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New Server, no 16x PCIe slot = 1+ Dremel + 1min cutting the card back.

Discussion in 'Modding' started by FearTec, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. DJ_Hippster

    DJ_Hippster Member

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    Yes, shorter.

    Some 8x (and 2x,4x for that matter) come with an open ended back, so you can plug larger cards in. Others are not so nice with enclosed slots, hence why you need to modify the card (if you're staying within motherbord warranty).
     
  2. HeXa

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    8x slots normally have plastic at the end preventing insertion on a 16x card.... though there may be some that have an open end
     
  3. SpaceFrog

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    i wonder how well a gtx 260 performs at 1X or 4X

    would it be possible to make a cheap multi gpu folding system using a cheap board with with well laid out pci-e 1X & 4X slots
     
  4. dead_man

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    gtx260 would be bottlenecked at 4x for gaming. however for folding you could probley get by using a 1x slot for them :)
     
  5. AgB deano

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    I've heard of this mod before but mostly people tap off the back of their slots, never seen anyone cutting into the cards though.

    I might have done it a little neater myself but hey, it's doing exactly what ya want, bloody nice work! :thumbup:
     
  6. chookman

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    Haha, Dont you love it when your post on another site gets referenced ;)

    OP: Good work man, makes sense to hack up the cheaper component.
     
  7. ikonz0r

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    Gee i wish i had your boss. :Pirate:

    Itunes, OCAU, Downloads and Benchmarks..... :eek:
     
  8. SLATYE

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    You'd probably run into power limits on the slots. They won't be built for high-end cards. It doesn't matter in servers (because you're only using low-end cards anyway).
     
  9. zha50

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    IIRC the power are separate from the data lines. The power pins are the 11 pins before the first notch. Not sure on any power specifications for different lengths though. Max power though PCIe slots is 75W though.
     
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    FearTec

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    Yeah, my boss is a keeper.

    The iTunes is for the work provided iPhone, ocau is because it's info rocks and the benchmarks are for stress testing the shaders and gpu on the card. We benchmarked with the pcie 16x to x adapter first to test power limits.
     
  11. Penfold

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    tell me you taped in up first & put it in a pciex16 mobo to test :)
     
  12. Audionut

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    Sorry if i'm repeating I only read the first page.

    Better to cut the back of the slot.

    edit: ah exactly like the toms link above.
     
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  13. dazzawul

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    Nah man, its better to break the warranty of the cheaper item :p

    Server mobo vs cheap videocard, I'd break the video first..
     
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    The card is working at 8x, the cameraphone photo is bad but the contacts are all good (plenty of meat on the traces).

    Stats: 4 people would have cut the back of the slot.
     
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  15. Dodge M4S

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    Wouldnt a server motherboard have onboard video anyways? Pretty cool mod. I had no idea that was possible.
     
  16. dazzawul

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    Im amazed at how many people dont read the thread...


     
  17. MetalPhreak

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    Cutting slot > card

    onboard video > addin card for server

    not reading thread > reading thread

    :thumbup:
     
  18. Dodge M4S

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    Sorry I must have not read the part about the onboard.
     
  19. millsy

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    Would say an 8600gt cut down to fit in a 1x slot (if possible) have enough bandwidth to work as a PPU or for FAH?
     
  20. DJ_Hippster

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    Tape it and find out. :)
     

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