Dell EMC PowerEdge T340 Power Consumption
We used our pair of Extech TrueRMS Power Analyzer 380803 units to take measurements at different points of the Dell EMC PowerEdge T340 use on 120V power in the embedded lab. Tower servers tend to spend more time at the edge in offices rather than in higher power data centers, hence why we do our testing at a lower voltage. Here are the figures:
- Power off: 6.9W
- Idle: 42.1W
- STH 70% Load: 106W
- STH 100% Load: 143W
- Max power observed: 171W
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.
Overall the unit stayed quiet, in-line with what we would expect given the large fan and low power consumption. We did have an instance where a PSU was pulled and the fans sped up considerably, making this server very audible. In normal operation with the power supplies intact, we felt this solution is quiet enough for an office, albeit not completely silent.
STH Server Spider: Dell EMC PowerEdge T340
In 2018 we introduced the STH Server Spider as a tool to show a machines objective core competencies at a glance.
The Dell EMC PowerEdge T340 is based on the Intel Xeon E-2100 platform which limits its total system expandability. On the other hand, as perhaps the largest chassis one will find an Intel Xeon E-2100 in, there is plenty of room for storage and further room to expand.
The Dell EMC PowerEdge T340 is a robust Intel Xeon E-2100 series server. We are doing a series on Intel Xeon E-2100 series servers, and other servers in the segment and the PowerEdge T340 is the best-built server in its class.
There are a few minor nits. If you do not have space, or if a 55lb+ server is too heavy for your application, then the PowerEdge T340 is not the right fit. The heft is enough to weigh more than two of its competitive systems combined. It cost more but also has an 8x 3.5″ bay capability along with a more robust build. We also think airflow over the PCIe slot area could be improved for edge cases where that may be required.
Based on the Intel Xeon E-2100 series now offering greater than 50% performance gains over the previous generation Intel Xeon E3-1200 V6 series in some cases, it may very well be time to look at your single socket tower deployments and upgrade to a newer platform.
If you are an organization that uses Dell EMC servers and needs a robustly built, low power, server for remote branch offices the PowerEdge T340 can be your go-to option. After reading this review, we hope you see why we call this a high-end low-cost server option.