HPE ProLiant DL20 Gen10 Power Consumption
Our HPE ProLiant DL20 Gen10 test server, unlike higher-end servers, does not have power supplies capable of reading power consumption. Instead, we hooked this up to our lab power meters and took a few power readings.
- Idle: 36.1W
- STH 70% Load: 89.7W
- 100% Load: 123W
- Maximum Recorded: 146W
Often these servers will sit at idle for long periods of time. If you are sizing servers for web hosting style deployments, servers typically sit on the lower end of the spectrum, closer to the idle numbers versus the STH 70% load figures.
For the vast majority of even low-end colocation options and remote branch office deployments, this power envelope is more than sufficient as it generally fits in a 1A at 120V per U power budget unless it is running at absolutely maximum load. This is an area where we may see a swap from an 80Plus Silver to Gold rated PSU help make even our 100% load number fit in that power budget.
STH Server Spider: HPE ProLiant DL20 Gen10
In the second half of 2018, we introduced the STH Server Spider as a quick reference to where a server system’s aptitude lies. Our goal is to start giving a quick visual depiction of the types of parameters that a server is targeted at.
The HPE ProLiant DL20 Gen10 is a compact form factor. That allows for dense configurations but also does not leave a lot of room for storage, networking, or add-in cards.
Overall, the HPE ProLiant DL20 Gen10 performed admirably as well it should. This is one of, if not the premier short depth single-socket Intel Xeon E-2100 systems that will be launched with this generation. The build quality is excellent. You can see that the HPE ProLiant mechanical design and product management teams did a great job designing and easily serviceable system with a surprising amount of flexibility.
The three points where we would urge HPE to look at in future generations are:
- Offering iKVM as standard in this class of server while retaining an iLO Advanced upgrade for fleet management features HPE offers. This would take away one of the leading white box advantages in this segment. We realize this is a broader discussion that needs to happen within HPE.
- Making 80Plus Gold or better-rated power supplies standard. On a single system, this may have minor operating cost savings. On multiple systems, this may have rack density implications even at 120V / 15A or 20A racks. Still, we would like to see HPE make a commitment to energy efficiency in this space.
- Utilizing a motherboard design with 1-2 M.2 and a dedicated management port standard instead of using an additional riser to make the features optional. We urge our readers to start their configurations with the dedicated management NIC and M.2 card as part of their base configurations.
That is a fairly short list of improvements. Make no mistake, the HPE ProLiant DL20 Gen10 is a fantastic server given its size and scope. It has the customizability, features, serviceability, and security focus that put it firmly at the front of the pack. We have other Intel Xeon E-2100 series servers in the lab with their reviews in the publishing queue. We wanted this to be our launch platform review because the compact HPE ProLiant DL20 Gen10 is an excellent all-around system.