Hmmm, walk around the rack to get at drives..Drive bays on the back seem really inconvenient to me. At least with top-mounted bays you can get at the drives without walking around the rack.
I do rather hate cable management arms. Someone needs to come out with a server that has the power and network plugs on the back of the rails, and runs them inside the rail, so you don't need a CMA. Stupid pieces of crap.Hmmm, walk around the rack to get at drives..
Or walk around the rack to make sure your cable management arms and wiring extend correctly, then walk back to the front of the rack, get on a stool and get at the top mount drives...
Just wondering, if you got the answer from SM for that silent version. Im planning to buy 846e1 and if its possible to get that quiet PSU instead, that would be great and i dont mind paying more.Supermicro actually do a special quiet version of the 1400W PSU used in the 847 (It used in their GPGPU workstation case), I've asked if they can supply the 847E16 with the quieter "PWS-1K41P-1R-SQ" PSU. Since the 7 fans are all MB connected PWM ones they should be speed controllable so I think it is the PSU that will be the noisiest part.