HP ProLiant DL360 G5 review
When compared with Dell’s PowerEdge 1950, the storage options offered by HP’s new DL360 G5 are much better. The system comes with four hot-swap SAS/SATA bays, but also has an option to convert space above these into room for two more drives, and the backplane already has the interface in place.
Internal design is more conventional than the DL380 G5, with the pair of 5150 Xeons sitting at the front of the motherboard and fitted with large passive heatsinks. The eight DIMM sockets are located to the side, where airflow isn’t hindered by the processors, and the server supports up to 32GB of fully buffered memory. Cooling looks impressive, as you get a bank of nine dual-rotor fans that stretches across the entire chassis, and each group of three fans is hot pluggable. You’d expect this server to be extremely noisy, but it settled down to a steady whisper after power-up.
General internal design is tidy, with all cabling tucked out of the way and components carefully positioned to gain maximum benefit from cooling. RAID is available, as HP has hidden a Smart Array 400i controller behind the power supply casing and this also supports the latest RAID6 dual-redundant arrays. The card comes with 64MB of cache memory as standard and you can also fit an optional battery pack. Note that although the server on review can accept two more hard disks, you’d need to purchase the version of this card that has a pair of four-port SAS connectors onboard to allow all six bays to be used. Expansion options are on a par with the Dell’s 1950, as the chassis riser card has a pair of PCI Express slots and there’s room for a full-height and a low-profile card.
For sheer value, HP is offering a good deal. Even though the price of the review system doesn’t include any hard disks, it does get you two dual-core Xeons and a pair of 700W hot-plug power supplies. A fine buy.