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5300cs
Jul 9, 2003, 10:28 PM
I recently got a good deal on a used Xserve, and I'm using it at home. Yes- I know it's a rack-mount machine and I know it makes a lot of noise, but 86Db is too much for the wife ( I don't mind at all. I could sleep next to it.)

Anyway, I'm looking for advice on a case or enclosure or something that I can use to muffle/styfle/reduce the noise.

Putting it in another room is not an option; I live in Japan and the place is small enough as it is. I wanted an Xserve when they first came out, but because of the price I stayed away. This time the price was just too good for me to pass up.

szark
Jul 10, 2003, 02:06 AM
Only one I know of (sound-reducing) is the Xrack (http://www.xtrememac.com/forxserve/xracknre_main.shtml), but it might be a bit pricey for you.

5300cs
Jul 10, 2003, 04:41 AM
Yeah, I saw that with a little Googling. Unforunately it's almost twice the price of what I paid for my Xserve in the first place.

I wonder if anyone's got anything home made?

gopher
Jul 10, 2003, 11:27 AM
Servers are meant to be loud...that's how they stay cool by using fans. I suppose you could try to cool it with liquid nitrogen and take out the fans. Seriously, get a G5, it is only 35 dB, plus it is faster than any of the Xserves presently.

szark
Jul 10, 2003, 11:51 AM
Originally posted by 5300cs
I wonder if anyone's got anything home made?

Remove the cover, unplug the squirrel fans, and mount it directly under a large fan or air conditioning vent. :D

Funkatation
Jul 10, 2003, 11:59 AM
the slot loading xserve is actually much quieter than the first model.

mstecker
Jul 10, 2003, 12:53 PM
Originally posted by 5300cs
Yeah, I saw that with a little Googling. Unforunately it's almost twice the price of what I paid for my Xserve in the first place.


How the heck did you get an Xserve for $900?

5300cs
Jul 10, 2003, 04:19 PM
Well, it was about $1000. It's the original 1Ghz single processor model.

I was in Tokyo over the weekend and hit the electronics district, and at this huge Mac-only place up on the 5th floor they were sellling a few used (5 or 6 I think.) The dual G4 1Ghz was like $2,000.

Wrapping the top and bottom with foam wouldn't muffle the sound at all?

mstecker
Jul 10, 2003, 04:25 PM
Originally posted by 5300cs
I was in Tokyo over the weekend and hit the electronics district, and at this huge Mac-only place up on the 5th floor

I've been to that place! Did you lug it on the plane with you? "Checked Baggage"? I'm sure that the TSA had a field day with that.

Eniregnat
Jul 10, 2003, 04:55 PM
A great deal.
I have several rack mounted servers (non Apple) and they are just noisy. Any rack with a door will at least reflect some of the noise. You could build your own mini rack with 2*4s. It won't look great, but it will be breeze to add a door, some sides and a little soundproofing. If you make the sides out of Lexan, you can easily drill into it and make holes for heat dissipation, with out allowing a log of noise out. It would also look pretty cool. Lexan is a little expensive. If you go with something like this, ask the people that sell you the sheet (the thicker the better) to get you the proper kind of saw blade.

Rower_CPU
Jul 10, 2003, 09:51 PM
It's really the fans moving air through the case that make all the noise. Unless you can get some quiet, high volume fans in there it's tough to do anything about that sound directly.

All I can suggest is finding a closet somewhere or somehow sound proofing its immediate area.

5300cs
Jul 11, 2003, 12:44 AM
Originally posted by Eniregnat
A great deal.
I have several rack mounted servers (non Apple) and they are just noisy. Any rack with a door will at least reflect some of the noise. You could build your own mini rack with 2*4s. It won't look great, but it will be breeze to add a door, some sides and a little soundproofing. If you make the sides out of Lexan, you can easily drill into it and make holes for heat dissipation, with out allowing a log of noise out. It would also look pretty cool. Lexan is a little expensive. If you go with something like this, ask the people that sell you the sheet (the thicker the better) to get you the proper kind of saw blade.

I don't suppose you have a FAQ with pictures on how to do that, do you? :D

Thanks for the idea though, I was thinking along those lines, but I'm clueless when it comes to materials and such. At first I went to AppleFritter to see if anyone had done anything, but I came up empty-handed. I wonder if wrapping it foam would do anything? Time to dust off the old science books and brush up on sound & its properties.

I wish I could just toss it in a closet somewhere, but the walls in this place are too thin, the old people in the house would go nuts with it whirring away all night.

mstecker > I bought it at a place called SoftMap in Akihabara. Is this where you went? You might be thinking of LAOX, which is closer to Akihabara station and doesn't carry anything used. And no, I didn't take it on the plane; I live in another city in Japan so I just mailed to myself. If it were a few years ago, I would've thought about checking it in as a carry on just for fun, but now a days they probably wouldn't find it very funny.