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Has anyone installed a GPU into a Dell R540 (latest generation) server?

I'm looking at something like a Quadro 2000, nothing expensive as its just going to be used as a "proof of concept" to see if we can do RemoteFX with Windows Server 2016 for 3-4 VMs.


Josh (Dell)
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Josh (Dell)

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The R740. 

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adrian_ych
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adrian_ych

I have installed a Quadro 4000 on a Dell T-server (got the card from a Dell Precision workstation).

I do not think the 2U server have the space for the Quadro large card....worse of all, try not to obstruct the air flow...

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Jon Sellors
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Jon Sellors

Hi Adrian,

Thanks for the reply and yes- i'm looking for a low profile card so i don't have to muck about with changing the riser card and sacrificing a spare PCIe slot. And im kind of hoping that I would find a Dell approvde list but it looks like they'll try and sell you a much more expensive "designed for VDI" server.

That said, its good to know you have a Quadro in a Dell server. Do you manage to get a temperature reading from the GPU? Just out of interest, what were you doing with that setup? Was it running ESXi passing through the physical GPU to a single VM? Or were you running Windows Server with RemoteFX?

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Scott5043
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Scott5043

Never done that, but very interested in your results. 

That's been on my mind too for use with CAD software, though it's actually not supported. Sure would be nice to stop dropping $2K per workstation!

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Jon Sellors
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Jon Sellors

Scott5043 wrote:

Never done that, but very interested in your results. 

That's been on my mind too for use with CAD software, though it's actually not supported. Sure would be nice to stop dropping $2K per workstation!

Agreed. I'm sure cloud based VDI as a service will become more popular once +100Mbit Internet connections become the norm.

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Josh (Dell)
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Josh (Dell)

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Hi,

Officially there is no support for GPUs on the R540, so there may not be enough power connectors for a GPU.


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Jon Sellors
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Jon Sellors

Hi Josh,
So whats the lowest end Dell server that supports GPUs?

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Josh (Dell)
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Josh (Dell)

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The R740. 

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Jon Sellors
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Jon Sellors

Josh (Dell) wrote:

The R740. 

Thanks Josh. Having a look now :)

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