Broadberry CyberServe X34-104L review
Broadberry has been aggressively pitching its rack servers recently, with Dell its main target. Its latest CyberServe rack server continues its battle plan, but it now expands this to encompass HP as well. The X34-104L delivers Intel’s new Xeon 3400 Series, but scores over both Dell and HP since neither of these vendors has a rack offering with this processor that also supports hot-swap SFF hard disks.
The X34-104L uses Supermicro’s new SC111LT chassis, which provides a quartet of hot-swap SFF drive bays and, at just under 22in deep, will fit in a wide range of rack cabinets. There isn’t much else to see at the front, since the centre of the main panel is set aside as a grille for improved airflow.
Power and recessed reset buttons are accompanied by a simple status display. This provides LEDs for hard disk and network activity for both ports, along with power status and a universal information LED to warn of fan and power failures or overheating.
Broadberry has focused on lowering power consumption: along with the reduced requirements of SFF drives, this server is the first we’ve seen to sport the new 1.86GHz L3426 processor. With a low TDP of 45W, it’s considerably more frugal than its 95W counterparts.
The server made an impression in our power tests, drawing just 44W with Windows Server 2008 idling along. Curiously, this idle reading was higher than Dell’s R210 and Broadberry’s own X34-RS100, which both had higher-wattage 3400 processors when we tested them.
However, the results of the test became clearer when we set SiSoft Sandra to work, as with it pushing all eight logical cores to the maximum, consumption peaked at only 83W. In the same test, the R210 and its 2.4GHz X3430 peaked at 108W, while the X34-RS100 and 2.53GHz X3440 combo scored a high of 122W.
The server’s Supermicro X8SIE-F motherboard offers plenty of features. It sports Intel’s higher-end 3420 chipset, which provides six SATA interfaces and has an integrated RAID controller.
|Warranty||3yr on-site next business day|
|CPU family||Intel Xeon|
|CPU nominal frequency||1.86GHz|
|Hard disk configuration||2 x 250GB Seagate Momentus SFF 7.2K SATA hard disks in hot-swap carriers|
|Total hard disk capacity||500|
|RAID levels supported||0, 1, 10, 5 and JBODs|
|Gigabit LAN ports||2|
|PCI-E x16 slots total||1|
Noise and power
|Idle power consumption||44W|
|Peak power consumption||83W|