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Considering buying and question on the PCIe slot - MobileJAD - 06-24-2018

So I imagine the greatest interest in this SBC is the PCIe slot, so what have people used that slot for yet?
Are there any good drivers out there in the ARM world yet that people who aren't pro Linux programmers and kernel compilers can use?
I personally have plenty of small ARM boards and still need to make full use of my Rock64 board,
While I would like to have a newer CPU and GPU, all I would use it for is a glorified small form factor Linux desktop computer.
Is there anything that PCIe slot can do that would make it worthwhile the $80?
I would like to slap a affordable Nvidia GPU in that slot, is there any ARM based Linux that could drive it as a display adapter? Has anyone ran the Nouveau driver under an ARM environment before?

Thanks for any help,
MobileJAD.


RE: Considering buying and question on the PCIe slot - joe2gaan - 07-24-2018

(06-24-2018, 08:23 AM)MobileJAD Wrote: So I imagine the greatest interest in this SBC is the PCIe slot, so what have people used that slot for yet?
Are there any good drivers out there in the ARM world yet that people who aren't pro Linux programmers and kernel compilers can use?
I personally have plenty of small ARM boards and still need to make full use of my Rock64 board,
While I would like to have a newer CPU and GPU, all I would use it for is a glorified small form factor Linux desktop computer.
Is there anything that PCIe slot can do that would make it worthwhile the $80?
I would like to slap a affordable Nvidia GPU in that slot, is there any ARM based Linux that could drive it as a display adapter? Has anyone ran the Nouveau driver under an ARM environment before?

Thanks for any help,
MobileJAD.

I just received mine the other day. I plan to test nvidia and amd gpus.


RE: Considering buying and question on the PCIe slot - MobileJAD - 07-25-2018

(07-24-2018, 10:41 PM)joe2gaan Wrote:
(06-24-2018, 08:23 AM)MobileJAD Wrote: So I imagine the greatest interest in this SBC is the PCIe slot, so what have people used that slot for yet?
Are there any good drivers out there in the ARM world yet that people who aren't pro Linux programmers and kernel compilers can use?
I personally have plenty of small ARM boards and still need to make full use of my Rock64 board,
While I would like to have a newer CPU and GPU, all I would use it for is a glorified small form factor Linux desktop computer.
Is there anything that PCIe slot can do that would make it worthwhile the $80?
I would like to slap a affordable Nvidia GPU in that slot, is there any ARM based Linux that could drive it as a display adapter? Has anyone ran the Nouveau driver under an ARM environment before?

Thanks for any help,
MobileJAD.

I just received mine the other day. I plan to test nvidia and amd gpus.

Cool I'm very interested to find out what happens when a GPU is plugged in, will it recognize the GPU in the slot and attempt to load a driver and if so, can it output video through the GPU?


RE: Considering buying and question on the PCIe slot - Firesped - 07-26-2018

the PCIe slot is only x4 long. Most GPU are far longer. the only ones that would fit are PCIe x1. Alternatively you would need a m.2 adapter to PCIe x16 slot to fit a GPU.


RE: Considering buying and question on the PCIe slot - Pniqolus - 07-26-2018

(07-26-2018, 05:14 PM)Firesped Wrote: the PCIe slot is only x4 long. Most GPU are far longer. the only ones that would fit are PCIe x1. Alternatively you would need a m.2 adapter to PCIe x16 slot to fit a GPU.

Not to be rude, but this is not true. Yes, it is only PCIex4, but the slot on the ROCKPro64 is open-ended, so it can fit longer cards.


RE: Considering buying and question on the PCIe slot - MobileJAD - 07-26-2018

(07-26-2018, 06:42 PM)Pniqolus Wrote:
(07-26-2018, 05:14 PM)Firesped Wrote: the PCIe slot is only x4 long. Most GPU are far longer. the only ones that would fit are PCIe x1. Alternatively you would need a m.2 adapter to PCIe x16 slot to fit a GPU.

Not to be rude, but this is not true. Yes, it is only PCIex4, but the slot on the ROCK64 is open-ended, so it can fit longer cards.

Plus there's also a plethora of pcie ribbon cables and slot adapters, if I were to build a system using the Rock Pro 64, I wouldn't necessarily cram a full size GTX 1080ti with a three slot wide gaming cooler on it, and crush the poor SBC underneath it. I could mount the GPU to the side of the SBC in a small pcie chassis like the ones those egpu kits use and run a pcie ribbon cable to the Rock Pro 64.
Right now I just want to know what the Rock Pro 64 would do if a Nvidia or AMD graphics card were plugged into its pcie slot.


RE: Considering buying and question on the PCIe slot - joe2gaan - 07-30-2018

(07-26-2018, 06:42 PM)Pniqolus Wrote:
(07-26-2018, 05:14 PM)Firesped Wrote: the PCIe slot is only x4 long. Most GPU are far longer. the only ones that would fit are PCIe x1. Alternatively you would need a m.2 adapter to PCIe x16 slot to fit a GPU.

Not to be rude, but this is not true. Yes, it is only PCIex4, but the slot on the ROCK64 is open-ended, so it can fit longer cards.

Plus there's also a plethora of pcie ribbon cables and slot adapters, if I were to build a system using the Rock Pro 64, I wouldn't necessarily cram a full size GTX 1080ti with a three slot wide gaming cooler on it, and crush the poor SBC underneath it. I could mount the GPU to the side of the SBC in a small pcie chassis like the ones those egpu kits use and run a pcie ribbon cable to the Rock Pro 64.
Right now I just want to know what the Rock Pro 64 would do if a Nvidia or AMD graphics card were plugged into its pcie slot.[/quote]

Done!  Now to install some drivers. This was done in Arch Linux. 
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RE: Considering buying and question on the PCIe slot - MobileJAD - 07-30-2018

(07-30-2018, 06:07 PM)joe2gaan Wrote:
(07-26-2018, 06:42 PM)Pniqolus Wrote:
(07-26-2018, 05:14 PM)Firesped Wrote: the PCIe slot is only x4 long. Most GPU are far longer. the only ones that would fit are PCIe x1. Alternatively you would need a m.2 adapter to PCIe x16 slot to fit a GPU.

Not to be rude, but this is not true. Yes, it is only PCIex4, but the slot on the ROCK64 is open-ended, so it can fit longer cards.

Plus there's also a plethora of pcie ribbon cables and slot adapters, if I were to build a system using the Rock Pro 64, I wouldn't necessarily cram a full size GTX 1080ti with a three slot wide gaming cooler on it, and crush the poor SBC underneath it. I could mount the GPU to the side of the SBC in a small pcie chassis like the ones those egpu kits use and run a pcie ribbon cable to the Rock Pro 64.
Right now I just want to know what the Rock Pro 64 would do if a Nvidia or AMD graphics card were plugged into its pcie slot.

Done!  Now to install some drivers. This was done in Arch Linux. 


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Can it output video to the video card? Without any displays hooked up to the SBC?


RE: Considering buying and question on the PCIe slot - joe2gaan - 07-31-2018

(07-30-2018, 10:38 PM)MobileJAD Wrote:
(07-30-2018, 06:07 PM)joe2gaan Wrote:
(07-26-2018, 06:42 PM)Pniqolus Wrote:
(07-26-2018, 05:14 PM)Firesped Wrote: the PCIe slot is only x4 long. Most GPU are far longer. the only ones that would fit are PCIe x1. Alternatively you would need a m.2 adapter to PCIe x16 slot to fit a GPU.

Not to be rude, but this is not true. Yes, it is only PCIex4, but the slot on the ROCK64 is open-ended, so it can fit longer cards.

Plus there's also a plethora of pcie ribbon cables and slot adapters, if I were to build a system using the Rock Pro 64, I wouldn't necessarily cram a full size GTX 1080ti with a three slot wide gaming cooler on it, and crush the poor SBC underneath it. I could mount the GPU to the side of the SBC in a small pcie chassis like the ones those egpu kits use and run a pcie ribbon cable to the Rock Pro 64.
Right now I just want to know what the Rock Pro 64 would do if a Nvidia or AMD graphics card were plugged into its pcie slot.

Done!  Now to install some drivers. This was done in Arch Linux. 

Can it output video to the video card? Without any displays hooked up to the SBC?
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I am testing that now. I need to reconfigure my image.
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RE: Considering buying and question on the PCIe slot - MobileJAD - 07-31-2018

Cool, I'll keep an eye on here for any progress!