Dell PowerEdge R620 review

£7022
Price when reviewed

The review system came equipped with a pair of 2.9GHz Xeon E5-2690 CPUs. These high-end eight-core beasts have a large 20MB of L3 cache, and support Intel’s Hyper-Threading, giving a total of 32 logical cores. They have a high 135W TDP, which revealed itself in our tests. With Windows Server 2008 R2 in idle, we measured a draw of 115W, but under maximum load from SiSoft Sandra, this rose to 420W.

The system was supplied with a pair of 750W hotplug supplies, but Dell also offers 495W models for lighter duties or high-power 1,100W supplies. Expansion options don’t disappoint, with three PCI Express Gen 3 slots free.

Network choices abound. At the rear of the motherboard is space for a daughtercard, and this can accommodate quad-port Intel or Broadcom Gigabit modules. Our review unit wasn’t as well equipped, with an Intel dual 10GBase-T/dual Gigabit module that includes fibre channel over Ethernet (FCoE) offload on the 10GbE ports. The 10GbE NICs generate heat, but Dell has this covered. The module has an onboard copper heatsink that extends to a radiator matrix for dissipating heat.

Dell PowerEdge R620

The new iDRAC7 remote-management controller and its slick web interface puts Dell ahead of HP and its iLO 3. Along with plenty of operational information, it provides improved power-monitoring features, with graphs showing current consumption in addition to historical data.

It’s all change with the iDRAC7 Enterprise upgrade, as the vFlash slot and dedicated management port are embedded. Previously, the iDRAC6 upgrade required a snap-in module, but all that’s required now is a licence key to activate remote control, the network port and vFlash slot.

Dell’s system setup interface has been spruced up. It’s separated into sections for configuring the server, the iDRAC7 controller, and other devices such as the network ports and RAID controller.

The PowerEdge R620 sets new standards for server design, offering an unbeatable range of features and remarkable expansion potential. The review system is great value, too; HP and IBM are going to have their work cut out to deliver a better 1U rack server than the R620.

Warranty

Warranty 3yr on-site

Ratings

Physical

Server format Rack
Server configuration 1U

Processor

CPU family Intel Xeon
CPU nominal frequency 2.90GHz
Processors supplied 2
CPU socket count 2

Memory

RAM capacity 768GB
Memory type DDR3

Storage

Hard disk configuration 4 x 146GB Dell 15K.2
Total hard disk capacity 584GB
RAID levels supported 0, 1, 5, 6, 10

Networking

Gigabit LAN ports 2
ILO? yes

Motherboard

PCI-E x16 slots total 3

Power supply

Power supply rating 720W

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 115W
Peak power consumption 420W

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