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Supermicro Super Quiet (SQ) Series?

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I'm just wondering if anyone has tried out any of the platinum certified SQ power supplies in their Supermicro case? If so, how quiet is "super quiet?" I'm about to update my home server and I'm struggling with going Norco/Habey or Supermicro. Right now I'm struggling with the tradeoff between the potential quality issues of Norco/Habey (especially the well documented backplane issues) vs the loudness of a Supermicro. If these new SQ power supplies bring the noise of a Supermicro down close to that of a Norco/Habey (with a quiet desktop psu, aftermarket fans, etc), then I'll spend the extra dollars to get the higher quality case. Thanks in advance for any insight.
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I outfitted my norco 4220 with silent-X fans and 120mm fan blade. I ran the fans off the motherboard headers to control fan speed instead of running them full bore 24/7

The result is its whisper quiet. Seriously. I sit next to it in my office. It was a necessary project . I'm very happy now. There's pictures and info in my server thread.


If your desire is a super quiet server I can't understand how you would not be excessively happy with same set up.

I don't know that much about the backplane issues as I've never had any myself. Having removed and installed a backplane though... The solution would only take me about 30 seconds to fix once I got a replacement.

Cant you buy spare back up back planes on eBay for $10? ( assuming you under warranty and just want it ahead of time to prevent down time.)

Mine is just a media server do I'd accept a few days down. I really doubt I'd have an issue. Norco sells millions of these things... You bound to hear an issue hear or there. I don't think it's as common as you fear. Just those affected are much more vocal than those un effected propagating the myth it's common.
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Run (more than 3 x 120mm) fans off the motherboard headers is real bad idea. You may have chances of overcurrent or excess current situation. That causes your system unstable and the risk of fire or damage to your mobo some day. Set up your fans at 7V is suggested.
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

I outfitted my norco 4220 with silent-X fans and 120mm fan blade. I ran the fans off the motherboard headers to control fan speed instead of running them full bore 24/7

The result is its whisper quiet. Seriously. I sit next to it in my office. It was a necessary project . I'm very happy now. There's pictures and info in my server thread.


If your desire is a super quiet server I can't understand how you would not be excessively happy with same set up.

I don't know that much about the backplane issues as I've never had any myself. Having removed and installed a backplane though... The solution would only take me about 30 seconds to fix once I got a replacement.

Cant you buy spare back up back planes on eBay for $10? ( assuming you under warranty and just want it ahead of time to prevent down time.)

Mine is just a media server do I'd accept a few days down. I really doubt I'd have an issue. Norco sells millions of these things... You bound to hear an issue hear or there. I don't think it's as common as you fear. Just those affected are much more vocal than those un effected propagating the myth it's common.

Thanks for the reply. I know the Norco cases can be made quiet, but I also need 100% reliability. This server will serve other functions other than a media server, and so I can't accept a few days down. That's why I'm looking for something a little more reliable and trying to balance reliability with livability.
post #5 of 6
I guess I just don't agree on the idea norco isn't reliable.
post #6 of 6
You can pick up a used Supermicro 4U 24-bay server for $299 plus shipping from TAMS Solutions. Check out the thread regarding the cheaper alternative to the Norco 4224. It comes complete with a Supermicro server board, 8GB RAM, CPU (either AMD or Intel), CPU cooler, three Supermicro 8-port SATA controllers, dual redundant power supplies, and all cables. You won't find a better deal anywhere for a complete server. Most of us have ditched the included power supplies for standard PSUs as they are much quieter. There are other mods discussed in the forum, but you'll find all the details in the first post of the thread.
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