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12-19-2010 01:31 PM
I have a HP xw8400 Workstation that I recently purchased when it came off-lease. In many of my serarches here on HP and other resellers, the system lists as being capable of handling two of the nVidia Quadro FX 3500 video cards. I have one installed now and the documentation seems a bit vague as to where a second card should be installed.
Also, I am running Windows 7 64-bit with 4GB of RAM. It is running very nicely despite not seeing any "official" support for Windows 7. Why might that be?
Thanks in advance. These are really a nicely built system and can be had for an incredible price these days. I plan to use mine for CAD software.
12-19-2010 03:37 PM - edited 12-19-2010 03:41 PM
12-19-2010 03:46 PM
Thank you for your reply.
I have one card in the Slot 2 (PCI Expess x16) which is what that manual specifies for the video card
It looks like Slot 4 (PCI Express x16 (x4 performance) J31) is where the second would go, which was the hunch I had.
My worry was the power draw of two cards, since in one of the other PDFs I had read indicated caution with high powered cards
Since I found so many sales pamphlets indicating support for two cards, there HAD to be something indicating how two were setup
12-19-2010 03:59 PM - edited 12-19-2010 04:10 PM
The specifications for the xw8400 indicate a 800 watt power supply.
Personally if this were my system, I would consider one big video card. Quadro has some extremely expensive video cards for professional applications. For gaming, I would pick a consumer level video card.
12-19-2010 04:16 PM
FX 3500 works great....Im curious if its worth going up a notch there (SolidWorks)
I have the Dual Xeon 3ghz CPUs. To upgrade to two Quad Core processors would be close to $900, but 8 processors. Wow. Worth it?
12-19-2010 04:34 PM - edited 12-19-2010 04:42 PM
Your application(s) need to take advantage of all those processors. Start Task Manager --> resource monitoring and leave Task Manager running. Then start your application(s) and run them hard for a while and then switch back to Task Manager. What do you see for processor utilization across the four processors? What about disk I/O activity when running your applications?