Dell R720 Rack-Mount Server

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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.

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Power Efficiency

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

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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.

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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.

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Just Basic Tools Required

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

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Squinting at Viewports

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

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Internal Cooling Baffles

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

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Clear the Decks

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

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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.

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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.

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