It’s been a while since you’ve been able to pick up an HP entry level server for under £100, though the good-times have arrived again, at least here in the UK! Note: There is a free delivery offer for TechHead readers on HP MicroServer G8 bundles – check out the bottom of this post for details.
HP have just increased their cash-back offer on their MicroServer from £60 to £80, meaning that after cash-back you can now get your hands on a entry level MicroServer for just under £100.
As many of you know HP switched from running AMD to Intel based processors in their MicroServers between the Generation 7 (G7) and Generation (G8) server models. There are different Intel CPU configurations available within the MicroServer G8 portfolio, though in this particular instance this model comes with an Intel Celeron 1610T processor which, although not the most high-powered CPU by any stretch, it is well suited for a number of home or lab scenarios. For example; a home virtualization lab server, media centre, NAS, etc.
As mentioned, the Celeron C1610T isn’t the fastest CPU by today’s standards, though it isn’t too slow either, as can be seen form the CPU bench marks below. Keep in mind some of the i7 CPU’s listed are pretty quick. Would you use it in a production environment? Probably not, though for a home or lab environment it is potentially a good fit.
I have always used my HP ML110, ML115’s and MicroServers for lab servers as they offer great value for money, when linked with a cash-back deal. The small mini-ITX form-factor of the MicroServer is also attractive, along with the low power consumption, both of which are a consideration when looking at running your own machine at home for extended periods of time.
Another consideration is the memory, as it is based on a Micro-ITX form factor type motherboard, it only has 2 DIMM sockets, with an ‘official’ maximum memory capacity of 16GB. Since individual 16GB UDIMMs are hard to come across at the moment to test, I haven’t seen anyone claim to have 32GB working in the G8 MicroServer, also there has been a lot of debate over whether their are possible BIOS imposed limits on being able to run 16GB on these Intel based boxes.
So, in light of that if you are after a low power, low cost basic small footprint machine to run at home or in the your lab at work, then this is a good deal to be had.
The team at ServersPlus currently have stock of the MicroServer G8 at £149.95 ex VAT (£180 approx with VAT), after the cash-back deal this then drops to just under £100.
As this basic configuration only comes with 2GB of memory, which in most cases, won’t be of much use, so you’ll probably be looking at buying additional memory. Just to make you aware that ServersPlus also have some G8 bundle deals which include 16GB of memory, and if ordering one of these then use the code ‘TECHHEAD1’ upon checking-out on the ServersPlus site or give them a call and mention TechHead, and they’ll then give you free delivery on the bundle! Note: I don’t get any financial remuneration from this, I just like being able to pass deals on to my readers.
Here are the basic specifications for the MicroServer G8 on offer:
|CPU||Intel Celeron 2.3GHz Dual Core|
|Memory Type||DDR3-SDRAM UDIMM ECC|
|Memory||1 x 2GB DIMM (16GB Max.)|
|Hard Disk Controller||Dynamic Smart Array B120i/ZM|
|Hard Disk Interface||SATA|
|No. of Hard Disks Supported||4 (non hot-plug)|
|Network Card||1Gb 332i Ethernet Adapter 2 Ports per controller|
|Graphics Adapter||Matrox G200|
|Power Supply||150W (non hot-plug)|
Do you already own a MicroServer? If so, let us know what you are using it for as they’re such versatile and affordable little machines.