I'm trying to consolidate the function of 2 of my computers to one but I'm running into some hassles and wanted to get opinions on a couple things.
My primary computer is an i7-4790k with 16GB of RAM and an R9-390X GPU. I use it for typical things along with some occasional gaming like CS:GO, Doom, Kingdoms of Amalur, etc. I also work from home via a VMware VDI session on this computer.
My second system is a workstation class built around a Xeon E5-2690v2 with 128GB of RAM (10c/[email protected]
) and a Supermicro workstation board. I use it primarily for VMs where I test and play with various things that interest me but also for testing upgrades and changes to my "production" VMs that I use for my home network and lab.
I'm hoping the Xeon system can do everything I want if I moved the GPU to it, but then I discovered the R9 is a 2.2 slot card which interferes with other expansion cards I have in that system and also derails my plans to add some other things. My planned additions are an Intel dual port 10g NIC and a 1.2TB Fusion IO PICe SSD.
So, I have a spare Supermicro X9SRL-F server board I can use that has plenty of slots for everything including the other cards I want to add. The catch is it doesn't have any electrically x16 slots. Its two x16 slots are only x8. I know I'll have to add expansion cards for USB3 and a sound card.
My first question is, for my use case, will the Xeon at only 3.3 Ghz be an issue for the games I play?
Second, how much will an x8 slot bottleneck my GPU and will it actually be noticeable?
Last, does any of that change if I upgrade to an Nvidia 2060 or 1660 and try Metro Exodus, Anthem, or other newer games?