drapacioli
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RE: The definitive list of confirmed working graphics cards for XPS systems.

I just purchased an EVGA 4GB SC GTX 960, model number 04G-P4-3962-KR. It worked perfectly fine with my XPS 8300, A06 bios. For the record I was replacing a 6870, so the model had a 460w power supply. Also bonus, the card is much shorter than the stock 6870 which was a VERY tight fit, so it was a very easy installation! The new card is much quieter and more efficient, and the desktop no longer heats up the entire room when playing games or running more than 1 monitor. I highly recommend it (or the 2GB model if you don't need the extra VRAM) if your upgrade budget maxes at $200 or so, or you don't want to deal with a power supply replacement.

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7 Plutonium

RE: The definitive list of confirmed working graphics cards for XPS systems.

EVGA 02G-P4-2966-KR  GTX 960 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card.  No issues.  Requires 2 pci-e POWER connectors via a dual 6 pin to 8 pin adapter included in the retail package.  Also worked just fine in Precision T3400 Bios A09 with 525w power supply.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487091

 

 

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kisianik
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RE: XPS 8300/8500/8700, video cards

Recently I have noticed that many users with older Dell systems have troubles upgrading their GPUs to GTX 900 series and AMD R9 series, especially R9 380.

Upon investigation, I found out that those cards have only UEFI BIOS, and older Dell systems without UEFI BIOS are not compatible with those upgrades.

So far just a few cards are verified working in older Dells (without UEFI) those are:
MSI GeForce GTX 960 GTX 960 GAMING 100ME 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 confirmation.
SAPPHIRE TRI-X OC 100362-2SR Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 confirmation.


So I decided to look around for more cards like those 2. This is what I found so far.

Sapphire R7 360 and 370, R9 280 and all the way up have Dual UEFI and Legacy BIOS with a switch, example is shown below

http://cdn.eteknix.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Sapphire-R9-290-Tri-X-9.jpg

So, theoretically, users with Legacy BIOS Dells can flip the switch to Legacy on those cards and enjoy their upgrades.

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sboerner
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RE: XPS 8300/8500/8700, video cards

Thanks for this info - I am curious about this.  Do you know of an easy way to determine if the BIOS in a particular Dell (mine is an XPS 8500) has UEFI?

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bropaulkim
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RE: XPS 8300/8500/8700, video cards

Hi,

Have you succeed to install GTX 960 on XPS 8300?  I've tried to install R7 370 but XPS 8300 doesn't recognize it.  So I'd like to try with Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming 2GB.   Would you let me know?

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sboerner
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RE: XPS 8300/8500/8700, video cards

I just put in a GTX 960 in a Dell 8500.  I would assume an 8300 would be OK, as it uses the same case.  Did you upgrade the BIOS beforehand? 

The thread here lists a lot of good info:

http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3515/t/19474677?pi21953=23#20832852 

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bropaulkim
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RE: XPS 8300/8500/8700, video cards

Thanks.  It will be arrived on Wed.  I'll see it works or not.  I've already updated Bios. 

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Cerevok87
1 Copper

RE: XPS 8300/8500/8700, video cards

I am about to take the plunge on a gpu/psu upgrade for my dell xps 8300, after some research I have decided on a Sapphire R9 290 and a EVGA SuperNOVA 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified 750W  to power it, for my budget of >350$.

I am mainly concerned on the dimensions of the parts fitting inside the case, from what I have read the card at 10.9 will be snug but will fit, I am less sure on the PSU, hearing that something around 5.9" or less is best, but I cannot find a psu of the proper wattage from a reliable manufacturer of this size, the 6.5" EVGA is the shortest I could find.

I have read about some BIOS/UEFI issues as well but I admit I know little about these things, does anyone know if this version of the 290 has a "legacy switch" or if it is indeed required. If I need to supply any more information to properly answer this let me know.

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Dan-H
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RE: XPS 8300/8500/8700, video cards

I am about to take the plunge on a gpu/psu upgrade for my dell xps 8300, after some research I have decided on a Sapphire R9 290 and a EVGA SuperNOVA 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified 750W  to power it, for my budget of >350$.

Here's my thoughts on the graphics card. 

R9 290 is slightly better than a GTX 960, but a GTX 960 does not require a power supply upgrade. Net cost difference is about $100 more for a 290 vs 960 when you factor in the PSU upgrade or about  30% more cost for maybe a 5% more performance.

The R9 runs hotter than the nVidia 9xx cards. XPS 8x00 cases don't have that good of airflow so you may find you'll need to add extra fans or upgrade to a new case.

Also, I haven't heard great things about the EVGA "B1" or "G1" power supplies. These are manufactured by FSP.  Also, if you are going with an EVGA power supply, I would lean towards units built by Seasonic or Super Flower. and these have part numbers with GS or *** (Seasonic built) or G2 (Superflower).

The B1 unit is built by FSP and is OK, but not great, only has a 3 year warranty, I would spend another $20 and get one based on the top rated Super Flower Leadex platform, a 10 year warranty, and 80 plus gold. This will run cooler and quieter than the 80 plus bronze version you listed.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438027

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jd10013
2 Iron

RE: XPS 8300/8500/8700, video cards

wow, so glad I found this thread.  just bough me a R7 370 4gb card and couldn't understand why it didn't work.  wanting to see if it was the card, i tried putting it in my old inspiron 530, and SOB, it worked.  about wanted to pull my hair out of my head.  haven't read through all of this, but i can assume I will never get that card to work in my 8300.  but I was wondering, has this been corrected?  I was considering a 8900, but don't want to mess with it if this or other cards will not work in it.

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