I have been casually checking prices on servers for some time as I have always wanted to replace my tower/desktop "server" with a real server. I came across a great deal on a used SuperMicro 1u server, a CSE-815TQ-560B w/ dual Quad Core 2.5gHz Xeons and 32gb ECC ram. But when I boot it up it is insanely loud. Understand, I have been a web developer for almost 20 years, and I have been in my share of data centers, so I know that servers are typically a few decables higher than your typical desktop, but this thing sounds like a concord taking off!
The case has 4 fans, all seem to be turning at about 13500-15000rpms, according to the bios. Is it possible to quiet this thing down at all? I have it in my closet, sitting on the floor right now, and I had planned to build a small mobile rack to hold it (and possible future server purchases) but if I can't get this thing to be at least a tad quieter I am not sure if I will be able to keep it in my home office.