Dell PowerEdge R720 Pushes Computing Might into 2U Rack-Mount Server

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2012-08-02
 
 
 

Dell R720 Rack-Mount Server

The Dell R720 is a 2U, rack-mount system that IT managers should put at the top of their evaluation list for workhorse two-processor systems.

Dell R720 Rack-Mount Server

Power Efficiency

My test unit came equipped with dual, high-efficiency 750W hot-swappable power supplies.

Power Efficiency

iDRAC 7 Server Management

The integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) 7 with Lifecycle Controller provides embedded server management and provides uniform management messages across Dell's 12th-generation systems.

iDRAC 7 Server Management

Flexible NIC Configuration

The PowerEdge R720 provides flexible LAN on motherboard networking options. Here I'm using a network interface card (NIC) configured with 4-RJ45 network ports.

Flexible NIC Configuration

Just Basic Tools Required

Changing the Select NIC module required me to remove four screws.

Just Basic Tools Required

Squinting at Viewports

Checking on installed components required me to look closely through small viewports in the internal cowling.

Squinting at Viewports

Internal Cooling Baffles

The PowerEdge R720 makes extensive use of internal baffles to direct airflow over the dual processers and the supporting RAM.

Internal Cooling Baffles

Clear the Decks

Good internal cable management kept the airflow clear in my test R720, minimizing the work required by the system fans.

Clear the Decks

Intel E5-2600 Family

The dual Intel Xeon E5-2690 processors provided both the increased computational power and reduced energy consumption, compared with the PowerEdge R720 predecessor, the R710.

Intel E5-2600 Family

Geekbench Performance Numbers

My test PowerEdge R720 system consistently turned in Geekbench performance numbers in the 40,000 range, which was around 12 percent higher than a comparably equipped HP DL380 Gen 8 system.

Geekbench Performance Numbers

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