Video: HP Proliant MicroServer Power Consumption

A question I have seen asked a quite frequently is “how much power does an HP Proliant MicroServer actually consume”.  You’d kind of expect with the quoted 72.3W maximum of power consumption that it should make quite a cost effective small lab server to run.
 
To help answer the question I’ve put together this basic video which demonstrates the power consumed by the MicroServer during standby and also during a VMware vSphere ESXi boot process.
 
This low power consumption is partially traded off through the use of the MicroServer’s low powered CPU though I have found in my own home vSphere lab that the dual core 1.3GHz CPU very rarely hits the 90-95% utilisation mark during standard lab use.

 

 

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21 Comments on "Video: HP Proliant MicroServer Power Consumption"


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HP Proliant Microserver review - Barren, Frozen Wasteland
2 years 8 months ago

[…] Installing the server was straightforward – I created a bootable USB drive and popped it in the front, then told the server to boot it (it defaults to PXE boot when there’s no OS installed). Once up and running, it’s nice and quiet thanks to the single large fan, although it does vibrate slightly. Placing the server on my wooden desk amplified this somewhat beyond acceptable levels, so I ended up sitting it on some of the plastic foam that came in the box (as shown in the first picture) which fixed the problem straight away. The 1GB of RAM is easily enough for my purposes (more on that in the next few posts), although the processor isn’t going to win you any races. You get a dual-core 1.3GHz Athlon, which spends a lot of its time dynamically throttled down to 0.8GHz. This can make some things (like installing updates) take longer than you might expect, but it does give the machine a big advantage – very low power consumption. […]

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Simon Seagrave
3 years 2 months ago

Hi Nick,

Also check out ServersPlus. They currently have them for £37.00 ex VAT.

http://www.serversplus.com/servers/network_adapters/hp_network_adapters/503746-b21

Cheers,

Simon

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Angus
3 years 2 months ago

Hi Nick,

I did find the correct cards finally as supported with Vsphere5, 503746-B21 – HP NC112T PCIe Gigabit Server Adapter ebay £40 the same chap has two still left…

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Angus
3 years 2 months ago

ebay £40 new NIC’s e.g. 503746-B21 – HP NC112T PCIe Gigabit Server Adapter

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Nick
3 years 2 months ago

Hi Simon,

Thank you for the reply. Price has put me off this one so far. Is there an unbranded version? The HP NC112T looks very much like the Intel PRO/1000 CT Desktop Adaptor PCI Express. Do you know if this is right?

Cheers, Nick