Yes, its a 1U rack server. My guess is the fans are so fast to get enough air in that small space. Remember too that servers do serious heavy lifting. What do you plan to do with yours? By the way, xserves are far quieter than their pc counter parts.
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No matter what type of rack server it is they are loud when you have a SCSI chain and sevral running at once. I wouldn't change out the fans. Just live with the fan that's in it. Give it a while and you'll learn to zone out the fan's roar. Or you can go spend another 2 grand and get the a A/C cooler for it.
I intend to use it primarily as a media server. When its done, it will be able to stream my video collection over my home network, and hopefully over the net when needed. It will also provide numerous other services: VPN, maybe a website at some point, ftp, I'm sure there are others that will come in handy in time.
I'd also like to hook it up to an EyeTV box. (Here's an aside question: Can you hook up two EyeTVs to one Mac? Should run OK on a dual proc in theory...?)
An idea which has very recently occurred to is to build my Xserve case bigger than the standard, (still only 1U high), paint it white, hang it on a wall and hook up a projector using the case as a screen.. I would definitely need to quieten the Xserve in order to do this though.
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