I’ve just installed a 1050ti in one of the nodes of my Quanta windmill. I was able to get 59 fps at 1080p on the Tomb Raider benchmarks and 90+ fps at 720p. I will write up more on the performance of this card once I get cuda installed and running on it. I was quite surprised that a barebones server like the quanta windmill could handle a 1050ti. Even though the 1050ti has no external power requirements and draws everything it needs from the pcie, it still pulls 75w which was more than I expected the windmill to handle.
Now that I know this works, I don’t need to spend money on a new computer to support my 1050ti. I am considering spending this money on a faster set of processors to put in this machine. To determine if the upgrade is worth it, I’m compiling some stats about the processors to help me decide.
I’m looking at upgrading from dual e5-2650’s to e5-2680 or e5-2680v2. I believe this quanta board will support e5v2 chips per this forum. However, there is still a level of uncertainty there.
Single precision: 640
Double precision: 320
Observed double precision: 260.5787 GFLOPS
e5-2680: theoretical single precision = 8 x 2 x 3.1 x 16 = 793.6 GFLOPS
double precision = 8 x 2 x 3.1 x 8 = 396.8 GFLOPS
10x2x3.1x8 = 496