SilverEDGE 500SA review

£1299
Price when reviewed

The price includes only a single 1.6GHz dual-core Xeon 5110, and the two processor sockets are obscured by the hard disk cage, although it releases with a single clip and is easily pushed aside. This has led to greater coding requirements, though. Intel has fitted a small shroud in front of the processor sockets, with its label warning that it mustn’t be removed and that the processors must use active heatsinks to avoid overheating. A large 120mm fan at the rear handles general air movement through the chassis, but this too has a plastic shroud that directs air across the memory modules. The hard disk cage has its own cooling fan, and the result of this arrangement is a server that isn’t best suited to quiet office environments.

SilverEDGE 500SA review

So the 500SA’s internal layout isn’t as impressive as other SilverEDGE servers we’ve seen, especially as the disk drive cage takes up a lot of space, but it offers a good hardware specification for the price. Consider stretching your budget for the HP ProLiant ML370 G5, but the 500SA remains a good first server for a small business.

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