What Graphics card would fit AND work with X51 R1??

Ron129

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I have the original X51 R1 and I'm looking to upgrade the graphics card. Being that it's the R1, it's super difficult for me to find a suitable card. I only have a budget around $340. So far, I'm looking at the GTX970 mini or the PNY GeForce GTX 970 4GB Rev 2. The only problem with the PNY GTX is that it is 9.62" x 4.38" and apparently the X51 only fits up to 9.5 so I'm unsure if it will fit. Can someone tell me if the second one will fit and if it runs games well? I'd like to play games like fallout 4 or far cry at high settings. If anyone knows any better CHEAP cards please post a link. My pc specs are

Alienware R5
8.00 GB RAM
Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3220 CPU @ 3.30 GHz
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 645
330 W power adapter

These are the cards I'm looking at
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133620

https://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GeForce-Overclocked-GDDR5-GV-N970IXOC-4GD/dp/B00OQUMGM0
 
Nov 25, 2012
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I also want to upgrade the GPU in my R1, but I am keeping my eyes on the upcoming GTX 1060. The consumption is ok for sure (120W vs 130W of the GTX 660). The problem could be the length again: 9.823" x 4.378" vs 9.5" x 4.376" of the GTX 660.

So I would also be very much interested to hear what others think.
 
Jan 9, 2016
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The gtx 1060 should be the perfect card for R1 users and be a HUGE upgrade from gtx660. It may fit without mod cause its close in size but worse case is just have to mod/remove the little fan at front of case.
 
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Jul 31, 2016
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Installed GTX 1060 easily without modification into an x51 r1 and it locked up on the boot. Installed the same GTX 1060 easily without modification into an x51 R2, and it worked perfectly.

Although my external power supply unit for my x51 R1 is rated for 330W, internally my computer's "printed Wiring Assy,Daughterboard,PWR-BRD,X51,R1" is rated for 240W. I ordered a 45$ "printed Wiring Assy,Daughterboard,PWR-BRD,X51,R2" from Dell, and am waiting for its arrival to see if I can get the GTX 1060 to power up on a R1.
 
Jul 31, 2016
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I also want to upgrade the GPU in my R1, but I am keeping my eyes on the upcoming GTX 1060. The consumption is ok for sure (120W vs 130W of the GTX 660). The problem could be the length again: 9.823" x 4.378" vs 9.5" x 4.376" of the GTX 660.

So I would also be very much interested to hear what others think.
The GTX 1060 fits without modification. Just make sure the blower doesn't rest on the wiring harness!
 
Jul 23, 2016
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**Update**

For anyone in USA,you can get the D85RT part easily from Dell's parts online. When you plan to get it, go to the "Chat Sales" instead of Phone Sales, I'm only paying the sales tax w/o shipping fee, I called earlier through phone sales and they charge me shipping fee. Brings me to $48.93 :). Can't wait to receive it and upgrade my gpu to 1060/1070/1080!

Subtotal: $44.99
Total Shipping: $0.00
Total Tax: $3.94
 
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Jul 31, 2016
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My x51 R1 Bios version A01 locked up when I installed the GTX 1060 video card. I replaced the power board (D85RT) because NVIDIA told me the R1 didn't have enough power. My computer still locked up on boot up. I upgraded the Bios (A01 to A14) and my GTX 1060 is now working beatifully!

So I unnecessarily spent $50, but my computer can now run the next power hungry GPUs.
 
Jul 31, 2016
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Hi guys

any update on the 1060 within the R1.

My gtx 760 just died...
The GTX 1060 works IF you update your x51 r1 bios. I updated my x51 r1 bios from A01 to A14. I was not sure which bios update (A01->A06,A06->A07,A07->A12) would have fixed the GTX 1060 boot up freeze, so I did them all!

For the A07 bios update, pick the second link on the Dell website, or you might scratch your head wondering what went wrong.
 

i-tx

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I've just done this upgrade for my X51 R1. i7-3770, 16Gb-RAM, 2Tb-HDD, 330W PSU. My BIOS was updated to A14 already. Powerboard is default. I get reference design not overcklocked GTX 1060 6Gb from Zotac and it fits perfectly (same dimensions as default GTX 660). So I didn't have to do any case mods for that.
Works perfectly!!! Stable, fast)))
 
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DNO

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I've just done this upgrade for my X51 R1. i7-3770, 16Gb-RAM, 2Tb-HDD, 330W PSU. My BIOS was updated to A14 already. Powerboard is default. I get reference design not overcklocked GTX 1060 6Gb from Zotac and it fits perfectly (same dimensions as default GTX 660). So I didn't have to do any case mods for that.
Works perfectly!!! Stable, fast)))
That sounds almost too good :) what is the model you choose from Zotac ? I couldn't found a blower type...
For now the only one that looks good with size and blower type that I found is this one : https://www.pny.com/geforce-gtx-1060-6gb-cg?sku=VCGGTX10606PB-CG

Sadely I can't find a dealer for now...
I wish I could go for a 1070 but I also have a R1 and Powerboard from R2 is "almost" impossible to get here :(
 
Sep 26, 2016
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That sounds almost too good :) what is the model you choose from Zotac ? I couldn't found a blower type...
For now the only one that looks good with size and blower type that I found is this one : https://www.pny.com/geforce-gtx-1060-6gb-cg?sku=VCGGTX10606PB-CG

Sadely I can't find a dealer for now...
I wish I could go for a 1070 but I also have a R1 and Powerboard from R2 is "almost" impossible to get here :(
I think this PNY also wiil fit it perfectly. Same dimensions as my Zotac, same speed and same memory... all specs are the same to nVidia GTX 1060 specifications for standart not overclocking version.
 
Mar 4, 2014
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Hi Everyone. I just got my GTX 1060 FE and it wouldn't boot when I turned on my pc. I'm already running A14 bios and I already reseted the cmos. I have the x51 R1.
 
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Sep 26, 2016
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Hi Everyone. I just got my GTX 1060 FE and it wouldn't boot when I turned on my pc. I'm already running A14 bios and I already reseted the cmos. I have the x51 R1.
Hi! Does your PC not booting or graphic card only? Any sounds or not? May be try boot with monitor cable plugged on motherboard video card at first? I have some troubles like yours at first, but changing primary video card to discreet in BIOS helped me to solved that.
 
Mar 4, 2014
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Hi! Does your PC not booting or graphic card only? Any sounds or not? May be try boot with monitor cable plugged on motherboard video card at first? I have some troubles like yours at first, but changing primary video card to discreet in BIOS helped me to solved that.
What or how did you do it? The pc boots until the motherboard splash screen then black out.
 
Sep 26, 2016
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What or how did you do it? The pc boots until the motherboard splash screen then black out.
Maybe you can try get new card out of PC and leave PCI-E slot emty, so you can reach BIOS to change option for primary graphic card. Then you can put your GTX1060 back and try again...
 
Mar 4, 2014
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Maybe you can try get new card out of PC and leave PCI-E slot emty, so you can reach BIOS to change option for primary graphic card. Then you can put your GTX1060 back and try again...
I fixed it. I booted a flashdrive with the BIOS a14 in it along with the GTX1060. Thanks for the help. :) The card runs like a boss. :)
 
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