HP ProLiant DL120 G7 review

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The internal layout is tidy, with easy access to all key components. The processor is mounted with a passive heatsink, and a plastic shroud ensures air from the three small rotor fans is directed where it’s needed.

Internal expansion is good. The riser card at the rear of the motherboard has a PCI Express slot on each side. The one occupied by the P212 RAID card can accept a full-height, full-length card, while its opposite number has room for a low-profile card.

HP gets our vote for remote management, as the Lights-Out 100i in the DL120 G6 has been upgraded to an iLO 3 controller. Its web interface provides plenty of information about the server. You can check on the status of the processor, memory and voltages, view an event log, and tie in faults with email and SNMP trap alerts.

HP ProLiant DL120 G7

Full control over power is provided, so you can reset the server, power it off and on, and emulate pressing the power button. An upgrade is required for KVM over IP remote control and virtual media services, as well as to activate the power metering and capping features of the iLO 3 – the DL120 G7 only has a dumb, cold-swap power supply, so these features aren’t available.

On the subject of power, we found the server reasonably frugal. Using our inline power meter, we recorded a draw of 139W, with the SiSoft Sandra benchmark app pushing all eight logical processor cores to the max. A 69W power draw in idle is a little high when compared to the 44W of the PowerEdge R210 II, though.

The fans in the DL120 run too fast, and noise levels are high enough to make it unsuitable for small offices. The thermal controls in the BIOS are set to optimal cooling, and the only other option is an increased cooling setting, so we couldn’t drop the fan speed.

Dell’s PowerEdge R210 II is better if you want something small and quiet. But the ProLiant DL120 G7 is a good choice for SMBs that want a low-cost rack server or a dedicated application server, and iLO 3 makes it worth considering if remote management is a priority.


Warranty1yr on-site next business day



Server formatRack
Server configuration1U


CPU familyIntel Xeon
CPU nominal frequency3.30GHz
Processors supplied1
CPU socket count1


RAM capacity16GB
Memory typeDDR3


Hard disk configuration2 x 250GB HP SATA hard disks in hot-swap carriers
Total hard disk capacity500GB
RAID moduleHP Smart Array P212 PCI-E Zero Memory RAID
RAID levels supported0, 1, 10


Gigabit LAN ports2

Noise and power

Idle power consumption69W
Peak power consumption139W

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