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    Silent 1U server?

    And the requests keep getting stranger...

    Anyone know of a silent 1U server?

    As in super quiet?

    Dont need a powerful CPU, only 4 gb ram, so processing wise it is a small requirement

    Will be used for video encoding in a church. Usually we recommend a small workstation, but due to space limitations it has to go into their existing A/V rack

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    The atom servers from SuperMicro have no CPU or case fan, and the fan for the power supply is pretty quiet.

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    Yeah, would you be able to go with a desktop computer? That would be the bet pick for noise wise.

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    If CPU really isn't an issue look for one of the passive cooled atom server like mike mentioned, Power usage will also be nice and low
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeJohnson View Post
    The atom servers from SuperMicro have no CPU or case fan, and the fan for the power supply is pretty quiet.
    I have one of these, they are nice little machines. I use it as a SAN controller for 4 IBM enclosures totaling 56 drives. Does software raid basically, and acts as a iSCSI target. Works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Squirrel View Post
    I have one of these, they are nice little machines. I use it as a SAN controller for 4 IBM enclosures totaling 56 drives. Does software raid basically, and acts as a iSCSI target. Works great.
    Any chance you could give some more details regarding your setup?

    Another vote for an atom box.. was amazed at how quiet they are.

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    Those passive atom chassis are nearly silent. However I wouldn't use an atom for video encoding unless you can leave it to run overnight or something.
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    any atom based machine... supermicro D525 or even intel D525 ... they will accept 4GB of ram...

    you can always add a SSD hard drive.
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    Your best bet will be an Atom for a quiet 1U, however the performance will be dramatically lower than could be achieved with a higher class CPU. I guess it just depends on how intense this video encoding chore is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Techee View Post
    Will be used for video encoding in a church. Usually we recommend a small workstation, but due to space limitations it has to go into their existing A/V rack
    Perhaps you can stuck a laptop in there?
    Not sure if the fanless Atom solutions are fast enough for video encoding, and 1U fans tend to be loud.

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    i use at home an Atom for running XBMC as a media server. It plays 1080P in hardware. However, i wouldn't conduct any kernel compilations off of it.
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    The atoms are great processors, but they will choke with video encoding. Do you think you'd be able to get 2U space? 3U would be ideal, but in a 2U space with the right chassis, you can fit an i7 in there even with the stock cooler and it'll work like a charm.
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    Zotac Atom Motherboards come with the ION2 GPU now which will do 1080P in hardware with NO ISSUE
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    Quote Originally Posted by bizness View Post
    i use at home an Atom for running XBMC as a media server. It plays 1080P in hardware.
    I think the TS wants to CREATE (ENcode) video, not play it.

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    at the end of the day there is going to be a race between two evils ... you will not be able to encode video at a fast speed without using a powerful CPU or GPU ... each of them requiring a FAN for the most part....
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    Silent and 1u shouldn't be use in the same sentence, but I'm sure someone can manage it with really low specs.


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    Only an Atom can operate silently in a 1U without blowers (even if set to minimum) and it's just not enough horsepower for realtime video encoding. 2U chassis can use the a box cpu fan which is near silent and opens up much more possibilities.
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    I don't know what their workflow is, but a viable solution would be mixing a 1U Atom server with a PCI card to offload the encoding. Matrox has a nice card for this. There might be some others out there too.

    http://www.matrox.com/video/en/products/pc/compresshd/

    Fun project! Good luck with it.

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    Sandy bridge m/b with power efficient CPU will work too if you will choose FANS to be quite in the BIOS

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