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Alienware Aurora R11 (i7-10700F, RTX 3080, 16GB, 512GB SSD, 1TB HDD) $3,114.56 or $3,207.57 (i7-10700KF) Delivered @ Dell


After watching various Alienware Aurora R11 deals with the RTX 3080 on OzBargain lately (refer here), I noted that you could upgrade one of the current configuration deals to include an RTX 3080 and it worked out slightly cheaper than the recent $3254 deal but with only 1TB of HDD (rather than 2TB). For those who don't care about unlocked CPUs, it's about $93 cheaper with the 10700F in this deal. The smaller 3.5" drive is less likely to be an issue if you were planning to either install your own much larger shucked drive, or if you were planning to mod the case with an extra intake fan by removing the 3.5" drive from the front bay.

For comparison purposes, I've also added in the other recent deal which includes a truckload of accessories and is also still active (and IMO a great deal if you want the matching Alienware branded monitor/keyboard/mouse/headset).

Option 1 (F) Option 2 (KF) Option 3 (KF + accessories))
Processor 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 10700F (8-Core, 16MB Cache, 2.9GHz to 4.8GHz w/Turbo Boost Max 3.0) 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 10700KF (8-Core, 16MB Cache, 3.8GHz to 5.1GHz w/Turbo Boost Max 3.0) 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 10700KF (8-Core, 16MB Cache, 3.8GHz to 5.1GHz w/Turbo Boost Max 3.0)
Operating System Windows 10 Home, 64-bit, English Windows 10 Home, 64-bit, English Windows 10 Home, 64-bit, English
Video Card NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080 10GB GDDR6X NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080 10GB GDDR6X NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080 10GB GDDR6X
Memory 16GB Dual Channel DDR4 XMP at 3200MHz; up to 128GB (additional memory sold separately) 16GB Dual Channel DDR4 XMP at 3200MHz; up to 128GB (additional memory sold separately) 16GB Dual Channel DDR4 XMP at 3200MHz; up to 128GB (additional memory sold separately)
Hard Drive 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD (Boot) + 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s (Storage) 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD (Boot) + 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s (Storage) 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD (Boot) + 2TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s (Storage)
Dell Services:Hardware Support 1Y Mail-in Pre-Paid Freight Service 1Y Mail-in Pre-Paid Freight Service 1Y Mail-in Pre-Paid Freight Service
Dell Services:Extended Service 1Yr Premium Support and Onsite Service 1Yr Premium Support and Onsite Service 1Yr Premium Support and Onsite Service
Dell Services:Accidental Damage Services None None None
Keyboard Wired Multimedia Keyboard (English) Wired Multimedia Keyboard (English) Wired Multimedia Keyboard (English)
Mouse Wired Optical Mouse Wired Optical Mouse Wired Optical Mouse
Wireless Killer™ Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2x2) 802.11ax Wireless and Bluetooth Killer™ Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2x2) 802.11ax Wireless and Bluetooth Killer™ Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2x2) 802.11ax Wireless and Bluetooth
Power Cord System Power Cord (ANZ) System Power Cord (ANZ) System Power Cord (ANZ)
Chassis Options Dark Side of the Moon chassis with High-Performance CPU Liquid Cooling with and 1000W Power Supply Dark Side of the Moon chassis with High-Performance CPU Liquid Cooling with and 1000W Power Supply Dark Side of the Moon chassis with High-Performance CPU Liquid Cooling with and 1000W Power Supply
Monitor None None Dell Alienware 27 Monitor - AW2720HF
Other accessories Alienware 510M Gaming Mouse - AW510M; Alienware 510H 7.1 Gaming Headset AW510H - Dark Side of the Moon; Alienware 510K Low-Profile RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (US English) AW510K- Dark Side of the Moon
Current Sale Price $3,348.99 $3,449 $3,985.45
Net price less LOVEKEANU code $3,114.56 $3,207.57 $3,761.11
Link link link deal
Estimated Cashback at 6% of GST exclusive $169.89 $174.96 $205.15
Estimated net outlay $2,944.67 $3,032.61 $3,555.96

Note: Bolded differences between the configuration options.

I've done my best to try and include the correct links with the configurations but in case they don't work, the Dell code is awrad063au or visit the original build link and then add in the RTX 3080, and change the CPU to KF if you wanted that. Upon check out, add the LOVEKEANU coupon code and you should get the prices per above.

Don't forget 6% Cashrewards (which others have commented will stack with this code), and there's also Dell reward points too if you care for them.

Update 23/04/2021
Configurations from Dell have changed and whilst LOVEKEANU is still valid, the previous deal with the KF and 2TB HDD is active again: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/616191

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  • 6% cash back from Cashrewards

    • +1

      Added in the extra rows for the estimated 6% cashrewards based on the GST exclusive price.

  • obviously the only difference is the cpu and obviously its worth the extra $93

    • +3

      I'd be inclined to agree the extra $93 is worth it for the KF, but for those who literally only want that RTX 3080 goodness I guess this is as cheap as it gets in a prebuilt.

      • +9

        I was about to buy the KF when I bought during the previous LOVEKEANU deal, but after a bit of reading decided not to.

        The main performance difference with the non-K is the stock 65W power/thermal limit, designed for the bundled retail cooler, vs the 125W limit on the K where you have to supply your own cooling to suit. Since the R11 comes with a liquid AIO cooler, the 65W limit no longer makes sense.

        You can remove the PL1 and PL2 CPU power limits (set them to unlimited) and let the non-K consume as much power as it wants, letting it stay at or near max turbo indefinitely instead of the PL1 timer throttling it back. As a bonus the non-K is more efficient at idle or low loads, as it has lower base clocks. I’ve done this on mine, and high spot temps flattened out towards 80 degrees over a 30 minute burn in, with turbos staying at max the entire time. Note I’ve also changed out the stock radiator fan for a push/pull config to help airflow, as described below.

        It’s true you can’t play with the multipliers or change BCLK above 103MHz, but you get very close to K peak performance with just the PL settings, and better efficiency when not pegging all cores at 100%. Depends on your workload and personal tinkering preferences! For my primary use case, gaming, the extra 300MHz max boost on the K makes close to zero difference in FPS, but your use case may vary.

        As an aside, if you get the 3080 do yourself a favour and remove the backing plate and heat sink, and apply thermal paste on the metal shroud around the GPU die. VRAM temps were appalling on mine until I did this; my VRAM temps went from throttling at 110 degrees at 100% fan to stable at 92 degrees with 80-90% fan at full load. Seems to be a common complaint for the Dell/MSI OEM 3080.

        Also a common complaint is the stock case front and radiator fans being noisy, which I can confirm. This is an area where you can tell Dell is not a boutique performance system builder. I followed another common replacement thread and replaced them with 4 x Corsair ML120 Pro non-RGB. I moved the front 3.5” drive cage down to the bottom and put 2x fans in the front, and replaced the 1x radiator fan with 2x Corsairs in a push/pull config. Fan noise is a lot lower than the stock fans, and there is a noticeable increase in the amount of air moving through the system.

        All in all I do like the system I bought, especially as it was pretty much the only way for me to get a 3080 at non-scalper prices and in a reasonable timeframe. Mine was delivered a bit under two weeks from placing the order, which was a pleasant surprise.

        • Cheers, that's great info. Did you make any other changes - eg add RAM or storage?

          • +4

            @peternow: No RAM upgrades yet, I’m seeing how 16GB goes for a while. I wasn’t going to pay Dell upgrade prices for HyperX Fury RAM though, I’ll get it myself when the time comes.

            My R11 came with 2 of 4 RAM slots populated (2 x 8GB), but I was surprised to learn that 4 x 8GB doesn’t appear to be a valid documented config. I’ve read differing reports about people running this config successfully, although I can’t see why it wouldn’t work. It might be people not realising they bought RAM with different timings or XMP profiles, perhaps? I definitely want to make sure I can run all sticks at 3200MHz though, Flight Sim 2020 is particularly responsive to memory bandwidth, so I might swap out the stock RAM entirely when the time comes with 2 x 16GB.

            For storage I bought a 4TB Samsung 860 EVO (SATA), mainly due to the awesome manufacturer rebate at the moment. Until DirectStorage is a thing on Win10, and developers are targeting it, SATA SSD load times are so close to NVMe load times that I didn’t think the premium was worth it at the moment. There’s also not enough of a performance difference between it and the 870 EVO to justify the price difference. It’s a SATA interface, after all. No problems with installation, just be aware Dell don’t give you spare SATA cables, so make sure you have one spare or buy one beforehand. There are 4 SATA headers on the motherboard, with 1 taken up by the secondary HDD as delivered.

            For M.2 storage upgrades, there’s only 1 storage M.2 slot on the motherboard, and it’s taken up by the boot drive. The other M.2 slot is only keyed for a wireless card. So, it’s either swap out the boot drive and clone/rebuild, or add in a PCIe M.2 carrier. Easy, right? Well, the RTX 3080 cooling completely covers the two x4 PCIe slots below it, leaving only the x16 slot at the bottom. Just be aware that you practically really only have that one slot available for expansion, whatever you decide to do with it. The 3070 cooler might not be as deep, perhaps someone on the forum can comment on this?

            One last note, both x16 PCIe slots on the motherboard are x8 electrically. Also PCIe 3.0, and not 4.0. It’s a limitation on the number of PCIe lanes on the Intel CPU and chipset, and the slots that Dell made available on the motherboard. Neither are a huge hit to GPU performance currently, but worth knowing ahead of time if that affects your purchasing decision.

            Right, I think those are all the compromises! They work for me, but everyone’s needs are different. Good to have all the information up front so you can make an informed decision on your individual use case.

        • Thanks for the info. What ETA did Dell give you when you placed the order? I just ordered one and the ETA for delivery is not until 9th June! (shipping 27th May).

          • @electron: I ordered mine on 30 March, and they initially estimated delivery by 23 April. It turned up on my door on 8 April, though, a couple of weeks early.

            I was notified build was compete on 1 April. My build was pretty much stock, no modifications from the offer SKU, so they might’ve had one ready to go off the shelf.

            I got notification it has been shipped on 3 April (from the Dell Malaysia build factory), then Australian customs pre-clearance on 4 April. It stayed there for a few days with no further updates, while the customs dark arts rituals were performed.

            Then, StarTrack notification out of the blue on 7 April and delivery the next day!

            Hope you get yours earlier than June! Perhaps we’ve OzBargained them with all the Dell posts recently…

        • Was it hard to move the 3.5 inch bay and also was it hard to replace the radiator fans? I presume I need to buy new fan splitter cables? Thanks

          • @blues11: For the 3.5” drive cage I had to take the case foot off, as there was a clip in the way that stopped me sliding the cage all the way in, then put the foot back on. Also had to reroute the cables attached to a motherboard header that was right against where the cage slides in.

            The radiator fans were easy to mount to the rad itself, but I had to take the VRM heat sinks off to have enough room to slide the new assembly back into place. They’re just Philips head screws and thermal pads, nothing fancy. I also re-pasted the CPU/AIO heat sink. To mount the outermost fan to the top of the case you’ll either need to supply longer screws or just use cable ties which is what I did. Works just fine. And yep, you’ll need to buy a new two-way PWM splitter cable.

    • +5

      It is a desktop, but unfortunately RAM upgrades is one of the areas where Dell really charges quite a premium vs just buying the RAM and upgrading yourself.

      Dell also conveniently offers step by step instructions (with pictures) on their support site for how to upgrade the RAM, and there's also various Youtube videos from others showing this process.

      • -1

        A shame for such an expensive pc

        • RAM is probably one the most affordable things in today's market. More than 16GB isn't necessary for gaming

  • +1

    Also please make sure that the machine comes with the liquid cooler before placing the order. For 10700f, it comes with Intel stock cooler with poor performance.

    • +1

      I remember reading that in forums for the original Auroras but the non liquid cooling isn't even available anymore… eg. the 10700F model is advertised as "Lunar Light chassis with High-Performance CPU Liquid Cooling and 1000W Power Supply", and this is consistent with the description under "Chassis Options".

  • How can I use a cashback? never used them before.

    • +3

      You basically sign up to cashrewards.com.au and then you need to visit their site and activate cashback on Dell before you purchase. They basically collect referral fees from Dell and then split it with you the customer.

      I won't post my own referral link but OzBargain has a random referral code feature here which depending on promotions at the time entitles the referrer and referree to get extra credit (usually $10-$20): https://www.ozbargain.com.au/deals/cashrewards.com.au

  • For those in the know is this better value than this https://www.virco.com.au/collections/desktop-pcs/products/vi... ?

    • +1

      Comes down to how badly you want a 3080 vs a 3070 IMO. There seem to be a few more prebuilt options (and competitive pricing) in the 3070 space than the 3080's due to how hard it is to physically/logistically get a 3080 at RRP.

      I think once you decide on the whole 3070 vs 3080, then look at the various options. There's also the whole AMD vs Intel debate but assuming your main focus is gaming, GPU is a far more significant factor in overall performance.

      For anyone else who wants to comment, here's the specs of the linked build at $2486 (not sure if Virco includes delivery):
      CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core AM4 3.70 GHz Unlocked CPU Processor
      CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken M22 120mm AIO Liquid CPU Cooler
      MAINBOARD: MSI MAG B550M BAZOOKA AM4 Micro-ATX Motherboard
      MEMORY: Kingston HyperX FURY 16GB (2x 8GB) DDR4 3200MHz Memory
      STORAGE: Kingston A2000 500GB M.2 (2280) PCIe NVMe SSD
      PSU: Deepcool DQ750-M-V2L 750W 80 PLUS Gold Fully Modular Power Supply
      CASE: NZXT H510 Tempered Glass Mid-Tower ATX Case

      • Yeah I guess, I want the 3080 pretty bad, but I’m not sure I can handle the aesthetic of Alienware (super ugly imho), vs the sleek NZXT case.

        Thanks for adding the part list. It does kind of highlight how much the dell has ‘built in’ by comparison. Like 1 or 2 TB drive, wifi, windows, Bluetooth, cash back, all stuff that adds an additional cost on the other one…

        • +1

          Some JB Hifis have them on the shelf (but at $2999 for a 1660Ti model!) if you want to see the aesthetic in real life. The black looks a bit better to me than the white and you can always turn off the RGB.

          If it were me, given all the cashrewards/etc, I'd probably splurge the extra $500 or so (probably less once you factor in delivery/etc) and get a 3080 system. Keep in mind though that it'll be an Alienware/Dell 3080 which is probably not going to have the resale value which a typical AIB would have like the EVGA model in the Virco 3070 system. The cooling in the Alienware case is also probably not as effective as the NZXT case but unless you're mining 24x7 (which I've seen some Youtubers do) then I don't think the Alienware case will be an issue.

          • @jace88: I was thinking to mine…

            • @cc23: Haha, I think everyone probably thinks that too.

              There's a Youtube channel with a guy who uses his R11 to mine extensively but he's also modded his case to install extra fans for cooling.

              IMO, and probably controversial, unless you are happy spending $3k on a gaming PC though, I probably wouldn't buy this just for mining purposes since you never know if you'll get the payback you need to cover the outlay…. but if you see it more as a way to help lessen the blow/cost of buying a gaming PC, then that is a much less risky move.

              • @jace88: Oh yeah I was totally in the market for a gaming PC anyway

                • @cc23: Is the deal with al the screen etc not still better overall?

                  • @cc23: Yes. Even if you didn't need them and intended to sell them off, you'd probably get back more than the $500 difference between Options 2 and 3 for the 27" 1080p 240Hz monitor, keyboard, mouse and headset.

                    … but it could all just be too much of a hassle.

    • If you want a RTX 3080 (e.g. for 4k gaming) get this alienware.

      If you want a RTX 3070 like the virco (e.g. less expensive or 1440p gaming) get one of the techfast deals, e.g. https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/615611 (may want to upgrade the case, power supply and maybe the operating system SSD if you don't want to add your own success)

      If you want it in days rather than weeks then virco are your best bet but you'll often pay a bit more (I'm afraid you just missed their better deal). The components they use are usually pretty good though.

      • +1

        Appreciate that. The tech fast turnaround time is what really puts me off, plus I do bloody hate the cases they use. I know it’s a small reason to go for Virgo for the case choice though haha.

        I am after 4K gaming ideally. I’m a sucker for 4K anything.

      • Interesting … i tried to build a PC based on the link you posted …

        Dell included: 16gig ram, 512gig M.2 + 2TB hdd, 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 10700KF, 1000W water cooled PSU — $2975
        TechFast included: 32gig ram, 1TB M.2 + 2TB hdd, AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, 850W water cooled PSU —- $2990

        Both included: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB Graphics Card, Windows 10 Home, both had promo codes applied

        Main difference: RAM? But it's easy enough to install more ram cheaply …

        Based on this … i'm going to assume the Dell offer would be better than TechFast…. works out cheaper than BPCTech as well. I'm wanting to upgrade my existing PC which is like 7 years old but is still grunty enough for me to run OBS and stream online without having issues. It was a beast of a machine back then … so yeah. It has 16gig currently which has probably helped save me.

        I had a look at dimensions online. It's a big unit. 48cm high … 43cm deep and 22cm across. Talk about a beast .. lol

        There is 84 likes on this. Has anyone else purchased this system? I'm very tempted …

        • I'm still thinking of 3080 option. And want to offset the expense by mining a bit of ETH for 6-12 months 24/7 while the rig is on warranty.
          Plus will try to do tax deductions as a machine to upskill for my work.
          If not the 3080 card it would be much simpler just to build own machine as I don't need case, ssds, hdds and windows 10

  • Can you take out the 3080 in this and re-sell it?

    • Yes you can, its worth 2k by itself which makes this deal attractive.

      • +3

        The other parts are only worth around $800

        • +1

          Probably less than $800 really, as you can’t resell the motherboard or power supply due to it being proprietary

  • Nvm oops

    • In general, or in this specific case? I haven't ordered so I can't comment with certainty but the descriptions above indicate they all have liquid AIO even on the non K models.

      • I'm fairly sure for the xps or g series, non K comes with stock cooler, K comes with an aftermarket cooler, but it says cpu liquid cooling in the listing here

      • Yes I was at PAX 2019 where 9th gen version was shown off, these have Alienware branded AIO coolers similar to Corsair Hydro H60.

  • -2

    Can't put my phone or coffee on this Alienware case:(

    • +3

      Why would you risk spilling liquids on your computer?

      • Convenience. I have an NZXT 710. Nice flat area for my phone to stay and charge from USB and coffee.
        Haven't spilled it yet but wouldn't matter if I did.

        • +2

          Putting coffee on the tower instead of table sounds very absurd lol . Do you not have a table

          • @sauce2k: It's beside the desk and just the right height :)

          • @sauce2k: I agree, I'd say those doing it have a smaller than average table, because placing liquid on top of a multi-thousand dollar piece of hardware, when the table is perfect for this makes very little sense (at least to me). This would actually require taking my hand down from the desk, so the logic of perfect heigh makes little sense, Each to his/her own I guess, hope those doing it have good luck with spills :)

          • +1

            @sauce2k: Using the thermal load of his PC to keep his Coffee warm.

            • @natedawggg: Sure when the coffee spills it will keep the cpu and gpu warm as well

    • Why not have your coffee cup on your desk instead of of your computer?

      • Not a bad idea but I like a clean desk.

        • And risking your coffee spills on your computer?

    • Can't put my bottle of Krug from previous Ozbargain deals on this case.

  • +1

    I am looking at 2k gaming pc but budget is going up every time I look at the deals. It looks like going to buy a Echo and end up buying a Camry.

    • +1

      You can't win either way with those two choices.

    • I thought a Camry was better than an Echo?

  • I am looking into mining bitcoins and was wondering if this is a suitable machine? How much per day is this rig likely to mine? I know next to nothing about this currently.

    • Maybe buy when the crypto hype dies or bitcoin crashes. Gpus will be cheaper and a lot of retail miners may also stop which will give you better chances to mine bitcoin. Sell on next bull cycle.

    • Check nicehash calculator. At the moment it is about 12aud per day. And you can't mine Bitcoin with this GPU. Mine eth. Mining Bitcoin is not possible any more for most people.

        • +1

          You just made this up, didn't you?

      • Why can't you mine Bitcoin with this gpu?

        • You can, its around $13-$3 electricity, but any miner with dedicated 6gpu rigs is more cost efficient and also doesn't have to listen to a computer in their room/house mining at 100% fan because they have a mining shed.

    • +1

      Jesus. You have a lot of research to do if you want to get into mining.

    • No, specialised rigs are way more efficient than this computer price/performance wise in hashing rate. However, if you want to leave your computer on for an extra $13-$3 electricity you can. Pro-tip, if you have a big steam of free games use https://github.com/JonasNilson/idle_master_extended/issues to idle steam cards. I made $2.80 in 9 hours, way more than the 1.80 I made from CPU mining 1920x and GPU mining 1080ti on Nicehash. I got 2 rare foil drops from Dragon Age Origins worth $0.98 and $0.54 which made up half of the value of the 18 cards I got, which were all valued at around 10c.

  • +1

    OP; current sale price in your table for the bundle shows the same as the standalone.

    • thanks! updated to $3985.45 before lovekeanu code. also a good opportunity to fix a formatting issue too!

  • -1

    I recall building a decent gaming PC for around $1200. It was mostly RAM that was overpriced. PC prices today have definitely become over inflated due to mining and COVID.

    • Don't forget silicon shortage and scalping!

  • Just a word of warning, you may be waiting a while to get that 3080 system despite going the OEM route. I ordered a previous OZB deal ( https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/613668 ) and have had the delivery date revised till the end of next month. Ordered 29/3/21 now revised delivery date is 25/5/21. I can only assume this is 3080 related. YMMV.

    • That doesn't sound good to be honest. What to do what to do….

    • Ordered the bundle directly from Dell website on March 31st with ETA by May 7.
      In production from April 2nd and shipped to AU sorting facility on Apr 14.
      I'm expecting an earlier delivery date this o rnext week.

      • OK, maybe not 3080 constrained then. Unsure why I'm being shafted on this one. Perhaps its the i9…

      • Same, Ordered 30th, Shipped 9th April eta May 5th, Fingers crossed this week

      • My R11 is getting delivered tomorrow.
        Not bad, less than 3 weeks to receive.

        ebay track and trace is inaccurate.

  • For option 2 - is it straightforward to add additional BYO RAM to up it to 32gb?

    Does it have more than one m2 slot to BYO another stick? Similarly adding extra SSDs, spare power / SATA port available?

    • +1

      See my comment which links to the service manual. In all honesty though, it's as straightforward as it can get for buying a prebuilt especially if you're upgrading the easy drop-ins like RAM and storage.

    • +1

      unfortunately only one m2 slot, need PCI express slot if you wish to add another m2.
      Two extra 2.5" HDD bays at the bottom.
      4 x 8GB isn't listed in the matrix but R11 users on reddit reported they work fine.

  • -1

    Ordered the R12 for $3200 with the 3080 after using this coupon, plus a 15% off code… Better deal imo

    • link please? thank you!

      • Yeah .. what's the stackable 15% off code? I assume it also negates the cashrewards rebate?

  • -1

    I bought the R12 as well - added LOVEKEANU and I am a student so went through the Student Purchase Program for a 20% off code. Came up with $2864.18 total for a 11400F and a RTX 3080


    • Not sure if this will work, but called them up - cancelled the above. Went with the 11700F instead and got the total price inc - 20% and LOVEKEANU stacked to $2938.12

      From here I used Shopback extension and then selected method of payment as EFT. Called them up and changed payments - split over Zip Money and Zip Pay Single Use VISA cards….

      So fingers crossed = $2938.12 - $176.29 = $2761.83 for a i7 11700F and a RTX 3080…

      seems like a good deal if it works right??

      • Not sure the code is stackable

        And I'm not a student.

        But yes, good deal if it works.

      • Does the 11700F config for $2938.12 come with liquid/water cooling too?

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