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R730 Server - GPU Recommendations


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nagetech

Howdy everyone! Been a bit since I've last posted here.

 

Recently picked up a R730 server that I will be make into my new emby server. Currently running a T710, and the old girl has served me well.

I was thinking about toying around with putting a GPU in there and play with hardware transcoding.

Figured I'd turn to the wisdom of the masses here and see if someone could point me in the right direction. I did some research, but the information is a bit overwhelming.

 

Looking forward to hearing back from you guys :)

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sooty234

It's only a 2U chassis? The only way I see you getting a GPU in that, is to use a PCIe riser or ribbon extender. Do you have enough space to lay a card down and secure it? And you'd have to use something simple like a GTX 1050, possibly with no bracket and/or modified cooling.

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nagetech

Thanks for the reply! It is a 2u chassis, but it was built to accept video cards. Even has a power point for it on the rear riser. 
 

what I was trying to figure out was, what’s the best bang for buck card :) don’t want the bottom of the barrel but don’t want to take out another mortgage. 
 

Thanks!

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sooty234

So the questions that need to be answered are:

1. What's your budget?

2. How much transcoding is required?

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analogking

What cpu or cpus are you using?  You might not need a video card. 

The fans may spin faster after adding a video card.  My poweredge servers from the same generation got louder when I added a fiber channel or usb expansion card.
If sound is an issue, you might want to consider that. You can force them back down, but that may lead to a thermal event.

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