HP ProLiant DL80 Gen9 review

HP’s new DL80 Gen9 brings E5-2600 v3 server power within the reach of SMBs

Network and power

Internal design is excellent with the base system including two cold-swap fans positioned in front of the occupied CPU socket. There's room for two more on each side of these which you'll need when you upgrade to dual CPUs and use the expansion slots over the PSU bay.

All models in the family have two Gigabit ports and HP offers plenty of network upgrades including 10GbE, Fibre Channel and more. Even with only a single CPU in residence, we had five PCI-Express slots available so upgrade potential is excellent.

With two CPUs installed, we could add additional riser cards to increase the slot count to 7 and there's room over the PSU bay for a GPU card. The standard 500W cold-swap PSU won't be enough for a GPU but you can upgrade to 800W redundant PSUs.

The E5-2603 v3 and its low 85W TDP makes the DL80 Gen9 a real power miser. In idle, we clocked the review system drawing a paltry 45W and peaking at only 71W when under maximum load from the SiSoft Sandra benchmarking app.

HP's iLO4 controller delivers unbeatable remote server management and monitoring tools

Featured Resources

The complete guide to changing your phone system provider

Optimise your phone system for better business results

Download now

Simplify cluster security at scale

Centralised secrets management across hybrid, multi-cloud environments

Download now

The endpoint as a key element of your security infrastructure

Threats to endpoints in a world of remote working

Download now

2021 state of IT asset management report

The role of IT asset management for maximising technology investments

Download now

Most Popular

Do smart devices make us less intelligent?
artificial intelligence (AI)

Do smart devices make us less intelligent?

19 Oct 2020
Best MDM solutions 2020
mobile device management (MDM)

Best MDM solutions 2020

21 Oct 2020
What is Neuralink?
Technology

What is Neuralink?

24 Oct 2020