Alienware is known for its premium class gaming rigs and laptops, designs and specs are pretty awesome in these alien tech looking beauties. Recently Alienware X51 was launched which is a small size PC made for casual TV gaming, Specs are pretty awesome but some users might want to swap its GPU with 970. Yes you can do it! Read Below how to Install Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 in Alienware X51.
What is Alienware X51:
The concept is all about making a good gaming PC having size of console. Alienware did quite well do achieve their objective, size of their console is bit bigger than Xbox or PS4. This rig is familiar for those who used to work in offices somewhere in last decade because there is high probability that you may have worked with classic Dell Slim Desktop Systems. X51 is kind of an upgraded version of that PC, you can place X51 in both ways horizontally and vertically as it have rubber feet in both dimensions. Hardware is packed in glossy plastic having a cool looking Alienware logo that lights up and there are LEDs on the top of the chassis which makes it look even cooler. Edges of this sexy tech are curved at front side having power switch on the right side. Status of the system is indicated by LED fitted in power switch, there are also USB 3.0 ports and an audio port too. Disk drive has been removed from the latest version of X51.
Alienware X51 is an excellent console sized rig but it may suffer in latest games due to the fact latest built of X51 have GTX 960, but you can change that by installing a high End Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 in Alienware X51, but it only works for EVGA Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 SC.
Note: It only works best with EVGA Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 due to size.
How Can You Install Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 in ALienware X51:
- Firstly remove 2 screws from the backside which fits the lid to the body.
- Gently remove the lid in appropriate way and one thing to note “THERE IS A SMALL WIRE ATTACHED TO LIT SO BE CAREFUL WHILE REMOVING”, place the lid aside and disconnect the wire attached to it.
- Once lid is removed, you can see 2 SSDs below them is the place where GPU lies.
- There must be 2 screws, one at top right of GPU section and other on the bottom left remove both, dispatch the GPU frame gently and remove the 2 6-pin PSU cables.
- Now this part is bit tricky, keep your GPU on a table you’ll observe a lock at top left which opens on pressing down a bit and turning around its axis. There is another lock at backside of the frame in bottom mid press it while pressing your GPU out softly.
- Fit your “EVGA Nvidia Geforce GTX 970” in the frame connect the PSU 6-pin connectors and fit it in the system.
- Close the screws, attach the wire to lid, close the lid and close the screws of the lid.
- Tada! You’re welcome.
ANOTHER BIG NOTE: I TESTED IT WITH “R1” WHICH WORKED WELL UT SOMETIMES IT MAY BE PROBELMATIC BUT THE R2 AND ABOVE WORKS PERFECT DUE TO GOOD PSU.