Graphics card upgrade.

TRCThrobbinhood

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Hi, sorry if this has been covered but I have an Alenware Aurora, I think r4, It's about 4 years old with an 875 PSU, with the large rectangular connector going in.
My card is the 5870 HD with I think 2, 2 6 pin connections going into the card, The card I want is the MSI GTX 970 which requires 8 pin and 6. I have read it comes with an adapter but before going for it I thought I'd better check here to know for sure. I assume the adapter goes into the GPU.
Thanks for any help as I haven't needed to upgrade till now.
 

Cass-Olé

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here in this post, I added a screen shot from aware.com of the vid-cards offered & 'validated' for Auora, 2 months b4 she got the axe { http://en.community.dell.com/owners-club/alienware/f/3746/t/19608535 }. In this video, we see dual 980's working however: { http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyQqVj4VFO0 }. Our Aurora's have two vid-cables. In a solo-card setup, you'd use one cable per card port. In a dual-set-up, you'd use one cable per card (since each cable has its own 6pin & 8pin). Good luck, 970 probably works w/out an adapter ...

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In the comments section of the youtube, we're told he's running on bios version A11 to get the cards to work. A person running bios A3 can not 'jump' right to A11, it should be done incrementally as in this post:{ http://en.community.dell.com/owners-club/alienware/f/3746/t/19565657 }. If you have A11 now you should be ok, if you have to flash to A11, Aurora's have a bad rep for 'bricking' during the bios upd8. If you don't have A11, try the 970 1st - if it fails to work, you may need the bios upd8. But do what you think is best & @ your own risk there, chap. FYI: Research the Aurora bios update before you do it, if you need to do it.
 

TRCThrobbinhood

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here in this post, I added a screen shot from aware.com of the vid-cards offered & 'validated' for Auora, 2 months b4 she got the axe { http://en.community.dell.com/owners-club/alienware/f/3746/t/19608535 }. In this video, we see dual 980's working however: { http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyQqVj4VFO0 }. Our Aurora's have two vid-cables. In a solo-card setup, you'd use one cable per card port. In a dual-set-up, you'd use one cable per card (since each cable has its own 6pin & 8pin). Good luck, 970 probably works w/out an adapter ...

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In the comments section of the youtube, we're told he's running on bios version A11 to get the cards to work. A person running bios A3 can not 'jump' right to A11, it should be done incrementally as in this post:{ http://en.community.dell.com/owners-club/alienware/f/3746/t/19565657 }. If you have A11 now you should be ok, if you have to flash to A11, Aurora's have a bad rep for 'bricking' during the bios upd8. If you don't have A11, try the 970 1st - if it fails to work, you may need the bios upd8. But do what you think is best & @ your own risk there, chap. FYI: Research the Aurora bios update before you do it, if you need to do it.
Thanks, I opened my case and saw 2 six pin connectors going into my 5870 HD card, and also noticed a 2 pin connector dangling off of the 6 pin, so I assume that with the 970 being an 8 pin and 6 means I would push the 2 pin one in aswell? Am I right? I already have bios A11.
 
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