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Does anybody know of a vendor that custom builds overclock systems that are also rack mountable? This will be for a enterprise client and be hosted in a data center. Thanks in advance.
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Well I couldn't find any, but it's fairly simple to build a normal PC inside one of those spiffy 4U PC cases like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811128020 and then either overclock yourself or find someone who will. Not sure how well cooling would go, though. You may want to look into an external radiator and watercool it.
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Does anybody know of a vendor that custom builds overclock systems that are also rack mountable? This will be for a enterprise client and be hosted in a data center. Thanks in advance.

I've heard of only one... can't think of the name right now...

Appro but they seem to be a large volume shop: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/13/appro_hf1_server/
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Well I couldn't find any, but it's fairly simple to build a normal PC inside one of those spiffy 4U PC cases like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811128020 and then either overclock yourself or find someone who will.

That's not the same..... vendors provide the support and warranty. These are sometimes worth almost as much as the hardware itself.
Edited by DuckieHo - 2/23/12 at 12:39pm
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id feel a little weary about having it overclocked and as a server. normally you want something that is rock stable in a server and having a overclock can jeopardizes the stability some.
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id feel a little weary about having it overclocked and as a server. normally you want something that is rock stable in a server and having a overclock can jeopardizes the stability some.

True in most cases.... but some tasks require maximum performance and have fault tolerances by design.
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Wouldn't be the best idea to overclock a server if it's going in a DC, maybe if you could monitor it yourself as much as possible it might be a bit more stable
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True in most cases.... but some tasks require maximum performance and have fault tolerances by design.

Exactly, the server I built for my lab specifically does computations using Comsol. It can take a week to run and converge a solution(much longer at stock), but even in an overclocked system if it can converge a solution it is correct.

(That and I went a little crazy stress testing it)
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if possible dont overclock it, in most cases you wont need too plus cooling can become a pain.. if you need more computaional power buy another and cluster them if money allows smile.gif
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The client doesn't really care about support or a warranty. Just looking for a shop to mass produce an overclocked custom server (preferably 2U). Appro has a 1 and 2U offering, but not with the latest chips (3960,2700,2600,2500).
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Then the client hasn't a clue what they want.

Overclocking takes time and money to get stabalized, and getting access to it can be a pain if its in a DC far away. In addition Overclocking draws significantly more power increasing costs for power draw and cooling. Lastly good luck cooling an overclocked CPU in a little 2U server, that server will be running pretty toasty!

Just get a reliable system; in the long run you'll be saving a load of money. Unless you are talking about using a dozen systems with built in redundancies of systems (not parts, systems), and have the money to keep spare servers around, it is not a very good idea. I don't know of any enthusiast company that will receive your calls 24/7, and get you parts the next day.

If Apro can give you a number of servers, and promise good support, and promise good lifetime support, then you could investigate that.
    
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