Supermicro SYS-E300-8D/SYS-E200-8D/SYS-5028D-TN4T and Intel NUC NUC6i7KYK - decibel and watt comparison

This is just the beginning, a good start at understanding the differences between the sound output of these svelte little Supermicro SuperServers and the tiny Intel NUC. For the initial run of tests, I'm only looking at sound and watts during the initial power up, and after POST has completed. All BIOS settings were done using factory defaults. Heck, I haven't even attached anything to any of these systems beside the power cord and a blank SSD. This article will be updated below after further testing has been completed.

Initial Test Plan

Here's the highlights and features of my temporary sound testing configuration:

Before each test began, the ambient sound level in the room was measured at around 35.1dB.

Here's the list of devices tested this weekend, with links to product pages:

1. Supermicro SuperServer SYS-E300-8D
2. Supermicro SuperServer SYS-E200-8D
3. Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T
4. Intel NUC6i7KYK

It will be interesting to see what happens once Windows or VMware ESXi 6.0U2 are loaded up, as well as stress testing of the systems to see how loud I can make those fans get. I'll also be sure to use IPMI to control the fan speed profile in the Supermicro system.

Video index

Each of these links jump to just the right spot in the long-form video below, where I start each decibel and watt measurement:


Supermicro SYS-E300-8D/E200-8D and SYS-5028D-TN4T SuperServer sound measurements at boot & idle. Published July 30, 2016.

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