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Impact - 19" Rack PC over Thunderbolt 3 - Build Log

Impact

 

 

15 Meters of Thunderbolt 3 fiber optics, a 4U chassis and high airflow cooling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 1

Noctua hardware has arrived

 

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Day 2

Custom front panel for Silverstone RM42 (made by a good friend of mine! Thanks Lukas!)

 

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Day 3

Custom front panel for Silverstone RM42 is finished, almost... (need to do a few adjustements with the Dremel)

 

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Day 4

Finished the front panel and mounted the Noctua fans

 

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Day 5

Bought some rails

 

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Day 6

The build is "finished"

 

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40Gb/s - USB 4.0, Thunderbolt 3, Thunderbolt 4

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Yes, embrace the brown! Great choice!

Be sure to QUOTE or TAG me in your reply so I see it!

 

CPU Ryzen 5 5600x GPU EVGA 3080 Ti FTW3 Ultra MOBO Asus ROG Strix B550-F Gaming RAM Crucial Ballistix 3600 MHz CL16 32 GB PSU Corsair RM1000x COOLING Noctua NH-U12S

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Day 3 Update

 

I picked the new front panel up yesterday from a friend of mine. I now have to drill the screw holes into it, which will hold it onto the case and also have to make a few cuts with the Dremel, so it fits perfectly. Never used a Dremel before, so wish me luck 😛 

 

Hopefully I'll be able to post the finished case by friday.

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Day 4 Update

 

So I finished the new front panel. I made a few cutouts with the Dremel so it fits properly, drilled a few holes to screw it down and then painted it. I must say, it does look pretty good from a few feet away, but up close its a bit rough. Not bad tho for the first time I ever really modified a case. Maybe I'll do a 2nd revision with thinner steel, round fan cutouts and I/O cutouts that actually fit. We managed to fuck that up, so can't mount the I/O yet. Will need to make a few more modifications 😛 

 

But on the bright side, this doesn't matter, because I run Thunderbolt 3 to a dock anyway and therefor don't need the I/O.

 

Now onto building the thing!

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Day 5 Update

 

Well, I just bought some rails. I don't have a 19" rack for it yet, which seems like a terrible idea, but I fear that these rails will go EOL if I wait for too long.

So instead I bought them now. I still need to figure out a space for the rack tho, so it's gonna take a while until I get one and make use of those rails.

 

btw.: The PC is almost done now. It's already assembled and is working well, but I need to clean up the cable management and then take some pictures. Maybe this weekend? 🙂

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Very nice. 

Intel i9 12900k - Gigabyte Aorus Z690 Elite DDR4 - Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB DDR4 3200MHz C16 - Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3080 ti Master 12G - Corsair 4000D Airflow - 2x Samsung 980 Pro 1TB  - Corsair HX1200 80 PLUS Platinum 1200W - Aorus FI27Q - Noctua NH-D15 (CPU) - 4 x NF-A12x25 (3 intake, 1 exhaust) - Aorus K1 - Aorus M5 - Aorus AMP500 - Aorus H5 - Win 11 Pro

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15 hours ago, RollinLower said:

What a beauty! Absolutely love the frontpanel you build, looks amazing!

 

22 hours ago, A1200 said:

Very nice. 

 

Thanks guys! 🙂

 

On 8/26/2021 at 6:22 PM, RAS_3885 said:

Yes, embrace the brown! Great choice!

 

I agree, brown is the way to go! 😛 

At first I thought I should go with their black lineup of products, but the NF-A12s aren't available in black yet and brown is just a lot more interesting than black.

 

 

 

Day 6 Update

 

So the build itself is "finished", which means I already have a few ideas on how to improve it. I thought about creating a new front panel for the fans, whit round fan cutouts and more variable fan mounting options. As they sit right now, I wouldn't even be able to mount a 360mm radiator, as the screw holes only lign up for two of the fans. As I said previously, we made a few mistakes with that panel, but it should be relatively easy to improve on that.

 

Overall I'm really happy with how this turned out now.

Edit: Sleeved brown/white cables maybe? 🤔

 

For the Thunderbolt setup I enabled the Thunderbolt support within the BIOS and on top of that enabled resizeable BAR support, for which I needed to disable CSM.

Of course I also set the XMP profile and adjusted the fan curves.

 

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Edit:
In case anyone is wondering which thunderbolt dock I am using, it's the Lenovo Thunderbolt 3 Workstation Dock Gen.2

https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/pd500265-thinkpad-thunderbolt-3-dock-gen-2-overview-and-sevice-parts

 

Lenovo ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Dock Gen2 135W

 

And I also bought myself their monitor/desk mount for it, so the dock is now hanging underneath my desk.

 

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Just here to say seriously consider the upgrade to TB4.  

Until I built A computer with it I didn't realize the ability it had to have multiple TB ports on a hub/docking station could also be very useful.  

Great guide,  this is the real solution to a silent and clean setup. 

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47 minutes ago, Uttamattamakin said:

Just here to say seriously consider the upgrade to TB4.  

Until I built A computer with it I didn't realize the ability it had to have multiple TB ports on a hub/docking station could also be very useful.  

Great guide,  this is the real solution to a silent and clean setup. 

Thanks!
 

While having more Thunderbolt ports on a hub seems like a nice idea, I must say that I don't need it. I don't even use the one that I have on my dock. 😛

If it was a cheap upgrade, yup I'd do it, but I'd have to upgrade my dock, my AIC and would probably also need a new motherboard. That's rather costly. If I'll ever upgrade, then probably for USB 5 / Thunderbolt 5.

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  • 5 weeks later...

Day Whatever Update

 

So my Lenovo dock died. I updated the firmware, which killed the DisplayPort / HDMI controller firmware. Thanks Lenovo!

Anyway, I then bought a new dock from WD, thinking it would fix my screen flickering issue -> Nope it didn't and actually got worse.

Now I replaced the motherboard with an ASUS B550 with integrated Thunderbolt 4. That actually fixed it, but I found out that the new WD dock doesn't work with the optical TB3 cable that I have.

 

Well...

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  • 2 weeks later...

Day [insert something] Update

 

I had the Lenovo dock replaced by the retailer I bought it from and got good news: It works flawlessly now.

That means I can go ahead with my project and build myself a rack. I already kinda started ... 😛

 

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Just going to leave this here 😛

 

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  • 2 months later...

any updates? 

"And I'll be damned if I let myself trip from a lesser man's ledge"

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7 hours ago, Velcade said:

any updates? 

To be honest not a whole lot has changed. Everything is working great still.

The only issue I noticed, is that sometimes my main monitor and the USB devices won't instantly power on. Usually it then just takes a minute or two and they finally start to function. But this seems to happen quite rarely now.

 

One thing that I added now to the server cabinet are glass doors:


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Does the Lenovo Dock support high refresh rates at 1440p monitors? Having Display Port 1.4 means in theorie it probably should, but I found nothing online that states that it does. I am just in the process of picking a dock for the same kind of idea and find it rather diffficult to find the ideal one. The Lenovo one would fit the bill if it could deliver 120hz, although the reviews about the quality are less than stellar.

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7 hours ago, dommml said:

Does the Lenovo Dock support high refresh rates at 1440p monitors? Having Display Port 1.4 means in theorie it probably should, but I found nothing online that states that it does. I am just in the process of picking a dock for the same kind of idea and find it rather diffficult to find the ideal one. The Lenovo one would fit the bill if it could deliver 120hz, although the reviews about the quality are less than stellar.

I'm using it with a 144Hz 2560x1440 display which works well - at least right now.

 

I had issues in the past with connecting multiple displays, which is why I ran an additional 10m HDMI cable to my second monitor.

Not sure if the issue still persists. I'd have to test that.

 

It also works with G-Sync when I was still using my GTX 1080.

 

Another problem I encountered with my current setup is, that when the PC starts up it won't always display a picture immediately. It takes up to 3 minutes sometimes before USB devices and the display power on. Not sure whether this is caused by the dock, or the ASUS motherboard that I now have. It will always resolve itself automatically. Sometimes it seems to help to unplug the TB cable and plug that back in. 

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Thanks, that sounds promising, as this dock is one of only two that I found on the market right now with DP 1.4 . In the near future I'm probably not going to rund a second display as my 49" ultra-wide takes up all my desk anyway.

 

For all its great features TB sure seems to be quite quirky sometimes. I guess I'll probably keep my PC in sleep mode most of the time so the delay in start up probably won't be that bad. Also the PC is gonna sit in the basement and my office is on the 1st floor. So it probably would have resolved all the delays until I'm at my desk.

 

Thanks again for the user experience, that helps a lot.

 

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