Building a Dual Xeon 1U HP Proliant Server Coffin



My attempt to build a case for a 1U HP Proliant SE316M1 server resulted in a nice wooden coffin. As you can clearly see, the desktop server case we built looks much more like something you would send your server off in than it does a aesthetically pleasing computer case.

In this episode of AACAT, we are going to finish up the wooden server case build and run some tests.

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So do today is to build a server, you find that Home Depot is actually this thing came out raw like charting a course in the Bermuda triangle Street to a CAT5 rough you got admit we gave birth to quite the eyesore here which isn’t really surprising taking my woodworking skills or lack thereof into account but we did it we built a desktop case to house the one you server and I mean it looks more like a server coffin than a server case and it’s pretty impractical given that it’s 35 inches long and 19 inches wide would make a lot more sense to come before wall mount version of this which is something I might do in the future as I send the previous video low this first run was really meant to be a proof of concept and I think this is a decent proof of concept with adequate fabrication skills you could adapt a rackmount server to potentially work as a daily use desktop computer form factor wise anyway we will get to the noise aspect in just a few now as you can see I made quite a few mistakes along the way one of the biggest being not waiting long enough for the wood to try out the wood was really really really damp out of Home Depot so I let it dry in my garage for a few days Walt turns out that was not enough time because after put the case to govern the wood shrunk and wards significantly which means that the server will no longer fit in the case with the sound tapping pads installed granted it still is quieter inside the case and it is just standalone outside the case but it was much quieter with those pads and by no means is it a bearable sound listen to while actually working I found it incredibly frustrating to listen to him while was trying to benchmark this thing even those inside the case it is still loud mainly because it is a 1U server and when you servers really tend to be on the louder side so as I said before in the previous video of for you server would definitely be a better fit for a project like this you’ve escaped from the mono tone depressing version of me and now it’s on to the more fun for the video one of the main data points I want to collect from this prototype were the temperatures of the case open and with the case closed how much hotter will the sling Ron while enclosed in a wooded to accomplish this by using prime 95 in combination with the system information for the prime 95 small and the t-test was run for 10 minutes twice the case left open and twice with the server completely enclosed inside the case now I do have some benchmark in this for you guys but before we get to that I just want to think PCs are reports for something server over they have a massive selection of extremely powerful dirt cheap servers on their website and eBay store used to coat a cat you get 10% off anything on their website I bought Michael Corsi on editing workstation from the 290 bucks last year and have had zero issues with it now I absolutely love the links to their website and eBay store can be found down in the description now let’s get those benchmarks to benchmark the system a little already in previous videos you haven’t seen the previous videos on the system long story short this is an HP ProLiant was 16 GB of RAM tools the underneath 606 is for a total of eight cores and Nvidia GT 1030 and a 10K SAS drive previously I was having issues getting the 10K drive those included with the system to be recognized by any operating system and it turned out I did not have the rate card properly configured such are set everything up the drive was finally recognized and I could run the built in open to profiling tool on the drive to get the read rate and axis time divers read rate was 71.8 MB per second and average axis time was 7.69 ms I’m going to let the next three benchmark speak for themselves just because there’s a lot of data there and it’s not can add anything if I’m just sitting here talking over them so the first thing working around is stress – NG to get some CPU metrics and then were going to run to un-engine benchmarks to get some GPU and general system metrics on a patient watching guys in the future we might have another go at this for you server in a more practical design my goal for this field was to build a desktop-ish case for a rackmount server and I did just that now is a pretty not really in the slightest and it’s really too big to be practical as a standalone case so I definitely will be reevaluating the design of this if I do decide to do something like this again now what are we gonna do with the server that we have now and the case that we had no one to be auctioning that off on eBay to the highest bidder this can be no reserve and organa do that money’s going to take that money and I’m going to lifestream us donating that money to various open source projects over the next distro some open source applications and we will have a voting system for that you guys can vote on your favorite open source projects and I will donate a percentage of the proceeds from the desktop case to said project so the eBay listing for that will be down in the description if you want to check that out now it will be pick up only just because I do not believe the case will survive shipping I’m pretty sure just come out absolutely main goal defy us at this through UPS or USPS or something like that so pick up only asked me about it for this video watching guys and I will see you in the next installment of a computers and technology


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