Fujitsu Primergy TX150 S8 review

£1507
Price when reviewed

Power consumption is very low: the review system drew a modest 45W with Windows Server 2008 R2 in idle. With SiSoft Sandra punishing all 12 logical CPU cores, this rose to only 89W.

Fujitsu has really gone to town on cooling. While Dell’s T320 relies on a single 120mm fan for the entire chassis, the TX150 employs four: one at the rear and three in a removable, full-height panel behind the drive and expansion bays.

Despite the multiple fans, noise levels are unbelievably low – we could barely hear the fans at all under normal usage. If silent operation is essential, there’s a low-noise mode feature in the BIOS. The sole limitation is that you can only have four SATA disks and one PSU installed, and no PCI Express cards nor redundant fans.

For OS deployment, however, the TX150 lags behind similar systems from Dell and HP, since their respective Lifecycle Controller UEFI and Intelligent Provisioning do away with the need for a setup disc. To install an OS on the TX150, we had to boot it with the Installation Manager CD, and although it handled the process well, it still required some disc juggling.

Fujitsu Primergy TX150 S8

Remote management features are up to scratch, though: the TX150 features Fujitsu’s embedded iRMC S3 controller and dedicated management port. The smart web interface provides detailed status views of critical components and environmental values, and graphs display the system’s power consumption in periods ranging from one hour to a year.

The price includes the advanced iRMC S3 upgrade that activates KVM-over-IP remote control and virtual media features. These allow you to remotely control the server, access its BIOS menus or OS, and present devices on other hosts to the server as boot media.

For general server management, Fujitsu provides its ServerView Suite software. The ServerList interface shows all servers with the ServerView agent installed, and provides a complete listing of hardware components and their statuses, plus performance tables and graphs.

The only serious competition to Fujitsu’s Primergy TX150 S8 comes from Dell’s PowerEdge T320 – no other vendor of note offers a mono-socket E5-2400 server. Price-wise, it’s a closely fought battle. Both offer good value, but the Dell narrowly edges it due to its slicker OS deployment tools and superior support for virtualisation.

Warranty

Warranty1yr on-site

Ratings

Physical

Server formatPedestal
Server configurationPedestal chassis

Processor

CPU familyIntel Xeon
CPU nominal frequency1.90GHz
Processors supplied1
CPU socket count1

Memory

RAM capacity96GB
Memory typeDDR3

Storage

Hard disk configuration2 x 500GB WD Enterprise SATA hot-swap hard disks
Total hard disk capacity1,000GB
RAID moduleIntel C602
RAID levels supported0, 1, 10

Networking

Gigabit LAN ports2

Motherboard

Conventional PCI slots total1
PCI-E x16 slots total2
PCI-E x8 slots total0
PCI-E x4 slots total2

Power supply

Power supply rating450W

Noise and power

Idle power consumption45W
Peak power consumption89W

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