does anyone know how upgradeable the video card (PCIe x16, full lenght, full height) of an Intellistation Z Pro of type 6223 or 9228 is? By upgradeable I mean, are there any BIOS-related limitations (like whitelist or similar) for the video crads, that is, would any card within suitable specs work?
Might be useful for anyone looking for info on these bad boys. What a great machine this is!
But I can confirm, as I have two Intellistation Z Pros: no, there are no BIOS whitelists. You can use any video card.
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Current laptop: X230, running coreboot Current workstation: owned by my employer ;) Current toy: Miata!
IBM never whitelisted anything on the intellistations, they did however disable VT-x which you have to hack with a hex editor to enable manually on the 9228s.
I have tried an ASUS R9 270 in these systems and confirmed it works (which is far newer than the HD series). I was quite surprised it worked to be honest.qserenali wrote:Have you upgraded to HD7870? Does it work?
I can confirm via testing that NVidia's recent GTX960, GTX970 and GTX980 cards all work perfectly in these machines.*¹
*This applies to single cards, I have not attempted SLI.
¹I have only tested PNY brand cards.
As you can confirm for yourself via other articles such as the GTX980 one I link to below, the PCIe 1.1 limitation on PCIex16 only sacrifices 3-5% performance.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVID ... ng/21.html
Both 9228 systems I tested these cards on have 32GB of RAM and SSDs, with one running two Quad Core E5345s @ 2.33GHz and the other machine running two Quad Core X5365s @ 3.0GHz.
Despite their almost ten year vintage, with a good modern GPU these are still very impressive machines.
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