They are DELL OEM. They have more than 1 vendor.
Well, I keep randomly using the Alienware chat feature to ask the question and they all say new Aurora R7's come with the Founder Edition cards manufactured by NVIDIA. I need some clarity on this for sure, sent some emails to both Dell and Alienware, no replies.
NVIDIA does not manufacture cards they make GPU and motherboard chips.
PNY, MSI, ASUS, ZOTAC, ETC make retail cards and they also OEM to Dell which has them made per DELL specifications.
If it came from Dell as part of a build it would have a DELL part number not a PNY number etc.
Founders Edition or Reference Design usually has silver and black accent with single dust buster fan.
MSI makes these for dell with RED circuit board.
Founders Edition cards are manufactured by NVIDIA (not an OEM) and supplied to Dell. My question is are the FEs or something else.
"Founders Edition cards are manufactured by NVIDIA" This statement is false in its entirety.
DELL is an OEM as well as MSI and PNY etc.
Parts with DPN# are OEM Dell and made for Dell by various manufacturers like Foxconn, PNY, etc. Technical Support, RMA requests, replacements and warranty issues for the NVIDIA based product that came with your computer are handled by the computer manufacturer NOT NVIDIA. Please use the list below to find your manufacturer's contact information. NVIDIA is NOT a manufacturer.
800.886.2752 ext. 203
Northern Computer Technologies
The 1080's that came with my Aurora R5 were Founders Editions. Are the 1080 Ti's also Founders Editions? This is the question.
What do they look like and what is the DPN number with QR code on the card?
490-BDSM : NVDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 1080Ti with 11GB GDDR5X (50 shaders of GTX TI)
Part Number Quantity Description
445HX 1 CARD (CIRCUIT), GRAPHICS, NV, GTX, 1080TI, FERRITE
7H55M 1 SERVICE CHARGE, SOFTWARE, DRIVER, GTX, 1080TI, FERRITE
The Part Number on the back is what counts.
There are more than 1 vendor that makes cards for dell.
What they look like is irrelevant. What their part number is determines what they are. GTX 1080 TI is not a part number.
445HX 1 CARD (CIRCUIT), GRAPHICS, NV, GTX, 1080TI, FERRITE is.