Convert dell r415 server very noisy into a silent workstation

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  1. linesguapo

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    The first thing to apologize for my English ... my native language is Spanish, so if I make linguistic mistakes please forgive me

    In my DataCenter, a dell R415 server has been removed. I want to use it to turn it into a silent workstation, integrated into a worktable. I already did a similar job with supermicro. But in the case of Dell I face the problem of the fans, they are very noisy and non-standard, I want to replace them with some quiet ones but apart from modifying and adapting the fans to the Dell spceial connector, I have to hack the fan control firm as indicates on this site:

    How to adjust the fan thresholds of a Dell PowerEdge | t├╝fteln

    Has anyone tried this with this server model?

    https://www.dell.com/bg/business/p/poweredge-r415/pd

    I'm also seeing the possibility of cheating the motherboard with fan emulator PCBs that are used in mining to remove all fans from a server and immerse it in novec or similar, but I can't find those PCBs for Dell's special connectors

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G7GXX2R/ref=ox_sc_mini_detail?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A2CZTDJTS77U7N

    If anyone has achieved this before, I would appreciate good advice, in any case I will be stating my progress in this post in case it can help other people in the future
     
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  2. weust

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    If is has iDRAC you could also look at IPMI based fan control.
    Could make them run a lot slower.

    I don't have experience with such an old server, but worth looking into.
     
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  3. Spartacus

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    This, I have used fan IPMI control with an R420 similarly, that being said those tiny fans have a hard high pitched whine even at a reasonable 1k-1.5k rpm.
     
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  4. weust

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    I have a R230 at home running at 21% profile. It's in another room and it's fine in general, but every 30 seconds to a minute (not exactly sure) it ramps the fans up for a second or 2 and then slows down again.
    Still need to figure out ipmitool for that.
     
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  5. Spartacus

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    I had that happen too, do you have non-dell parts in it? I replaced my 10g generic nic with a Dell part number and it stoppped.
     
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  6. weust

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    I do. I think my quad port NIC was added later, but the SSD's are in from the beginning.
     
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  8. Spartacus

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    No i picked up some cheap dell brand ssd off ebay.
     
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    Hmm, OK. Then pulling just my NIC won't help then.
    IPMITOOL it is then.
     
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