Looking forward to the GTX 1070 / 1080

Thanks to you two MURRARI and SquireSCA, I'll stay focused on the 1070, she is good enough at the moment, maybe the next gpu generation Will be even more efficient :)

For the water cool, that x51 is a used one, so no choise for me and I didn't plan to change for air cooling
 
I have found that unless you are doing extreme overclocking(which in today's world isn't really needed), you don't need water...

Today's chips run cooler and stock and aftermarket heatsinks work very well. You can overclock the crap out of the CPU, and your games are still video card limited anyway, so it doesn't really give you a benefit and all you do is spend more money on cooling...
 
I have found that unless you are doing extreme overclocking(which in today's world isn't really needed), you don't need water...

Today's chips run cooler and stock and aftermarket heatsinks work very well. You can overclock the crap out of the CPU, and your games are still video card limited anyway, so it doesn't really give you a benefit and all you do is spend more money on cooling...
That might be true for a full size case where there is ideal airflow. In the X51 (and other compact builds) the internals reach high temperatures and in certain situations can cause thermal throttling, fire hazards (depending on the environment,) and unnecessary wear on the components.

It doesn't hurt to liquid cool the machine and with AIO liquid systems coming down in the price range of air coolers it is advantageous to liquid cool IMHO.

Members (including myself) on the forums have done other simple mods such as additional exhaust ports/fans on the case and replacing HDDs with SSDs to cut down on the heat if you decide to keep the CPU air cooled.

Hope that helps.
 
At the risk of being "that guy" and being told to use the search function... LOL

Without reading dozens of pages to hopefully find an answer... I have the x51 R3, 330W PSU, i7 6700, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD plus 2TB SATA6 HD, Blu-Ray combo optical drive... Basically whatever I could cram into it last year when I bought it.

Love it, but playing Infinite Warfare is almost unplayable. FPS drops down into the teens and as low as 7fps on some scenes, and this with the graphics and texture options turned down...

GPU is the GTX970, monitor is a 27" Acer G-Synch at 2560x1440...

Considering a GPU upgrade, love the idea of the mini 1070 cards but none of them are blower styles. I don't want to have to mod anything, so is there a 1070 card that we know for a fact just drops in as a direct replacement to the OEM 970 that it came with? Just swap them out and that's it?

Thanks!
Pick up the graphics amplifier with GTX 1080ti and call it a day. Once you are ready to build your rig move the 1080 ti in to the rig and sell the Graphics Amplifier for $100. Don't hack into your system. It will be worth more in OEM/Stock format when you go to sell it with GTX 970 and an empty Graphics Amplifier.
 
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Any lag in those things? I mean, does the PC communicate to the external box as well as a car plugged directly into the PCIx slot?

Which graphics amplifier works with this PC? Is there only one, or do that have different models?
 
Any lag in those things? I mean, does the PC communicate to the external box as well as a car plugged directly into the PCIx slot?

Which graphics amplifier works with this PC? Is there only one, or do that have different models?
Your only option is Alienware Graphics Amplifier and you can expect a 5% hit in FPS due to the external connection. Thunderbolt is like 10% hit so the Alienware is actually the best option. Amp should run you like $100 used $135 open box and $159 brand new.

You can see my benchmarks below to get an idea of performance increase.

Here is stock Titan in Amplifier
http://www.3dmark.com/fs/13331051

Here is Overclock Titan in Amplifier
http://www.3dmark.com/fs/13354463

Stock Internal GTX 970
http://www.3dmark.com/fs/13351437

Internal Overclock GTX 970
http://www.3dmark.com/fs/13351525

https://www.amazon.com/Alienware-9R7XN-Graphics-Amplifier/dp/B00PCJXN0I

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/alienware-graphics-amplifier-black/4330739.p?skuId=4330739

https://www.amazon.com/Alienware-9R...77EE7U53NWQ&s=merchant&ie=UTF8&qid=1502744006

http://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/alienware-graphics-amplifier/apd/452-bcfe/gaming
 
Guys, since the GTX 1070 Ti was released recently, and has a 180 TDP like the 1080 but lower performance. Could it work on a X51 R1 330 psu, getting an Asus reference or something? Or would be better to stick to the 1070 FE?

Thanks!
 
Guys, since the GTX 1070 Ti was released recently, and has a 180 TDP like the 1080 but lower performance. Could it work on a X51 R1 330 psu, getting an Asus reference or something? Or would be better to stick to the 1070 FE?

Thanks!
This has been discussed a handful of times on here. Some people can use the 330W PSU with the 180TDP GPUs and others like me have not had that luck. Ultimately the 330W PSU is way underpowered and will not last long with heavy usage under those circumstances. The GTX1070 FE is a phenomenal card and it will work if you remove the front fan with no other mods.

However, I strongly recommend doing the side exhaust fan mod because it will get hellishly hot inside that minuscule chassis.

You can view the mods I did here for reference:
http://www.alienowners.com/threads/modded-x51-r2-in-progress.7597/

Happy modding!