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    Default Computer of the week...

    Ok so this is something I have been thinking about for a while. I work with several different vendors systems from dell up to sun and sgi systems, desktop, rackmount, and server systems. I thought it would be informative to show you guys the insides of some of these systems so you can see how the "big boys" put thier systems together. Hopefully this will generate some ideas for people modding systems. Let me know if this is helpfull or if you have an questions. If I still have the systems here you can even ask for a specific angle shot.


    First up is my current project (bulding 20 of these);

    A SuperMicro dual Xeon 1u server. http://supermicro.com/products/syste...-6015B-T+V.cfm



    It has 2 dual core xeons, 16gb of memory and 500gb(2x250) sata disks.

    Just at the bottom is a 700 watt slimline power supply. There is also a cooling shroud that covers the heatsinks and part of the memory to ensure proper airflow. This thing is NOISY due to the jet style fans... There is also a pcie riser card and an optional pcie 1x riser card. Notice on the top the two wierd slots, one is for an onboard raid controller and the other is for an IPMI card (Intelligent Platform Management Interface).

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    i own a micro


    they are nice servers
    good luck
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    I've always found servers to be way more interesting to mod than regular machines. They can be engineered in a variety of ways and always astound me when I see them.

    I wish more people would do server modding, but you're going to cover almost all of it up in a rack anyway, so it kinda makes sense.

    Whatever company is paying you to do this has some good dough to be throwing down for 16gb of memory per machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nil8
    I've always found servers to be way more interesting to mod than regular machines. They can be engineered in a variety of ways and always astound me when I see them.

    I wish more people would do server modding, but you're going to cover almost all of it up in a rack anyway, so it kinda makes sense.

    Whatever company is paying you to do this has some good dough to be throwing down for 16gb of memory per machine.

    Considering that they purchase ~10 systems like this a month I agree with the $$ statement. The next project for them is 15 dual opteron/xeon (not sure which yet) workstations with 12gb memory 1tb disk space and nvidia 7900 sli setup. They are inclined to go with the opteron due to the memeory handling and bandwidth but we are concerned about finding a reliable dual opteron motherboard that supports sli. We are still testing. I will post those systems when they come in.

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    What kind of company needs dual xeons for workstations?

    And how were you lucky enough to get your job?

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    If I'm not mistaken, that looks exactly like a Apple G5 mobo...

    Edit: omgosh, my new mobo has a IPMI for my HDDs
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    Quote Originally Posted by nil8
    What kind of company needs dual xeons for workstations?

    And how were you lucky enough to get your job?

    Not sure what they will be doing with the workstations just yet, they usually only buy rackmount systems, so I think it is something to do with the development of thier new product (online manuals and such). They are very tight lipped about this project just now. I do know they use some 3d design package just not sure which one.

    Luck was not a factor in getting this job. They originally hired me for my SGI skills and then found out I can build _anything_. Just like every job I have had, there is good with the bad. The good: I get to work with some cutting edge gear. Bad: I also have to work on stuff that is really old... (mostly work on the older stuff, with new systems scattered in between).

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    I would have to say 3D is the first thing that comes to my mind. A buddy of mine works at a small graphic studio. They specialize in 3D rendering for Architecture firms. His is one of the "older" workstations that has dual 3Ghz Xeons, 8GB of RAM, and 400GB of 15K rpm SCSI drives. He said even that can get pretty bogged down when you are modeling objects with hundreds of thousands polygons in Lightwave. At night all the workstations run as render nodes so they can process their batch jobs while the machines would otherwise be idle.

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    Default Re: Computer of the week...

    Quote Originally Posted by progbuddy View Post
    If I'm not mistaken, that looks exactly like a Apple G5 mobo...

    Edit: omgosh, my new mobo has a IPMI for my HDDs
    If you didn'T knew already, Apple are now Intel-based computers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by progbuddy View Post
    If I'm not mistaken, that looks exactly like a Apple G5 mobo...

    Edit: omgosh, my new mobo has a IPMI for my HDDs
    That is a SuperMicro mobo. I am pretty sure they use a proprietary mobo.

    http://supermicro.com/products/mothe...P/X7DBR-i+.cfm

    I like the description: Enhanced Extended ATX

    heh

    Stay tuned the next one will be posted today or tomorrow. I am snapping some shots of an older sgi workstation.

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