Question Alienware Aurora R11 Compatibility w/3070

Sep 5, 2020
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A couple months ago, I bought a new Alienware Aurora R11 for $1550 - I thought it was a pretty good deal for a prebuilt despite Alienware’s premium pricing reputation due to the sale at the time.

Been a console gamer my whole life but do some semi-pro photo/4K video editing and needed a new PC for that. As long as I was getting a new PC, thought I’d satisfy my curiosity around PC gaming and kill two birds with one stone.

-i7 10700f (liquid cooled)
-32gb 3200mhz RAM
-2070 Super
-1 TB SSD
-1000w PSU

I have a Samsung 27” 4K HDR monitor, may also HDMI to my 65” 4K TV occasionally.

If I wanted to swap the 2070 super for the 3070 early next year, would it be pretty much plug and play with this system? Or will there be compatibility/space issues? Maybe just too early to know...

Thanks for helping out a new member and new PC gamer!
 

MaddMann

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So, the biggest issue you may run into is the new power port required on some of the new RTX30 cards. They have a new unique 12-pin connecter. @Oussebon do you know if the 3070 requires it?

Space wise there shouldn't be a considerable difference, but when they release the exact specs on it's dimensions, I would suggest comparing it to your current card to ensure it will fit (but I am pretty certain it will)
 

Oussebon

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I'd heard it's only the Founders Editions of the cards that are sporting 12-pin, but in any event those cards with 12 pin are all getting an adapter for 8-pin PSU connectors anyway included in the box afaik.

But partner model cards will tend to (will all?) just use normal 8 pin.

As suggested sensibly above, check dimensions

If you're gaming at 4k though, consider the RTX 3080. Especially if next gen titles that are almost upon us see a bump in horsepower required.
 
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Thanks for the info - so it really comes down to space more than compatibility it sounds like.

Not ruling out the 3080 I guess, but the price/performance of the 3070 is definitely appealing.

Thanks again!
 
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MaddMann

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Yeah definitely! It seems like it will be a worthwhile upgrade! I myself am looking at trying to sell my 2080ti (which sounds like it may be hard to do) and getting a 3090. I'll try some time around January
 
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