HPE ProLiant Rack Server DL380 G9 2U Review

HPE Proliant Rack Server line up is extremely popular among Small business server for its top of line performance and various processor options.

Performance

This DL380 model HPE Proliant Rack server comes with enterprise class Intel Xeon E5-2609 v4 Octa-core (8 Core) 1.70 GHz Processor.  This Intel Xeon E5 processor falls in the middle of the spectrum and compares to Intel i5 processor in terms of raw performance.

8 cores helps in handling large workloads and multiple users or sessions seamlessly.



Comes with 8GB of DDR4 Ram and expandable upto 64GB of Ram. HPE also provides Ram upgrades on the store.

HPE proliant Rack server supports 12Gb/s SAS storage controller supporting several Terabytes of data transfers in few minutes.

Providing the 12GB/s SAS makes HPE Proliant Rack server one of the best storage servers available in the marker.

Design 

This top of the line Small business server is of 2U in height. And physical dimensions 3.4 inches in height,  17.5 inches in depth (width) and 26.7 in depth (length).

It compactly fits in all 2U standard racks. Weighs a moderate 32.7 lbs. Please check the rack capacity before adding any rack server.

While the HPE Proliant comes with one processor installed, it has capacity to add an additional cpu.

HPE provides three year limited warranty and free returns within 30 days.

Score :

We give the HPE proliant rack server a score of 82% for design and performance.

Manufacturer Part Number  – 850517-S01

Intel and several other processors affected by Memory leak bug

As per researchers there is a memory leak bug affecting several generations of Intel Processors. While the bug is disclosed this week, number of exploits using the memory leak bug are unknown at this time. Microsoft & Several Linux vendors have rushed to release a windows update to mitigate memory leak.

Performance Impact

Part of the patch will cause 5-30% performance degradation of systems and can be noticeable in Server environment. Intel has confirmed this while suggesting this will eventually not be case.

AMD processors are also affected

Initial reports pointed finger on Intel as the only culprit, but Intel came with a press release suggesting the Kernel Memory leak bug affects several devices and processors and not unique to Intel.

You can read Intel’s full press release here –https://newsroom.intel.com/news/intel-responds-to-security-research-findings/

Intel Press Release

Intel and other technology companies have been made aware of new security research describing software analysis methods that, when used for malicious purposes, have the potential to improperly gather sensitive data from computing devices that are operating as designed. Intel believes these exploits do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data.

Recent reports that these exploits are caused by a “bug” or a “flaw” and are unique to Intel products are incorrect. Based on the analysis to date, many types of computing devices — with many different vendors’ processors and operating systems — are susceptible to these exploits.

Intel is committed to product and customer security and is working closely with many other technology companies, including AMD, ARM Holdings and several operating system vendors, to develop an industry-wide approach to resolve this issue promptly and constructively. Intel has begun providing software and firmware updates to mitigate these exploits. Contrary to some reports, any performance impacts are workload-dependent, and, for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time.

Intel is committed to the industry best practice of responsible disclosure of potential security issues, which is why Intel and other vendors had planned to disclose this issue next week when more software and firmware updates will be available. However, Intel is making this statement today because of the current inaccurate media reports.

Check with your operating system vendor or system manufacturer and apply any available updates as soon as they are available. Following good security practices that protect against malware in general will also help protect against possible exploitation until updates can be applied.

Intel believes its products are the most secure in the world and that, with the support of its partners, the current solutions to this issue provide the best possible security for its customers.

Intel Core i5-5200U vs i5-6200U vs i5-7200U – Performance Review

Intel Core i5 Processors are considered to be workhorse processors falling between basic Intel Core i3 and Powerhouse Intel Core i7 processors.

Price of Intel Core i5 processors have been low enough to be very competitive with Intel Core i3 processors. We are comparing three i5 processors using the same 14nm process.

Primary difference between each of these processors is CPU clock speed, from 5200 to 6200 and then to 7200 there is a gradual improvement in clocks speed. Difference between i5-5200 and i5-6200 is only 4% where i5-7200 shows a 10% increase over i5-6200. But still if there is a $100 difference with the older model, it is wise to take the lower price.

In terms of Memory i5-5200U can only support 16GB RAM. i5-6200U and i5-7200U can support upto to 32 GB. 6th and 7th generation i5 processors support DDR4 while Gen 5 doesnt support DDR4. But most laptops come with less than 16GB RAM.

Other big change is support for 4K resolutions in i5-6200U and i5-7200U.

There is better thermal performance with the newer processors but not as significant.

Please have a look at the below details for more information. Overall there is not much to choose between these Mid Tier i5 cpus. But if you are looking for 4K resolution or DDR4 , then you now know which ones to pick.

 

Intel Core i5

Product Name
Intel Core i5-5200U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.70 GHz)Intel Core i5-6200U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.80 GHz)Intel Core i5-7200U Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz)
Code Name
BroadwellSkylakeKaby Lake

Essentials

Processor Number
i5-5200Ui5-6200Ui5-7200U
Launch Date
Q1’15Q3’15Q3’16
Lithography
14 nm14 nm14 nm

Performance

# of Cores
222
# of Threads
444
Processor Base Frequency
2.20 GHz2.30 GHz2.50 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency
2.70 GHz2.80 GHz3.10 GHz
Cache
3 MB3 MB SmartCache3 MB SmartCache
Bus Speed
5 GT/s DMI24 GT/s OPI4 GT/s OPI
TDP
15 W15 W15 W
Configurable TDP-down Frequency
600.00 MHz800.00 MHz800.00 MHz
Configurable TDP-down
7.5 W7.5 W7.5 W
Configurable TDP-up Frequency
2.40 GHz2.70 GHz
Configurable TDP-up
25 W25 W

Supplemental Information

Embedded Options Available
NoNoNo
Datasheet
LinkLinkLink
Conflict Free
YesYesYes
 

Memory Specifications

Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
16 GB32 GB32 GB
Memory Types
DDR3L 1333/1600, LPDDR3 1333/1600DDR4-2133, LPDDR3-1866, DDR3L-1600DDR4-2133, LPDDR3-1866, DDR3L-1600
Max # of Memory Channels
222
Max Memory Bandwidth
25.6 GB/s34.1 GB/s34.1 GB/s
ECC Memory Supported
NoNo

Graphics Specifications

Processor Graphics
Intel® HD Graphics 5500Intel® HD Graphics 520Intel® HD Graphics 620
Graphics Base Frequency
300.00 MHz300.00 MHz300.00 MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
900.00 MHz1.00 GHz1.00 GHz
Graphics Video Max Memory
16 GB32 GB32 GB
Graphics Output
eDP/DP/HDMIeDP/DP/HDMI/DVIeDP/DP/HDMI/DVI
Max Resolution (HDMI 1.4)‡
2560X1600@60Hz4096×2304@24Hz4096×2304@24Hz
Max Resolution (DP)‡
3840×2160@60Hz4096×2304@60Hz4096×2304@60Hz
DirectX* Support
11.2/121212
OpenGL* Support
4.34.44.4
Intel® Quick Sync Video
YesYesYes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology
YesYesYes
Intel® Flexible Display Interface (Intel® FDI)
Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology
YesYesYes
Intel® Clear Video Technology
YesYesYes
Intel® Wireless Display
YesYes
# of Displays Supported
333
Device ID
0x16160x19160x5916
4K Support
Yes, at 60HzYes, at 60Hz
Max Resolution (Intel® WiDi)‡
1080p
Max Resolution (eDP – Integrated Flat Panel)‡
4096×2304@60Hz4096×2304@60Hz
Max Resolution (VGA)‡
N/AN/A

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision
2.03.03.0
PCI Express Configurations
4×1, 2×41×4, 2×2, 1×2+2×1 and 4×11×4, 2×2, 1×2+2×1 and 4×1
Max # of PCI Express Lanes
121212

Package Specifications

Sockets Supported
FCBGA1168FCBGA1356FCBGA1356
Max CPU Configuration
111
TJUNCTION
105°C100°C100°C
Package Size
40mm x 24mm x 1.3mm42mm X 24mm42mm X 24mm
Low Halogen Options Available
See MDDSSee MDDSSee MDDS

Advanced Technologies

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
2.02.02.0
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology
YesYesYes
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
YesYesYes
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
YesYesYes
Intel® VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)
YesYesYes
Intel® 64
YesYesYes
Instruction Set
64-bit64-bit64-bit
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0SSE4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0SSE4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0
Idle States
YesYesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology
YesYesYes
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
YesYesYes
Intel® Fast Memory Access
Yes
Intel® Flex Memory Access
YesYesYes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology
YesYes
Intel® Small Business Advantage
YesYes
Intel® Smart Response Technology
YesYesYes
Intel® vPro Technology
NoNo
Intel® TSX-NI
NoNo
Intel® Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
NoNo
Intel® My WiFi Technology
YesYes
Intel® Speed Shift Technology
Yes

Intel® Data Protection Technology

Intel® AES New Instructions
YesYesYes
Secure Key
YesYesYes
Intel® Software Guard Extensions (Intel® SGX)
YesYes
Intel® Memory Protection Extensions (Intel® MPX)
YesYes

Intel® Platform Protection Technology

Execute Disable Bit
YesYesYes
OS Guard
YesYesYes
Trusted Execution Technology
NoNo