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What to do with a 1U server case


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Got myself a brand new 1U server last week, bare case with PSU. for the price of £10. however i've got no uber lower profile heatsink's that can be fitted to two spare Atlhon XP class mobo's I have. will the AMD chip be fine on a 1U heat sink with fan, or will it cook it

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If its not in a well ventilated, cool area then perosnally I would add the 3 additional 40mm fans. The CPU should be ok IMO, but those cases are designed to be put in a room with air con.

Not designed to be quite either. I recall one time where a colleague had to setup a CUDA machine in a 1U case. It had 4 Xeon processors and two Tesla processors. The front of the case had 4 40mm fans, each CPU had a 40mm fan, each Tesla had 4 40mm fans. It was ridiculously loud, in the vicinity of vacuum cleaner loud.

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We've got one of those at work, I think it's got 2 x 40mm fans and that damned thing is freaking loud. I'm glad it's in the server room.

My guess why it's so loud is that the 2 fans have to be set for high RPMs to get the air flowing over the CPU.

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They be Delta focused flow fans, ridiculous amount of CFM (i.e. over 120 CFM from a 40mm fan... regular fans at this size do about 5 CFM for this size) but you don't want them anywhere near your ears. Because the case is so small and cramped you have to resort to pushing a huge amount of air through the thing to make the heat sinks work correctly.

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Aye. On the one we've got at work, there's a duct directing the air from the two fans directly over the CPU.

If I ever decide to get a rack-mount, I'll probably get a 3U or 4U case, since I don't think a U1 could handle 5 3.5" HDDs (4 of them hot-swap).

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I can't see the point in a rack case without a rack tbh, unless you get a half-depth case then its just a bit of a waste of space. I'd rather install multiple 5 disk backplanes into a case like this. Although, if you put 15 disks into a single case, then your asking for trouble without climate control.

Now, this is a case I'd like to have.

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