Using GCM/PCI cards in generic PCs
It is strongly recommended to use the standard chassis for hosting GCM/PCI cards (and MCM/PCI cards).

  • The PC chassis has been tested with full configurations, and is proven in the field
  • The mainboards have been tested to give sufficient power to the cards
  • The cooling system in the standard chassis is optimized for GCM/PCI cards

However, it is possible to use other PC's running Windows XP or Windows 2000, with sufficient PCI slots, power and cooling capabilities.

Things to consider when building a PC to host GCM/PCI cards:

  1. Cooling in the unit. The UTM cards dissipate up to ~15 watts each, it is very important that the cards have a good cooling system. Standard PC cooling fans are normally not sufficient, and extra cooling, including air ducts leading air directly onto the cards, is required. A proper thermal engineering process should be applied to ensure correct operating temperature on all areas of the cards.
  2. Power supply. Not all standard PC power supplies are capable of supplying the necessary current, including current surges, for the UTM cards, this need to be analysed. Some PC mainboards also do not have sufficient PCB trace dimensions to supply the current to the PCI slots.
  3. Electromagnetic noise. Depending on the configuration of the chassis, there may be excessive noise generated by components within the chassis, or external to the chassis, that are not sufficiently filtered and may disturb the normal operation of the unit.
  4. Other issues related to the engineering of the unit – mechanical, electrical, or other.

3D perception strongly recommends that a standard UTM chassis is used, to avoid any such issues and cannot guarantee the performance in such situations