I just purchased a Dell PowerEdge T100 server with Xeon E3110 processor and 4GB memory. It has three PCI Express (x8, x4 and x1) and one PCI slot. I have installed Windows 7 Prof on it.
Not realizing the tremendous limitations of the interface I separately ordered a XFX HD 4670 which seems to be not useful since it is PCIE 2.0 and none of the PCIE slots on the machine are full sized.
I also ordered a Diamond S9250PCISB. I thought I could use this in the PCI slot. The card that I received has a notch which is not matching with the notch on the machine. When I looked at the card on the Newegg website, it seems to have two notches.
I am NOT a gamer. The purpose of this machine was to watch and backup media, etc.
Questions -- (i) which video card would you recommend (I would prefer something with DVI interface) (ii) can I somehow use the XFX card or does it need to go back (iii) are there multiple versions of the PCI interface?
These were meant to be servers, and Dell has pretty much built them so you can't convert them into a desktop unit. You will have to go with one of these x1 cards, that is about all there is available (that I could find) that is compatible with the slots you have. None of your slots will accept a standard PCIe 16X card. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
I never had one of these, so I don't know about performance. Probably not a huge difference over the onboard graphics.