By Dylan Kerling – Velocity Tech Solutions
Today, I am going to be doing an overview of the ProLiant DL380 G5 server; one of our more popular entry-level HP servers.
To start out, we will be going over what type of hardware is compatible with this model. Starting with the processors, the DL380 G5 supports both dual core and quad core processors. It supports up to two (2) processors for a max of 8 threads. The processors can be found, here, on the motherboard (Fig. 1).
Each processor requires a VRM installed in the corresponding slot (Fig. 2). The right slot is for CPU 1 and the left slot is for CPU 2. The machine will not run without VRMs.
The DL380 G5 server takes PC2-5300 FBDIMM RAM and has 8 DIMM slots on the board. It runs in dual channel mode so you will need to have RAM installed in sets of two (2) for best performance. The maximum amount of memory this machine can support is 64GB with 8GB DIMMs. The DIMMs can be found under the shroud on the board, here (Fig. 3).
This machines typically comes with a Smart Array P400, with multiple sizes of raid cache. The standard cache size is 256MB but can also come with no cache, 128MB and 512MB. Battery-backed cache is optional on this machine. However, it is still recommended in most instances. The smart array card can typically be found on the back of the machine, here (Fig. 4).
It takes 2.5″ SAS HDDs and has 8 bays for expandability.
For expansion slots, this machine has two (2) PCI-E 4x slots on the mainboard itself and has an expansion bay found here (Fig. 5 & 6). The expansion bay can come in both a PCI-X model and PCI-E model with three (3) expansion slots on either type. The server features dual redundant 800W power supplies, has Windows support up to Windows Server 2008 and is compatible with various Linus distros.
I hope this overview of the HP ProLiant DL380 G5 Server has been informational and helpful.
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