I am trying to spec a rack mountable server to power 5 large screens, each of which will use HDMI to connect to the server.

The screens will be used in an IT Operations room and will be displaying browser based dashboards via grafana, nagios etc, so the IT technicians can monitor the environment.

The resolution needs to be good enough to read small text, charts and graphs. There is no strict requirement for 4k , although if possible within the budget, 4k would be great.

My budget is between £1000 to £1400 GBP ($1200 to $1650 USD.)

The server needs to be mounted within a comm's cabinet, if required the form factor can be a tower type and placed on a rack tray.

The dimensions can be no greater than;

  • 18cm High (7 inches)
  • 45cm Deep (17.7 inches)
  • 50cm Wide (19.6 Inches)

Ideally the server would be a Windows server, although *nix will be acceptable if it is right for the task. Additionally although I do enjoy the build it yourself approach, this is for an enterprise environment so ideally it would be as 'out the box as possible', although I do not mind if graphics cards need to be swapped out or display adapters need to be used.

For reference I had looked at Dell Precision 3930, with dual NVIDIA Quadro P400 and HDMI display adapters, but it is to large for the comm's rack.

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  • Good question, but you haven't specified an important point: is noise an issue? If yes, you'll have to think additionally about the way you'll cool the two GPUs. Luckily, 18 cm factor means 4U, so you can use large fans, but the front panel should let the air in as freely as possible. – Arseni Mourzenko Aug 14 at 19:10
  • @arseni mourzenko no noise isn't an issue. It will be in a sound proof comm's cabinet. – TheJulyPlot Aug 15 at 5:06

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