bit less at max 16 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for the majority of users.

Ports

In total the Alienware Aurora R3 has 13 USB ports. The Dell Vostro 3650 is inferior in this regard and packs 6 USB ports. In any case, if you miss USB ports, you can always purchase a USB hub. None of the desktop models has a USB 3.1 port (10Gb/s), so if you need a fast connection to your peripherals, like external Solid State Drive, you will need to look elsewhere.

Nowadays, almost every new computer comes equipped with a DisplayPort. However, none of the devices being compared here has one. Don't worry though, DisplayPort adapters are very cheap and you can get virtually any combination of conversion types.

The Dell Vostro 3650 comes with an HDMI port, while the Alienware Aurora R3 does not support the interface. Of course missing HDMI port is something that can be easily fixed with a good adapter (e.g. DisplayPort to HDMI).

SATA slots are located on the motherboard and it is where SSD, HDD and Optical Disk Drives are connected. Each of the two models being compared have 4 SATA slot(s). Keep in mind that having too few SATA slots might limit your options for connecting additional memory drives.

An M.2 SSD can be several times faster than a SATA one. Thus, we are happy to see that both models support the M.2 interface. However, the Alienware Aurora R3 has 1 M.2 slots while the Dell Vostro 3650 comes with just 1.

Make sure that the available M.2 slot supports the PCIe (also called NVMe) interface. This is important as there are M.2 slots which support only the inferior SATA III interface. For comparison, the SATA III interface has max speeds of 6Gb/s, while the PCIe 3.0 x4 will support speeds up to 32Gb/s!

Power Supply

Having a Power Supply Unit with high power rating is important, if you are going to use components which require extra power. The Dell Vostro 3650 comes with a decent 240 Watt PSU, but the Alienware Aurora R3 has a more powerful one rated at 875 Watts. Choosing either one depends on your specific requirements and use case. Also don't forget that some models might have more than one PSU option - try to always get the most powerful one, especially if you plan to upgrade to a powerful GPU.

Motherboard

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