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Hi,

I'm looking at buying a pair of them for a data rack that I'm putting together. I already have a pair of Dell C1100s there.

The biggest thing is noise. I'm quite familiar with the R200's spec sheet and capabilities, but I've never actually heard one in operation. So, if anyone owns one, how does it compare with the C1100 or some other 1U servers you've heard? I'm talking about normal operating noise level, not boot. wink.gif

Or, I suppose, on a scale of hairdryer to quiet whisper, where would you put the R200 at powered-up and light load/idle?
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I have one of those in production but I can't say how loud it is compared with other systems because it is in a rack with several other machines (R710s, mostly). All I can say is that it is not really any louder than another 1U Dell server. It may actually be quieter than the C1100 because it only has 1 CPU to cool.
    
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It's pretty loud. The R210 II is much quieter as they fixed the cooling design issue in the R210. You can youtube the server being ran and booted.
    
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I have a full 42U rack full of R200s about....30' from me.


They're loud.
    
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post #5 of 10
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I have a full 42U rack full of R200s about....30' from me.


They're loud.

Yes, I would definitely see that happening with a 42U of them... wink.gif

How would you compare a single R200 to most other 1U's you've worked with?
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Yes, I would definitely see that happening with a 42U of them... wink.gif

How would you compare a single R200 to most other 1U's you've worked with?

Well they're not the loudest thing I've sat beside. They use blowers instead of 10,000 RPM 40CM fans, so that helps I guess.

For home use, you probably still need a dedicated room or closet to keep down on the noise. One of the loudest systems I've worked on was probably an old Cobalt Raq XTR. I got it from working at a local ISP. They used them for customer based websites, you know how you get like 5MB free of webspace from your ISP? These guys used Cobalt Raqs. This thing had...6 or 8 10k fans. It was unreal the noise that came out of a Pentium 3. lmaosmiley.gif
    
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Lol that's awesome. smile.gif

These IBM x3650s definitely let you know that they're here... They've got 10 fans which draw about 25w each at full load. hmmsmiley02.gif

250w of air-moving, holy crap.
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Lol that's awesome. smile.gif

These IBM x3650s definitely let you know that they're here... They've got 10 fans which draw about 25w each at full load. hmmsmiley02.gif

250w of air-moving, holy crap.

Now that's a cooling system LOL:thumb:

Only IBMs I have are AS\400s and some IBM System Ps (RS\6000). They're too big to be loud, lol.
    
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While I don't have a Dell R2xx, I am interested in getting a Dell R210 to use as a standalone DC (Server 2012R2). Are the R210 as loud as the R200, or does anyone know?
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Well, I got my pair of R200s in yesterday. smile.gif

I can say conclusively that if you're not bothered by a C1100, you won't be bothered by an R200. They sound about the same to me.

That being said, the R200s get really fussy really fast if they get hot. I accidentally forgot about them and shut the closet door. After about ten minutes I could hear the fans through the door (!). I opened the door and the closet was probably about 100*F. And they were not happy about it one bit.

They cooled down and quieted down gradually and then went back to normal noise levels.

They don't have a web-accessible BMC like the C1100s do, so I guess it's Dell OpenManage for these guys. Which means I need another license of WS2012R2... frown.gif

Anyhow, they were a good purchase. I'm in progress getting PFSense running on them in CARP/Failover
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