I believe we always claimed that having your computer in another room was always the quietest. So this is brilliant. I can just see MikeC sticking some stupid Thermaltake fan on the server, firing it up, listening to it howl, and then chuckle as he gets into his car and drives away. Yes, I know what you do at night, Mike. You're like one of those politicians who campaigns against something and then get busted at it.
Yup, it's pretty damn noisy. I think I measured something like ~50dBA@1m during testing. But priority #1 was stability under load, and in a 2U box, there just isn't any room for real airflow, it's supposed to go only front to back and the cramped distance is nearly 3 feet. There are 3 80mm fans blowing in about 1/3 of the way in from the front, and a 60mm fan in back blowing out. Plus the 80mm fan in the PSU and the fans on two Zalman 7000CU (the best we could find to it in this thing). Even with all the fans going full tilt, the Operton 280s were reaching nearly 70C at some point. It looks like it's cool enough in the data center, which is airconditioned. We may decide to mod the cover with vents directly over the HSFs to get some direct outside air in. There is almost no clearance between the top cover and the fans in the HS. Turns out there's some room between the machines in the rack to make this possible.
Amazingly, this noisy machine could not be heard from a foot or two away in the colocation data center. We could only tell it was on by seeing the light on the front panel come on. That's how noisy it was in there. Imagine about 100 loud window-hanging air-conditioners going full blast in a big concrete room. You get the picture?
How come my firefox bookmark toolbar doesn't have an SPCR icon? It keeps showing the [H] from HardOCP. I knew the H was taking over, but this is ridiculous.
It should be working now; our favicon is in place. Works for me.