I’m looking for advice/information on my options to cool a Supermicro motherboard that comes with a preinstalled Xeon D-2146NT processor and passive heatsink (https://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/Xeon/D/X11SDV-8C-TP8F.cfm ; fyi this is the motherboard used in a bare bones server offering that LTT is using for their pfSense router: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaCq-TMpejk).
The setup appears to be designed to be used in a 1U rack with a focused air stream running across the passive heatsink. I want to use the motherboard in a mid-tower case, probably a Define R4. The processor has a TDP of 80W. Would such a setup be sufficient cooling with just case fans? If not, does anyone know of a good active cooling solution? I found this article that describes some options for the previous generation Xeon D processors on a Supermicro MB (x10sdv), but I’m not sure if this information is relevant for the x11svd Supermicro motherboards. (Note: that article lists a Supermicro active heatsink that evidently used to be offered, but I can’t seem to find it on their website anymore). Furthermore, Supermicro has two x11sdv motherboard offerings with actively cooled heatsinks, but they don’t seem to offer just the heatsink itself for sale; which seems like it would be the perfect solution.
The community’s advice would be greatly appreciated as I don’t want to purchase this motherboard without knowing that I can implement it in a mid-tower case. Thanks in advance for the advice.