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What is the difference between server heatsink and desktop heatsink?

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Can someone tell me the difference between server heatsink and desktop heatsink? Is server heatsink better than the desktop heatsink?
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Uninformed question is uninformed.

Although 1U HSF's are tiny they have a high RPM blower design and are loud as crap.
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They are different things for different purposes.

A 'server' heatsink is usually designed to fit in a lower profile chassis, and as such is much more compact. But they are designed for very high airflows to deal with high heat loads, and so can be VERY noisey as a result. A server heatsink without a fan will usually be for hurricane operation (ie lots of high speed fans in the vicinity, so no need for fans on the cooler itself as this would be a single point of failure).

It's also worth noting that some server sockets have different mounting points (s771 is different to s775 for example), so they aren't always supported by consumer heatsinks (and vice versa).

A 'consumer' heatsink is usually designed to run as it's purchased, but (as I'm sure you're aware) there are many types...
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Server heatsinks are almost always low profile and only about as good as stock cooling; this is simply because servers are built in thin enclosures that prohibit typical heatsinks from fitting.

Edit; bah, beaten twice to the answer... sorta.
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I see... Thanks smile.gif

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