low profile CUDA compatible cards

Hi folks

First off, I'll admit my knowledge on video cards is limited to what I've googled in the last few hours (though you'd be surprised how much you can quickly learn).

Our group will be running large simulations through one of the high-end graphics cards later on in the year. I'll be in charge of getting this up and running, but in the meantime in order to learn CUDA and other GPU aspects I need some low cost card for my own machine. But I couldn't find any post that would exactly answer my question.

I'm running Linux on a Dell Optiplex 760 (small form factor)

spec here

I think I'm just limited to Nvidia as I need to learn CUDA, and to lower end ones as I only have 235W. And it being a small case it needs to be low-profile.

Just want a quick recommendation on what will safely and easily do the job.

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  1. http://www.nvidia.com/object/cuda_learn_products.html

    Looking at that list, the 8400GS is your best bet. I've seen numerous vendors selling the low profile version as well.

    also, from some nvidia page:
    Q: What are the power requirements for the GeForce 8400 GS GPU?
    A: GeForce 8400 GS cards have a maximum power draw of 71 watts.
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