First post, by feipoa
I am in the mist of setting up my first computer newer than a PIII Tualatin. It is the SuperMicro H8SSL-R10, shown here http://www.supermicro.com/Aplus/motherboard/O … 0/H8SSL-R10.cfm
It contains an AMD Opteron 180 (2.4 GHz dual core), 4 GB of dual channel DDR400 memory, dual gigabit ethernet, and 4 SATA ports.
For expansion slots, there is only one 64-bit / 133 MHz PCI-X slot, and two 32-bit / 33 MHz conventional PCI slots. There is also an IPMI slot, which looks like a backwards PCI Express slot. I am not sure what this is for.
I was pretty bummed when my Matrox Parhelia 256 PCI card did not function in the PCI-X slot. There is a jumper which allows for the PCI-X slot to run at 133 MHz / 64-bit, 66 Mhz / 64-bit, or 66 MHz / 32-bit. The Parhelia card did not function with any of these settings, nor did my [conventional] PCI GeForce 6200 cards. I would have at least liked to run a conventional PCI graphics card at 66 MHz, however it is possible that the PCI-X slot on this motherboard will not support graphics cards.
If I was to use this motherboard for modern computing, what would be the most ideal conventional PCI graphics card for it? I've seen the following options on newegg.ca,
Zotac GeForce GT610 512MB 64-bit DDR3 - $64.99
VisionTek Radeon HD 3450 512MB 64-bit DDR2 - $95.63
VisionTek Radeon X1300 256MB 128-Bit GDDR2 - $136.99
JATON Radeon HD 5450 1GB 64-Bit DDR3 - $104.99
but there may be more.