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I brought this in today and semi broke my back in the meantime. it makes a HP pav look like a runt. Dell powerage 1600.

Ill get it a try. What are the advantages to using these, and, many? My friend got it to me and installed windows 10 just prior.

Curious to know how to optimize sound in these dell's, its void of a sound card. what kinda card for having decent or better sound. Its going to be a mule of sorts.


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Well, first of all it pretty clearly says PowerEdge 1900 on the front, which would make this a 2007 generation dual socket 771 machine for 53xx Xeons (65 nm, up to 1333 FSB). We have one similar to this still in use at work (except convertible to rackmount and with redundant power supplies), also weighs a ton. The Ivy Bridge-E based job that's going to replace it is much lighter and can easily be handled by a single person.

A machine like this is probably going to be reliable but not very fast and very noisy and power-hungry by modern standards. If it has a quad-core processor installed right now (which would mean it's a version II system, also indicated on the lower left of the case after taking off the front bezel), chance are it'll take everything up to an X5365. It looks like these systems were often shipped with E5310s or similar, so going from a 4x 1.6 GHz / FSB1066 job like that to 4x 3.0 GHz / FSB1333 could give it quite the boost at not that much more power. (I can't quite figure out why these server jobs always seem to have trouble with 45 nm Xeons, same-generation desktop boards seem to run these much more often.)
Not sure whether it makes much sense to run some SSDs on the old PERC or ZCR controller that I'll assume to be present, I'd rather ditch that (replacing the slot cover) and enable the onboard SATA and run a decent SSD on that (maybe a Samsung 850 Pro - I've been running an 830 on a Q35 chipset for years, same generation), or two in a software RAID 1. You could still try a RAID 1 on the PERC/SAS (it is not computing-intensive) but don't be surprised if software RAID comes out a fair bit quicker.
Memory wise, you should be able to get FBDIMMs cheap if you don't have enough right now (enough as in 4 gigs minimum, 8 would be nice), but beware that these run HOT. Not very power-efficient technology, and promptly abandoned with DDR3.
Even with "only" PCIe 1.1, you have some serious I/O bandwidth there, by normal people's standards anyway. Doing the math, a x4 slot should get close to saturating 10 GbE. Obviously you won't be getting that from a 3 Gbit SATA SSD, but still.

I'm not sure there's much of a point putting a soundcard in one of these. They are kinda noisy, so how long do you expect your audio cable to be? That being said, I would not expect major difficulties running a typical PCIe soundcard, they tend not to require more than PCIe 1.1 anyway. But still, a system like that really is best off churning away somewhere out of sight.
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