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ThinkCentre M900 Tower: upgrade graphics for 4k video editing (Premiere Pro, RTX 2060)

2019-12-03, 4:06 AM

Hi everyone, 

 

I'm looking to upgrade the GeForce GT720 graphics card that came in my M900 Tower in order to be able to handle a lot of 4k video editing.

I'm looking at a lot of the cards listed in the NVIDIA Graphics Driver Readme file for my computer, but then I saw this Quadro RTX4000 sold by Lenovo and wondered if, with a power supply upgrade, it would work in my system (details below). Thanks in advance for any help!

 

M900 Tower (Type Model: 10FDCTO1WW)
Win 10 64-bit
Intel Core i7-6700 CPU @ 3.40 GHz (4 cores)

RAM: 32 GB
PSU max output 250 W

 

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2019-12-03, 4:41 AM

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2019-12-03, 5:23 AM

The RTX4000 card is very long, and will not fit the M900 tower case.  Exactly which app are you using for video editing, and do they have a hardware recommendation?  How many 4k monitors will you be using?  Are you already using a PCIe SSD? 

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Re: Looking to upgrade M900 Tower graphics card

2019-12-03, 11:58 AM

Thanks for the quick response, @BiggAl.

Some of the other RTX4000's I saw were 8 inches long--I didn't realize how much longer this one was. Sorry, first time trying to upgrade a graphics card (as you can tell)!

I'm using Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. They recommend using one of the cards listed here.

I will be using two 4k monitors. I am using a SATA SSD, but do not have a PCIe SSD.

Any other advice would be appreciated!

 

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Re: Looking to upgrade M900 Tower graphics card

2019-12-03, 15:30 PM

There is no longer an advantage for a Quadro card over a current generation GeForce RTX card (but have considerable advantage over GTX cards.)  This article suggests that a 2.5" SATA SSD is sufficient, but you may need more memory for 4K resolution editing.  You might monitor it with 32GB, and make 48GB the next step. 

 

Puget Systems - Hardware Recommendations for Premiere Pro CC

 

The challenge will be finding a card that is short enough to fit in the case, and that is not overly noisy (I can personally attest to the GPU noise problem, I bought an ASUS card, but the fan noise was unbearable in a quiet office, and exchanged it for a Sapphire card of the same model.)   The EVGA 'XC' cards that are 2.75 slots wide help reduce the length of the card, and improve the efficiency of the cooler, and I'd suggest that the EVGA RTX 2060 XC, OVERCLOCKED, 2.75 Slot, 06G-P4-2063-KR, 6GB GDDR6 could be the sweet spot between cost, performance, and noise. 

 

** You absolutely need to replace the remaining PCI slot cover(s) with maximum ventilated PCI slot covers, so that card is able to draw in cool air. 

 

You will need to upgrade the power supply, I suggest the Corsair CX-M series, and again shorter is better, between 500w and 650w.  And a 10-pin power adapter cable.

 

 

Note:  The M900 tower is the last generation ThinkCentre that might accommodate a RTX 2060.  Starting with the M910t, Lenovo introduced a new, smaller case that does not have the PCI slot length for this size of card, and an aftermarket power supply upgrade is not available. 

 

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2019-12-04, 3:12 AM

Great! Thank you for all the advice!

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Re: Looking to upgrade M900 Tower graphics card

2019-12-04, 13:41 PM

I see that this EVGA 2060 card is longer than the GTX 1060 'Mini' (6.8 in), which is known to fit in this case.  There looks to be sufficient space, but to be sure, measure the unobstructed length for the graphics slot, and the 2 adjacent slots, you need 7.5 in (189.9 mm.)  Thx. 

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Re: Looking to upgrade M900 Tower graphics card

2019-12-24, 4:32 AM

Hi, I have the exact same model as OP, do you think I can swap out the i7 6700 and put in a i7 7700? Thank you!

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Re: Looking to upgrade M900 Tower graphics card

2019-12-24, 12:54 PM

Highly unlikely.  Intel 7th gen was used in the M910, no reason for Lenovo to put that microcode in the previous M900 gen.  

 

(Be aware that there is at most a 10% improvement in performance, which is probably only noticeable in benchmarks.  Going to a system with a 8th gen processor, and associated core count increase, can have a more significant difference with multi-threaded tasks, and multiple tasks.)

 

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