Dell PowerEdge T710 review

£4883
Price when reviewed

General network systems management is handled by Dell’s Management Console, which is based on Symantec’s Altiris Notification Server. The Altiris agent can be pushed to selected systems and this provides enhanced inventory, system monitoring, remote management capabilities and extensive alerting facilities.

Power choices extend to single or dual 1,100W hot-plug supplies and we found power consumption was reasonably low with one fitted: our inline power meter recorded 10W in standby and 150W with Windows Server 2008 R2 running in idle. With SiSoft Sandra pummelling all 16 logical cores, this peaked at 296W.

Usefully, the server has power management features that include power capping, power inventory and power budgeting, which are configured from the iDRAC6 web interface.

The T710 is one of the largest pedestal servers on the market and offers exceptional expansion potential and good value. It’s well built, well designed and clearly capable of covering a lot of bases.

Warranty

Warranty 3yr on-site NBD

Ratings

Physical

Server format Pedestal
Server configuration Pedestal chassis

Processor

CPU family Intel Xeon
CPU nominal frequency 2.53GHz
Processors supplied 2
CPU socket count 2

Memory

Memory type DDR3

Storage

Hard disk configuration 8 x 146GB Seagate Savvio 10K.3 SFF SAS hard disks in hot-swap carriers
Total hard disk capacity 1,168
RAID module Dell PERC 6/i
RAID levels supported 0, 1, 10, 5, 6

Networking

Gigabit LAN ports 4
ILO? no

Power supply

Power supply rating 1,100W

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 150W
Peak power consumption 296W

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