For at least 5 years (I honestly don’t recall when I put the box together…) there’s a been an Antec Mini P180 purring under my desk. This machine has been running various flavors & versions of Linux, mainly performing as KVM host.
This box contains 4 hard drives, and a Intel Q9400S CPU. (For those who don’t recall: the ‘S’ suffix means lower powered (65W TDP instead of 95W TDP).
For a while I’ve been considering replacing this unit. The replacement has to be equally quiet, good for at least 5 years to come, and easy expandable. And… dual CPU, if possible.
There are not many PC producers who build dual CPU workstations. There’s the Dell Precision Tower 7810, the HP Z820 and… Supermicro.
And Supermicro is where I ended up. I was first eyeballing the 7047A-T, but was then informed about the Supermicro 7048A-T which has just been released.
After some debating with myself I decided on the following specs:
| ||name||amount||prod. nr.
|CPU||Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2620 v3||2||CM8064401831400
|RAM||Samsung 8GB DDR4 2133MHz 1Gx4 ECC/Reg 1,2V||8||M393A1G40DB0-CPB
|Storage||Intel SSD DC S3500 - 80GB 2.5" MLC SATA 6Gb/s 7.0mm||2||SSDSC2BB080G4
|Video||Sapphire Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR3|
PCI-Express 2.0, DVI-I, HDMI, VGA, Lite-Retail, w/ LP bracket
I’ll be slapping some of my existing hard drives in there, but I haven’t decided yet on how many or in what configuration so the final storage space is pending.
This new system will have 4x the amount of RAM of my previous system and it will be at least twice as fast (due to it being a 2 CPU system).
The order has been placed with the good people at Nextron, and they expect to ship it on September 19th.
The only thing I’m not 100% sure of yet is how quiet it is… All Supermicro says is: ‘Whisper Quiet Workstation’. Does anyone know how loud the Supermicro employees whisper?
[more to come]