Looks like iOS is tracking us all over again :)
HP have just launched yet another in their series of Microservers… as a little task for myself, I created a comparison sheet of the three current models (N40L, N54L and the new Gen8), to see what the differences are. Please be aware that this is based on my requirements from the server, so i may not compare all aspects your interested in :)
|Power Supply||150 Watts Non-Hot Plug||150 Watts Non-Hot Plug||150 Watts Non-Hot Plug|
|CPU||AMD Turion II Neo N40L (1.5 Ghz) K625||AMD Turion II Processor Model Neo N54L (2.20 GHz 15W 2MB)||Intel Celeron G1610T (2.3Hz/2-core/2MB/35W) Processor or Intel Pentium G2020T (2.5GHz/2-core/3MB/35W) Processor|
|Chipset||AMD RS785E/SB820M||AMD RS785E/SB820M||Intel C204 Chipset|
|Cache Memory||Champlain (45nm) L2 Cache: 2 x 1 MB; FPU Width: 128-bit||2x 1MB Level 2 cache||3MB (1 x 3MB) L3 Cache (Dual-core Pentium) or 2MB (1 x 2MB) L3 Cache (Dual-core Celeron).|
|Memory||2 GB (1 x 2GB)||2 GB (1 x 2GB)||2GB (1 x 2GB) PC3-12800E DDR3 UDIMM|
|Max Memory||8 GB||8 GB||16 GB|
|Memory Type||PC3-10600E Unbuffered DDR3 ECC @ 800MHz||PC3-10600E unbuffered DDR3 ECC operating at 800MHz||DDR3 Unbuffered (UDIMM)|
|Disks Inc||1 x 250GB||1 x 250GB||None|
|Graphics||Onboard AMD HD4200 VGA 128MB||1920×1200 @ 60hz 128MB shared supporting 1920×1200 @ 60Hz||Integrated Matrox G200 video standard|
|Expansion Slots||1 x PCI-e x16 and 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1||1 x PCI-e x16 and 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1||1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 Low Profile|
|iLO||Optional||Optional||HP iLO (Firmware: HP iLO 4)|
My good friends, any techies amongst you will realize that HP were doing something very impressive recently (and when i say recent i mean fro the last 3 years). They were making a MicroServer, complete with PSU, HDD, RAM and onboard CPU for less than £200… AND, on top of that, they had, what seemed like, a constant offer going to give you £100 cashback on this.
All this means that you were getting a fantastic little piece of kit for around the £98 mark, which all you had to add was an Operating System. Alas, the dream is over and HP has finally discontinued the reliable and brilliant N40L, to be replaced with the N54L, which for the sake of the number change, didnt change much else. The only substantial difference between the two is the use of a ‘slightly’ faster CPU, which doesnt really make much of a difference to the speed of the unit. But apparently makes all the difference to the price.
The N54L, starts off at the £279 (eBuyer), without any cashback offer on it… Thats a £200 bump in price, for a few Mhz, and it uses more power than the old model too, which means the small footprint ESX server market has dissipated, sad times.
Well, we can only hope for now that HP kick starts some form of promotion on this new model soon, cus im waiting to place my order :)