thread hijacking all the way... Sorry about this but I had to reply to GB JoeÂ´s post. As it happens I bought that case for my workstation just a couple of months ago. The design is really open airflow wise and well, if there is something inside that makes noise then you can hear it. IÂ´m really pleased with it though, for a rackmount case it is actually fun to work with and can be made even quieter with the right selection of components.
Here is a cut-and-paste of a short evaluation and advice I gave at ArstechnicaÂ´s forum:
I actually bought the Compucase (HEC Group) version of that case (S411) from Finland a couple of months ago. It is the same case as the Antec 4U22ATX400 but without a powersupply, paid something like 140â‚¬ for it.
All in all one of the best cases that I have ever bought or worked with. Setting up the thing can take some time as setting up rackmounts usually does, the 5Â´25" drive bay holders need to be taken out (4 screws) to install drives etc. Not a real pain but something that can be a bit bothersome if you need to swap those components often. The case is also rather deep (60cm) so placing it can also be troublesome. It has a quite an open design so airflow is not a problem.
It is currently running:
- Abit IC7-G v1.1
- 2.8C P4
- ZalmanÂ´s 7000A-CU with a Zalman Fanmate 1, dialed to minimum.
- NB fan turned down with a Zalman Fanmate 1, dialed to minimum.
- Tagan 380W quiet PSU
- 2x Seagate SATA 7200.7Â´s (80GB and 200GB) in Supermicro CSE-M35T1 5 bay hotswap enclosure (Replaced the original fan, a real hoover, with a 92mm Zalman).
- LiteOn CD-RW.
- 2x 80mm fans (Globefan? the ones that came with the case) at the back at 5V.
Temps are nice (HDDÂ´s idle at 37C, CPU and NB heatsinks are running quite neutral to touch) and the rig is quietish, canÂ´t make it absolutely quiet with all those fans providing the unfortunately necessary airflow. And because the Supermicro backplane doesnÂ´t isolate the drives elastically the seek noises are somewhat audible.
IÂ´m planning of buying another one for my next computer, it really is that nice to work with.
Linkage : Rackmount and Quiet?
All in all, my opinions about the case havenÂ´t changed during this time.
What comes to the PSU with the external heatsink, I wonder if we will have the option of affixing a system consisting of heatpipes and additional heatsinks between the fins of the external heatsink to take the heat away even further. Kinda like taking the heat out-of-teh-box completely. It would be fun to have for example a video card which would have heatpipes that run out of the case via a modified PCI-slot cover to an external passive heatsink. Would like to try that one someday.