ldhallett
2 Bronze

Aurora R11, Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge installed

I installed a Zotac RTX 3070
 into my Aurora R11. 

This card:  https://www.zotac.com/us/product/graphics_card/zotac-gaming-geforce-rtx-3070-twin-edge-oc

It fits if you very carefully remove the triangle metal support under the power supply.  I used tin snips and when I got to the rivets I twisted the final bit off like a spam can. You have to be very careful with the part the remains so as not to twist it off too.

This card has the power connectors recessed-hard to get to but helps alleviate further height issues.  I downloaded the driver directly from Zotac dated 11-09-20. The card requires only 220 watts I believe and the original fan can stay in place.

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No problems so far except I’ve run several Benchmark programs. Some work but most say ‘The Direct 3D device has a non-zero reference count...'   I’m overclocking at level one through the 1.0.3 Bios?

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AuroraHasManyFans
3 Argentum

Re: Aurora R11 Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge

What a great news from you! For this fantastic 3070, are you using a 550w or 1,000w power supply?

(I will be quite interested in a RTX 3070 or 3060 in the future. Currently my R11 is bottlenecked by my old 55" BFGD, which has only 1080p and 60hz.)

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ldhallett
2 Bronze

Re: Aurora R11 Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge

My R11 has the 1000 watt power supply.  It's running the BIOS level 2 overclocking and haven't had any issues except with the program 'UserBenchmark" but I have it working now.

 

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Kedzis
2 Bronze

Re: Aurora R11 Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge

Was it detected by your system or did you have to install some drivers first? Change BIOS etc.?

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markburv
4 Tellurium

Re: Aurora R11 Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge

@ldhallett 

Good job If your CPU temps suffer from the non-blower GPU, consider initially adding a upper front fan in the HDD bay to add cool air above the GPU.

The triangle is a structure strengthening part for the PSU swing-out mechanism, you will normally have to be careful opening and closing. There are options to avoid having to do this, depends on your choice/taste of GPU.

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ldhallett
2 Bronze

Re: Aurora R11 Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge

It booted up fine and I decided to install the Zotac drivers just to insure compatibility. Bios recognized the card right away.

All was fine until.............MY CAT DECIDED TO SPRAY INTO THE SIDE OF MY OPEN CASE.  It didn’t hit the video card, but I lost a hard drive, ram, and I think the motherboard. I cleaned it up with baby wipes, alcohol, and then the hair dryer. 

I have another Alienware ordered to switch around parts, sell the new parts to pay for the new case and motherboard witch is all I need. I already replaced the ram and hard drive. I cloned the boot drive. I’ll have to swap the service tags. 

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Tesla1856
7 Thorium

Re: Aurora R11 Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge

All was fine until.............MY CAT DECIDED TO SPRAY INTO THE SIDE OF MY OPEN CASE

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That's so weird.

I have a 2 year old 20-lbs male Bengal-Cat. He was chipped and fixed when we got him from the shelter as a kitten. He is very smart and rather dog-like. He still has his claws so we suffered-through our share of furniture destruction as a kitten (until we got him more trained) but he has never sprayed anything/anywhere. 

Is your cat fixed?


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ldhallett
2 Bronze

Re: Aurora R11 Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge

She was fixed as a kitten. She’s a ~12yo  long haired orange tabby, very smart. I guess she got jealous of how much time I was spending with the R11

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CompuMan83
2 Bronze

Re: Aurora R11, Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge installed

Oh wow. How did you get it in though? I just tried installing the same Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge model into my r11. I couldn't get the 2070 Super out, and worried about breaking it and the slot, so I tried installing the Zotac into the second slot. It didn't seem to fit there either--I'd almost be able to slot in the piece on the back side (away from the ports), but then couldn't slot in the rest of it if that makes sense. I couldn't make heads or tails of where it was jamming, so I have up after a few hours rather than risk damaging the computer. 

Any thoughts would be super appreciated. Thanks!

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Tesla1856
7 Thorium

Re: Aurora R11, Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge installed

Zotac RTX 3070 Twin Edge model into my r11.

1. I couldn't get the 2070 Super out, and worried about breaking it and the slot,

2. so I tried installing the Zotac into the second slot. It didn't seem to fit there either--I'd almost be able to slot in the piece on the back side (away from the ports), but then couldn't slot in the rest of it if that makes sense. 

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1. Sometimes, the motherboard's PCIe slot has a locking latch. Might be hard to see on a dual-slot-thick card.

2. Main thing is that the card's edge (with contacts) fits down into MB slot nicely and smoothly (MB not flexing). Then, as it goes down, see what is going on with metal ports bracket. The edge in front (where you might connect PCIe-power cables) just hangs there or that Aurora might have a channel slot (rare now-days).

Put machine on desk so you can see what you are doing. Light or flashlight helps. Take it slow.

This machine should have a PDF Service Manual.  


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