Does anyone have personal
experience with the XRackPro2 4U Server Rack? It is a enclosed rack designed to reduce noise. I am thinking of buying one just for my noisy PowerEdge 2950 and putting it on top of my PowerEdge 24U rack. All the other hardware (UPS, switches, modems, backup devices, etc.) would stay in the Dell Rack.
A retailer said that it reduces noise 80%. If I understand decibels correctly, this would be a reduction of a little more than 6 decibels. The 2950 is very noisy and I have tried many things to cool it to keep the fan speed down. The server sits 5 feet from my desk in a closet - but the noise makes it through the closet doors.
One concern I have is heat. They claim the one fan on the box can dissipate heat. The problem is that if heat builds up just a little bit, the fans go from 5400 rpm to 7,000 rpm with a big jump in noise. I can see a scenario where I will hear no difference because the 80% sound reduction would be offset by the server making more noise since it is running hotter.
I am open to other brands of noise reduction racks, if we keep this at $1,000 or less.