Did You Order An Alienware PC? If You Live In The Wrong State, You May Not Get It…

If you live in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, or Washington, and you ordered an Alienware PC, don’t expect to get it. The word on the street is that Dell isn’t shipping their high end gaming PCs to those states. Here’s why:

For the time being, Dell is no longer shipping certain Alienware Aurora R12 and R10 gaming PC configurations to half a dozen US states because those product lines potentially fall out of bounds of newly adopted energy efficiency requirements.

When attempting to configure one of those systems, a warning message appears in bold red lettering to alert buyers that their order will not be honored if the destination resides in one of the affected states. This was first spotted by Marie Oakes, an independent content creator who highlighted the disclaimer on Twitter.

“This product cannot be shipped to the states of California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, or Washington due to power consumption regulations adopted by those states. Any orders placed that are bound for those states will be canceled,” the message states.

The Aurora R12 and R10 are built around the latest generation processors from Intel and AMD, the former featuring 11th Gen Core Rocket Lake CPUs and the latter wielding Ryzen 5000 series chips based on Zen 3.

Unfortunately for both Dell and buyers who reside in affected states, the majority of Aurora R12 and R10 configurations consume more power than local regulations allow. 

The thing is, while this does suck, there is another option. Build your own PC. As in source the parts yourself and either build it yourself or get a local computer store to do it for you. I will admit that getting some of the parts in this age of chip shortages may be an issue. But it wasn’t that long ago that building a PC was a thing. Here’s the opposite view of this. The advantage of going to companies like Alienware (which is owned by Dell) is that their economies of scale allow you to get a pretty powerful gaming PC for a lower cost than building it yourself. Though you can bet that Alienware cut corners in other places to keep the price down, or increase their profit margin.

Now over to the power consumption thing. Companies who build electronics really need to get a handle on this or they will run into issues like this. I am pretty sure that this isn’t a good look for AMD or Intel, or any other company that has parts in these PCs. So maybe those companies need to take a good hard look at making their products more power efficient while being powerful at the same time. Just like Apple did with the M1 processor.

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