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Fujitsu Primergy RX350 S7 review

Fujitsu’s new RX350 S7 neatly fills a gap in its Primergy server range and showcases Intel’s latest Xeon E5-2600 processors. In this exclusive review, Dave Mitchell looks at this highly expandable system and its modular features.

No less than ten PCI-e Gen3 slots are available and Fujitsu is obviously targeting high-performance graphics applications as two of them can handle NVIDIA's Tesla C2075 GPU cards, with 448 cores apiece.

The RAID card takes another slot, but that still leaves seven others free although the new C600 Patsburg architecture requires both CPU sockets to be populated if all are to be activated.

Fujitsu Primergy RX350 S7

Fujitsu's ServerView software is designed to manage multiple systems and provides useful CPU utilisation charts.

The Primergy RX350 S7 is a much-needed addition to the Primergy range, with its combination of lower-cost dual CPU sockets, high storage capacity and plenty of expansion potential. It's also well designed, offers good remote management tools and has commendably low power consumption.

Verdict

Fujitsu’s new Primergy RX350 S7 is a solid choice as a server consolidation platform and for running critical database applications. Its modular design gives it a massive expansion potential and although the system came with the lower specified 6-core E5-2600 CPUs, it still represents very good value.

Chassis: 4U rack CPU: 2x 2GHz Xeon E5-2620 Memory: 32GB DDR3 expandable to 768GB Storage: 2x 146GB Fujitsu SFF SAS 6Gb/sec hot-swap hard disks (max. 24) RAID: Fujitsu SAS CTRL 5/6 RAID PCI-e with 512MB cache Array support: RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 50, 6, 60 Expansion: 10x PCI-e Gen3 slots (with dual CPUs) Network: 4x Gigabit Power: 2x 800W hot-plug supplies (max. 4) Management: Fujitsu iRMC S3 with 10/100 port Software: Fujitsu ServerView Suite software Warranty: 3-year on-site NBD

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