Subject: Re: Looking for 'quiet' server
To: Quentin Garnier <>
From: Stephen Borrill <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 12/28/2005 13:10:28
On Mon, 26 Dec 2005, Quentin Garnier wrote:
>> The x336 is pretty loud; they've a big rack of fans behind the drive bays
>> and another rack near the processors. They're great servers though, but
>> ensure you have suitable drivers for the on-board SCSI. Last time I
>> checked it was unsupported. The x306 is very nice too, we use those a lot
>> in the S-ATA variant, but they are only P4.
> mpt0 at pci3 dev 1 function 0: LSI Logic 53c1030 Ultra320 SCSI
> mpt0: interrupting at ioapic1 pin 4 (irq 11)
> scsibus0 at mpt0: 16 targets, 8 luns per target
> It's a 3.99.11 GENERIC kernel, though.  I'm not sure about 3.0, but I
> can try easily enough.

I think I may have tried 3.0, but I was on 2.0 at the time.

> The whole box has 11 fans, plus one for the PSU (it has only one PSU
> installed).  It is very noisy when it is busy, and it's already barely
> bearable when it's idle (to my ears, at least).

A point to bear in mind is that fan speed and hence noise is dependent on 
the temperature. In a warm (non-aircon) office, the x336 sounds like a 
lawnmower when idle, but they quieten down a lot with a bit of cool air.