Test Drive:By Frank Ohlhorst | Print
Supermicro crams all the best stuff into a 1U server that would be at home in the data center and small office.Supermicro sent over Super Server for testing and equipped it with a pair of Harpertown (Xeon E5450 3GHz) CPUs, 6GB of DDR2 RAM and a Fujitsu 147GB SAS 15K 3.5-inch hard drive. That configuration that should cost an integrator around $1,500.
We installed Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition (64-bit) and took the unit for a test drive. Installation was quite fast and the system went from "no OS" to a member of our domain in less than an hour.
To take a peek at performance, we threw the 64-bit version of Passmark’s Performance Test on the system and were rewarded with an impressive Passmark rating of 2885—performance ample enough to make short work of Microsoft’s new arrivals of Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008.
System builders can expect to pay around $750 for a bare-bones unit. Complete specs can be found at Supermicro.