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HP ProLiant DL80 Gen9 review

HP’s new DL80 Gen9 brings E5-2600 v3 server power within the reach of SMBs

Price
£989
  • Excellent value; Support for E5-2600 v3 Xeons; High storage capacity; Good expansion; Scalable design
  • 8-bay model can’t be upgraded to 12 bays; Cold-swap cooling fans

Small businesses that thought rack servers sporting the latest core-heavy E5-2600 v3 Xeons were beyond their budget should think again. HP's ProLiant DL80 Gen9 delivers these and more with prices for the entry-level models sneaking in on the right side of 1,000.

As with all its Gen9 servers, HP's has taken a different approach to system design. Although not as versatile as the flagship DL380 Gen9, the DL80 Gen9 is still a highly scalable system that allows businesses to pay only for what they need now but with a view to upgrading on-demand in the future.

The system on review is the entry model of this new family and has a tempting price tag of only 989. This gets you a single 1.6GHz E5-2603 v3 CPU with 6 cores but a second socket is ready and waiting and HP offers 9 other models if you fancy more speed and cores.

Naturally, high-speed DDR4 memory is supported and HP has cut costs by reducing the number of DIMM slots to 8. The review system came with a single 4GB stick but with dual CPUs installed, it supports up to 256GB easily enough for most small businesses.

The DL80 Gen9 supports two Xeon CPUs but DIMM slots have been reduced to eight to cut costs

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