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A simple mini PC with a PCI-e slot: recommendations?

Vizier87

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Hi all, it's been a while.

I've had to setup a research rig which uses a really pricey camera with a control board connected to a PCI card. Here's how it looks like:

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It requires a PCI slot but I need the setup to be as robust and mobile as I could because it'll pretty much just be for a specific application.

I've been mulling on using a Gigabyte Brix which has a PCI-e slot but it's not so popular in my country so I'm not sure how it'll perform.

Any other recommendations?

Thanks!
Vizier87
 

rjenkinsgb

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What are the CPU and operating system requirements?
If it's something that needs video processing it may need quite a powerful CPU to work properly.

A lot of the smaller motherboards use low power and low performance CPUs to simplify cooling.
 

Vizier87

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What are the CPU and operating system requirements?
If it's something that needs video processing it may need quite a powerful CPU to work properly.

A lot of the smaller motherboards use low power and low performance CPUs to simplify cooling.
This is where I'm not totally sure. Here's a link to the specs of the board:

But I believe it doesn't require that much since it can run from Windows XP as well.

I've been hoping that there'll be a PCI-to-USB converter around but from the hacker forums they're just too impractical and costly.
 

rjenkinsgb

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As far as I can see, the "Brix" PCs only take mini-PCIe, they do not have standard PC I/O card size expansion slots.

I think your best option is probably an ITX size motherboard which takes a standard CPU and select a case that can take the capture card.
ITX boards are around 6" square. eg. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07BMV3X6N?ascsubtag=0da57c0d-a5fc-474a-8488-0d61034d6259&linkCode=g12&tag=ignonelink-21

You can use a link cable for the PCIe card rather than plug it in directly. I seem to remember that there are some ITX cases that have a card slot cutout positioned so an expansion card fits flat ways over the motherboard, if you want to keep the height down.

Otherwise one of the ITX "cube" style cases would quite compact.
 

Vizier87

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rjenkinsgb

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The case must be big enough to take, and have a large enough power supply to run, the your framegrabber card...

That rules out the really tiny all-in-one PCs.
The page for the capture card says "low profile" but only shows it with a full height bracket.

If you go below the "Mini ITX" standard for parts you would end up with the bare capture card hanging out the case on a bit of wire, as far as I can see.

The case in the second link I posted (the Lian Li one) is not the absolute smallest you can get, but it may well be the smallest where you can guarantee that everything needed will fit with enough power and cooling.

It is very small, compared to a normal PC.
 

Vizier87

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If you go below the "Mini ITX" standard for parts you would end up with the bare capture card hanging out the case on a bit of wire, as far as I can see.
I can live with that actually. My priorities are on the size and cost. As long as it can handle a simple .NET executable and operate something simple like OpenCV, I'll be happy to consider it.

Thanks for your suggestions!
 

gophert

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Why do you want to use the old fram-grabber card? Modern PCs can grab frames easily. A bit of Python code can even do it on near,y any Linux, windows or Mac computer...

 

Vizier87

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Why do you want to use the old fram-grabber card? Modern PCs can grab frames easily. A bit of Python code can even do it on near,y any Linux, windows or Mac computer...

The card interfaces the PC with an unobtanium camera from Raptor Photonics.

The camera port uses the CameraLink adapter. Here's the datasheet:
https://www.penlink.se › Owl...PDF
Web results
Owl 320 HS VIS-SWIR - Penlink

Is it possible to go around using the card by converting the CameraLink cable into a more manageable type? I'd be extremely grateful if you can suggest a way to do away with the card...

Thanks!
 

rjenkinsgb

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Something like these??


 

Vizier87

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Something like these??


I see. I didn't think of it!

However oh my. It doesn't look very affordable though. I'll ask for a quote.. they're not showing the price and that's already quite a sign!

Thanks!
 

unclejed613

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