How can Xserve be used as a NON-server

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  • Reply 21 of 29
    cosmonutcosmonut Posts: 4,872member
    I bet DJs would love it. I can see the tag line now:



    96 Thousand Songs in 1U Rack Space. XServe.



    (Assuming you have one filled to 480GB) <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" />



    EDIT: Fixed my math (forgive me, but my last math class was 5 years ago)



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  • Reply 22 of 29
    scadboyscadboy Posts: 189member
    [quote]Originally posted by imacman287:

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    Am i going crazy or is there no audio support (sound) capibility built in to the Xserve?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    There are two usb ports on the back, which should be more than adequate for audio input/output and midi stuff. Could that PC serial port be of any use for midi?



    ciao,



    micael
  • Reply 23 of 29
    noahjnoahj Posts: 4,502member
    [quote]Originally posted by Eugene:

    <strong>Um, I doubt the blowers will be much louder than the fans in my dual 1 GHz. I'd like to know which blowers they're using though.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    The blowers themselves may not be louder, but the wind noise going thorugh the much thinner and tightly packed encosure is very, very loud. And there are likely more blowers with little or no sound insulation as nobody cares if their rack mount server is loud or not. Trust me, it will be louder than your Dualie.
  • Reply 24 of 29
    power applepower apple Posts: 335member
    [quote]Originally posted by scadboy:

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    There are two usb ports on the back, which should be more than adequate for audio input/output and midi stuff. Could that PC serial port be of any use for midi?



    ciao,



    micael</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Not to forget the PCI slots and FireWire...
  • Reply 25 of 29
    noahjnoahj Posts: 4,502member
    [quote]Originally posted by imacman287:

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    Am i going crazy or is there no audio support (sound) capibility built in to the Xserve?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Nope, you are not. This is not a workstation. However with USB and Firewire ports you can get digital audio quite easily. And there will be plenty of space and processor power to back it up.
  • Reply 26 of 29
    nothingnothing Posts: 23member
    Ok - I originally said that these are too loud to use on your desk. That does not mean that you COULD NOT use them as a workstation... you would either have to be able to put up with very loud noise, or be able to place them in another room, using extenders to put video and USB to your desk. That isn't completely unheard of, especially in places like audio recording studios - in which almost any computer is too loud.



    Like someone else mentioned, this machine has 2 BLOWERS and 1 fan. Blowers are very, very loud. The earlier analogy to sticking your ear up to a current G4 is almost dead on perfect.



    Would this be a powerful workstation? absolutely. Would it be ergonomic (sonically) ? - no.



    I'm just trying to save someone the grief of buying one of these, then having to eat a 10% restock fee because they want to return it because it is too loud.



    Look - just trust me - i KNOW this product. Discuss it all you like, but I don't want someone getting hurt by an uninformed purchase.
  • Reply 27 of 29
    [quote]Originally posted by NoahJ:

    <strong>This machine is the Anti-imac/Anti-Cube. Take a laptop and put 2 1GHz procs in it running full bore and then find out how to cool it down. Powerful Fans, and lots of em. Sounds like a jet engine sometimes.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    But I thought MOSR said we'd have duals in laptops any day now
  • Reply 28 of 29
    Just remember to get it in black ...



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  • Reply 29 of 29
    noahjnoahj Posts: 4,502member
    [quote]Originally posted by BobtheTomato:

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    But I thought MOSR said we'd have duals in laptops any day now </strong><hr></blockquote>



    Those processors (or the machine itself) would be tuned for laptop running. Much power saving measures taken and such. Not as much heat. Probably not as much on-die cache as well making for more heat and space savings. There would also likely be a bit more aggressive cooling and a heftier fan to make it work. Thus the powerbook would get a bit louder as well when the fan was running. This is not to say I think dual proc Powerbooks are in the works, just that it is not the same thing.
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