Rackservers.com RX3M-3200D-5T review
This veritable feast of storage is also accompanied by a good general specification, including a pair of the latest 3.2GHz Xeons and a healthy 2GB of DDR2-400 memory. Costs for these memory modules are currently about 45 per cent higher than equivalent PC3200 DDR memory. However, as the faster DDR2 modules become available, it’s expected that demand will bring prices down to parity with DDR by the summer of 2005. Expansion-slot options are also good, as the motherboard sports three PCI-X slots and the PCI-Express contingent comprises two 8x slots and a single 4x slot. Network duties are handled by a pair of Intel gigabit adaptors and the bundled PROSet II utility allows you to link them together for fault-tolerant or load-balanced links.
Although the average build quality of the chassis lets it down slightly, the RX3M-3200D-5T shows clearly the advantages of opting for SATA over SCSI for your server storage. It delivers all the same RAID capabilities that SCSI has to offer and combines them with a good-value package that includes decent fault tolerance and plenty of room to expand. Also, where companies are looking to put their own servers into managed data centres, this storage density can pay dividends when space is rented on a chassis-height basis.