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HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Ultra Micro Tower Server System Intel Celeron G1610T 2.3GHz 2C/2T 2GB No Hard Drive Operating System None 712317-001

  • Intel Celeron G1610T 2.3GHz 2C/2T
  • 1 MAX Processors
  • 2GB DDR3
  • No Hard Drive
  • 150W Non-Hot Plug, Non-Redundant Power Supply
  • Operating System None
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ProLiant MicroServer Gen8
Ultra Micro Tower


CPU Type
Intel Celeron G1610T 2.3GHz 2C/2T
Cache Memory
CPU Features
MAX Processors


Intel C204


Installed Memory Size
Memory Type
Memory Features
Total of 2 DIMM slots


Hard Drive (Installed)
No Hard Drive
Storage Controller
HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller


Ethernet Controller
HP Ethernet 1Gb 2-port 332i Adapter


Expansion Slots
1 standard (1-Low Profile) PCIe 2.0
Expansion Bays
4 LFF NHP SATA HDD cage; includes 4 LFF hard drive carriers
Other ports
2 x USB 3.0 (2 rear)
5 x USB 2.0 (2 front, 2 rear, 1 internal)


Operating System


Power Characteristics
150W Non-Hot Plug, Non-Redundant Power Supply


Fans: One (1) Non-redundant system fan ships standard

HP iLO Management Engine
*Optional: iLO Essentials; iLO Advanced

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Aaron D.
  • 4/9/2014 2:38:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent home/small office server

Pros: Simple, all-in-one design
Compact form factor
Rugged, high-quality build

Cons: Somewhat noisy

Other Thoughts: This is an EXCELLENT home server. I debated between buying all the individual parts and putting together on my own (like I do with all my PC's), but this little box packs everything you need in a price range that is fantastic.

The noise from the fan is a minor con, not really even that bad. I also added an extra 2 GB of RAM, (kinda expensive RAM, but that's what you get with ECC).

You CAN use the space above the drive cage (normally reserved for a slim optical drive) for an SSD, unlike what was previously stated in another review. You just have to move some cables around.

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  • John S.
  • 3/31/2014 3:56:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Home Server

Pros: This is a good looking well built MicroServer – definitely a step up from the G7 N54L (which is also a wonderful & versatile box in itself).
I’ve found it to be an excellent learning tool even in it’s stock condition and if your adventurous you can really enhance the capabilities of this Gen8 MicroServer many fold.
So far I’ve run Server 2012 on it as well as Windows Home Server 2011 in several different configurations – AHCI and RAID on the B120i and RAID on the P222.

Cons: None. Wish I had another.

Other Thoughts: This Machine is easy to upgrade/mod.

Since October 2013 I have:
Upgraded the RAM with Kingston 16GB KVR1333D3E9SK2/16G (see my review over there) that I had been running in my N40L

Upgraded the CPU to a Zeon E3-1265L V2 (very nice!)

Attached a SFF-8087 breakout cable to the onboard mini-SAS port (get a Forward cable – like what you would get for a RR2720) of the System Board (disconnecting the HP mini-SAS connector to goes to the 4 Drive cage first)

Added a Schoondoggy Drive Mount (SDM) so that I could add an additional 2*2.5” WD 1TB drives in the open space inside next to the PSU (attached to Ports 3 & 4 of the B120i).

Added two SSD’s in the ODD space to use as my OS (attached to Ports 1 & 2 of the B120i)

Added a P222 to drive the 4 bay drive cage via the HP mini-SAS connector that had been plugged into the System Board

I love working with this Machine! Thanks Newegg for the great deal too!

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  • Francois O.
  • 3/30/2014 10:19:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWell done!

Pros: Great build quality.
Easy to upgrade RAM and CPU.
Works well with VMWare ESXi.

Cons: As long as you do not plan to use VT-D on the Sata controller, it's all going well.
The CPU heatsink is not of a standard format so it is not easy to replace it with a larger one. The server comes with a passive 35Watts TDP heat sink. Still, I'm currently using a Xeon 1240 v2 and everything's ok.

Other Thoughts: This is a great unit for a home lab or small enterprise. It is well built and easy to upgrade. I would just recommend not trying to use that unit as both a virtual machines server and a NAS. I tried for weeks and it's really not easy to do (if even possible)!

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  • Paul S.
  • 1/20/2014 6:43:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNOISY

Pros: Small, Compact

Cons: NOISY....even fake RAID 0 is noisy. Tried all settings and configurations. Okay for empty room or lab. Not for home or small office. No new firmware updates in the last five months. Three fan speeds... high, higher and blaring high!

Other Thoughts: Will sell or scrap and go back to older server. Too bad I didn't build it out while the return policy was in effect.

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  • Douglas T.
  • 1/19/2014 12:21:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsA solid product that could use a few tweaks

Pros: HP iLO 4 integrated (just like the big servers)
Supports HP Intelligent Provisioning (just like the big servers)
Socketed CPU (can be upgraded to low voltage Xeon E3 or E3-v2)
Expansion slot with full support for HP SmartArray P222 RAID controller (including in iLO and Intelligent Provisioning)
Dual gig NICs
USB3 integrated
Micro-SDHC slot on the mainboardfor running a bootable OS (e.g., VMWare ESXi) as well as internal USB port to do the same
Optional stackable HP PS1810-8G 8-port layer 2 managed Gig switch with VLAN support and integrated management with the Gen8
Great driver/firmware support

Cons: Intelligent Provisioning does not support Server 2012 R2 yet (but is upgradeable in the future)
Poor setup for adding optical disk drive
Only 2 of 4 ports on the SATA backplane are 6Gbps (chipset limitation)
No Intel VT-d support without processor upgrade

Other Thoughts: This is a great server either for running FreeNAS, or upgrading to a beefy home lab for testing virtual machines. Note that it requires a 9.5mm ultra slim optical drive (it could have held a 12.7mm with some changes by HP) and has an odd 3.5" female power adapter that means you need a special HP power/SATA cable to use an optical disc, as well as a special bolt on bracket/clip to attach the drive to. I think this is HP's one big mistake in an otherwise great small business server.
Note the server also requires ECC unbuffered memory; not just any RAM will do.

Mine has been upgraded to a low-voltage Xeon E3 (1265L v2), 16GB of RAM, and an HP SmartArray P222 hardware RAID controller so I can run a RAID-5 array. I am also using a special aftermarket bracket to hold an SSD as a boot drive that boots off the system board controller. I'm currently running Server 2012 R2 Standard beautifully.

The iLO4 capability alone is worth half the price of this great unit, but you'll want to buy an advanced key for some of the better features (a brief search will find you one cheaply). If you have a 10-30 person office, this is a great server on a budget.

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  • Gregory V.
  • 1/11/2014 5:38:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPlagued with issues

Pros: nice on paper

Cons: fan would blow up 100% constantly. Was not able to fix even with hours on phone with hp support
issues when using AHCI
not compatible with regular memory. Need to use super expensive hp mem
no sata cable top (where one could put SSD instead of DVD)
Very long boot time (minutes)

Other Thoughts: I had a hp mediasmart before, and was extremely happy with it. The microserver looked liked the logical replacement.
very disappointed

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  • Ruofan J.
  • 12/20/2013 8:21:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsReally noise. Be aware

Pros: Nice looking. Compact.

Cons: The fan control is a joke. Keeps running at 50%+ speed when under AHCI mode. Just realize this has been a widely discussed issue for months but HP never gives any fix to it. Really disappointed.

Other Thoughts: I would give a 5 star if there is no fan noise issue. Unfortunately, this is really a big problem. especially for a home/SMB server

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  • Garrett M.
  • 12/13/2013 8:10:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Home Server

Pros: Surprisingly Small
Excellent Airflow
Pleasant Design
Easy to upgrade
Advanced Server features for relatively little money

Cons: Some of the better iLO features (such as KVM over IP after the OS boots) require an iLO Advanced license, which costs extra money.
2GB of RAM isn't enough for memory-intensive features
No Optical Drive in this configuration
HP's "Smart Memory" is expensive to upgrade

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is an excellent little server. It can move air incredibly well, and provides some excellent and advanced server features.

I mention "No Optical Drive" as a disadvantage, but with the world moving towards everything being downloadable, it isn't much of a con. The Intelligent Provisioning features definitely make up for this limitation.

HP's "Smart Memory" is a bit too expensive for RAM. Unless you really need a feature specified in HP's Smart Memory, just go with regular server RAM. It's a lot cheaper and still has standard features like providing warnings for impending chip failure.

The graphic chip in this machine is very weak with a low refresh rate, but that should be expected with a server. I wouldn't recommend trying to use this as a desktop machine at all because of this.

I am running Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2 with active directory, NPS, Remote Desktop Services and IIS and, while the OS is very good at memory management, the limitations of 2GB of RAM definitely shows every now and then.

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  • Douglas T.
  • 11/29/2013 10:34:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsBetter hardware than the Gen7...poorer internal setup

Pros: New dual-port Gig NIC supporting Jumbo Frames (Gen7 did not)
iLO4 integrated, ensuring remote management matching other Gen8 servers (no more purchasing a remote access card like the Gen7)
Socketed Intel CPU (upgrade to a low-voltage Xeon E3)
Supports more RAM than previous Microservers (16GB up from 8GB)
Adds USB3 support
Great form factor
Amazing BIOS/firmware/driver support from HP
Tons of features for the price

Cons: Loses eSATA port of Gen7
Loses 5.25" internal bay of Gen7
Requires 9.5mm slim optical drive instead of more common 12.7mm or having the
Uses odd 3.5" floppy for power for slim ODD bay instead of having a mini-SATA+power connector (who DOES this?)
USB3 ports are not Intel (could have been done with newer mainboard chipset)
iLO4 advanced features require a paid-for license key

Other Thoughts: This is a great box --but a few minor improvements would make a major difference. Key would be replacing the slim optical drive bay with either a 12.7mm optical bay, or a full 5.25" (more preferable), and replacing the useless 3.5" floppy power connector that makes no sense with a SATA connector, and including an adapter to fit slimiline optical SATA data/power.
The new Gen8 Microserver is a great improvement on its internals --I only wish it had some of the expandability of the Gen7. I had an Icydock in the 5.25" bay of my Gen7 that let me have two 2.5" drives and a silm optical, which really rounded things out.

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  • Phil E.
  • 11/27/2013 2:54:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsThere are better options

Pros: It's a great size, and it's pretty quiet as well.

Cons: I tried for two weeks to get three different operating systems up and running. So many different configuration, but I couldn't get any of them running. The only OS I didn't try was versions of Microsoft, which I didn't want for various reasons.

Other Thoughts: I believe you can get a much better machine by building one yourself. I thought I wanted someone else to put it together for me and just have it work (this machine), but it ended up being FAR easier to just put it together myself. I went with a Supermicro X9SCM board and a Supermicro Case. Remote console is standard. All in all, it cost me about $50 more than the Proliant, and ended up with a better processor, better MB, more Memory, more space. AND it's still quiet. Had it up and running in about 1 hour...including OS

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