G34 4P Supermicro Pics

Linden

[H]ard|Gawd
Joined
Sep 8, 2005
Messages
1,189
Introducing "Greyhound 5"

Supermicro H8QGL-iF
4 X Opteron 6136 2.4 @ 2.7GHz
64GB G.Skill DDR3 1600
Corsair AX750
4 X Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Rocketfish/Lian Li modified for SWTX format and w/window
Linux, Ubuntu 10.10

View through Rocketfish side panel window:


View with side panel removed:


Closeup view:
 
Last edited:

Linden

[H]ard|Gawd
Joined
Sep 8, 2005
Messages
1,189
A big, big thank you to all [H]orde Folders who helped me along the way in building and optimizing this rig. It's folding full time.
 

dreadwing

[H]ard|DCer of the Month - March 2012
Joined
Sep 8, 2011
Messages
213
Awesome case! What mods if any were required to fit the 4P system?
 

Linden

[H]ard|Gawd
Joined
Sep 8, 2005
Messages
1,189
Case mods to fit SWTX:

  • drilled holes in motherboard tray for SWTX pattern; did not tap, just secured standoffs with matching nuts
  • relocated rear 120mm case fan to exterior
  • cut out part of the top expansion port bracket (to clear motherboard LAN ports)
Other mods for personal aesthetics and cooling:


  • cut out 18 square inches of aluminum from the rear, drilled, and added 2 X 80mm exhaust fans above the 120mm rear exhaust
  • Installed 2 X 120mm intake fans in main 3.5" drive compartment
  • cut out perforated vent beneath the PSU
  • installed a couple low-Wattage fluorescent lights (one on the case ceiling and one just under front drive cage)
 
Last edited:

Linden

[H]ard|Gawd
Joined
Sep 8, 2005
Messages
1,189
Another closeup, this one with more of an industrial "big iron" look :D

 

Untitledone

[H]ard|DCer of the Month - April 2012
Joined
Feb 28, 2011
Messages
1,486
Be careful not to choke those chokes underneath the musky mod crossbar. Make sure it gets some air flow.
 

R-Type

[H]ard|DCer of the Month - October 2011
Joined
Mar 6, 2006
Messages
2,622
This is a good looking build, made all the more so by the fact most of its siblings around here run naked.

Its like a guy wearing a suit in the middle of burning man...
 

Kendrak

[H]ard|DCer of the Year 2009
Joined
Aug 29, 2001
Messages
21,142
My 4P doesn't even have a burlap sack, just a wedge of cardboard it sits on.
 

grumpy_rock

Limp Gawd
Joined
Sep 7, 2010
Messages
316
I just printed out the close up picture and taped it to the window on the side of my case.... at least I can pretend.
 

Linden

[H]ard|Gawd
Joined
Sep 8, 2005
Messages
1,189
Be careful not to choke those chokes underneath the musky mod crossbar.
This is a good looking build, made all the more so by the fact most of its siblings around here run naked.
Airflow to the motherboard components - good advice. There's actually more air flow over the board parts than before, when the system was caseless. What you don't see in the pictures is three 120mm fans in the front blowing across the board. Also, there's actually quite a bit of clearance between the heatsink retention bars and the components underneath.

The system is running on my garage workbench. It took up too much space in a horizontal configuration, sans clothing, and I was also concerned I might damage it when working on other projects on the bench. I had the Rocketfish down in the walk-space packaged up; it came out of retirement for a great second career.
 

Linden

[H]ard|Gawd
Joined
Sep 8, 2005
Messages
1,189
I just printed out the close up picture and taped it to the window on the side of my case
Hey, just add a big air foil (wing) at the back, top of the case, and you'll be set!

I'm honored. I've been Folding since right after the Folding@Home started, and this is my first really big adventure.
 

rvborgh

Weaksauce
Joined
Jul 1, 2014
Messages
87
Thought i'd bump this thread with photos of my project 4P G34 home system (its been running flawlessly for over a year now).





 

[Ion]

[H]ard|Gawd
Joined
Jun 2, 2009
Messages
1,134
Very professional looking setup!
Where'd you find the case? I'm looking for something quieter than my 1U case but more secure than just taking off the top and mounting tower heatsinks.
 

mmonnin

Limp Gawd
Joined
Jan 11, 2004
Messages
190
I thought those looked like hot swap fans. And fans not meant to be sitting on a desktop either. Yikes.
 

rvborgh

Weaksauce
Joined
Jul 1, 2014
Messages
87
if you ran the rear fans at full speed you would be right (see photo below... they run around 2050-2100 rpms). Case temps usually run around 82F. 91F at the hottest... but this thing doesn't run at full bore or even close to it.

i use a fan controller and run those rear fans more slowly... there is an "elbow" point in the rpm speed after which they become loud... i run them just below this elbow point. i also added an additional SuperMicro fan kit normally used for the GPU units so i had 4 fans instead of the original 3... this also lets me run them all slower for the same airflow.

i also upgraded the dual 1000w removeable PSU to more efficient 1400w ones... with the variable duty cycle 25mm fans... so they are barely making any noise either. To help them out i also installed additional Noctua 92mm fan right where they exhaust to pull hot air into the main motherboard area (unfortunately the above photos taken before i did this).

EDIT: i forgot to add that i also removed the backplane on the unused SCSI drive as well as the drive holders... this gives a straight shot through improving airflow through the case and was good for about 5C or so in case temps.

its perfectly fine for home desktop use now and it sits right behind my monitor :)



Looks like the http://www.supermicro.com/products/chassis/4U/748/SC748TQ-R1400.cfm
I had one. Big, heavy and expensive. Oh, and those included 8,000 rpm fans are screamers!
 
Last edited:

plext0r

[H]ard DCOTM x3
Joined
Dec 1, 2009
Messages
780
Nice job modding that 4U SuperMicro case. I've done similar with the 4P E5-4650 setup. The cases are beasts; luckily mine are rack-mounted and I don't have to listen to them.
 

mi7chy

2[H]4U
Joined
May 22, 2013
Messages
3,985
Nice except on mine I was bothered by the disrupting up down CPU cooler air flow so I jerry rigged it to make it front back.
 

rvborgh

Weaksauce
Joined
Jul 1, 2014
Messages
87
Thanks :) i ran across it new at an Ebay auction for $80 (seller mislabeled it or didn't know what they were selling)... not knowing how loud it would be. i just had to have it. Didn't want a boat anchor so ended up spending about $300 quieting it down. So in a way i didn't have much of a choice :) Once i had it i was stuck :) Its a tank at 80 lbs or so.

i'd like to water cool it one of these days, and take it down to the machine shop and have a side window cut out for it.

Nice job modding that 4U SuperMicro case. I've done similar with the 4P E5-4650 setup. The cases are beasts; luckily mine are rack-mounted and I don't have to listen to them.
 
D

Deleted member 88227

Guest
I looked up that case. Holy mother of God is it expensive.
 

[Ion]

[H]ard|Gawd
Joined
Jun 2, 2009
Messages
1,134
I'll get pics of some of my systems later this week--I have a 32c 4P setup in a Spootswood case, a 48c 4P setup in a Spootswood case, and a 1U 64c setup. Also have parts on the way for 2 more 1U 48c setups :)
 

Jurriaan

n00b
Joined
Feb 14, 2016
Messages
7
if you ran the rear fans at full speed you would be right (see photo below... they run around 2050-2100 rpms). Case temps usually run around 82F. 91F at the hottest... but this thing doesn't run at full bore or even close to it.

i use a fan controller and run those rear fans more slowly... there is an "elbow" point in the rpm speed after which they become loud... i run them just below this elbow point. i also added an additional SuperMicro fan kit normally used for the GPU units so i had 4 fans instead of the original 3... this also lets me run them all slower for the same airflow.
I have scored (at 800$, more of a steal, i think) myself one of those as well:

- Supermicro H8QG6-F
- 4x 6274 with passive coolers
- Supermicro SC748 chassis w/2 redudant 1400W powersupplies
- 16 dimms x 8 Gb each

and I must say: the loudness overrides the nice points. Boinc is chugging along nicely, running 16 MCM1 tasks @ about 5 hours 30 minutes each. That is the same time as a dual X5650 Xeon system. It won't download more tasks at the moment, both CEP2 and UGM1 complain about 'transient HTTP errors'.

Do I read correctly that better CPU coolers (Noctua NH-9UD0) and a fan-controller on the existing fans are enough to bring the noiselevel down? Did you do anything with the fans behind the drivecage inside? This system will move to my office, so it needn't be absolutlely silent, but right now even the bios option Balanced gives a lot of noise.
 

Gilthanis

[H]ard|DCer of the Year - 2014
Joined
Jan 29, 2006
Messages
8,112
Jurriaan, are you behind a proxy by chance?

If so, you may need to create a cc_config.xml file.

<cc_config>
<options>
<use_all_gpus>1</use_all_gpus>
<http_1_0>1</http_1_0>
<report_results_immediately>1</report_results_immediately>
</options>
</cc_config>
 

Jurriaan

n00b
Joined
Feb 14, 2016
Messages
7
Unfortunately, no. I'm behind a router - another PC on that same router has no problems and I don't think there's anything wrong with the network on the Opteron system, since a Debian netinstall went fine.
 

Jurriaan

n00b
Joined
Feb 14, 2016
Messages
7
Unfortunately, no. I'm behind a router - another PC on that same router has no problems and I don't think there's anything wrong with the network on the Opteron system, since a Debian netinstall went fine.

I think it's something else:

Code:
jurriaan@opteron:~$ wget [url]http://BDD7.https.cdn.softlayer.net/80BDD7/grid.worldcommunitygrid.org/boinc/download/slideshow/fahb_01_v01.gif[/url]
--2016-02-14 21:12:30--  [url]http://bdd7.https.cdn.softlayer.net/80BDD7/grid.worldcommunitygrid.org/boinc/download/slideshow/fahb_01_v01.gif[/url]
Resolving bdd7.https.cdn.softlayer.net (bdd7.https.cdn.softlayer.net)... 93.184.221.109
Connecting to bdd7.https.cdn.softlayer.net (bdd7.https.cdn.softlayer.net)|93.184.221.109|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 504 Gateway Timeout
Retrying.

--2016-02-14 21:12:31--  (try: 2)  [url]http://bdd7.https.cdn.softlayer.net/80BDD7/grid.worldcommunitygrid.org/boinc/download/slideshow/fahb_01_v01.gif[/url]
Connecting to bdd7.https.cdn.softlayer.net (bdd7.https.cdn.softlayer.net)|93.184.221.109|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 504 Gateway Timeout
Retrying.

--2016-02-14 21:12:33--  (try: 3)  [url]http://bdd7.https.cdn.softlayer.net/80BDD7/grid.worldcommunitygrid.org/boinc/download/slideshow/fahb_01_v01.gif[/url]
Connecting to bdd7.https.cdn.softlayer.net (bdd7.https.cdn.softlayer.net)|93.184.221.109|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 504 Gateway Timeout
Retrying.

--2016-02-14 21:12:37--  (try: 4)  [url]http://bdd7.https.cdn.softlayer.net/80BDD7/grid.worldcommunitygrid.org/boinc/download/slideshow/fahb_01_v01.gif[/url]
Connecting to bdd7.https.cdn.softlayer.net (bdd7.https.cdn.softlayer.net)|93.184.221.109|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 504 Gateway Timeout
Retrying.
However, I wouldn't like to steer this thread too much offtopic, I'm primarily interested in cooling and sound here!
 

ChelseaOilman

[H]ard|Gawd
Joined
Mar 27, 2001
Messages
1,554
Do I read correctly that better CPU coolers (Noctua NH-9UD0) and a fan-controller on the existing fans are enough to bring the noiselevel down? Did you do anything with the fans behind the drivecage inside?
I use Dynatron A14 coolers on my server. They're only $30 at Directron. My server heats my house and the noise isn't bad. I replaced all the case fans with some 80mm Thermaltake fans I already had. They have fan controllers.
http://www.directron.com/a14.html?gsear=1
Most guys here use the Cooler Master 212+ heatsinks with the musky mod. They are very quiet but a real pain to mount in a server case.
 
Top