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Apple Server Rack Mount Noise

Unread postby uunix » Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:57 am

Has anyone any experience with working alongside these?

I currently have running a Dell 1900 which is fairly noisy (but I've got used to the consistent hum), An Octane2 which is noisy, an o2 less noisy. So I'm sort of use to having a fair bit of background noise, but I'd like the Dell to go, but not be replaced by something more noisy. I also have (which never get turned on) an IBM x[something] and a SOPHOS rack, both of which sound like a harrier jump jet all the time, which I would never want to work next to.

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Re: Apple Server Rack Mount Noise

Unread postby hamei » Sat Feb 28, 2015 7:22 am

uunix wrote: ... both of which sound like a harrier jump jet all the time, which I would never want to work next to.

Just pump up the volume ... 7 years and 50 days on 11 should do it :D
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Re: Apple Server Rack Mount Noise

Unread postby uunix » Sat Feb 28, 2015 7:42 am

hamei wrote:
uunix wrote: ... both of which sound like a harrier jump jet all the time, which I would never want to work next to.

Just pump up the volume ... 7 years and 50 days on 11 should do it :D


nice hamei, unfortunately, I don't live alone nor do I live in a nuclear fall out shelter in the Hebrides.. ;)
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Re: Apple Server Rack Mount Noise

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:29 am

What specifically are you thinking of getting?

I have an Apple Network Server, which is pretty quiet, considering, but also probably not what you have in mind :)

The Xserve G4s are quiet. The G5s can be shrill.
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Re: Apple Server Rack Mount Noise

Unread postby uunix » Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:37 am

Intel Xserv .. 2 of them is a half cabinet.
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Re: Apple Server Rack Mount Noise

Unread postby Pontus » Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:49 pm

I have an Intel Xserve. Fairly silent when idle at least, for a 1U machine.
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Re: Apple Server Rack Mount Noise

Unread postby uunix » Sat Feb 28, 2015 3:29 pm

That my friend will do as a jolly good answer.
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Re: Apple Server Rack Mount Noise

Unread postby smj » Sat Feb 28, 2015 4:55 pm

If you're looking for a general rule - avoid the 1U formfactor if you want to escape the noise. Anything limited to ~40mm fans has to have a couple fistfuls of them, and spin them fast, in order to keep things cool even under partial load. Moving to 2U can make a big difference as the 60-80mm fans aren't as noisy, and you have more options for replacing those sizes with quieter versions.

That doesn't mean the Apple x86 Xserve's can't be quiet - I haven't seen/heard one in person. Like I said, just a general rule...
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Re: Apple Server Rack Mount Noise

Unread postby hamei » Sat Feb 28, 2015 7:28 pm

smj wrote:If you're looking for a general rule - avoid the 1U formfactor if you want to escape the noise.

I have an HP switch that is the exception to that rule : they took a 45* chop out of the bottom and laid a big fan over at an angle. Pretty clever way to get some quietness and a lot of air movement into a 1U case.
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Re: Apple Server Rack Mount Noise

Unread postby smj » Sat Feb 28, 2015 8:47 pm

hamei wrote:I have an HP switch that is the exception to that rule : they took a 45* chop out of the bottom and laid a big fan over at an angle. Pretty clever way to get some quietness and a lot of air movement into a 1U case.

I can't conveniently check now, but I'm pretty sure you'll find the same thing in a NeXTstation slab...
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Re: Apple Server Rack Mount Noise

Unread postby hamei » Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:01 pm

smj wrote: I'm pretty sure you'll find the same thing in a NeXTstation slab...

Indy is almost exactly the same. They even have fins cast into the air tunnel to help dissipate the heat.

But I think we've seen the last of the cast cases :(

The lack of intelligence displayed in rackmount cases is disappointing ...
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Re: Apple Server Rack Mount Noise

Unread postby ScutBoy » Mon Mar 02, 2015 5:45 am

Intel Xserve is tolerable for a 1U. G5 is worse, but G4 was way too loud (for me) to be in the same room.
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Re: Apple Server Rack Mount Noise

Unread postby duck » Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:37 am

hamei wrote:I have an HP switch that is the exception to that rule : they took a 45* chop out of the bottom and laid a big fan over at an angle. Pretty clever way to get some quietness and a lot of air movement into a 1U case.


Don't I wish they kept that design for the DL160 :-P
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