Incredible Server Performance and Flexibility in an Energy Efficient Custom Design
The Intel® Server System R2300GZ family takes full advantage of the new Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family capabilities with the Intel® Server Board S2600GZ family. The Intel Server System R2300GZ features an energy efficient spread core design and maximum (768 GB) memory capacity with up to 24 DIMMS, S2600GZ-based rack-optimized server systems deliver unmatched performance, I/O capacity, and flexibility in an expansive family of 1U and 2U systems for the most demanding enterprise data center, cloud, or high performance computing (HPC) environments.
It's almost a bait and switch ...
This review is from: Intel R2312GZ4GC4 2U Rack Server Barebone Dual LGA 2011 Intel C602 DDR3 1600/1333
Pros: Overall impression…. not good. It is a well built server rack mount chassis. This server and the other server lines from Intel have good potential if it were not for the VERY SERIOUS issues listed below.
Cons: Over the years Intel Server Group has been slowly removing the parts needed to actually get a server up a going. I’m not talking about CPUs, memory, and hard drives. I’m talking about REQUIRED COMPONENTS that Intel has been slowly removing from their servers in order to FORCE you to spend more money with them. Years ago, once you added your CPUS, memory, hard drives, and PCI cards, you could get the Intel server up and running. NOT ANY MORE. This server for example, has 12 hot-pluggable drive bays. But, only 4 of the drive bays actually work. That’s right … it has 12 drive bays, but only 4 work. In order to get another 4 drive bays to work, you have to purchase a tiny little plug called a “RAID KEY”. What does this little plug do? NOTHING. It simply proves that you have spent more money with Intel. It’s another $120 and is REQUIRED in order to get another 4 drive bays to function. This little “KEY” used to be pre-installed on the motherboard when you bought one of their servers. So … you must go back and buy another $120 gizmo to get up to 8 drive bays working. But, 4 of the 12 hot-pluggable drive bays STILL do not function. You have to buy two more Intel proprietary expansion cards to get them up and running too. Another $650. These parts also used to be included and pre-installed when you bought the server. SHAME ON YOU INTEL !!!
Other Thoughts: Intel servers may be ok for very large enterprise or data centers (who can negotiate better combined deals), but definitely not for medium or small businesses.
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