Broadberry CyberServe X34-104L review

£939
Price when reviewed

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 CyberServe X34-104L

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

Warranty 3yr on-site next business day

Ratings

Physical

Server format Rack
Server configuration 1U

Processor

CPU family Intel Xeon
CPU nominal frequency 1.86GHz
Processors supplied 1

Memory

RAM capacity 16GB
Memory type DDR3

Storage

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

Networking

Gigabit LAN ports 2

Motherboard

PCI-E x16 slots total 1

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 44W
Peak power consumption 83W

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