TeraByte File Server Project - Cooling
The project described in this web page was started in May, 2001. The product information in this web page (components to use) is current as of January, 2002. The information in this web page provides the knowledge, and ideas necessary to build a functional TeraByte file server. For more information on current file server offerings, please look here.
This is a large project with many disks. As a result of this, care must be taken to ensure that all components remain within their proper operating temperature range. In order to determine exactly what is occurring, several tests were made, and many temperature readings were taken. The results are as follows:
It is important to not take air in from the back of the system, as this could easily create an air loop, where the hot exhaust is pulled back in. This could quickly overheat the system, causing failures.
All exhaust vents in the case should be blocked. The exception to this is that all unused slot covers near the motherboard should be removed. This will provide adequate airflow past the CPU and memory.
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