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Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

I've now been living in London (this time around) since '99, and shortly after getting here I took myself off to Tottenham Road Computer Fairs with a shopping list and built my own.

If I remember correctly it started off life as a PIII 500, etc....  and then after a while it was upped to a PIII 800 (still Slot One)...  then came the first of 3 (Yes that's right 3!) Motherboard upgrades that has seen this humble beast now up at P4 3.06. Along the way it has had the original PSU replaced with a Tagan 480W number, etc...

Anyway, not too long ago I was checking the temp on this unit to find it was out of control, I mean like - who was I kidding right?, of course this was running hot, way too hot.
At idle I was seeing                    40C on the M/B and 58C on the CPU
At 100% this would shoot to        55C on the M/B and 76C on the CPU

So I started making plans to grab the best CPU cooler I could find, which appears to be the Thermalright SI-120, and then I figured the case was way too crammed to fit that so I really needed a new case anyway right? So I'm looking around and I really don't want all this flashy Games like colours and blue flashing lights etc. but that now appears mandatory? and I end up in one of the stores just off Tottenham Road and come across this place that has 30 - 40 cases lined up against the wall covering most of the popular manufacturers.

So after looking around I find that the
Coolermaster Centurion (mine was actually a Silver 531 - but extremely close) fit the bill quite nicely, not much bigger than what I had, plain and simple yet with an understated Aluminium finish. The main difference (apart from size), was that this added a 120mm intake fan as well as turning the PSU horizontal, whereas before it was mounted vertically almost directly above the CPU effectively blocking the CPU cooler fan.

Now with no other changes than just replacing the case, the temps are: 
At idle I am now seeing               31C on the M/B and 51C on the CPU
At 100% this is                          33C on the M/B and 59C on the CPU

I'll still be getting that SI-120, but the for some reason the study is now a bit cooler? And I'm breathing a lot easier when running the Apple Mac Tiger on VMWare ;-)

Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 8:17 PM Real Cool Stuff , VMware and other Virtualization tools | Back to top

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