I recently bought a couple of M1060 cards that are HP parts meant for one of their big mondo and expensive servers, but I’m wanting to use them in a NORMAL desktop computer running Linux or maybe WIndows, but not Windows Server. I tried to put one in my current desktop system and found out that because of the huge heat sinks that are really close to the PCI edge connector, that the heat sink is in the way of some capacitors and other electronic parts that are close to the PCI connector on the motherboard, and cannot be physically inserted into the existing PCI express slot.
Has anyone used these HP M1060 cards in anything other than the ProLiant SL390S G7 system they were designed to go in (I’m guessing about this as I don’t know yet which HP system these were meant for since I can’t find the M1060 on the HP web site yet, only the M2050/M2070 cards)? Does anyone know exactly which HP system these cards were really meant for? Does anyone know where I can get any user guides or installation guides for these M1060’s?
If I’m trying to beat a dead horse and this is a hopeless project someone please tell me now - I hope not but realize it’s possible that these will only ever be able to be used in the HP ProLiant system they were designed for. If so would much rather find out now before a lot of time and expense are invested.
Will one GeForce 580 be a better/faster choice than two of these M1060’s?
So has anyone already solved this problem and know what motherboard, case and power supply would be needed to run two of these M1060’s and perhaps another nice Nvidia video card since the M1060’s have no video output (like maybe a 580 type) and maybe another couple of misc cards?
So what’s needed is a motherboard with at least 3 PCI Express x16 slots (and the two slots meant for the M1060 would have to be free of obstructions that my current motherboard isn’t), plus a couple of other regular PCI slots. The case has to have enough clearance to accept these really long HP M1060 cards as they have a funny metal bracket on the end furthest from the slot cover (the entire card with this bracket is about 12.375" long). These metal brackets can be removed but don’t think they should be as the card needs some support at that end because the cards are so heavy with that big honking heat sink, so had intended on having some sort of bracket fabricated to enable that end to be supported by attaching to the case somehow. Am guessing that the board would vibrate a bit with all that mass so far away from the PCI connector and might crack the card if not supported.
Am guessing that a 1000W power supply should be enough for two M1060’s plus a 580 graphics card plus the normal storage devices (a couple of DVD’s and a couple of internal drives and a couple of misc cards like a wireless network card or high speed ethernet or others along those lines. Perhaps even an 800-850W would be sufficient - one goal is to have as quite of a system as possible as this is in a home office not a lab or computer data center.
Also will it be possible to use any Nvidia graphics card with these M1060’s or are there only certain ones that will work?
I am just wanting to have a system to experiment with using CUDA and these GPU cards that I have, so don’t bother recommending I replace them with a single newer 2050 Fermi card. I got a really good deal on them and think they would be fine for what I’m trying to accomplish in getting my feet wet in the CUDA pool.
Thanks for any and all suggestions and recommendations.
Here are a couple of picture of what the card looks like in case anyone is not clear of what I’m trying to describe (HP part number is 900-20607-0350-000 and both were brand spanking new and never have been opened). The first picture shows the overall card (the bottom of the picture is really the top edge of the card)
And here is a closeup showing the heat sink and how close it is to the PCI edge connector so you can see how little room it leaves for the area around the PCI express connector on the motherboard (it’s not as focused as I would like but can’t get my camera to focus if it’s any closer - this is a view of the bottom PCI connector and heat sink and the left side of the picture is the front slot cover part of the board):
Also have some questions about the different connectors on the M1060 board:
There are two power connectors on the top right corner of the card - one is a 6-pin and the other is an 8-pin (I’m guessing they are power - are they?). Are these the same as other Nvidia graphics cards or are they wired any different? So will the standard 8-pin and 6-pin connectors from power supplies work fine?
There are two 4-pin small connectors (one on the top left corner if the slot cover is on your left, the other is on the bottom right). Anyone know what are these style of connectors called? What are these for?
There is a 20-pin connector on the top left of the board that looks like it takes some kind of a ribbon type cable. Anyone know what this is called and what’s it for?
There is an edge style connector along the top edge of the card - am guessing this is for some sort of connector when using more than one board, ala SLI type connector? Anyone know what this is for and when it would be used?
Are there any temperature sensors on this card and if so which connector is used for getting this temperature information?
There wasn’t any sort of documentation that came with this M1060 board. I’ve looked around on Nvidia’s and HP’s web site but haven’t found anything yet. Anybody know where I can find any sort of documentation for this board that gives any sort of details about it?
Also what about air flow for these two M1060 cards? These are passive designs so am guessing they radiate quite a bit of heat so what’s the best way to keep them cooled or perhaps is heat even an issue with them? Do I need to have a fan blowing directly across them to dissipate the heat? Which direction would be best for the air flow? What would be the best placement for the M1060 cards without another big heat generating Nvidia card or with one. Am guessing that the further apart these cards are the better? Or is placement really an issue if there is enough airflow?
What sort of CPU horsepower would be recommended for running apps on these boards? I know their double-precsion speed is pretty low compared to newer 2050/2070 cards, but for getting my feet wet with CUDA am willing to live with this for now. Someday, if I really get into this, I might be willing to get a 2050 type card - in that case would this make a difference for the system I put together today? In other words, if I were building the system to use two 2050 cards would that change anything in the parts specifications for case, power supply or video card or air flow since 2050/2070 cards come in both active and passive designs apparently (passive ones from HP and active ones from Nvidia???)?
Thanks for any and all help.
Anyone have any idea why the Nvidia registration would not work for this board - I used the part number on the box (900-20607-0350-000) and the page where I tried to register says that this is the correct style but it refuses to accept it and complains it’s not correct but yet it adheres to the form that it claims is correct, so not sure how to register these boards. Any suggestions? After I do get them registered are there any documentation that I can then get access to that without registering them you can’t?
Any other suggestions or recommendations from anyone who’s already been thru this exercise would be greatly appreciated.
Any other questions I should try and find out the answers to before proceeding to put the system together? Like are some Linux versions better/worse than others? Appreciate any heads up on the issues that I’ll be facing pretty soon.
Is it better to attach images to these posts or better to have links to where pictures can be seen on some other web site?
Apologize for all these disjoint questions - this is a bit overwhelming at first, but am looking forward to getting very comfortable with this whole GPU effort.