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The PowerEdge R415 as tested had a list price of $2,448 without an operating system; its starting price is around $800. Standard equipment in the stock system is a two-port Gigabit Ethernet adapter, Matrox G200 video and a single 480 watt power supply with room for a redundant, hot-swap unit. A 500 watt power supply also is among the list of options.
Geekbench performance was excellent. After firing up Windows Server 2008 R2 and loading Geekbench 2.1.13, the benchmark delivered a high score of 13,540, ranking the PowerEdge R415 league with virtually all of the other high-end servers we've tested other than Dell's own C6145 two-node server, which set a totally new standard in performance.
Also impressive was its throughput performance as measured with IOmeter. When processing sequential reads of a 512-byte file, the R415 was able to process close to14,000 input-output transactions per second. And it was able to transfer 4K files at a rate of 43 Mbps. For all testing, the R415's hot-plug hard drives (released from inside the cabinet) were configured as a RAID 1 array with the built-in LSI PERC H200 controller logic. There's room in this chassis for a total of four 3.5-inch drives.
Drives and all other internal components are accessed by sliding the top cover off rearward. Memory and processors are shrouded for maximum air flow. With the cover in place, the unit is completely quiet. And at just under 23 pounds, the R415 is also quite light and easy to handle, install and maintain. In addition to all major versions of Windows Server, the PowerEdge R415 also is certified to run (and come pre-installed with) Novell SUSE Enterprise Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and hypervisors from Citrix and VMware (with the addition of a few options).
For the small business or department on a budget, the Dell PowerEdge R415 would make an excellent choice and is recommended by the CRN Test Center. All hardware is covered by a three-year warranty.
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