Broadberry CyberServe XE3-RS300 review

Price when reviewed

Many SMBs are happy to stick with the blue chips for their servers, but Asus has traditionally offered cost-effective alternatives. Its latest Xeon E3 rack servers aim to beat the big boys on value, but without compromising on features.

Supplied to us by Broadberry Data Systems as the CyberServe XE3-RS300, this 1U system is based on Asus’ new RS300-E7/PS4 server, a platform chosen for its good value, low power consumption and noise levels, plus plenty of expansion options.

The server is certainly quiet, noticeably so when put next to HP’s new ProLiant DL120 G7. To keep fan speeds down, Asus uses a cooling design where a system of copper heat pipes is routed from the processor heatsink to a radiator matrix in front.

Broadberry CyberServe XE3-RS300

Power consumption for the review system was impressively meagre, drawing 55W with Windows Server 2008 R2 in idle. With SiSoft Sandra pushing the 3.3GHz Intel Xeon E3-1240 processor to the limit, it peaked at 135W. It isn’t quite as impressive as the current record holder, Broadberry’s compact XE3-RS100, with its low-power Xeon E3-1220L, but it isn’t bad at all.

The CyberServe’s front panel is well designed. Along with the four hot-swap drive bays there’s a large air grille, a DVD-RW drive, two USB ports and plenty of status LEDs for power, drive activity, network ports and temperature warnings. There’s also a system ID button and LED; the power and reset buttons alongside should have been recessed, though, to avoid accidental contact.

Optional remote management is available via Asus’ ASMB5-iKVM controller, which costs only £65. Plugging this card into a slot on the motherboard activates a third port at the rear, so management can be kept on a dedicated network. The controller provides a web browser interface where you can view motherboard sensors for critical components. Full control over power allows the server to be remotely switched on and off, or reset.


Warranty3yr on-site next business day



Server formatRack
Server configuration1U


CPU familyIntel Xeon
CPU nominal frequency3.30GHz
Processors supplied1


RAM capacity32GB
Memory typeDDR3


Hard disk configuration2 x 500GB Seagate SATA II hard disks
Total hard disk capacity1,000GB
RAID levels supported0, 1, 5


Gigabit LAN ports4

Noise and power

Idle power consumption55W
Peak power consumption135W

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