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Dell Server Multimedia?? Help Please!!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by chez, 4 Feb 2006.

  1. chez

    Hitman

    Joined: 16 Jan 2004

    Posts: 945

    Location: Northampton, UK

    I have a Dell Poweredge 1800 server (dual 2.8GHz 800MHz FSB HT Xeon, 1.5GB RAM).

    Before people start telling me I don't need a server for multimedia, I am well aware of this, I use it to run VMWare GSX, which runs my domain and Media Center PCs/Servers, along with other business apps.

    That said, I would like to utilise the 2 physical (plus 2 virtual) CPUs to encode videos a bit quicker!

    I believe I will need a dedicated VGA and sound card for this (whenever I try to encode using Windows Media Encoder or CuCuSoft AVI->VCD, I get errors saying that I do not have the right codec installed (even though I have installed all codecs under the sun). Oddly, Videora Xbox 360 Video Convertor works, but I think this transcodes rather than converts (is there a difference?).

    According to Dell, I have the following expansion slots available -

    Six total: two PCI Express slots (1 x 8 lane and 1 x 4 lane);
    two PCI-X® slots (64-bit/100MHz); one PCI (32-bit/33MHz, 5v)
    and one PCI (64-bit/66MHz).

    Now, I can obviously get a PCI graphics card and stick that in the PCI (32-Bit) slot, but can I put a sound card in the 64-Bit slot (or even one of the PCI-X ones? - I seem to recall my M-Audio Delta 2496 saying it was PCI-X compatible on the box, but I'd rather fiund out it's safe before I risk killing the card by trying it!).

    Thanks in advance
    Chez