Just did a little research and from what I can tell the reference GTX 970 and 760ti share the same exact dimensions in length and depth; and uses less power in idle and under load; and it gives off less heat.
Does anyone know if there would be any complications with replacing my GTX 760ti with a GTX 970?
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So I also want to put an EVGA gtx 970 into my x 51 r2. The new alienware x51 r2s, even with the 330watt powersupply, are being bundled with gtx 960s. These require a minimum of 400w, yet alienware themselves are comfortable with selling them with the new x51s. So I think a 970 should be running ok if you have the 330w psu. I have read a lot of testimony that the x51 r2s can handle the 970s and even 980s, but I don't want to risk getting a 980. So I guess I'm torn between the 960 and 970
i think you are safer off with GTX960
To be honest I have EVGA GTX970 and I'm a bit worried that the 330W PSU will not be enough once I switch over to DX12 gaming loads, power testing has shown that DX12 benchmarks tend to max out the GPU more consistently over time than DX11 and this increase in power consumption will really test the durability of the PSU.
I know my GTX970 has been running perfectly stable for several months, but most of the time the overall system power consumption ranges at 150-220W...moving to DX12 I would expect it be closer to 300W a lot more often and that is concerning.
A user has posted videos on YouTube of an X51 running with a GTX 970. The preliminary results are exciting. We X51 owners might finally have a top notch video card upgrade.
Wow! Awesome stuff!
Thanks for the quick reply.
For anyone wondering he is using the EVGA GTX 970 SC Reference card.
I checked whether the stock nvidia reference gtx970 would fit and it will not since it is 10.5 inches in length and the X51 r2 supports only 9.5 inch cards...
Any graphic card up to 10" long can fit, if longer then you need to remove the fan which is at the corner of the case and prevents the longer graphic cards to fit, you can replace that fan with a thinner one maybe a 10mm, you can install a GPU up to 11 inches!
Running i7 4770+GTX 970+16Gb 1600Mhz RAM+Intel SSD im not impressed...This was not a BIG step up from the 760ti just a few more FPS
SO you are saying it is not worth the upgrade?
I can get a GTX 970 for only $305 to replave my 760 in my x51 but now I am not sure. My main reason is for Project Cars.
Will I need to upgrade my 330 power as well?