Help Me Choose: Video Cards

Whether you’re gaming, watching DVDs or editing video on your Alienware desktop, the quality of the graphics you experience is only as good as your video card. Along with the computer monitor itself, the video card determines the number of colors that can be displayed, as well as the contrast, resolution and overall gaming graphics.

Available Configurations

Single Graphics Card Options

Multi-GPU Graphics Card Options 

Dual Graphics Card Options

Desktop GraphicsNVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 745
AMD Radeon™
R9 270 
NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 760 Ti
NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 770
NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 780
AMD Radeon™
R9 290X
NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 690
AMD Radeon HD 8990NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX Titan Z
DUAL AMD Radeon™
R9 270
DUAL NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 760 Ti
DUAL NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 770
DUAL NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 780
Available On:Alienware X51Alienware X51,
Alienware Aurora
Alienware X51, Alienware AuroraAlienware AuroraAlienware AuroraAlienware AuroraAlienware AuroraAlienware AuroraAlienware AuroraAlienware AuroraAlienware AuroraAlienware AuroraAlienware Aurora
Discrete Memory4GB DDR32G GDDR52GB GDDR52GB GDDR53GB GDDR54G GDDR54GB GDDR56GB GDDR512 GDDR54GB GDDR5
(2x 2GB)
4GB GDDR5
(2 x 2GB)
4G GDDR5
(2 x 2GB)
6G GDDR5
(2 x 3GB)
Width    Single SlotDual slotDual SlotDual Slot    Dual SlotDual SlotDual SlotDual SlotTriple SlotDual SlotDual SlotDual SlotDual Slot
Approximate Wattage<75W150W175W230W250W    300W300W375W375W300W (2x 150W)350W (2 x 175W)460W (2 x 230W)500W (2 x 250W)
Controller Speed/Graphics Clock (MHz)1033MHzUp to 925MHz915 MHz1046 MHz863MHz    Up to 1GHz915MHz950MHz705MHzUp to 925MHz915 MHz1046 MHz863MHz
On Board Memory Speed900MHz1400MHz3004 MHz3505 MHz3004 MHz1250MHz3004 MHz1500MHz3500Mhz1400MHz3004 MHz3505 MHz3004 MHz
On Board Memory Data Width128-bit256-bit256 bit256bit384-bit512-bit512 bit768-bit768-bit256-bit256 bit256bit384-bit
API supportedDirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2, MantleDirectX11,OpenGL 4.1DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2, MantleDirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2, MantleDirectX11,OpenGL 4.1DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2
Maximum Resolution2560x1600 DVI2650x1600 DP2560x1600 DP2560x1600 DP2560x1600 DP4096x2160 DPDual Link TMDS = 2560x1600 Maximum resolution2560x1600 DP2560x1600 DP2650x1600 DP per card2560x1600 DP
per card
2560x1600 DP
per card
2560x1600 DP
per card
1920x1200 HDMI1920x1080 HDMI4096x2160 HDMI4096x2160 HDMI4096x2160 HDMI4096x2160 HDMISingle Link TMDS = 1920x1200 Maximum resolution1920x1080 HDMI4096x2160 HDMI1920x1080 HDMI per card4096x2160 HDMI
per card
4096x2160 HDMI
per card
4096x2160 HDMI
per card
 2048 x 1536 VGA 2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link) 2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)DisplayPort =2560x1600 Maximum resolution2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link) 2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link) 2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link) per card 2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link) per card 2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link) per card2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link) per card
DVI Support YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Dual-display CapableYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
HDMI SupportYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
HDCP SupportYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
I/O portsDVI-D+HDMI+VGAStacked Dual Link DVI (DVI-I, DVI-D), One HDMI, One DisplayPortOne Dual Link DVI-D, One Dual Link DVI-I, One HDMI, One DisplayPortOne Dual Link DVI-I, One Single Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPortOne Dual Link DVI-I, One Single Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPort Stacked Dual Link DVI (DVI-I, DVI-D), One HDMI, One DisplayPortDual Link DVI-I
Stacked Dual Link DVI (DVI-D, DVI-I)
Mini DisplayPort 1.2
1 x Dual-Link DVI
4 x mini-Display Port (mDP)
Stacked Dual Link (DVI-I,DVI-D), One HDMI, One DisplayPortStacked Dual Link DVI (DVI-I, DVI-D), One HDMI, One DisplayPort per cardOne Dual Link DVI-D, One Dual Link DVI-I, One HDMI, One DisplayPort per cardOne Dual Link DVI-I, One Single Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPort per cardOne Dual Link DVI-I, One Single Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPort per card
Dongles

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Aurora: DVI-VGAAurora: DVI-VGAAurora: DVI-VGAAurora: DVI-VGAAurora: DVI-VGA & mDP-HDMIAurora: DVI-VGAAurora: DVI-VGA

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Aurora: DVI-VGAAurora: DVI-VGAAurora: DVI-VGA
If you want to ... Choose ... 
Experience full, rich, smooth, immersive 3D gaming at high resolutions with maximum detail. A dual video card configuration can handle all applications that a single discrete video card can handle, plus:
  • The newest and most demanding game applications
  • Gaming development applications
 Aurora
Tackle complex graphics and applications. A discrete video card can handle all the applications that an integrated card can handle, plus:
  • Play many modern PC game titles at 1080p high-definition (HD) resolutions with medium to high settings
  • Enjoy 3D games, movies and other media via an HDMI™ 1.4 output port
 X51
How video cards work

Discrete video cards can provide better performance, as compared to integrated video cards. Discrete video cards are separate from the motherboard and include a specialized graphics processing unit (GPU). Because of their onboard GPU, discrete video cards don’t have to share the CPU with other programs.

Discrete video cards include memory of their own, measured in gigabytes (GB). Graphics memory is used by the GPU to accelerate graphics performance, store textures using game graphics and make gaming, movies and other entertainment intensely realistic. High-performance graphics cards require a significant amount of graphics memory.


How to get the highest performance


In Aurora™, NVIDIA® video cards use a technology called Scalable Link Interface (SLI™) to enable two cards to work together when processing graphics data. Naturally, having two video cards working together to render graphics increases the available frame rate and provides more depth and detail. With the added horsepower of dual graphics cards, you can use higher-resolution displays and enjoy high-definition (HD) gaming without sacrificing graphics performance.