Dell EMC PowerEdge R340 Power Consumption
Our Dell EMC PowerEdge R340 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: 42.3W
- STH 70% Load: 97.1W
- STH 100% Load: 129W
- Max power observed: 159W
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.
Unlike the Dell EMC PowerEdge R240, the higher-quality redundant power supplies have more monitoring features in iDRAC so one can do things such as see how much power an individual node is using.
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 R340
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.
One of the largest differentiators here is that the Dell EMC PowerEdge R340 has a 2.5″ drive option for higher-density storage. That allows the unit to achieve much better SSD storage density than the PowerEdge R240 and build arrays using larger numbers of SAS/ SATA hard drives.
One can purchase a Dell EMC PowerEdge R340 at very reasonable price points. If you are going for the absolutely lowest cost Intel Xeon E-2100 series platform, the Dell EMC PowerEdge R240 is frankly the more cost-optimized model. What the PowerEdge R340 adds is a number of improvements throughout to be a more reliable and expandable platform.
There are features that the PowerEdge R340 has that the PowerEdge R240 lacks. Redundant power supplies, higher-end fans, a 8x 2.5″ higher-performance storage option, more PCIe slots all make for a more robust server solution. We like how Dell EMC managed to keep many aspects similar, reducing overall costs and simplicity of deployment, yet still managed to create a lot of differentiation in the product line. If you want the feature set the new Intel Xeon E-2100 series 6-core CPUs offer, and prefer better reliability for a slightly higher price point, the PowerEdge R340 is the right choice.