Client contacted us as they were starting a new business and wanted emails and office setup on a web domain they had already purchased. Microsoft 365 Business Standard was purchased and domain setup to forward email to Exchange. Microsoft Office was installed on new laptop that was purchased following our advice.
After a long wait Microsoft have released Windows 11. It offers better integration with MS Teams and better security. Updates will be 40% smaller and the start menu has had a complete redesign. All computers we recommend and build will be 100% Windows 11 compatible and we are here to help upgrade older computers that may not be compatible yet.
Client had a Acer gaming system that had overheated and damaged the CPU. Adding extra cooling to OEM systems is not easy as they are often custom designed cases. Because of this we agreed to build a new system and salvage usable parts from the Acer. Large heatsink and added airflow will allow this system to run games without the danger of overheating. It also has lots of upgrade potential.
This very old i7 860 system had a overheating CPU and all case fans had seized so the system was overheating. It had cross firing GPUs something that isn’t so common anymore.
With the system been so old we recommended a new computer which the client agreed. New system had a i5 10th gen, 16GB RAM and 500GB NVMe SSD. Client opted to wait for the 3000 series RTX graphics card.
Client required a 10Gbe switch for fast networking between NAS and servers. However it was going to be used in a SOHO environment where noise levels were an issue. The standard fans in the XS716T are loud! At idle they only run at 20% so are acceptable but when you start adding load the fans increase. The solution was to replace the stock fans with two ‘Noctua NF-A4x20 PWM’ fans that are a direct replacement. Link: https://amzn.to/3pxZ1a2
While these fans fitted and at first all seemed well. Noise levels were inaudible and switch temperatures were late 30s (centigrade). However this changed when it was mounted in a rack and had 10 of the 16 ports populated with mainly 10Gbe devices. The temperature peaked at 71c. While the switch can handle that temperature we thought it best to see if we could improve it but adding a couple of extra fans. Space was a issue but we managed to mount two more ‘Noctua NF-A4x20 PWM’ near the PCB. Unfortunately this is the only place internally we could get them to fit.
Wiring was a bit of a issue as there was a lot to squeeze in with two Y cables as well however it all fitted ok. With the extra two fans the temperatures now hold at around 60c even with load and in a warm room. Noise levels are also perfectly acceptable.
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