Broadberry CyberServe XE5-102S v3 review

Broadberry’s pizza-box server shows that good things do come in small packages

External features

The server's I/O panel is packed with features as you get dual Gigabit plus a dedicated network port for remote server management. VGA, two USB 3 and combined PS/2 ports nestle in there, power buttons are located fore and aft while LED status indicators are provided for the drives and network ports.

Two knockout panels underneath the PCI-Express expansion plates accommodate an optional dual-port 10GbE mezzanine card. Cooling is handled well as both front and rear grills use the same efficient honeycomb design found in Fujitsu's Primergy rack servers.

A smart feature is the bright red Q-code display which provides at-a-glance hardware diagnostics. It shows the initialization status of key components during the boot phase and all the codes are listed in the Z10PR-D16 motherboard manual.

Asus has thought of every power permutation as you can plug it in from the back or front using standard C13 leads. It's also easy on the supply as we measured the server sipping 68W with Windows Server 2012 R2 in idle and peaking at only 111W under heavy load.

The integral ASMB8 management controller provides plenty of detail on all critical hardware components

Dave Mitchell

Dave is an IT consultant and freelance journalist specialising in hands-on reviews of computer networking products covering all market sectors from small businesses to enterprises. Founder of Binary Testing Ltd – the UK’s premier independent network testing laboratory - Dave has over 45 years of experience in the IT industry.

Dave has produced many thousands of in-depth business networking product reviews from his lab which have been reproduced globally. Writing for ITPro and its sister title, PC Pro, he covers all areas of business IT infrastructure, including servers, storage, network security, data protection, cloud, infrastructure and services.