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Cooling for Xeon Workstation

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Good morning everyone,

 

I will try to keep this quick-ish.

I am after some cooling options for my workstation.

 

It's 2 x X5690 cpu's on an Intel mobo (S5520SC) in a Cubitek HPTX Tank.

http://ark.intel.com/products/52576/Intel-...-GTs-Intel-QPI)

http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/...b/CS-030231.htm

http://www.overclockers.com/cubitek-hptx-tank

 

Currently it just has the "recommended" Intel coolers (http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_845&products_id=14977), but it's got to go.

 

Basically my office is quite small, and when the fans on the Intel coolers start up, it's far too loud.

I cannot make phone calls in front of my system, so if I am rendering, I am constantly having to leave my office and it's a problem if I am trying to look at emails or talk to a client about something on my screen.

It hasn't been too bad in winter, but as soon as Spring hits, I know that it will likely be unbearable 24/7.

 

I don't want to go with water cooling (it terrifies me), but can I just attach any 1366 cooler to this motherboard?

If that's the case, can anyone recommend a cooler.

 

I don't mind a bit of passive noise in the background, I normally have music on anyway, but these Intel HSF's are insane.

 

Thank in advance,

John

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Thanks mate. I wasn't sure whether a run of the mill 1366 cooler would fit.

I have a brand new one of those here boxed that I didn't use on a previous build, so that's a good start.

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Thanks mate. I wasn't sure whether a run of the mill 1366 cooler would fit.

I have a brand new one of those here boxed that I didn't use on a previous build, so that's a good start.

well that should let you know if they will fit :)

im not positive myself

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Thanks guys.

I just had a quick squiz and I don't think the clearance of the RAM will be an issue. I've snapped a bad photo with my phone- Here

I'll definitely try the 212 that I have here first to see if it fits anyway.

 

Regarding the temperature of the CPU's. I have been using SpeedFan to monitor them, but I'm concerned about how accurate it is. Does anyone know of a decent piece of software that can handle Xeon's for temperature monitoring?

Just looking over the spec sheet, it says that the CPU's don't support thermal monitoring tech? http://ark.intel.com/products/52576/Intel-...-GTs-Intel-QPI)

 

SpeedFan now is showing the cpu's at 74 degrees, and I am caching an After Effects project in the background and the fans are going stupid.

Edited by nog

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Sounds about right for stock coolers. Usually the stock coolers allow the CPU's to get the upper ranges of thermal tolerance.

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It's been a while since I made this thread but I wanted to follow it up in case anyone else was thinking of doing this.

 

I finally got around to getting the second cooler and I also picked up a cheap fan control panel for the front of my case.

2 x https://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...oducts_id=18670 and https://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...oducts_id=18113

 

Basically upon pulling off the first stock HSF I noticed that the back plate of the cooler is non-detachable from the mobo. This wasn't a problem though because the pattern and thread matched the HSF we were going to put on. However, without the supplied mounting screws for the cooler, there wasn't enough reach from the stock mounting plugs to the new HSF. Even if we had gotten around that, there was a heat sink right next the to CPU and RAM clearance wasn't looking too great anyway. So that didn't happen. I guess Intel design their boards specifically to run their coolers which I wouldn't mind if I had some choice of different coolers though.

 

Okay, so that didn't work but at least I can install the throttle control for the fans... Unfortunately not. The Intel coolers are running 4 pin fan connections (standard 3 pins + thermal something something). No matter what we did, we couldn't convince the mobo to play nice not having the CPU fans hanging off their designated connections.

 

At least I can rule this out as an option now. My next thought is to get a better fan control which has a 4 pin set up that I can hopefully connect back in to the mobo somehow. I'm not sure exactly, my mate suggested this, so I'll give it a try down the track.

 

If anyone has any thoughts or ideas on how to quieten this machine up, fire away please!

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you can control the fan speed from the bios with most mb

but those heatsinks are just hot with small fans and forcing them to run at a lower speed with a purchased controller that doesnt watch cpu temps could be dangerous

 

do you think this intel water cooler may fit? http://download.intel.com/support/processo...nocropmarks.pdf

Edited by Dasa

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I think you will probably need to look at something like Noctua NH-U12DX or NH-U9DX, they fit on a lot of SuperMicro boards I sell like the X8DAi which is very simillar to your board. I don't think standard 1366 coolers will fit due to the backplane, see the link below for a explanatory diagram.

 

http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=faqs&am...;products_id=28

 

Noctua coolers come with short resistor cables that will reduce fan speed, but like Dasa said, it should also be an option in the BIOS.

 

Edit: Not taken by me, but just sharing here is an example. You should be able to max your memory banks too, as long as you use normal size RAM.

Don't aks about the cooler orientation, it's not my build, but I suspect it worked best this way with a GPU.

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Thanks Dasa and p0is0n.

 

I haven't water cooled in my life, and I'm not too keen on my first water cooling to be on my workstation.. I like the idea of it, but I've seen photos from my mates where they've had leaks with catastrophic results. Obviously I am sure they weren't setting it up properly, but still from what I understand they need to be cleaned and stuff like that, and I know that I just won't get around to it.

I might revisit this as a last resort as it would definitely solve every problem.

 

Those coolers might be the way to go. If they fit on the SuperMicro boards, then surely they'd fit on my mobo. Assuming there is enough clearance of the RAM and mobo heatsink. I will look in to it.

 

I have a front panel fan controller on the way today (https://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17216) but after what you're said I am wary to install it. I'll see how I feel, at worst I was thinking I would install it and keep it maxed out unless taking a call or something when I need some quiet.

 

Cheers

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