CoolMac enclosures run quieter, cooler than Power Macs

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San Diego, Calif.-based Apple Specialist Crywolf Computers and enclosure maker Noren Products plan to demonstrate replacement server and tower enclosures for Power Mac G4s at next week's Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco. The companies say the products will offer several conveniences, including noise reduction.

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"Businesses and educational institutions no longer need to invest in a separate machine room to host a server farm or cluster," said Kevin Langdon, president of Crywolf. "Small and home office users, particularly those who must work in a very low noise environment, can now do so with the introduction of the CoolMac Silencer Series of enclosures."

The CoolMac Silencer uses heat pipe and air flow technologies to provide silent cooling while eliminating the need for external fans. The folks at Crywolf and Noren say that the CoolMac Silencer reduces the noise of an Xserve from 82 dB to 38 dB and a Power Mac G4 from 65 dB to 37 dB. For comparative purposes, an empty 70 square-foot office with a computer, heat or air conditioning, and lights on typically emits 40 dB. What's more, the cabinet is airtight to prevent dust and dirt from contaminating the components.

The CoolMac Silencer product family begins with the gCab and xCab. The gCab is designed for environments requiring near silence, such as a sound or video production studio. The gCab holds a Power Mac G4 and a few external optical drives with an internal capacity of 20 by 12.5 by 22 inches and external dimensions of 24.75 by 25.5 by 25.75 inches. A slide out tray is designed to simplify mounting and servicing the G4 and peripherals a snap.

The xCab is a 7U rack mount system targeted at Xserve users who want to bring their servers out of an equipment closet. The xCab can be configured to hold either six Xserves, four Xserves, and one RAID, three Xserves, and one RAID, or one Xserve and two RAIDs, or any non-Apple rack mount server 31 inches in length. Internal dimensions of the xCab are 12.5 by 20 by 37 inches; external dimensions are 28 by 24 by 40.25 inches.

Prices were not available as MacCentral posted this article. If you plan to be at the show next week, look for the new enclosures to be demonstrated on Wednesday, January 8 from 9 to 10 AM at the CoolMacStuff booth, #3827.

Macworld Conference & Expo runs from January 7 - 10, 2003 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif.

This story, "CoolMac enclosures run quieter, cooler than Power Macs" was originally published by PCWorld.

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