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Area-51 R2, RTX 3080, RTX 3090 Ti compatible?

Is the motherboard for a Alienware Area-51 R2 compatible with RTX 3080 or RTX 3090 Ti from Nvidia? Can the power supply support this? Is this even possible? 

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@Uber Kommandanten Jager wrote:

If you are not running NVMe-SSDs (at least for bootable C-Drive), I would correct that firs "

1. I am booting from a Samsung ssd but my motherboard does not have NVMe or M.2 chip slots. At least to my knowledge.

2. Another user above said I could upgrade the cpu, why do you think I shouldn't? See above


1. Now-days, 2.5-inch SATA-3/600 SSD is minimum. A M.2/NVMe SSD is about 5-times faster than any SATA-SSD . Use it for Bootable-C, and it will provide the new speed you are looking for. If your motherboard doesn't have slot, you can install this NVMe PCIe Addin card.

2. Why? Because:
a. Dell typically only includes BIOS microcode to support the Intel processors it originally shipped with during it's run. These select processors are often listed in Dell's literature for the machine (ie, PDF Service Manual).
b. Machine is already 8 years old (ie, pretty old and soon approaching it's intended life-span)
c. I suggest you "baby it" if you plan to keep using it. Remember that if you break something ... Reliable Operation will drop to 90% or lower (basically killing machine forever).
d. This motherboard and cpu was Intel's Enthusiasts-Class solution for the time. Whatever Intel i7 or i9 processor you currently have is fast-and-fine ... and should last you for the life-time of the machine . 


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@Uber Kommandanten Jager wrote:

1. Now-days, 2.5-inch SATA-3/600 SSD is minimum. A M.2/NVMe SSD is about 5-times faster than any SATA-SSD . Use it for Bootable-C, and it will provide the new speed you are looking for. If your motherboard doesn't have slot, you can install this NVMe PCIe Addin card. "

a. My Alienware Area 51 R2 just has the sata slots. 

b. Which one of these cards would I need if I wanted to add 2 M.2/NVMe cards?


a. Surprising

b. I think I would just get two of the cards I linked to above. You should have plenty of available PCIe slots.


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6 Gallium

User benchmark has validated R2 motherboard w 3080-ti as well as 3090.

https://www.userbenchmark.com/PCBuilder?searchTerm=Area%2051%20r2%20rtx3080-ti

https://www.userbenchmark.com/PCBuilder?searchTerm=Area%2051%20r2%20rtx3090

no one has yet uploaded benchmark of 3090-ti.

user benchmark does not say if psu is stock or not.


So the 3080 ti is confirmed to be compatible and work with the Alienware Area 51 R2 motherboard?  

5 Rhenium

Totally not worth it since you will likely have a CPU bottleneck with a 3090 ti.

 

Well, what if I upgrade the CPU?

You could do that, but here is the catch: "If you upgrade to a 1500 watt PSU ($270 at the BIG auction site) and upgrade your CPU to i7-6950X ($420 at the BIG online retailer) then you could run an RTX 3090Ti . ." .

 

By the time you add a 3080 or 3090ti to that, it makes more sense to just purchase a complete new system. Because even after spending all that money on upgrades, you are stuck with an older platform that by today's platforms is end of life.

In my opinion, unless it is a minor upgrade like some storage or extra ram, these systems are not worth upgrading to the latest available hardware. If you are looking at doing that in my opinion a complete new system is a much better choice and investment.

Some people like the older Alienware Area 51 triad style and nostalgia . . . and want to upgrade them, whether or not it is the best economic decision. Some people restore older cars and motorcycles, because they like them and it is a fun hobby.

That is true, but typically that means restoring to it's original state. Not upgrading to the latest and greatest video card.

I think there are better options if you are looking at something likke a 3090ti, top of the line video card.

Would be a shame to run that on a system that cannot take full advantage of it, for nostalgic reasons.

9 Rhodium

3090 Ti would be pushing your luck with the power supply.

 

 


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Well what if I just upgrade the power supply??

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