Dell EMC PowerEdge R240 Review 1U Entry Server

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Dell EMC PowerEdge R240 Power Consumption

Our Dell EMC PowerEdge R240 test server uses a single power supply configuration, and we wanted to measure how it performed using the current top-bin Intel Xeon E-2186G CPU provided in the configuration we were sent.

  • Idle: 40.1W
  • STH 70% Load: 93.2W
  • STH 100% Load: 129W
  • Max power observed: 155W

These are great power consumption figures. If you use lower-end CPUs than the top-bin Intel Xeon E-2186G that we are using here, power consumption decreases under load.

Note these results were taken using a 208V Schneider Electric / APC PDU at 17.7C and 72% RH. Our testing window shown here had a +/- 0.3C and +/- 2% RH variance.

STH Server Spider: Dell EMC PowerEdge R240

In 2018 we introduced the STH Server Spider as a tool to show a machines objective core competencies at a glance. We now include it in all of our server system reviews.

STH Server Spider Dell EMC PowerEdge R240
STH Server Spider Dell EMC PowerEdge R240

The Dell EMC PowerEdge R240 is designed for two primary scenarios. Low-cost clusters of dedicated hosting machines that do not require all of the power and expansion of the larger dual-socket servers. Likewise, there are some installations where one just needs a low-cost server. Here, expansion capabilities are not in demand. For these, the PowerEdge R240 has the right coverage.

Final Words

If you want PowerEdge engineering in a rackmount server and at the lowest price point, the Dell EMC PowerEdge R240 is perhaps the best option out there.

From a competitive perspective, the four hot-swap bays are better than the HPE ProLiant DL20 Gen10 direct cabled version. From what we have seen in data centers around the bay area, the PowerEdge R240’s predecessors are extremely popular. Compared to white box servers in this class, the PowerEdge R240 certainly shows better engineering. Dell iDRAC 9 Enterprise is certainly a higher-end solution than white box IPMI, however, Dell charges for features like iKVM that one can get included on alternatives. In essence, there is a higher ceiling, but you pay for it.

Overall, we expect to see racks of Dell EMC PowerEdge R240 servers in the racks of dedicated server companies. Dell EMC has the right recipe for success even at the lower end of the cost spectrum which is impressive. Tradeoffs were undoubtedly made to lower the cost of the PowerEdge R240 but they were very reasonable for its target market.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design & Aesthetics
9.5
Performance
9.3
Feature Set
9.5
Value
9.3
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Patrick has been running STH since 2009 and covers a wide variety of SME, SMB, and SOHO IT topics. Patrick is a consultant in the technology industry and has worked with numerous large hardware and storage vendors in the Silicon Valley. The goal of STH is simply to help users find some information about server, storage and networking, building blocks. If you have any helpful information please feel free to post on the forums.

5 COMMENTS

  1. We’ve used racks of these for generations. You’re right on the iDRAC iKVM. Great for enterprise, but in this segment we’re thinking of switching because our customers want iKVM and our cost to license the feature is too high.

  2. Are you sure that this generation supports quick sync? I unfortunately learned the hard way that the previous generation (R230) did not – only the tower version supported QS.

    Dell was more than willing to sell you a CPU with the igpu even though the BIOS couldn’t use it.

  3. Patrick, I appreciate the reply, but that was not my question. Yes, the CPUs support Quick Sync, but the motherboard’s firmware may or may not.

    I was burned on this on the R230 series, so I’m just putting it out there in case Dell has continued the situation.

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