Work without all the noise

Tired of shouting over the din of server fans in the data centre? Super Micro Computer Inc. has expanded its SuperServer line with the Whisper Quiet Workstations, which are designed to operate at no more than 28 decibels, or the sound of a watch ticking.

San Jose, Calif.-based Super Micro unveiled the Whisper Quiet, along with the OfficeBlade and DatacenterBlade servers, at last month’s CeBIT trade show in Germany.

The machines with Whisper Quiet come in four-unit towers, with optional rackmountable kits. They have low noise fan speed controls with pulse width modulated (PWM) fan connectors).

Cooling hardware includes two 8-cm hot-swappable PVM cooling fans and one 9-cm hot-swappable rear exhaust PWM fan.

One model with Whisper Quiet is the SuperServer 7045-C3B, which has Intel Dual 82573V/L Gigabit Ethernet controllers and has two USB ports, with DIMM sizes of either 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB or 8GB. It also supports Intelligent Platform Management Interface version 2.0.

SuperMicro also uses Whisper Quiet technology in the Super Chassis, which is cooled with two Super Quiet chassis fans and one Super Quiet rear fan.

Storage features include eight 3.5-inch hot-swap SSA/SATA drive bays, with six SAS/ SATA hot-swap drives. It has a total of 10 USB ports, compatible with version 2.0, four of them on the rear. It has two RF45 LAN ports. Lower left

The machines supports up to duel Intel 64-bit Xeon processors, which can be quad-core Xeon 5400/5300 Harpertown/Clovertown or the 5200/5100 sequence Wolfdale/Woodcrest. It has eight fans with tachometer monitoring, with status monitors for speed control, plus pluse width modulated fan connectors, which reduce the noise.

SuperMicro’s Whisper Quiet Workstation comes in either a 4U rackmountable or tower version. The total weight is 28.6 kg and it supports both 64-bit and 32-bit operating systems.

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