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1U servers achieve +90% power efficiency

Posted: 11 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:1U server? power efficiency? 80 Plus Silver? DDR2?

Super Micro Computer Inc. claims the industry's first 1U chassis and servers with over 90 percent power efficiency. The company has launched three new 1U chassis and SuperServers featuring the first 80 Plus Silver-certified power supply for 1U systems. The devices were on display at LinuxWorld 2008 last week.

Optimized for 2.5-inch hard disk drives, the high-density SC113MTQ-560CB, the cost-effective SC111T-560 series and the high-performance SC113TQ-560 series chassis all feature a new 560W multi-output power supply that delivers +85 percent power efficiency when the system operates at or above 20 percent loading. These features make them the greenest standard 1U rack server solutions available, said the company. It is important to note that multiple-output power supplies deliver much more optimized system efficiency compared to single-output power supplies.

"With the cost of many 2.5-inch SAS drives having reached that of equivalent 3.5-inch drives, now is the time for customers to deploy the power-saving and performance advantages of these compact drives, and Supermicro offers the industry's most efficient server solutions optimized for 2.5-inch drives," said Charles Liang, CEO and president of Supermicro. "By combining the benefits of our silver-level up to 90 percent efficiency power supply and our efficient motherboard and thermal design technology with the energy-saving advantages of 2.5-inch disk drives, customers can realize significant energy cost savings and reduce their carbon footprint. In addition to lower latency, 2.5-inch drives enable a higher aggregate I/O bandwidth, empowering these servers to deliver up to 50 percent greater system performance in the same footprint."

Both the high-density, short-depth (20-inch) SC113MTQ-560CB and the SC113TQ-560 chassis series support eight hot-swappable 2.5-inch hard disk drives. The versatile and cost-effective SC111T-560 series supports four hot-swappable 2.5-inch hard drives and, like the SC113TQ-560, features Supermicro's flexible Universal I/O (UIO) architecture as an option to support up to three add-on cards in a standard 1U form factor.

Featuring Supermicro's X7DCL-3 serverboard, the short-depth SuperServer 1025C-M3B and the cost-optimized SuperServer 1025C-3B combine onboard SAS with support for eight and four hot-swap 2.5-inch drive bays, respectively. Based on the low-power Intel 5100 (San Clemente) chipset, these servers maximize energy and cost savings with native DDR2 memory support and offer the benefit of a very long product lifecycle (up to seven years).

For maximum performance in a standard 1U form factor, the SuperServer 1025W-UB, based on the Intel 5400 (Seaburg) chipset, supports a 1,600MHz CPU bus and 800MHz FB-DIMM memory (including support for low-power 1.5V) as well as two PCIe 2.0 expansion slots with double the I/O bandwidth of PCIe 1.0 slots. Supermicro's flexible Universal I/O (UIO) architecture comes standard to support up to three add-on cards in this 1U server that supports eight hot-swap 2.5-inch drive bays and Supermicro's new +85 percent high-efficiency 560W power supply.

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