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We also liked the ThinkServer for some of its physical attributes. The top cover is removed with a single release lever and contains complete system documentation printed on its underside, including front- and rear-views, motherboard component layouts, rules and instructions for DIMM and processor insertion, and an explanation of the dip switches. Its six hot-swap fans are handled individually and quietly blow into a large plastic shroud that directs air over the processors and the processor-specific banks of two-channel memory.
Toward the rear is a pair of tools-free riser cards, each delivering two x8 and x16 PCIe slots, one of which was occupied by the LSI MegaRAID controller. The system also includes redundant, hot-swap power supplies. And on the subject of power, the ThinkServer consumes surprisingly little. During periods of peak load, the system drew just 171 watts peak.
Pricing for the 2U ThinkServer RD630 starts at $2,699; the 1U RD530 starts at $2,399. Both include a three-year on-site warranty and are well-suited for small companies, departments and branch office installations that require great performance and expandability at a value price. Lenovo's ThinkServer RD630 is a recommended product by the CRN Test Center.