HP ProLiant DL585 G7 review

20 Dec 2010

More costly than Dell's R815, but the DL585 G7 can't be beaten on storage features and remote management

Price when reviewed: 
11,759exc VAT
5

AMD is on to a winner with its Opteron 6100 processors. It wasn't long ago we were bemoaning the dearth of AMD review servers, but now we're being inundated by them. Dell was first through the labs with its quad-socket PowerEdge R815; we have Gateway's GR585 F1 this month; and now HP has given us exclusive access to a full production ProLiant DL585 G7.

The DL585 G7 is different to the 2U systems from Dell and Gateway. For starters, it's twice the height. The main reason for this is the full-width drawer at the front that contains primary and secondary daughterboards holding the processors and memory.

The drawer can be removed by pressing the clip at the top, which releases a large handle. Locking the tabs on the sides of the drawer stop it accidentally falling out, and with these depressed it can be slid out completely.

HP ProLiant DL585 G7

The daughterboards are stacked vertically, with each presenting two processor sockets and a total of 24 DIMM sockets. The top board has two release handles and can be easily removed to access the one underneath.

HP dedicates 12 DIMM sockets to each processor, although AMD's chipset supports a maximum of 512GB. Using costly 16GB DDR3 RDIMMs will take up only 32 of the available sockets, or you can go up to 384GB with a full house of 8GB modules.

Although the drawer takes up most of the front panel, HP has squeezed in eight SFF hot-swap disk bays. We were supplied with two 300GB 6Gbits/sec SAS drives, but HP also offers near-line SAS models so you can focus on capacity and price rather than performance.

The primary processor board in the base mates with a power distribution connector and a horizontal system board that takes up half the width of the chassis. There's a dedicated slot for a vertical SPI board packed with embedded features: it has a Smart Array P410i RAID controller and cache memory slot, with the pair of SAS ports cabled directly to the drive backplane.

Details

Price ex VAT £10,008

Warranty

Warranty 3yr on-site next business day

Ratings

Overall rating 5
Performance 5
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 4

Physical

Server format Rack
Server configuration 4U

Processor

CPU family AMD Opteron
CPU nominal frequency 2.10GHz
Processors supplied 4

Memory

RAM capacity 512GB
Memory type DDR3

Storage

Hard disk configuration 2 x 300GB HP SFF 15K 6Gbps SAS disks in hot-swap carriers
Total hard disk capacity 600GB
RAID module HP Smart Array P410i with 1GB cache and BBU
RAID levels supported 0, 1, 10, 5

Networking

Gigabit LAN ports 4

Power supply

Power supply rating 1,200W

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 356W
Peak power consumption 710W