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Heads up Hewlett-Packard; Lenovo's on the march with a fast rack server. When the CRN Test Center performed its Battle of the Titans this past summer, which pitted Xeon-based rack servers from Dell and HP in head-to-head Geekbench battles, we had little notion that another young contender was in our midst.
But today there's a new machine in the second position on the Test Center's Top 10 all-time best performing servers. The Lenovo ThinkServer RD630 scored well enough in Geekbench performance on our benchmark test to bump HP's ProLiant DL380p into third place. Still in the top spot with a comfortable lead is the Dell PowerEdge R720.
One of two new two-socket models, the ThinkServer RD630 is the more expandable 2U edition, which can accept as much as 16 TB of hard drive storage in 16 hot-swappable 2.5-inch, 6 Gb/s drives, double the capacity of its 1U counterpart, the ThinkServer RD530. Both models are equipped with 20 DIMM slots, capable of wielding as much as 320 GB of 1,333MHz DDR3 system memory.