HPE ProLiant ML350 Gen10 Review A Dual Intel Xeon Tower

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HPE ProLiant ML350 Gen10 Power Consumption

Our HPE ProLiant ML350 Gen10 test server, unlike our ProLiant ML110 Gen10 test server, uses standard HPE power supplies. In fact, the 800W units we are using in the ProLiant ML350 Gen10 are the same as we use in our lab’s ProLiant DL325 Gen10 servers. These higher-end hot-swappable power supplies are capable of reading power consumption and feeding that into infrastructure management tools. We hooked the HPE ProLiant ML350 up to our lab power meters and took a few power readings at 120V using our Extech 380803 True RMS power analyzers. We test tower servers on 120V power under the assumption that they will be deployed often in edge locations.

  • Idle: 71W
  • STH 70% Load: 124W
  • 100% Load: 149W
  • Maximum Recorded: 173W

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.

STH Server Spider: HPE ProLiant ML350 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.

STH Server Spider HPE ProLiant ML350 Gen10
STH Server Spider HPE ProLiant ML350 Gen10

Many servers we look at are designed to optimize on one to four of these dimensions. The HPE ProLiant ML350 Gen10 is not designed to be great in one area and less well adapted to another. Indeed, the ProLiant ML350 Gen10 is so customizable that it is suitable for a wide range of deployment scenarios and configurations. That flexibility is what customers need when they look to tower servers deployed in environments like remote branch offices.

Final Words

Overall, the HPE ProLiant ML350 Gen10 is a large server that sacrifices absolute density for ease of deployment in a rack-mountable tower form factor. The sheer number of configuration options including a large array of CPU and memory configurations, different types of storage, even GPUs and accelerators give the HPE ProLiant ML350 Gen10 a lot of flexibility.

Readily apparent is the attention to detail labeling parts and providing instructions. These tower servers are often deployed to remote offices where there may be one to a handful of these towers in an equipment closet. Remote hands and field service personnel may have to service these machines years in the future. Small features like the clear airflow duct that has labeled memory slots on it so someone can easily locate the slot that needs attention may seem like small details, but they matter. Having field service go smoothly can help quickly restore productivity to an entire office.

These small touches go a long way into making the HPE ProLiant ML350 Gen10 an excellent tower server platform.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design & Aesthetics
9.6
Performance
9.2
Feature Set
9.3
Value
9.0
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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.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Dear Patrick,

    Whereas for rackservers noise is not a direct concern, tower servers like the ml350 are generally used in small site-offices. Hence, they share the space with the office-workers. What is the noise profile of the server?

  2. I have some doubt about the quality of new HP Servers. We have this Server from last July in our organization (an italian school) and after few days the serial port, connected to a Legrand WHAD HE800 UPS ceased to work. We changed the UPS with an identical one and only after the server mainboard replacement we solved the problem, but for two weeks only! Misteriously, when then we needed to do some electric plant maintenance works, after three hours of power off, turning on the server I discovered that the serial port begans to work again! But it worked for three weeks only. Last week, tired of this issue, even though the server is warranty covered, I bought a 10€ USB to Serial Port adapter and now the UPS is communicating again. Considering the cost of the server, I didn’t expect to have this problem and to solve it in this way (by the way, this server has two USB ports only in the back panel, used for keyboard and mouse, so to connect the adapter I have to use a front port and to leave the door opened). I think the next server we buy will not be HP

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