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Dell PowerEdge R710 Server Review

Understanding the Dell PowerEdge R710 Server

The Dell™ PowerEdge™ R710 takes advantage of Dell’s system commonality. By learning the architecture of one PowerEdge system, Information Technology (IT) managers are able to apply that same logic to manage Dell’s future generation of servers. The logical layout of components and placement of power supplies in Dell PowerEdge R710 servers deliver a simple, straightforward installation, and help simplify future hardware redeployments.

The R710 facilitates efficient operation, and helps lower the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) with enhanced virtualization capabilities, improved energy efficiency, and innovative system- management tools.

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Tech Specs at a Glance

Form Factor: 2U rack-mountable

 

Processors / CPU’s:

Number of sockets: 2x

Processor type: Intel® Xeon® 5500 and 5600 series (Intel® 5520 chipset)

Number of cores per processor: two (dual core), four (quad core) or six (six-core)L2/L3 Cache: 4MB, 8MB or 12MB

 

Memory:

Number of DIMM slots: 18x

Total capacity: up to 288GB

Type: DDR3 ECC Registered

Speed: up to 1333MHz

 

Storage / Hard Disk Drives:

Drive bays: 4 x 3.5” with optional flex bay, 6 x 3.5” or 8 x 2.5”

Hard drive types: hot-plug SAS and SATA, nearline SAS and SSD

External drive bay: optional flex bay expansion to support half-height tape backup unit

 

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Dell PE R710 Rackmount Server Rails

Rack Support:

The ReadyRails™ sliding and static rail systems for the Dell R710 provide tool-less support for 4-post racks with square or unthreaded round mounting holes that are suitable for all generations of Dell racks. Both rail systems support tooled mounting in 4-post threaded racks (an optional adapter bracket kit is required for the sliding rails). The static rails also provide tooled mounting support for 2-post (Telco) racks for added versatility. An optional Cable Management Arm (CMA) can be mounted on either the left or right side of the sliding rails without the use of tools for fast and easy deployment.

The sliding rails for the R710 server are not compatible with any other Dell rail kits, including previous generation rails, but the static rails for the R710 are the same as the static rails for the Dell PowerEdge R610 server.

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For the installation manual of the R710 Sliding Rails click here.

R710 Server BiOS Drivers and Firmware Downloads

The Dell R710 BIOS is based on the Dell BIOS core, and supports the following features:

  • Intel® Xeon® 5500 and 5600 processor series 2S support
  • Simultaneous Multi-Threading (SMT) support
  • Processor Turbo Mode support
  • PCI 2.3 compliant
  • Plug and Play 1.0a compliant
  • MP (Multiprocessor) 1.4 compliant
  • Ability to boot from hard drive, optical drive, iSCSI drive, USB key, and SD card
  • ACPI support
  • Direct Media Interface (DMI) support
  • PXE and WOL support for on-board NICs
  • Memory mirroring support
  • SETUP access through <F2> key at end of POST
  • USB 2.0 (USB boot code is 1.1 compliant)
  • F1/F2 error logging in CMOS
  • Virtual KVM, CD, and floppy support
  • UEFI 2.1 support
  • Power management support, including DBS, Power Inventory, and multiple power profiles
  • Intel TXT (5600 series)
  • Intel AESNI (5600 series)

The R710 BIOS does not support the following:

  • BIOS language localization
  • BIOS recovery after bad flash (can be recovered from iDRAC6 Express)

To find a driver for your R710 server, click here.  

Power Supply and Performance Data

One of the main features of the 11th generation (11G) family of Dell servers is enhanced power efficiency. The R710 achieves higher power efficiency by implementing the following features:

  • User-selectable power cap (subsystems throttle to maintain the specified power cap)
  • Improved power budgeting
  • Power-supply and voltage-regulator (VR) efficiency improvements
  • Use of switching regulators instead of linear regulators
  • Closed-loop thermal throttling
  • Increased rear venting and 3D venting
  • Pulse-width modulated (PWM) fans with an increased number of fan zones and configuration-dependent fan speeds
  • Use of DDR3 memory (lower voltage compared to DDR2, UDIMM)
  • Processor VR dynamic phase shedding
  • Memory VR static phase shedding
  • Random time interval for system start
  • Ability for an entire rack to power on without exceeding the available power
  • BIOS Power/Performance options page
  • Active Power Controller (BIOS-based CPU P-state manager)
  • Ability to power down or throttle memory
  • Ability to disable a processor core
  • Ability to turn off embedded NICs or PCIe lanes when not being used
  • Option to run PCIe at Gen1 speeds instead of Gen2

 

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R710 PowerEdge Series Memory Configuration

The PowerEdge R710 uses DDR3 memory, providing a high-performance, high-speed memory interface capable of low latency response and high throughput. The R710 supports Registered ECC DDR3 DIMMs (RDIMM) or Unbuffered ECC DDR3 DIMMs (UDIMM).

The system contains 18 memory sockets split into two sets of nine sockets, one set for each processor. Each nine-socket set is organized into three channels of three memory sockets per channel.

Key features of the R710 memory system include the following:

  • Registered (RDIMM) and Unbuffered (UDIMM) ECC DDR3 technology
  • Up to 288 GB of RDIMM memory (eighteen 16 GB dual rank RDIMMs)
  • Up to 24 GB of UDIMM memory (twelve 2 GB UDIMMs)
  • Support for 1066/1333 MT/s single- and dual-rank DIMMs
  • Support for 1066 MT/s quad-rank DIMMs
  • Support for 1.35V low voltage (LV) DIMMs with 5600 series processors
  • 64 data and eight ECC bits per channel
  • Support for single DIMM configuration (DIMM in socket A1 only)
  • Support for ODT (On Die Termination) clock gating (CKE) to conserve power when DIMMs are not accessed (DIMMs enter a low power self-refresh mode)
  • I2C access to SPD EEPROM for access to RDIMM thermal sensors
  • Single Bit Error Correction
  • SDDC (Single Device Data Correction, x4 or x8 devices)
  • Support for Closed Loop
  • Thermal Management on RDIMMs and UDIMMs
  • Multi Bit Error Detection Support for Memory Optimized Mode
  • Support for Advanced ECC mode
  • Support for Memory Mirroring
  • Support for Memory Sparing with 5600 series processors.

The DDR3 memory interface consists of three channels with up to three RDIMMs or two UDIMMs per channel for single- or dual-rank and up to two RDIMMs per channel for quad-rank. The interface uses 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB RDIMMs. Also supported are 1GB or 2GB UDIMMs.

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For a quick reference guide on installing and upgrading DDR3 memory, click here.

H700 RAID Controller for PowerEdge R710

If you want an internal RAID solution, select the PERC H700. The PERC H700 card has its own processor with a PCI Express Gen2 host interface and DDR2 memory, and installs into the dedicated internal SAS slot on Riser1. A battery is also available for backup. It supports the internal 6Gb/s backplane interface for internal storage options (SAS, SATA, or SSD HDD). The PE R710 supports both 256MB and 512MB cache options on the internal H700.

How to install a storage controller on an R710 Server. See our post “Installing a Storage Controller on the Dell PowerEdge R710” for a step-by-step guide.

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Source Materials : Dell EMC

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