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I’ve spent the last few months playing with RemoteFX, including a fair amount of educated guesswork and hardware hacking to get a functioning system as – at the time – Microsoft’s documentation was a bit sporadic, and supported systems were just way too expensive for an exploration project. Mind you, even now they’re pricey; but RemoteFX isn’t aimed at the mainstream just yet.

It’s being retired now, so I figured I’d take a farewell photo of the AMD FirePro V5800 I managed to squeeze into a Dell R710 server.

Good luck RemoteFX – with some performance tweaks and a version 2.0, you’ll be awesome for VDI 🙂

Written by Phil Wiffen

Phil is an IT Professional working in Cambridge, England. He generally blogs about useful solutions that he comes across in his work/play.

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Phil Wiffen

Haha, it required a hacksaw 🙂 A curiosity is that the R710 has an annoying quirk: you can’t add any other PCIe cards as it takes it over its wattage limit, and the PSU fans go nuts. We had an extra Broadcom NIC in there and before we took it out, the poor thing sounded like a Harrier Jump Jet taking off. Once we took the NIC out, it went back to normal levels.

I spoke with a Senior Dell tech guy and he said they just don’t/can’t support that kind of GPU inside, which explains why Dell’s RemoteFX solution at present is using a QuadroPlex unit, rather than an internal card. Shame really!

femi

Phil,
What hardware hacking was needed?

Is there a way to get extra power to the GPU?
I have the V7800 which requires the extra 6 pin power plug

Phil Wiffen

Hi Femi 🙂

We had to hacksaw part of the black metal cover that extended back wayyyy beyond what the “Full size” PCI card spec is. It required unscrewing the metal plate and then sawing off the bit we didn’t need, then re-assembling. The extended metal plate is intended to provide stability on Desktop/Workstation machines, but naturally stops it fitting in a tight space like the R710

With regards to the extra power – we bought the V5800 which only draws 75W (the max the PCI bus can give without needing extra power), so it didn’t need extra power through a 6 or 4 pin plug. I have a feeling your card needs more than 75W. Be careful if you’re putting that V7800 card in an R710 – it may sound like a jumbo jet when you boot it 🙁

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