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Custom Quiet Dual 150W Xeon Workstation

Built on 03/28/14


Full Specs

Asus Z9PE-D8 WS
2x Intel Xeon E5-2687W V2 (8-core, 3.4GHz, 150W)
128GB Kingston DDR3-1600 ECC Reg Memory (8x 16GB)
Asus Geforce GTX 660 2GB (DirectCU II)
Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SATA III SSD
Western Digital Green 2TB SATA III HDD
Asus 24x DVD-RW
Fractal Design Define XL R2
3x Fractal Quiet 140mm fans (6 total with the stock case fans)
Silverstone ST85F-GS 850W PSU
2x Noctua NH-U12DX i4 (dual 120mm fans in push-pull setup)
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Additional Notes

We have a quiet dual Xeon workstation in our Genesis line, the Genesis II Quiet Edition, but sometimes its lower-power options don't quite fit what a customer is looking for. Recently we had a gentleman who wanted to order a system that was quiet, but had a pair of high wattage Xeons - models rated at 150W of thermal output.

The liquid-cooling that comes with our standard Genesis II can easily handle cooling such processors, but with this user's emphasis on low noise operation we knew we could do better. Utilizing a pair of Noctua heatsinks which we feature on our Peak 4-CPU workstations, each with an added fan for a powerful push-pull cooling setup, we were able to ensure those CPUs ran at low temperatures despite their high heat output. We also added several fans in the Define XL chassis, to help ensure that there would be plenty of overall airflow to exhaust the heat from the CPUs, video card, and other components. We wired all the case fans to run at 5V so that they stay quiet as well.

The end result is a system that is whisper quiet at idle, and still fairly quiet even under heavy load. The CPUs never passed 60C even under our heaviest stress testing, which is well under Intel's thermal specs (though about 10C higher than the same CPUs would have been with liquid-cooling). This is a great example of the custom solutions we can come up with for people, to meet each user's individual needs.

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