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First Steps

Hardware Tested

M/B, CPUs and memory have all arrived. The CPUs and M/B seem to be working OK.
One of the memory modules seems to be having a bit of trouble being recognized,
the other five work fine. I'll see if it's really defective or if it's just the
IT gods screwing with me a bit.

The Noctua NH9DX 1366

The Noctua NH-U9DX 1366 is a cooler from Noctua's series specifically made for
Xeon sockets. For those who don't know, LGA1366 sockets have an integrated
backplate, just like LGA2011, which makes them much more convenient than their
desktop counterparts. It's quite a nice and sturdy backplate, too, in fact it's
among the most solid backplates I've come across yet. This does, however,
require a slightly different mounting system. You just have four screws which
you bolt directly into the plate.

Aside from that, the cooler is identical to its desktop counterpart as far as I
know. Why the 92 mm version? For one thing, it was in stock, unlike the 120 mm
version of this cooler. Also, the CPUs only produce 40 W TDP each, so there
really is no need for high-end cooling. And as a bonus, I got supplied some
awesome San Ace fans with my case, which also happen to be 92 mm.

The Noctua fans which come with the cooler are just 3 pin fans (the newer models
of this cooler for LGA2011 come with a PWM fan I think), but the San Ace fans I
got with my case are actually PWM controlled! Since the M/B has a full set of
PWM headers (8, to be exact, how awesome is that!? biggrin.gif ) I will try the San Ace
fans and see how they play on lower rpm's (they run at 4,800 rpm on full speed
redface.gif ). This does not need to be a super-silent machine since it will be in its
own room, and since I really like the San Ace fans with regards to build quality
(and I'm a total sucker for build quality) I'd love to use them for this. The
Noctuas would admitteldy be better suited, but I'll see how things go with the
SA's first.

The Box

Unlike its shiny desktop counterparts, the NH-U9DX comes in a nice and subtle
(but sturdy) cardbord box with a simple sticker on it. I must admit I like this
box more than the shiny ones. smile.gif

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How it looks packaged...

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... and out in the open.

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Noctua Pr0n

A few glory shots of the cooler itself...

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The San Ace 9G0912P1G09

There is no info about this fan on the web, I'm presuming it's something San Ace
makes specifically for InWin in an OEM deal.

I've hooked it up to a fan controller and got a max reading of 4,800 rpm, and
the Supermicro board turns them down to ~2,200 rpm on idle. They seem to be very
good fans, you can only really hear the sound of the air moving, no bearing or
motor noises so far. Also, they are heavy (~200 g per piece), which is always
nice for a build quality fetishist such as myself. biggrin.gif

Note: Hooking such a fan up to a desktop board as its power source would not be
advisable, they are rated for 1.1 A and might burn out the circuits on a desktop
board. Server boards usually have better fan power circuitry since they are
desinged with high-performance fans in mind. Just as a side note.

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Compared to the Noctua fan which comes with the coolers. I might still go with
the Noctuas, but it's not the plan at the moment.

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The Noctua NH-U9DX 1366 San Ace Edition

I had to improvise a bit with mounting the San Ace's to the tower. The clips
which you'd use with the Noctua fans rely on the fan having open corners, which
the San Ace's do not. Ah well, nothing a bit of cotton cord can't fix. biggrin.gif

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And the current config in its full glory:

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Side note: The coolers were actually more expensive than the CPUs. :lol:

That's it for now, thanks for stopping by.
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