Dell PowerEdge R430 review

Dell’s PowerEdge R430 offers an impressive compute power for space-constrained racks

IT Pro Value
Price
£3,060
  • Space saving design; Powerful hardware package; High storage capacity; Excellent remote management tools; Very quiet
  • Confusing storage options; 10-bay model only supports SATA SFF drives

SMBs looking to maximise their precious rack space will like Dell's new PowerEdge R430. This 1U rack server may only be 24in. deep but it squeezes in a big hardware package that includes dual E5-2600 v3 CPUs, a high memory capacity and plenty of storage options.

Dell supplied us with the base model kitted out with four LFF drive bays serviced by the embedded PERC S130 RAID controller. Ordered at the point of sale, the R430 can be specified with up to 10 SFF drives and choice selection of PCI-Express RAID cards although, as we found, the process is far from simple.

The R430 exhibits very good internal design and whisper-quiet cooling

Dell's iDRAC8 controller provides quality server monitoring tools and handy power consumption graphs

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