Graphics card summary -X51

Zac Martin

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Hi all. I've had an X51 for years and really love it. It currently has a Geforce 660ti in it that I installed a few years back and I am using the larger external PS.

I am ready to get back into gaming and am curious as to what the best card is that I could put in to this thing?

Its a redundant question on these boards but I appreciate any help you can offer.

Thanks in advance!
 
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I'm also an X51 owner and I've been mulling over this for weeks and I'm pretty sure I'll be buying an EVGA GTX 970 model 04G-P4-1970-KR. I have the X51 R2 though. Make sure you have Revision 2 or you'll likely have problems unless you upgrade your power board which should cost less than $100 to do.
 

jcoshow89

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what is the part number of the power board to do this upgrade i have r1 and need to know before buying a 970

please and thanks guys
 
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what is the part number of the power board to do this upgrade i have r1 and need to know before buying a 970

please and thanks guys

Dell Part Number: D85RT
AKA -
Dell PWA DTRBD PWR-BRD X51 R2, D85RT

BTW: I've been running the 970 with the stock power board since Nov. 2014.
This is rare. YMMV.
- external USB fan blowing into the GPU intake vents; run a 96% power and no OC; keep temps under 74°C; balance game settings.

 
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CYtrevor

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You can go with stock gtx 970 or 980(with fan mod). I'm thinking of getting the 970 since the 980 is a bit expensive for me. Plus it's easier to fit in 970.
 
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If you get on Dell's website and login there is an autodetect tool that will actually tell you a ton of specs about your PC. Check it out.
 

Zac Martin

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If you get on Dell's website and login there is an autodetect tool that will actually tell you a ton of specs about your PC. Check it out.

Autodetect indicates: 'Computer Model Alienware X51'

Assume there would be an R2 if I had revision 2? The diagnostic is done but I'm not sure where to be looking...
 

Zac Martin

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It should be listed on your account page with Dell and it should clearly state r1, r2, etc.

I'm signed in on Dell.com and used the auto detect utility. I am looking everywhere but do not see the revision listed.

My ship date is 3/12/13 if that hepls?
 
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Hmm maybe try putting your service tag in and seeing if that gives you more detailed information? I got mine in February of 2014 so it may be that you have an R1 and Dell doesn't list it as an R1?
 
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Alienware X51 R2 Launched on 6/3/2013

R1.1 - Sandy Bridge R1.2 - - Ivy Bridge
R2 - Haswell
R3 - Skylake
 
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Zac Martin

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Thanks all for the help. My processor indicates 'IVB' so I'm assuming I have R1.2.

So am i right that I must upgrade my power board? Kinda sucks but it is what it is...
 
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