Boston GP 230 review

£459
Price when reviewed

it_photo_28913The GP 230 certainly has a low audio footprint, as the processor fan is almost silent with only the power supply fan making any noise. The bottom line is this server is well suited to small offices that value their peace and quiet.

The Atom also made its mark in our power tests. With the server connected to our inline power meter we saw a minute 2W power draw with it in standby; with the server running Windows Server 2008 Enterprise x64 and idling along, consumption settled to an amazingly low 27W. More impressive was the fact that with SiSoft Sandra pummelling the life out of the Atom to 100% utilisation, the power draw rose only slightly to no more than 31W.

Businesses that see the latest series 5500 Xeons as total overkill for their requirements will find the GP 230 offers an interesting alternative. Performance of the Atom processor is the weakest link, but this compact server is virtually silent, is cost effective and has an incredibly low power demand even under full load.

Warranty

Warranty3yr on-site

Ratings

Physical

Server formatRack
Server configuration1U

Processor

CPU familyIntel Atom
CPU nominal frequency1.60GHz
Processors supplied1
CPU socket count1

Memory

RAM capacity2GB
Memory typeDDR2

Storage

Hard disk configuration2 x 160GB WD Scorpio Blue SATA hard disks
Total hard disk capacity320
RAID moduleEmbedded Intel ICH9R
RAID levels supported0, 1, 5, 10

Networking

Gigabit LAN ports1
ILO?yes

Motherboard

Conventional PCI slots total0
PCI-E x16 slots total0
PCI-E x8 slots total1
PCI-E x4 slots total0
PCI-E x1 slots total0

Noise and power

Idle power consumption27W
Peak power consumption31W

Software

OS familyNone

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