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Old 10-06-2009, 12:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Xeon E55xx Build - Need HSF Advice

I'm putting together some options for a dual Xeon E5520/E5506 build but not sure what HSF would work.
The servers will be in a 70C controlled room, noise isn't a huge factor, 24/7 run-time hosting VM's.

The boards will either be
Newegg.ca - SUPERMICRO MBD-X8DTL-iF-O Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5500 ATX Dual Intel Xeon 5500 sequence (Nehalem-EP processor) Server Motherboard - Server Motherboards
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Newegg.ca - TYAN S7002G2NR-LE Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5500 Tylersburg SSI CEB Dual Intel Xeon 5500 Series Server Motherboard - Server Motherboards


The only HSF on newegg.ca that specifically states compatibility with the E55xx is the Dynatron T667
Newegg.ca - Dynatron T667 60mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

Both Newegg and NCIX have multiple LGA1366 HSF but unsure of the reliable ones for a server environment.

Any info would be appreciated.
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Its kind of hard to determine which is better than the other. You could trust the reviews or choose the stronger one of the 2 such as higher air-flow. I really wouldnt put too much thought in the fan as either one you get will mostly likely work, impossible to tell which will last longer. If it were me, I'd choose the higher air-flow model. Since servers are generally loud I really would worry about the noise output the fan creates.
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Yea, noise really isn't a factor unless I'm on the phone in there.
Guess I'll find one that can move some air.
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Remember that the faster a fan spins , the shorter it's life. Also make sure that you definitely use a ball-bearing fan. Between the two boards I would choose the SMicro.
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Only problem I see with the SM it's limited to 24gig RAM where the Tyan is 64gig - yes this will be brought up.
Now whether we will spend $8000 (2 systems) on some Super Talent 8gig chips for that 64gig total...hiiighly doubt it.
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Supports up to 48 GB 1333 / 1066 / 800MHz DDR3 ECC Registered memory
Unless the difference between 48 and 64 is going to be a deal breaker I would get the SM:
PCI slots
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PS/2 ports (better compatibility with KVMs)
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Unless the difference between 48 and 64 is going to be a deal breaker I would get the SM:
PCI slots
serial port
PS/2 ports (better compatibility with KVMs)
SM's site is only reporting up to 24gig registered ECC and 12gig unbuffered
Super Micro Computer, Inc. - Products | Motherboards | Xeon Boards | X8DTL-iF
Love it when sites don't match up :|
I tend to find the product on the sales sites but get specs from manufacturer.
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Ah, Tyan it is then.
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