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Aurora R4: GTX 590 ... is SLI possible?

Is this system capable of using the GTX 590, with two cards with SLI?

The power supply is listed as 875W, and I don't know if that's sufficient for two cards.

Dell does not offer two 590 in SLI for a new purchase.

No power supply upgrade options are available for a new purchase.

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Nvidia's website says:   http://www.geforce.com/Optimize/Guides/how-to-build-a-quad-sli-system

Operating a Quad SLI GTX 590 system requires a power supply that has four 8-pin PCI-Express supplementary power connectors, each of which must receive 150 watts. Because of the complexity of designing, building and ensuring that the power supply meets these necessary requirements, NVIDIA works directly with power supply manufacturers to certify their products for Quad SLI use. The list of power supplies certified for use with a Quad SLI GTX 590 configuration is as follows:

  • AcBel PC8055-000G 1100W
  • Antec HCP-1200
  • Corsair AX1200
  • Nexus RX-1.1K Gold
  • Silverstone ST1500
  • Thermaltake Toughpower W0171 1500

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Dell's power supply may be more robust than a 3rd party PSU, but 875W still seems "iffy" for usability.

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This seems like a potential add-on option that would boost wattage availability, but which may not modify the system too much or void Dell's repair service plan:

http://www.amazon.com/450W-Graphics-Power-Supply-Juice/dp/B001AO4O98

450W Graphics Power Supply Juice Box - $56

450W Graphics Power Supply Juice Box

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Re: Aurora R4: GTX 590 ... is SLI possible?

If anything its been proven to be LESS robust than a third party PSU. I would say no it wont work. Try a PSU booster maybe, like the one you found.

Alienware Aurora

i7 920@3.3ghz

ATi 6950 2GB @6970 Full Unlock

6GB Tri-Channel 1333mhz RAM

2x 500GB Barracuda HDD Raid 1

2x 60GB OCZ VERTEX 2 SSD Raid 0


 

 

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Re: Aurora R4: GTX 590 ... is SLI possible?

Like C_ronic said. The 875W PSU will not work on dual 590's. The area 51- 1.1 or 1.2KW would work if you can figure out a way to get into the case.

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Re: Aurora R4: GTX 590 ... is SLI possible?

Oh....I forgot to mention the heat problem you will have in the R4. 590's are dual GPU cards and produce a lot of heat. Honestly, just one will keep you gaming for years.

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Re: Aurora R4: GTX 590 ... is SLI possible?

Yea dawg is right. Even if you do find a way the Auroras layout is terrible for 2 cards. They have almost zero space inbetween them. For lower end cards you might get away with it.  Pretty sure with two 590s the heat will be too great.

Alienware Aurora

i7 920@3.3ghz

ATi 6950 2GB @6970 Full Unlock

6GB Tri-Channel 1333mhz RAM

2x 500GB Barracuda HDD Raid 1

2x 60GB OCZ VERTEX 2 SSD Raid 0


 

 

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Re: Aurora R4: GTX 590 ... is SLI possible?

I don't have desktop background experience with Alienware, so looking at the store right now, I don't see an "Area51" as a model option. Only the Aurora is available, both the low and high end Aurora models have the 875W PSU only.

www.alienware.com/.../desktops.aspx

So is Dell making the elite Alienware brand merely average, with no top-end dual-590 performance model? Or is this just a brief transition phase while a dual-590 model is coming out?

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Re: Aurora R4: GTX 590 ... is SLI possible?

Good question. The new R4 had the X79 chipset and is ready for PCI 3.0. The Area 51 has dropped off the grid for now. If your looking for the higher PSU in an Alienware, you should check out the DELL outlet site. I saw about 7 Area-51's there last night. One had dual 480's and an extreme processor. I bought my R3 from there and it is great, not to mentin the money you'll save. I have no idea if they will bring back the Area-51 but it was a beast!

Like C-ronic said, the R3 or R4 case is awesome, but way to small for dual cards. They litlerally sit on top of one another.

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Re: Aurora R4: GTX 590 ... is SLI possible?

Javik the Area 51 should be back soon. I think they are trying to get the newer boards in them. If you have the money and want the BEST go look at Origin PC. I really regret buying my Alienware after having to deal with tech support here at Dell.

Alienware Aurora

i7 920@3.3ghz

ATi 6950 2GB @6970 Full Unlock

6GB Tri-Channel 1333mhz RAM

2x 500GB Barracuda HDD Raid 1

2x 60GB OCZ VERTEX 2 SSD Raid 0


 

 

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Re: Aurora R4: GTX 590 ... is SLI possible?

do you have your tech team or just standard support?

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Re: Aurora R4: GTX 590 ... is SLI possible?

Just saw this one on the outlet website  

outlet.us.dell.com/.../SecondaryInventorySearch.aspx  

Nice price and dual 590's

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