Just a point of correction, a 2U server chassis is pretty small, only 3.5 inches high. A normal full atx desktop case is the equivalent of a 4U rackmount as I recall.
Originally Posted by allquixotic
What do you want to install on it? AFAIK, you need a lot of binary blobs from nvidia to get anything running on their hardware as one of the most open source unfriendly companies?
Originally Posted by curaga
Or you use some preinstalled system...
He asked about ARM desktops. TrimSlice is available fairly cheap and comes with Ubuntu preinstalled.
Of course given the freedom angle, I wouldn't use it either, but he didn't specify they had to be full-FOSS.
i didn't ask specifically for arm. the question was mostly about multicore low power cpus. tilera is a better example i think for what i had in mind.
sorry for the misconception.
Actually, this is quite incorrect. You can get things down to a 1U rack with standard sized PCI/PCI-E cards. There's this nifty little passive part called a "riser" that is used in 2U and 1U configurations ALL THE TIME. :-D
Originally Posted by ninez
No, it's not incorrect. Did you not even read what i wrote?!! (seriously?)
Originally Posted by Svartalf
3U racks are the lowest profile you can go without using an 'adapter' (aka riser), which puts your pci cards horizontally, which AFAIK is exactly what i wrote. plus, my GFX card didn't fit in it nicely with other cards too (and other concerns).
I have one sitting on my shelf (right beside me), i said 'adapter' only because i had forgotten what it was called. Using a 2U rack with it, wasn't the best option for me - i had some space (dead space) and concerns over the potential for overheating.
anyways, that for pointing out what i already wrote - but using the correct term (riser).
Last edited by ninez; 05-08-2012 at 04:39 PM.