Fujitsu Siemens Primergy RX200 S4 review

£1891
Price when reviewed

Motherboard design gets our thumbs up as the two processor sockets are located at the front but leave enough room for two banks of six DIMM slots to be positioned down the side. The price includes a basic 2GB of FB-DIMM memory and this can be expanded to a maximum of 48GB. Cooling is handled by six dual-rotor fans and we found operational noise levels low enough to make this one of the quietest 1U rack servers we’ve had in the lab. Furthermore, the server doesn’t have to be taken offline in the event of a fan failure as they’re all hot-swappable and the lid has a separate hatch right above them for easy access.

it_photo_32054More fault tolerance features are on the menu as the two Broadcom Gigabit network ports can be teamed together into high speed load balanced links or where one remains in standby mode. Power is covered as there’s room at the back for a second hot-plug supply. Memory comes into this equation as the mirroring feature divides all system memory in half and maintains two copies whilst sparing reserves the last memory bank to act as a standby in the event where too many correctable errors are detected in another bank.

The RX200 S4 brings together a good combination of build quality, design and expansion potential and delivers it at a sensible price as well. Plenty of fault tolerance is on tap and the extra work Fujitsu Siemens has put in recently on its remote management features has paid off as it now rivals HP in this department.

Warranty

Warranty 3yr on-site next business day

Ratings

Physical

Server format Rack
Server configuration 1U

Processor

CPU family Intel Xeon
CPU nominal frequency 2.83GHz
Processors supplied 1
CPU socket count 2

Memory

RAM capacity 48GB
Memory type DDR2

Storage

Hard disk configuration 4 x 146GB Seagate Savvio 10K.2 SFF SAS disks in hot-swap carriers
Total hard disk capacity 584
RAID module LSI SAS1078
RAID levels supported 0, 1, 10, 5, 6, JBOD

Networking

Gigabit LAN ports 2
ILO? yes

Motherboard

Conventional PCI slots total 0
PCI-E x16 slots total 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 2
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots total 0

Power supply

Power supply rating 650W

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 173W
Peak power consumption 218W

Software

OS family None

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