JasonH715
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Better Alienware Aurora graphics card.

im planning on ordering an Alienware Aurora desktop soon, an im trying to decide on which graphics card i want.  This is my system so far.

 Intel® Core™ i7 960 (3.2GHz, 8MB Cache)
  Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
  1 Year Basic Service Plan
  Single 1.8GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 295
  9GB Triple Channel 1333Mhz DDR3
  1TB - SATA-II, 3Gb/s, 7,200RPM, 32MB Cache HDD

i dont really want to get into Cross fire or SLI, but is the Geforce GTX 295 a good fit for my system?

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Re: Better Alienware Aurora graphics card.

See this for single video card. See this for SLI/CrossfireX.

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jay2010
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Re: Better Alienware Aurora graphics card.

See this for single video card. See this for SLI/CrossfireX.

Chris,

Is it possible to run more than 2 monitors (3 or 4) with Dual cards in an SLI or Crossfire configuration?  Both the 295 and 5770/5870/5970 have multiple ports.

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Re: Better Alienware Aurora graphics card.

Sure. Just disable SLI or CrossfireX and remove the bridge. Then all the ports can be configured.

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jay2010
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Re: Better Alienware Aurora graphics card.

Sure. Just disable SLI or CrossfireX and remove the bridge. Then all the ports can be configured.

Where is that disabled?  In the OS or in the controller configuration?

How many monitors can be configured in a Dual 5870 w/ CrossfireX enabled configuration?  I'm assuming 3, which is the max on a single card?

Tech Support tells me that Dual 5870's w/ CrossfireX enabled can support a total of four (4) monitors ... but I just don't see how that is possible.

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Re: Better Alienware Aurora graphics card.

Where is that disabled?  In the OS or in the controller configuration?
* In the video card control panel

How many monitors can be configured in a Dual 5870 w/ CrossfireX enabled configuration?
* In a normal CrossfireX mode, you can only use 1 of the 4 ports, so one monitor. The only exception is to enable CrossfireX and SurroundView to use two monitors

Tech Support tells me that Dual 5870's w/ CrossfireX enabled can support a total of four (4) monitors. But I just don't see how that is possible.
* If CrossfireX enabled, you only get one active port. To get access to all four ports, disable CrossfireX

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jay2010
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Re: Better Alienware Aurora graphics card.

Thanks Chris!  I'll give this a shot!

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Greenwit
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Re: Better Alienware Aurora graphics card.

I spent alot of time looking at graphics cards.  First if you go SLI you should know that you may not be able to order a sound board with it on the Aurora (especially the double slot cards like the gtx 260.)  Reviews on the 295 are quite positive but many think it is very loud, consumes alot of power and generates lots of heat (many of reviews on Internet to research).  Though I remember one here suggested it was very quiet.  I find the Nvidia stuff pretty outdated/stale.  The 295 for example is over a year old.  You can go instead with the ATI 5870 which is newer tech, runs DirectX 11 and is a single core solution opposed to the dual core, noiser 295 and much cheaper and less power hungry.  And the benchmarks come close to the 295.   The gtx 260 from nvidia is the next step down and is considerably slower than the other two cards and even older.  I say go with the 5870 (which is what I chose).....all IMHO of course.

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jay2010
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Re: Better Alienware Aurora graphics card.

It's a shame you can't put a 1Kw power supply in the Aurora to support dual 5970's.

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jaydd
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Re: Better Alienware Aurora graphics card.

I had a similiar situation with my system locking up when I tried adding a third GTX 285 to my Area 51. My solution was to add a Visiontek auxiliary 450Watt power supply (which resides in one of  the front case DVD slots) to power the third card, or in your case the second card.  It has connections that will power two Video cards.  You can get one at prices as low as $68.00.

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