Dell Poweredge T320 NVIDIA
Dell Poweredge T320 NVIDIA

I am in the process of turning a Dell Poweredge T320 Server into a PC for work. I use a lot of resource heavy Adobe applications and I am hoping to get better performance the my Dell OptiPlex 9020 All In One PC.


Now.. looking about on the web the general consensus seems to be that this is not possible, I am no expert by any means but I don’t believe that this device cannot be configured as a windows 10 PC. So, that is my goal!


First thing I noticed when powering up the server is that the screen resolution is all over the place. I tried to install my sons ASUS GT640-2GD3 Graphics card. It looked like with a bit of fiddling in the BIOS that it was going to work but sadly that was not the case.


My next step was to contact Dell and ask what GPU’s where compatible. I was told by Dell that I needed an Nvidia Quadro 4000 or 6000. So without a second thought I headed to eBay  to find what I needed (Not about to pay over a grand for a graphics card) where I was confronted with what seemed like a minefield.

It turns out that there are variants with different manufacturers branding such as Dell, HP, IBM, NVIDIA, PNY, MAC.. So I got back on the phone to Dell who told me I needed the Dell or the NVIDIA variant. I thought about it for a fe
w minutes and decided to contact NVIDIA to see what they said.

Interestingly they told me that they manufacture all the variants and pass them over to the OEM’s for branding.  Here is the chat I had with them:

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Anyway, my card arrived and I am now having trouble with the Displayport to hdmi working.

Can a Dell Poweredge T320 be converted into an everyday PC? I have windows 10 installed and I shall keep you informed as to how I get on.


Time will tell!