Help Me Choose: NVIDIA GeForce Graphics

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.

Desktop  GraphicsNVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 645
NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 760
NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 670
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660 NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 760 Ti
 
AMD®
Radeon™ R9 270
 AMD Radeon™
R9 270X
AMD Radeon™ R9 290X NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 770
NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 780
NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 690
AMD Radeon
HD 8990
AMD Radeon™ HD 8870 DUAL NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 760
DUAL NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 760 Ti
DUAL NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 770
DUAL NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 780
Available On Alienware X51 Alienware X51, Alienware AuroraAlienware X51 Alienware Aurora Alienware X51, Alienware Aurora Alienware X51,
Aurora,
 Alienware X51Alienware X51,
Aurora, 
Alienware Aurora Alienware Aurora Alienware Aurora Alienware Aurora Alienware Aurora Alienware AuroraAlienware Aurora Alienware Aurora Alienware Aurora 
Discrete Memory1GB GDDR51.5GB GDDR52GB GDDR5 1.5GB GDDR52GB GDDR5 2G GDDR5 2GB GDDR5 4GB GDDR52GB GDDR53GB GDDR54GB GDDR56GB GDDR5 2GB GDDR53GB GDDR5 (2 x 1.5GB)4GB GDDR5
   (2 x 2GB)    
4GB GDDR5 (2 x 2GB)6GB GDDR5 (2 x 3GB)
WidthSingle SlotDual SlotDual Slot Dual SlotDual Slot  Dual slotDual slot Dual Slot Dual SlotDual SlotDual SlotDual SlotDual Slot Dual SlotDual Slot Dual SlotDual Slot
Approximate Wattage75W150W175WSub 150W 175W 150W 190W 300W230W250W300W375W200W 300W (2 x 150W)350W (2 x 175W) 460W (2 x 230W)500W (2 x 250W)
Controller Speed/Graphics Clock (MHz)823 MHz823 MHz915 MHz823MHz  915 MHz925 MHzUp to 1.05GHz  1000 MHz1046 MHz863MHz915MHz950MHz1000MHz 823 MHz915 MHz 1046 MHz863MHz
On Board Memory Speed2000 MHz2800 MHz3004 MHz 2800MHz3004 MHz1400MHz 1400MHz 1250 MHz3004 MHz3004 MHz3004 MHz1500MHz1200MHz 2800 MHz3004 MHz3004 MHz3004 MHz
On Board Memory Data Width128-bit192-bit256-bit 192 bit256 bit 256-bit 256-bit 512-bit256bit384-bit512 bit768-bit256 bit 192-bit256 bit 256bit384-bit
API supportedDirectX11,OpenGL 4.2DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, OpenCL 1.2DirectX11,OpenGL 4.1 DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, OpenCL 1.2DirectX11,OpenGL 4.1 DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2, Mantle DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2, MantleDirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2, Mantel DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, OpenCL 1.3 DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, OpenCL 1.2DirectX11,OpenGL 4.1 DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2
Maximum ResolutionDP: 2560x16002048x1536 analog2560x1600 DP2048 x 1536 Analog 2560x1600 DP 4096x2160 DP 4096x2160 DP4096x2160 DP 2560x1600 DP2560x1600 DPDual Link TMDS = 2560x1600 Maximum resolution3840x2160 DP4096 x 2160 DP 2048x1536 analog
per card
2560x1600 DP
per card 
2560x1600 DP
per card
2560x1600 DP
per card
DVI: 2560x16001920x1080 HDMI4096x2160 HDMI 1920 x 1080 HDMI4096x2160 HDMI 4096x2160 HDMI4096x2160 HDMI 4096x2160 HDMI 4096x2160 HDMI4096x2160 HDMISingle Link TMDS = 1920x1200 Maximum resolution4096x2160 HDMI 1920 x 1080 HDMI1920x1080 HDMI
per card
4096x2160 HDMI
per card 
4096x2160 HDMI
per card
4096x2160 HDMI
per card
HDMI: 1920x12002560x1600 DVI2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560 x 1600 DVI 2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link) 2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link) 2560x1600 DVI 2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)DisplayPort = 2560x1600 Maximum resolution2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560 x 1600 DVI (Dual Link) 2560x1600 DVI
per card
2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link) per card 2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link) per card2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link) per card
DVI Support yesyesyesyes yes yes  yesyes yesyesyesyesyes yesyes yesyes
Dual-display Capableyesyesyes yes yesyesyes  yesyesyesyesyes yesyesyes yesyes
HDMI Support yesyesyesyes yes yes yes yesyesyesyesyes yesyesyes yesyes
HDCP Supportyesyesyes yes yes yesyes yesyesyesyes yesyes yesyes
I/O portsOne Dual Link DVI-I, One HDMI, One DisplayPortOne Dual Link DVI-I, One Dual Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPortOne Dual Link DVI, One Single Link DVI, One HDMI, One DisplayPortOne Dual Link DVI-I, One Dual Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPort One Dual Link DVI, One Single Link DVI, One HDMI, One DisplayPortOne Dual Link DVI-D, One Dual Link DVI-I, One HDMI, One DisplayPortOne Dual Link DVI-D, One Dual Link DVI-I, One HDMI, One DisplayPort  Two Dual Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPortOne Dual Link DVI-I, One Dual Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPortOne Dual Link DVI-I, One Dual Link 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)
2x mDP, HDMI, DVI One Dual Link DVI-I, One Dual Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPort
per card
One Dual Link DVI, One Single Link DVI, One HDMI, One DisplayPort
per card 
One Dual Link DVI-I, One Dual Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPort
per card
One Dual Link DVI-I, One Dual Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPort
per card
DONGLESAurora: DVI-VGADVI-VGA Aurora: DVI-VGA Aurora: DVI-VGA DVI-VGA Aurora: DVI-VGAAurora: DVI-VGAAurora: DVI-VGAAurora: DVI-VGA
& mDP-HDMI
Aurora: DVI-VGA mDP-DPAurora: DVI-VGAAurora: DVI-VGA Aurora: 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.