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Dell EMC PowerEdge T140 review: The ideal SMB companion

An ideal first server, this affordable tower has bags of power and top-flight remote management services

The front and back of the Dell EMC PowerEdge T140 against a white backgroundWith prices starting at just £538, the PowerEdge T140 is a tempting proposition for growing SMBs looking for their first purpose-built server. This sturdy little tower comes with
Price
£2,033 exc VAT
  • Remote management
  • Flexible storage options
  • Stylish design
  • Hot-swap hard disks not supported

With prices starting at just £538, the PowerEdge T140 is a tempting proposition for growing SMBs looking for their first purpose-built server. This sturdy little tower comes with support for Intel’s powerful Xeon E-2200 CPUs, flexible storage options, and room to expand with demand.

There’s a good range of core configurations on offer to suit almost any workload, too. The Basic entry-level system sports a 3.6GHz Core i3-9100 CPU and 8GB of DDR4, while the Standard model starts at £832 and offers a larger CPU choice, with all Xeon E-2100 and E-2200 models available.

Coming in at £2,033, our review system is clearly a lot more expensive, but it’s powerful enough for the most demanding of roles. We selected a 3.4GHz quad-core Xeon E-2224 CPU, and partnered it with a healthy 32GB of DDR4 RAM: for even more power, you can step up to a six-core HT-enabled Xeon E-2236 for an extra £78, and push the memory up to the supported maximum of 64GB.

Whichever spec you choose, the T140 looks stylish thanks to Dell EMC’s classic honeycomb front cover. In this instance, though, there’s nothing to see behind it, as the server doesn’t support hot-swap hard disks. Instead, storage resides in a cage behind the side panel, which will take up to four cabled LFF hard disks. Installing a quartet of 2TB SATA models was a quick procedure, thanks to the simple-swap, tool-free carriers that slide out of the internal cage. Access is easy too, as the side panel opens up in seconds via a sturdy latching lever. This doesn’t have an integrated key lock, but you can padlock it to block access to the server’s innards.

Standard RAID is provided by the embedded PERC S140 controller, which handles software-managed mirrors, stripes, and RAID5 arrays for SATA drives. For our system, we added the PERC H330 card, which adds support for hardware-managed RAID arrays, plus Nearline-SAS and standard 12Gbits/sec SAS drives.

The insides of the Dell EMC PowerEdge T140 against a white background

There’s plenty of room for further expansion too, thanks to the server’s four PCIe slots. We filled one of these with Dell EMC’s BOSS (boot-optimised storage solution) card: for £379, this provides a mirrored pair of 240GB M.2 SSDs for your OS to reside on, leaving the main bays dedicated to data storage.

Internally, the T140 is very well designed, with cable clutter kept to a minimum and easy access to all the key components. Cooling is handled by an active CPU heatsink, plus a discreet 9cm chassis fan at the rear: our iPad recorded a low noise level of 38.5dB from a metre away, so the T140 won’t be a distraction in small offices.

The cherry on the cake is remote management. The PowerEdge T140 is blessed with a full-strength iDRAC9 controller and a dedicated Gigabit Ethernet port, exactly as found on much pricier servers. This presents a slick web console providing a wealth of data on all hardware components, system status, power usage, and cooling efficiency. Along with full firmware and hardware inventory functions, it provides direct access to the BIOS and storage controllers for remote configuration.

Three licensing options are offered for iDRAC9 and we selected the Enterprise level, which also activates full OS remote control and virtual media services. These are very handy for installing an operating system: after mounting a Windows Server 2019 ISO image as a virtual optical drive, we were able to use the embedded Lifecycle Controller to load the OS and all necessary drivers in 30 minutes flat.

The PowerEdge T140 is an ideal candidate for smaller offices that want an affordable on-site server with plenty of room to expand. It packs a powerful hardware package into a space-saving chassis, can be easily customised to suit all budgets, and includes the best remote management features around. 

Dell EMC PowerEdge T140 specifications

ChassisTower
CPUIntel Xeon 3.4GHz E-2224
Memory32GB 2,667MHz DDR4 (max 64GB)
Storage bays4 x 2TB Dell SATA hard disks
Storage includedBOSS card with 2 x 240GB M.2 SSD
PSU365W fixed
RAID supportDell PERC H330 RAID SAS/SATA adapter (supports RAID0, 1, 10, 5, 50)
Network2 x Gigabit Ethernet
Other ports

DVD-ROM drive, 4 x PCI-E 3

ManagementDell iDRAC9 Enterprise
Dimensions (WDH)176 x 460 x 363mm
Warranty3yr on-site Basic NBD warranty
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