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Video Card for basically headless server?

I have a FreeNAS server running on a Ryzen 7 1700, with no GPU. It boots and runs just fine, but if I have to modify anything in the UEFI I have to move my 1050 Ti into it to get some video output.

I saw this on Anandtech today and was wondering if anyone knew of a better option?

Ideally the GPU would be as low power as possible as it’s mostly there in case there’s something I can’t handle remotely.

I ran one of these for a few years back when I was using an LGA775 board for my FreeNAS server.

Asus nVidia GeForce GT210 589MHz 512 MB DDR2 DVI/HDMI PCIE 2.0 Video Card EN210 SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP)

There are most likely newer tech cards that will consume less power than this dinosaur. Some of these cards are fanless as well, so even less power consumption.

The gt1030 looks like the lowest cost option in that product family. Here is a fanless version. Although the power savings from not running a fan is going to be very small.

If you are ok with buying used, then how about a gt 610? It should work great for UEFI and terminal work and is available for ~$30 usd on ebay for a fanless version.

Don’t bother with a new card, or even a $10+ plus card, just buy an old Quadro on eBay:

It’s $8 shipped, uses almost no power, and does video out no issue. I actually just bought one of these into my Esxi server to use as a video pass through for a VM. No complaints other than I didn’t realize when buying it that its video only no audio. But, for a server, who cares?


Perfect! Just bought one. This is all I needed; I was really surprised I couldn’t find a simple video output card for under $10. I guess I wasn’t looking in the right places.

eBay is a godsent for really cheap video cards :slight_smile:

I bought a Radeon R5 230 a long time ago.
Half height, half length, VGA, DVI-D and HDMI.
But that was also 30 to 40 bucks I think.

Serial cable?

Can you configure UEFI settings on a consumer motherboard with a serial cable? I’m using an ASRock AB350M Pro4. I know it has a serial header on the board, but I also needed a graphics card for UEFI related stuff.

Yeah, OP says BIOS, so I figured it’s old-school BIOS.

I don’t know for sure, but I assume UEFI requires a GPU, so if it’s UEFI you want, then yeah, probably need a GPU.

Oh, my bad. I use BIOS/UEFI interchangeably even though I know they’re different things.

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