Supermicro SYS-1029P-WTRT 1U Server Review


Supermicro SYS-1029P-WTRT Power Consumption

Our Supermicro SYS-1029P-WTR has redundant 80Plus Platinum 700-750W power supplies that varies based on the input voltage. These are very high-efficiency power supplies meant to deliver power with low loss.

Supermicro SYS 1029P WTRT 700W 750W 80Plus Platinum PSU
Supermicro SYS 1029P WTRT 700W 750W 80Plus Platinum PSU

With that, and the Intel Xeon Silver 4214 processors, we saw relatively modest power consumption figures for this class of machine:

  • Idle: 0.12kW
  • STH 70% CPU Load: 0.26kW
  • 100% Load: 0.31kW
  • Maximum Recorded: 0.33kW

These are very solid results for the configuration. We can see dual Intel Xeon Scalable systems based on higher-end 205W TDP CPUs easily use 2.5-3x this much power. It is also well below the capacity of the Supermicro power supplies.

Note these results were taken using a 208V Schneider Electric / APC PDU at 17.3C and 72% RH. Our testing window shown here had a +/- 0.3C and +/- 2% RH variance.

STH Server Spider: Supermicro SYS-1029P-WTRT

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 For Supermicro SYS 1029P WTRT
STH Server Spider For Supermicro SYS 1029P WTRT

Here we have a 1U platform optimized for short-depth racks, low power operation, and low costs. We should note that there are several variations of this platform. If one does not need 10x 2.5″ drives nor 10GbE onboard, there is a version of this platform called the SYS-1029P-WTR that omits those features. This is a segment of the market where Supermicro has a number of offerings that are tailored to specific uses so if this is close to meeting your needs, there may be different models to check out.

Final Words

When we look at the Supermicro SYS-1029P-WTRT, we see that the system is tailored for a very specific market segment. It is designed for shorter depth racks that utilize 1U servers. If you have ever seen, for example, data centers that host colocation facilities for VPS and dedicated server providers, these are exactly the types of systems that are common in those environments. The ability to efficiently deliver dual Xeon Scalable processors along with either 4 DIMMs or 6 DIMMs per CPU is a great capability.

Supermicro SYS 1029P WTR Internal Cover CPUs And Memory
Supermicro SYS 1029P WTRT Internal Cover CPUs And Memory

There are a few examples where Supermicro could make small improvements to this design. The BMC unique password sticker needs to move to a service tag that is easier to access for servers mounted higher in a rack. Supermicro has good manuals and quick reference guides, but it needs to start adding quick reference guides to these servers. They are designed for web hosting and in those environments, remote hands sometimes do not have high-levels of experience servicing the machines. To most, the design is straightforward, but this again is another sticker. Also, it would be nice to see a more robust tie-down cable management system between the fans and the storage backplane.

Overall though, these are relatively minor points of feedback mostly pertaining to labeling. The Supermicro SYS-1029P-WTRT is well-designed for low-cost and power-efficient dual Xeon computing.

Where to Buy

Since we get a lot of questions around where one can purchase these servers, you can give your Supermicro sales rep a call, or give your reseller a call.

We are going to update this if we get additional interest.


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