Help Me Choose: ALX Chassis and Standard Chassis

The Alienware Aurora is a high-performance machine engineered for gaming and entertainment excellence. No matter which chassis you choose – standard or ALX – you’ll enjoy pure entertainment power that’s sure to blow you away.
Standard ChassisALX ChassisBenefit
AlienFX System Lighting 4 zones / up to 160,000
possible color combinations 
8 zones / more than 25 billion
possible color combinations
More lighting zones,
more customization options
Thermal Management Independent, thermally monitored chambers with intelligent chassis-component layout for optimal heat
dissipation and channeled airflow 
Advanced Active Venting Technology with automated mechanical louvers plus Standard Chassis thermal management features Active vents provide automated, on-demand system heat dissipation when engaged in intense gaming sessions or resource intensive applications 
Hard Drive Bays 4 Tool-less, slide-in bays 4 Tool-less and Cable-free, slide-in bays Easier to upgrade design 
Internal System LightingNo Internal System Lighting Internal Theater Lighting Independently powered LED lighting inside
of chassis makes it easier to see while performing upgrades 
Additional Features
(shared in both designs)
External features: Easy access front panel I/O ports, Alien Head door release for front drive bay access, side panel release latch with tool-less,cable-free door, and rear system I/O port lighting
Internal features: Optimized cable managment and component layout, tool-less optical drive bays, and 3-compartment channeled airflow design
 
Provides clean and clear access for better thermal management and easier upgrades and maintenance