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    • tlhIngan

      Actually, you should go an look at the intel chip – remember the Intel chipsets were designed for Intel CPUs and used Intel signalling. So what that chip could be is an interesting mystery.

      The XServes weren’t terribly big sellers becaues well, they were expensive, and no one cared they looked nice because they were supposed to sit in a rack in some room hidden away. That’s also why they’re loud – no one cared because they were squirreled away in a locked room. OS X was so-so as a server OS, and people just didn’t like the fact it didn’t use “enterprise” parts like SCSI drives, relying instead on PATA drives.

      The squirrel blowers suck up air from the bottom, which look to draw air in from the front and shove it through to the back (general server design – the front is cold, the back is hot). Usually they use a bunch of small fans in a row, but it looks like Apple chose a squirrel cage, so the bottom would suck air in from the front through the hard drive and vent holes and expel it out the back. You can tell because the fans have an air barrier around them

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