Graphics card for HP Microserver N36L

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Hi,

I'm looking for a cheap graphics card, suitable for my HP Microserver N36L.

The card needs HDMI out and I would like it to output video and audio via HDMI (note the Microserver does not have a sound card).

Note also that the Microserver has only PCIe half-height and I believe a max power of 25W to the PCIe slot.

Full specs: http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/13716_div/13716_div.HTML

If anybody could point me at a suitable card I'd be most appreciative.

Thanks.
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i have seen dell servers  havint pcie 16x but there was an obstacle so you can not put a graphic card into it and only some dell FC or RAID cards. so check if the pcie slot is suitable for a graphic card first.
the sound you can solve by using a 3 USD USB sound card
personally from the specs i doubt that you can use a third party vga card so you might not solve it at the end at all

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Your server has the following expansion slots
1 half-height, half-length PCIe x16 Gen 2 1 half-height, half-length PCIe x1 Gen 2
So for the video you'll find some posibilities here
http://forum.notebookreview.com/gaming-software-graphics-cards/165253-trouble-finding-half-length-pci-express-video-card.html
As for audio you can try a Sound Blaster Audacity that's PCIe x1 and doesn't require external power.

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Thanks for your responses.

I found this:

http://www.edwardsd.co.uk/work/blog/2011/01/02/hp-microserver-as-htpc/

It says that a Sapphire 5450 will fit and has audio built in, so no need for additional hardware.

Is there any reason you can see why this woulnd't work?

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if someone has tested it then go for it. otherwise i would be afraid of the PSU.
i also have read that the ventilator in the psu is very noisy so you might need to replace it
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Hi,

As the HD 5000 series is quite old now, I'd look at the HD6450 series in a LP format?

Has better HD audio, supports 3D (the 5000 series does too but doesn't have an HDMI 1.4a output) and has Video post processing which might be of interest?

DDR3 models have a TDP of 20 watts and GDDR5, 27 watts - the latter would not be suitable.

Given the heatsink size/clearance, this should do:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/EAH6450-Silent-512MD3-LP-Graphics/dp/B004XANNSE/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1326214515&sr=1-2

Regards,


RobMobility.

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I ended up with the Sapphire as specified - shame as I would have liked to output 3D.

Thanks for your help.

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Hi,

The Sapphire can support 3D in some configurations even though it does have a HDMI 1.3 connector:

Look at the tech Specs and footnote 16:

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-radeon-hd-5000/hd-5450-overview/Pages/hd-5450-overview.aspx#2

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-radeon-hd-5000/hd-5450-overview/Pages/hd-5450-overview.aspx#5

Regards,


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