Help Me Choose: Video Cards

Whether you are gaming, watching DVDs or editing video on your Alienware desktop, the quality of the graphics you experience is only as good as your video card. Along with the computer monitor itself, the video card determines the number of colors that can be displayed, as well as the contrast, resolution and overall gaming graphics.
How video cards work

Discrete video cards can provide better performance, as compared to integrated video cards. Discrete video cards are separate from the motherboard and include a specialized graphics processing unit (GPU). Because of their onboard GPU, discrete video cards don’t have to share the CPU with other programs.

Discrete video cards include memory of their own, measured in gigabytes (GB). Graphics memory is used by the GPU to accelerate graphics performance, store textures using game graphics and make gaming, movies and other entertainment intensely realistic. High-performance graphics cards require a significant amount of graphics memory.

How to get the highest performance

In Aurora and Area-51, NVIDIA® and Radeon™ video cards use a technology called Scalable Link Interface (SLI™) or CrossFire™ to enable two or three cards to work together when processing graphics data. Naturally, having two or three video cards working together to render graphics increases the available frame rate and provides more depth and detail. With the added horsepower of dual graphics cards, you can use higher-resolution displays and enjoy high-definition (HD) gaming without sacrificing graphics performance.

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Available Configu rations Single Graphics Card Configuration
Dual Graphics Card Configuration
Triple Graphics Card Options
DESKTOP GRAPHICS
NVIDIA® NVIDIA® NVIDIA®NVIDIA®NVIDIA® NVIDIA®NVIDIA®NVIDIA®NVIDIA®AMDAMD AMDAMDDUAL NVIDIA®DUAL NVIDIA®DUAL NVIDIA® DUAL NVIDIA® DUAL NVIDIA®DUAL AMDDUAL AMDDUAL AMD TRIPLE AMDTRIPLE AMD
GeForce® GTX 1050 TiGeForce® GTX 1060 GeForce® GTX 1070 GeForce® GTX 1070 TiGeForce® GTX 1080 GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti GeForce® RTX 2070GeForce® RTX 2080 GeForce® RTX 2080 Ti Radeon™ RX 580 Radeon™ RX 570X Radeon™ RX 580X Radeon™ RX Vega⁶⁴ GeForce® GTX 1070 GeForce® GTX 1070 TiGeForce® GTX 1080GeForce® GTX 1080 TiGeForce® RTX 2080Radeon™ RX 570X Radeon™ RX 580Radeon™ RX 580X Radeon™ RX 570X Radeon™ RX 580X
Dedicated Graphics Memory 4GB GDDR5 6GB GDDR5X 8GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5X 11GB GDDR5X 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR6 11GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5 8GB HBM2 8GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5X 11GB GDDR5X 8GB GDDR6 8GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5 8GB GDDR5
Width Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot
per card per card per card per card per card per card per card per card per card per card
Approximate Wattage 75W 120W 150W 180W 180W 250W 185W 180W 260W 185W 120W 150W 295W 300W (2 x 150W) 360W (2 x 180W) 360 W (2 x 180W) 500W (2 x 250W) 360W (2 x 180W) 240 W (2 x 120W) 370 W (2 x 185W) 300 W (2 x 150W) 360W (3 x 120W) 450W (3 x 150W)
Base Clock 1290 1506 1506 1607 1607 1480 1410 1515 1350 Up to 1257 MHz Up to 1168 MHz Up to 1257 MHz Up to 1247 MHz 1506 1607 1607 1480 1515 Up to 1168 MHz Up to 1257 MHz Up to 1257 MHz Up to 1168 MHz Up to 1257 MHz
Boost Clock 1392 1708 1683 1683 1733 1582 1710 (OC) 1800 (OC) 1635 (OC) Up to 1340 MHz Up to 1244 MHz Up to 1340 MHz Up to 1546 MHz 1683 1683 1733 1582 1800 (OC) Up to 1244 MHz Up to 1340 MHz Up to 1340 MHz Up to 1244 MHz Up to 1340 MHz
NVIDIA CUDA™ Cores 768 1280 1920 2432 2560 3584 2304 2944 4352 1920 2432 2560 3584 2944
Stream Processors 2304 2048 2304 4096 2048 2304 2304 2048 2304
G-Sync/Freesync Ready Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
API's Supported DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5 DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5 DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5 DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5 DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5 DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5 DirectX 12, OpenGL 4/5 DirectX 12, OpenGL 4/5 DirectX 12, OpenGL 4/5 DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, OpenCL 2.0 DirectX 12 DirectX 12 DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, OpenCL 2.0 DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5 DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5 DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5 DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5 DirectX 12, OpenGL 4/5 DirectX 12 DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, OpenCL 2.0 DirectX 12 DirectX 12 DirectX 12
Maximum Resolution 7680x4320@60Hz 7680x4320@60Hz 7680x4320@60Hz 7680x4320@60Hz 7680x4320@60Hz 7680x4320@60Hz 7680x4320 7680x4320 7680x4320 4096x2160 4096x2160 4096x2160 4096x2160 7680x4320@60Hz 7680x4320@60Hz 7680x4320@60Hz 7680x4320@60Hz 7680x4320 4096x2160 4096x2160 4096x2160 4096x2160 4096x2160
HDMI Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
HDCP Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
I/O ports DP 1.43, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI DP 1.43, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI DP 1.43, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI DP 1.43, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI DP 1.43, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI DP 1.43, HDMI 2.0b DP 1.43, HDMI 2.0b, USB-C DP 1.43, HDMI 2.0b, USB-C DP 1.43, HDMI 2.0b, USB-C DP 1.40 HDR, HDMI 2.0 DP 1.40 HDR, HDMI 2.0 DP 1.40 HDR, HDMI 2.0 DP 1.40 HDR, HDMI 2.0 DP 1.43, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI DP 1.43, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI DP 1.43, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI DP 1.43, HDMI 2.0b DP 1.43, HDMI 2.0b, USB-C DP 1.40 HDR, HDMI 2.0 DP 1.40 HDR, HDMI 2.0 DP 1.40 HDR, HDMI 2.0 DP 1.40 HDR, HDMI 2.0 DP 1.40 HDR, HDMI 2.0