another great series of 1U chassis from Supermicro for customer-built servers: the SC813M series
installation examples (Supermicro X5DPA-GG in black SC813MT-420c):
front view 1
front view 2
passive cooling/backplane details
1. the only 20” deep 4x HDD RAID-10 capable 1U case, it’s ultra compact for a 1TB capable case
2. 4x hot-swap SATA or U320 carriers with hot-swap backplane
3. 420w Xeon or 300w P4/Opteron power supply
4. front panel 2x USB for easy external backup device & 1x serial port for remote access terminal
5. at mid-chassis, 4x Sanyo 40mm 16cfm super high volume turbine fans
perfect for passive cooling of high-speed Xeon or the super hot P4 Prescott.
6. single SATA or U320 backplane supplies power for all drives including slim CD/FDD. no more multiple 4-pin drive connectors
Supermicro server board consideration:
dual Xeon E7501 based server boards
single P4 875P/E7201 based server boards
1. standard ATX 12”x10” format
2. CPU socket(s) are situated right in front of 4x turbine fans for optimal passive cooling
3. 4x DIMM slots parallel to front-to-back airflow design inside chassis
4. for P4SCx, u must purchase heatsink retention kit (SKT-0115-01) and passive heatsink (SNK-0032) separately.
5. for X5DPA, simple buy Xeon retail box labeled for 1U which comes with retention kit and a pretty nice all copper heatsink
Tyan server board consideration:
Tomcat i875P S5102
, 12”x10” ATX, P4
Tiger i7501R S2735
, 12” x 10” ATX dual Xeon, 6x DIMMs
Tomcat K8S S2850
, 12” x 10” ATX, single Opteron
1. P4/Xeon CPU socket(s) are situated very close to turbine fans for passive cooling
2. 4~6 DIMM slots parallel to front-to-back airflow design inside chassis
3. u will need Supermicro retention kit and heatsink for Tyan S5102 P4 board
4. retail Xeon 1U retention kit/heatsink will works fine with S2735 board
5. for K8S Opteron board, the CUP socket is little further away from turbine fans, I would recommend Thermaltake A1827
all copper active HSF (flipping the fan over will make CPU 5C cooler!)
6. don’t use Tyan IO shield plate (solid in between ports) which will block airflow! revise Supermicro plate (grille like) with Dremel, or simply leave it out. the IO shield plate is somewhat ‘decorative’ and serves no real purpose.
7. 24pin/8pin power connectors extension is required for S2735 Xeon board, and 24-pin to 20-pin power converter is needed for S5102 P4 / S2850 Opteron board.
Other installation consideration:
1.SC813M accepts only slim CD and slim FDD, the type used in notebook. frame kits are supplied with the case.
2. if u buy used slim CD on eBay (about $15) for P4SCx/S5102, make sure u get Toshiba XM7002. for some older Teac/Samsung/LG/IBM 24x slim CD, i875P chipset refuses to recognize them. all brands of slim CD, new (about $40) or used, will work with Dual Xeon and Opteron boards.
3. if needed, Mitsumi makes a rather nice slim FDD, about $20 new wholesale
4. single slot 1U riser card for and-in PCI adapter is optional. if needed, be sure to buy the right one: 64-bit 3v PCI-X
or 32-bit 5v PCI according to what the first slot on server board is.
6. remove frame bracket
holding the 4 turbine fans (just one simple clip) first before installing motherboard.
current pricing examples from 8anet:
SC813MT-420C: $347 (4x SATA hot-swap, 420w for dual xeon
SC813MS-420C: $375 (4x U320 hot-swap, 420w for dual xeon
SC813MT-300C: $290 (4x SATA hot-swap, 300w for single p4 /single Opteron
I don't sell chassis standalone, please don't ask.