1U server with both AGP and PCI

Posted on 2006-04-21
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Greetings all,

i am looking for a 1U case taht can support 1 expansion cards. either 1 AGP and PCI, or 1 PCIE and PCI

Basically i need to fit both some type of modern graphics card and a PCMCIA card into a 1U case.  I'm open to alternatives to get this accomplished, but it still has to be in a 1U form case.  

My suspision is that i can use 2 risers if theres a case that places the power supply towards the front and allows the motherboard to be situatied ina  corner where both an AGP card allows the use of a riser towards the far end PCI slot.  Aprt from customizing, is there anything out there that will fit this bill?

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by:Irwin Santos
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I don't think there is one...

The combination of the motherboard and riser card (for 2 boards) exceeds the height of a 1U.. best to get everyting built onto the motherboard OR use USB devices
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i dont think you'll be able to find a 1u server with a agp or pci-e 16x slot, about the only thing close would be a 4u rackmount workstation
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kode99 earned 1000 total points
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You are sort of snookered here as there is a height issue here.  Most regular cases wont work.

Here is a case that might work if you can handle the depth of it.  It uses a forward mounted power supply.


These guys have a lot of specialty risers that might allow you to fit other cases.  You can get risers with up to 6" cables for most types of buses.


Another alternative is to use industrial style PC components.  These use single board computers that plug into a PCI backplane on one side and the other cards go in the other side.  It's nice solid stuff and makes for easy servicing but it is more expensive.

You can take a look at this 1U case,


The pdf spec sheet has internal pictures.  The store in the first link also carries a similar unit they may have other cases and parts suited to your needs as well.

Otherwise you would likely have to go for 2U units which will be able to fit the boards using risers quite easily.

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by:Irwin Santos
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@kode99...good try...the last link comes close but doesn't allow for the requirement of the asker. :-(
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Yea but take a look at the first link,  actually has a picture of a motherboard with two PCI cards mounted above the motherboard beside each other using 2 risers with a forward mounted power supply.  I assume the poster is planning to use a PCI -> PCMIA board plus a video card of some sort.

Here's the pictures,

Specs list it as 1 full height PCI and 1 low profile AGP or PCI slot.   Potentially a perfect fit,  PCI slot for the PCMIA unit and the low profile slot for a video card.


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The riser fits in one PCI-X slot and holds two PCI-X cards at U1 height.
The cards are arranged one right, one left.
The second PCI-X card is -connected- via a ribbon cable to a different PCI-X slot.
The pics are actually 3 pics of the same item from different sides.
They have one for regular PCI as well..
There are also these for about every kind of slot you can think of.
With a bit of mounting creativity you can do exactly what you want.

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