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My experience with the Aurora R15 The Beast i9 13900KF RTX 4090: quite a leap in gaming performance (2024)

My experience with the Aurora R15 The Beast with i9 13900KF RTX 4090: A leap in gaming performance
Brad Cheston

Cartesian Mathematics Foundation


December 11, 2023


I recently had the chance to put the Core i9 13900KF and RTX 4090 through their paces. I was curious to see if these high-end components were worth the hype and price. In this article, I’ll share my insights on performance, cooling, power consumption, and more.


Property Value Property Value
Specific Uses For Product Gaming Brand Best Notebooks
Personal computer design type Computer Tower Operating System Windows 11 Pro
Memory Storage Capacity 64 GB Ram Memory Installed Size 24 GB
Model Name Aurora R15 Gaming Desktop Included Components Aurora R15 Gaming Desktop Keyboard, Mouse, Power Cord Maunal CPS warranty Card
CPU Model Intel Core i9 Color Dark Side of the Moon


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The Heart of The Beast - Core i9 13900KF Performance Insights

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Diving right into the computational muscle of this setup, the 13th Gen Intel Core i9 13900KF is an absolute monster on paper. When it comes to gaming, we always demand more: more cores, higher clocks, and greater performance without compromises. This CPU seems to tick these boxes with its 24-core setup, pushing the boundaries with a P-Core Thermal Velocity up to 5.8GHz. It’s like having a Formula 1 engine inside your PC!

From personal experience, here’s how the Core i9 fares:


  • Incredible multitasking capabilities with its 24 cores.

  • High thermal velocity boost offers top-tier single-threaded performance.

  • Overclocking potential is a dream for enthusiasts.


  • Power consumption can be a concern during heavy tasks.

  • Requires a robust cooling solution to prevent thermal throttling.

  • The cost premium over lower-tier CPUs might not justify the performance gains for all users.

Sure, there’s always the power consumption to consider – this chip is power-hungry when pushed to its limits. And, like owning a sports car, you need a proper cooling system to prevent the thermal equivalent of road rash, so heat management is critical, especially during those long gaming marathons.

For those who might be wondering about real-world application, let me tell you, I’ve seen this CPU chew through every game I throw at it. Boot times are virtually nonexistent, and the dreaded in-game loading screens are a thing of the past. Sure, games are GPU-bound most of the time, but having a high-end processor means that when games demand that extra CPU grunt, the i9 13900KF delivers without batting an eyelid.

The question on whether the Core i9 is overkill for gaming is still up for debate. It’s like buying a sports car for daily commute – you might not unleash its full potential all the time, but when you do, it’s exhilarating. It’s also a future-proofing peace of mind; games and applications will grow more demanding, and this CPU is ready to take them on.

One minor niggle is the cost. We gamers always weigh performance gains against the price, and the i9 13900KF sits at the premium end of the spectrum. You really have to ask yourself if the extra frames per second are worth the dent in your wallet.

As for the color, Dark Side of the Moon, I chose it because it looks mean, it looks like it means business. It’s not just about aesthetics; it’s about making a statement on your desk.

But ponder for a second the brute force this beast can generate. The energy-hungry nature of a rig like this could indeed make you think it could power up a small village. And while I’ll probably never need to harness that massive power for my day-to-day needs, knowing I could if I wanted to is half the fun. It gives “future-proof” a whole new meaning.

Graphic Prowess - Real World Experiences with the RTX 4090

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Having put the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 through its paces in a variety of real-world gaming scenarios, there’s a lot to be said about this graphical monstrosity. Let’s break it down:

  • Performance: The 4090 is a beast. Gaming at 4K with ray tracing cranked to the max, you’re still clocking in well above 60 FPS in titles like Cyberpunk 2077 and the latest Call of Duty. It’s a seamless experience that makes high-fidelity gaming almost too easy.

  • Temperature and Noise: Despite the raw power, it stays relatively cool, and the noise level is less than I anticipated. By no means silent under load, but not a jet engine either.

  • Power Consumption: Be prepared for your electricity bill; it’s power-hungry. I wouldn’t be surprised if it could indeed “power up Africa,” as the thought amusingly crossed my mind.

  • Price: Ouch. This level of performance doesn’t come cheap, and it definitely stings the wallet.

  • Compatibility & Size: Check your case size; this card is a unit. And let’s not forget the potential need for a PSU upgrade if you’re not already equipped for this kind of power draw.

Aesthetically, Dark Side of the Moon may as well refer to the card’s imposing presence as much as it does the color scheme. It looms over other components like a behemoth, and I have to admit, I do enjoy the RGB lighting flourish—it adds a gamer’s ambiance to the setup.

On a practical note, the Windows 11 Pro harmonizes well with the hardware, providing a slick, modern interface that doesn’t get in the way of performance. I’m glad to see no software bloat hindering the 4090’s capabilities.

I’m primarily using my setup for gaming, and the RTX 4090 has transformed this pastime into an immersive adventure. Imagine suiting up for a VR session or settling in for a marathon with visuals so crisp and smooth, you forget you’re not actually inside the game; that’s the 4090 experience. However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows; the cost-to-benefit ratio might not sit well with everyone, especially if you’re not a hardcore enthusiast.

As a member of the Best Notebooks line—the Aurora R15 Gaming Desktop—the RTX 4090’s integration is a testament to top-tier gaming rigs’ future capabilities. For those intrigued by the power of RTX 4090, consider exploring other high-performance options such as the ABS Eurus Aqua i9 14900KF RTX 4090 Gaming PC. However, the enthusiast-grade pricing is a gatekeeper that could deter many from experiencing this level of performance.

In conclusion (only for this snippet, not the article), if your pocket and power supply can handle it, and if you’re after that cutting-edge, no-compromises gaming experience, the RTX 4090 is an awe-inspiring choice. Just prepare for its voracious appetite, both for power and your hard-earned cash.

Storage and Memory - Navigating the Sea of Data

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In the realm of gaming, the sheer amount of data we manage can feel like steering through an endless digital ocean. On the Aurora R15, with its 34TB of combined storage, including a 16TB NVMe M.2 PCIe SSD RAID0 for the boot drive, I’m cruising at top speeds. Here’s a brief rundown of how the R15 handles storage and memory:

  • Boot Drive: With a 16TB SSD set in RAID0, my OS and games load in a blink. The sequential read/write speeds of up to 14000/13000 MB/s are just nuts.

  • Additional Storage: Complementing the SSDs is an 18TB 7200RPM SATA HDD that’s ample for less-demanding storage needs, but it’s not as quick.

  • Memory: 64GB of Dual Channel DDR5 RAM means smooth multitasking and no hiccups in gaming sessions.

This configuration is impressive, but not without its potential pitfalls. The RAID0 setup, while fast, doesn’t offer data redundancy – if one drive fails, the data on both could be compromised. Plus, while 64GB RAM is great, it might be overkill for many users. Lastly, while the 7200RPM HDD offers loads of storage, it feels out of step with the speed of the rest of the system.

That said, for gamers who are also content creators, programmers, or deal with massive datasets, this machine feels like having your cake and eating it. Especially when you consider modern titles easily exceed 100GB, having this much fast-access space means no more hard choices about what to install or delete.

As for drawbacks, the price of such storage luxury isn’t addressed here, but we all know cutting-edge tech can command a hefty premium. And while I’ve yet to fill up all those terabytes, the knowledge that I could without denting the performance is comforting, albeit a bit extravagant.

More practically speaking, one has to wonder about the longevity of such a setup. Sure, we’re at the top of the game now, but with the rapid pace of technology, today’s overkill can quickly become tomorrow’s baseline.

So while the storage and memory on the Aurora R15 seem like powering up a small nation, the reality is, for power users and high-demand gamers, this setup translates to near-zero latency in performance, which is pretty invaluable when you’re deep into your gaming and multitasking.

Networking and Connectivity - The Wireless Backbone of Performance Gaming

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Wrapping up our deep dive into the Aurora R15 beast, it’s clear the hardware’s got some serious chops—but a rig isn’t just about raw power. Modern gaming thrives on connectivity, and this is where the built-in Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX211 shines. Let me break down why the wireless performance is just as key as the other heavyweight specs we’ve gushed about.

First off, the Wi-Fi 6E capability is a game-changer, offering the nitty gritty we need:

  • Wider Channels: Meaning less interference and ultra-low latencies, which is pure gold for online multiplayer.

  • Higher Efficiency: Courtesy of MU-MIMO and OFDMA tech, which means smoother gaming even on a crowded network.

  • Next-Gen Speed: Fast enough to handle simultaneous online gaming, 4K streaming, and large file downloads without breaking a sweat.

The Wi-Fi 6E extends the bandwidth to the newly opened 6GHz band. We’re talking about less traffic jams in your gaming highway, and that’s crucial when every millisecond counts. Plus, with Bluetooth 5.2, we get a stable and responsive connection for all those gaming peripherals. No laggy mouse movements or headset dropouts mid-game.

But let’s be real, Wi-Fi will always have inherent limitations compared to a good old wired connection. Potential interference—from your own devices or the neighbors’—can occasionally cause hiccups. And for all the advancement, Wi-Fi 6E infrastructure is still catching up, which means not everyone can maximize these benefits yet.

However, in my own setup, this hasn’t dampened the experience. I can confidently say that when tech gives you lemons, Wi-Fi 6E makes some impressive lemonade. We’ve come a long way from the early days of online gaming with this rig demonstrating that the future of wireless gaming is looking incredibly bright and, more importantly, reliable.

In conclusion, the Aurora R15’s wireless capabilities, infused with the Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E card, supply a backbone of performance that even the most demanding gamers will appreciate. Despite a few negligible drawbacks, I regard this as more than a footnote in the system’s configuration—it’s a declaration that wireless gaming isn’t just here to stay; it’s evolving, and I’m all in for this ride. The fact remains that with such forward-thinking connectivity coupled with leading-edge hardware, this desktop is setting benchmarks for a seamless, immersive gaming experience—one that will undoubtedly attract envy and acclaim.