Just a few days left until the gates of CeBIT in Germany will open. Cooler Master sent us a few pictures of what they will be showing in their meeting room at CeBIT. Cooler Master's engineers had the idea to show off what a Cooler Master power supply can handle and built a system consisting of five Mini ITX motherboards with each one Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400s processor. The motherboards are nicely build into a single chassis. The Cooler Master ATCS 840 looks in fact pretty cool with these five systems installed getting the attention it was built for. The clue is that all of these systems are powered up by a single power supply: the Realpower M1000W. The pictures show all of the systems are fully loaded and working fine.

To make it clear that Cooler Master is not doing magic here. The processors have a TDP of 65 watts and fully loaded they might not even pull 300 watts from the power supply altogether. In addition there is water cooling, hard drives and fans but still the power supply might still run only at 60 to 70% of its rated maximum output. If there would have been space Cooler Master should have installed a few more systems maybe. Five systems with only one power supply will look already impressive to most of the visitors at CeBIT though and if you have seen Enermax showing off how they run four CPUs, a couple of graphics cards plus 24 hard drives with one power supply you'll know how to get the right attention. On a little side note I would like to add that the internal of the chassis looks really well made and it might give some ideas to the modding folks out there.

Maybe some people might realize now how low the power consumption could be with some setups and not following the hype about megawatts too easily anymore?



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  • Yournotme - Saturday, February 28, 2009 - link

    They have 1000 watt powersupply in that system. So I think its using more the 300 watts. Reply
  • Christoph Katzer - Sunday, March 1, 2009 - link

    IF you refer to my sentence above then please read the sentence again and the following as well :)

    ...and if they would have used a 5000W power supply it would have consumed even more? ...
  • DigitalFreak - Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - link

    Would be cool to have a USB switch included, so you'd only need one DVD-ROM drive for all 5 systems. Reply
  • Bremen7000 - Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - link

    Best. Wiring. Ever. Reply
  • wagoo - Thursday, February 26, 2009 - link

    I couldn't understand the wiring 'round the back being so clean at first.

    But I'm guessing it has an internal KVM and they've made a VGA splitter, as all 5 monitors have the same image on.
  • Toadster - Thursday, February 26, 2009 - link

    until it needs service ;) Reply
  • tdktank59 - Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - link

    I could see schools using these!

    Saves on desk space and most of the time the students dont need the cd rom drives so basically all they need would be the mouse, keyboard, monitor, and a usb extension dongle to plug a flash drive into.

    The next thing they should try and do is figure out how to run them all off of 1 hard drive so you only have 1 system to patch for ever 5 kids!
  • wifiwolf - Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - link

    You could do that with virtualization. You only need to make changes once as long as you're using only one system image. Since you have 5 times de resources anyway, the system should go even better than with 5 separate computers as it's not very often all CPUs being at full load. In that case, each system have all the potencial of the complete system minus the overhead. Cool! Reply
  • rowcroft - Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - link

    I'd love to have a case like this (especially with internal KVM, but I can live without..:)

    I couldn't find anything on this configuration on their site, is this a DiY job?

    I must have this!
  • Christoph Katzer - Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - link

    Of course self made... Reply

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