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Hi,

I am looking for some general advice on server cases for my system

I have the following system:

Server Board:
Intel - S5000PSLSATAR
http://ark.intel.com/products/46546/Intel-Server-Board-S5000PSLSATAR

The form factor is:
SSI EEB (12" X 13")

I currently have it in:

Intel® Server Chassis SC5299DP
http://ark.intel.com/products/48639/Intel-Server-Chassis-SC5299DP

Now the problem is the fan that came with it is "very" noisy.

It comes with a Delta fan:
Delta AFB1212SHE-5J1N 120MM Fan

•Air Flow: 151.85 CFM, (Min. 139.49 CFM)
•Noise: 55.0 dBA, (Max. 58 dBA)

So here is my questions:

1. Is it possible to get a different case that would match that form factor?
   or is that type of form factor going to be total custom - e.g it is likely
   it would only be available from intel?

2. Ok let say "1" is possible would I be putting the components at risk if
   I can't find a case fan that would match those specs. Or possibly
   a "better" server case might be cooler and be less noisy?

So my objective here is to make it quitter in a safe way if possible.

Thanks,

Ward.
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by:pjam
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unless it is in an air conditioned environment (70 degrees) almost all servers will escalate fan speeds to cool and be very noisy.
do you have a conditioned space?
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by:whorsfall
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Hi,

Thanks for the response no it is not in an air conditioned environment.

In a room under my stairs - in a house.


Ward
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by:pjam
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ward,
Put a thermometer in there if it gets too hot server won't last long.
Small portable AC may be an option??
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by:whorsfall
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Hi,

Thanks for your response portable ac won't work not enough space.

Thanks,

Ward
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The Delta fan in that unit is an excellent fan, with superb airflow.

Servers are generally designed to maximize airflow with little regard for the noise level, as it's assumed they'll be in a "server room" where noise isn't a significant issue.

You can, however, mount your system in a chassis that's designed for excellent airflow at MUCH lower noise levels.    This is an excellent case that would work well for your system (supports an EATX board):  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112387

It uses 3 front-mounted 140mm fans ... the large fans can spin MUCH more slowly than your Delta unit, yet still provide plenty of airflow to cool the drives in your chassis and provide ample airflow for the motherboard components as well.
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by:andyalder
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In the cupboard under the stairs with the door closed? Sounds like you need to modify the environment, breather holes at the bottom of the door and a fan blowing out of the cupboard at the top would be a start.
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by:whorsfall
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Hi,

Thanks for that for the case you suggested - I checked the specs and I was trying to work out how the size of the oars would fit. Is my board really a EATX board?  Can you elaborate on this?

thanks

Ward
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The board's form factor is what Intel calls an SSI EEB 3.6.   It's 12" x 13" ... also known as an Extended ATX (EATX) board.

The Lian-Li case I suggested will hold motherboards up to HPTX size (13.6" x 15"), so it will easily hold your board.

I agree that if your closet is an enclosed space with no external airflow, you should make some modifications to allow air exchange.
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