JoeSchmoe007
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What kind of graphics card can I put in Poweredge T110 II?

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Server has following slots:

4 PCIe G2 slots:
Two x8 slots (one with x16 connectors)
One x4 slot (with x8 connector)
One x1 slot

Graphics card needs to support Windows server 2012 (are Windows 8 drivers compatible with Windows Server 2012?). I am not looking for anything fancy or fast, just something that can support 2 monitors via DVI or DisplayPort.

I looked at NewEgg graphics card section and find it difficult to understand what kind of interface I should pick. This is what NewEgg has for interface (I don't see any x8 or x4 as mentioned in Poweredge T110 II specs):

PCI Express 3.0 x16
PCI Express 2.1 x16
PCI Express 2.0 x16
PCI Express x16
PCI Express x1
PCI Express 2.0
PCI Express 2.1
PCI Express 3.0

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Re: What kind of graphics card can I put in Poweredge T110 II?

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I would try any of the cards with x8 at the end, even though it says one slot has x16 capability, but only has  x8 power.  The card can only be up to 25w.  

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theflash1932
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No, limitation is due to maximum power provided through PCIe slot.  Upgrading the power supply will only help if you get one with a power cable dedicated to power the graphics card.

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I can confirm that the VisionTek 5450 works fine in a Dell T110 II running Windows Server 2012 R2.

Starting with computer power off.

Connect a display to the on-board video adapter analog port.

Install the 5450.

Power up.

A Microsoft driver is automatically installed on a cold start after installation of the 5450. You then need to do a restart, press F2, and set the BIOS video option to distributed.

Power off

Connect the display to the 5450 analog port.

Power up.

Install the AMD Catalyst software.

Power off.

Connect the display to the analog, DVI or HDMI ports on the 5450.

Power up.

The 5450 should now be using the Catalyst driver and utilities.

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Its a trial by error when adding video cards to this server. You will most likely need one that will fit the x16 slot, less than 25w.   Disable the onboard video in the F2 bios and the card should work for you.  

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JoeSchmoe007
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Re: What kind of graphics card can I put in Poweredge T110 II?

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So what options from NewEgg's list are compatible? Anything with x16 at the end?

How is x8 with x16 connector (which is what T110 II has) different from regular x16 slot?

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Re: What kind of graphics card can I put in Poweredge T110 II?

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I would try any of the cards with x8 at the end, even though it says one slot has x16 capability, but only has  x8 power.  The card can only be up to 25w.  

Regards,

Geoff P
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JoeSchmoe007
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Re: What kind of graphics card can I put in Poweredge T110 II?

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Is 25w limitation due to power supply? What if I upgrade power supply?

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theflash1932
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No, limitation is due to maximum power provided through PCIe slot.  Upgrading the power supply will only help if you get one with a power cable dedicated to power the graphics card.

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RE: What kind of graphics card can I put in Poweredge T110 II?

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I am running a xfx 7750 in mine and it runs like a dream. I have been litecoin mining at 100% for a week with no problems.

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RE: What kind of graphics card can I put in Poweredge T110 II?

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How is x8 with x16 connector (which is what T110 II has) different from regular x16 slot?

It's easiest to consider that a PCIe slot has a logical and physical component. The logical component is the number of (data) lanes available while the physical component is the actual connector used on the motherboard. So, when one mentions x8/x16 as in your example, this mean we have 8 data lanes available in a x16 PCIe connector (slot).

What this means is that you can insert a x16 PCIe card into the slot but the system can only provide x8 data lanes for it's use (half of what such a card should ideally have). It also means that you can install a x1 CPIe card into a x16 slot and it will only use x1 data lanes out of the x8 available (in this example).

To further compound the situation, all PCIe slots are not the same as there are two classes, "normal" slots and "graphics" slots. The difference is that a normal slot can only provide 25W of power from the PCIe slot while a graphics slot can provide 75W of power from such a slot. The fact that a connector is x16 does not in itself indicate that this slot is a "graphics" slot which can provide 75W of power... You must check the manual to find out...

It gets even trickier as PCIe has the ability to reconfigure the number of lanes available in the slots at boot time. That's how one can have x16 lanes available in a graphics slot when only one graphics card is used but this drops to x8 lanes when two graphics cards are installed as is the case in some desktop systems that share lanes in crossfire/sli configurations...

Cheers.

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RE: What kind of graphics card can I put in Poweredge T110 II?

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Hello everyone,

I'm very interested in this thread. I've just installed an ATI x300 in the pci-e x16 slot of my PowerEdge T110 II. Now, I'm no longer able to get into the bios (pressing F2 at startup causes the machine reboot) but I have no problem during the execution of operating system (Windows 7 x64). Can the power limit be the reason of this problem?

Thanks in advance,
Max

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ToddBliven
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RE: What kind of graphics card can I put in Poweredge T110 II?

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Hi, PCI Express x16 cards, I have used Nvida Quadro 2000d in our older t110, but they do now work in our new t110 11. I have had luck with VisionTec ATI cards, the one I using now is 4350 512.
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