Inspur Systems NF5180M5 Storage Performance
Our Inspur Systems NF5180M5 was a 12x 3.5″ configuration. This configuration is focused on SATA/ SAS storage rather than NVMe. Inspur also offers higher-end NVMe storage and 2.5″ storage configurations that we were not able to test.
Overall, we saw performance in-line with what we would expect on the storage side using these drives. The Inspur Systems NF5180M5 was able to handle our storage configurations without issue.
Inspur Systems NF5180M5 Networking Performance
We used the Inspur Systems NF5180M5 with a dual-port Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx 25GbE OCP NIC as well as a dual Intel X520-DA2 OCP NIC. The server itself supports riser configurations for more, this is simply all we could put in our test system given the configuration we were using. At the same time, it represents what we expect will be a very popular solution for the server.
25GbE infrastructure has become extremely popular. It provides a lower-latency connection than legacy 10GbE/ 40GbE. One also gets higher switch port bandwidth density than with the older standard. As a result, we are seeing many of our readers deploy 25GbE today. Next year, as PCIe Gen4 becomes more widespread, this may change. For now, a dual 25GbE connection is a good match for a PCIe Gen3 x8 slot which will make it a popular choice for Intel servers.
Next, we are going to take a look at the Inspur Systems NF5180M5 power consumption before looking at the STH Server Spider for the system and concluding with our final words.