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Dell Optiplex SFF - use both PCIe slots for Nics?

Hi! First time poster. I'm considering getting a Dell Optiplex SFF, either a used 7060 or new, to use as firewall appliance with OPNsense. It ticks a lot of boxes - small and quiet but still powerful enough to run 10Gbit routing, and it has 2 PCIe slots for network cards. And here lies my question. According to spec, the 7060 has 1x16 and 1x4 PCIe slots, which would be perfect for me as I need one 10Gbit Nic (Chelsio) AND a quad 1Gb Nic (Intel). Would this configuration be supported, or is the Optiplex hardwired to assume that the x16 slot is used for GPU...?

 

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X16 slot must use a gpu. cannot use this for multiple nics. This model is not a server with PCI-E Bifrucation.

The bios halts the system.

System halted!
Attention: Unsupported Video Configuration Detected

Action is Required

This computer has an add-in graphics card, but the monitor is plugged
into the integrated video connector.
To attach the monitor cable to the add-in graphics card:

1. Shut down the computer
2. Plug the monitor cable into the add-in graphics card connector.
This may require a video adapter or video adapter cable.
(provided with the system)
3. Turn on the computer.

This message should not appear after completing these steps.
For more information or help, please refer to the system documentation

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X16 slot must use a gpu. cannot use this for multiple nics. This model is not a server with PCI-E Bifrucation.

The bios halts the system.

System halted!
Attention: Unsupported Video Configuration Detected

Action is Required

This computer has an add-in graphics card, but the monitor is plugged
into the integrated video connector.
To attach the monitor cable to the add-in graphics card:

1. Shut down the computer
2. Plug the monitor cable into the add-in graphics card connector.
This may require a video adapter or video adapter cable.
(provided with the system)
3. Turn on the computer.

This message should not appear after completing these steps.
For more information or help, please refer to the system documentation

speedstep_0-1629042860015.jpeg

 

 

 


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Thank you so much for that reply. Although not the answer I was hoping for. Would have been an absolute steal for this purpose otherwise.

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Interesting.

I posted a reply that I have an Optiplex 7070 SFF with a quad 1Gb NIC in the 4x slot and a dual 10Gb NIC in the 16x slot working just fine after covering pins B5 and B6 with tape on the 10Gb NIC and linked a video showing the issue.

Was it removed due to the link to the Youtube video?

I did get a couple of emails from the bot wanting my service tag to help assist.

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@dittman1 strangely enough I got your reply too via email notification but when I went back to the forum it was gone again. Don’t know why but I appreciate your response. And can only presume then that whether the 2 slots can be used or not depends on model/chipset/bios? As others have had different experience too.

Would be interesting to understand which models work and which don’t. Almost the perfect firewall alliance, in combination with software router like pfsense or opnsense, where this works.

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