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These serve several purposes, most of which are directly or indirectly related to me bettering myself, learning more about server soft- and hardware, and for use in project development. The Dell R is my recent-most server acquisition, and one I got more for personal use rather than projects or other kinds of development related work.
With its 12 3. With 12 bays, I should be good for years to come. This post will only be about the hardware, cataloging the internals for future reference, as-well as showing those who may be interested in an R what it looks like from the inside. Note: I have taken these photos several months ago on the day the server arrived, and in my excitement did not think about what I placed the server on when checking its internals.
I fortunately did not place any of its components directly onto the carpet at least. Overview The front of the unit with its cover in place.
And the front with the cover removed, exposing all 12 3. There is another variant that has 8 bays, with the top area of the front used for things like the VGA port and a DVD drive, but as this particular unit is the 12 bay model, its power button is accessible on the left "wing," and the front VGA port and single USB2 port on its right "wing. The back of the unit. Each one is rated for watts, and you can take one out even while the unit is running.
Specs of one of the PSUs The power supplies are rated for v, so can be used in most countries over the world. Another note-worthy point is that they are also rated to be compatible with 47 to 63Hz, a particularly useful feature for myself. The left-most side of the back of the unit. More on those a little later.
The back side of the lid shows additional useful information. The back side of the lid shows useful information like how to install the CPU, the specific order of RAM banks, and more. While most of this is probably stuff you already know, it is always handy to have a quick and easy reference for things like memory bank order, as those are not always in the most logical of orders. The blue color indicates they are user-replaceable, but not hot-swappable.
In front of the fans is where the backplane is, which is what the 12 hard drives plug into. I unfortunately did not make additional photos of this particular area. For more details on the performance of the Ls, I have a blog post where I compare them along with the L, X and Xs. Configuration wise the RAM banks are set up in a somewhat of a peculiar way; Counting from the side where the CPU is located, the first bank is actually the fourth bank marked with black clips , with the subsequent three banks being 1, 2 and 3, in that order.
Further, Banks 1 and 4 are on the same shared channel zero , bank 2 is on channel 1, and bank 3 is on channel 2. The R is a little picky in that it wants the memory to be exactly the same in each respective bank. While you can use different memory in different banks, you must ensure that all installed sticks in channel 0 so banks 1 and 4 are identical; In size as-well as speed, rank and data-bus width e. Of the three PCI slots, one is an x8 slot the bottom one , two are x4, and the storage slot is also x4.
Its model number is YR. Unfortunately from what I can tell there is no easy way to get additional power from somewhere, in case you want to install a GPU for example, so I am honestly not sure if you should ever consider this route. You might want to find a server more suitable for that kind of setup instead of an R While for my specific needs an H would have been more suitable, I am not complaining.
The battery is located on the left-hand side of the server, in front of the dual power supplies. Boot drives In addition to the twelve hot-swappable bays in the front, my particular server has two additional drives built-in. These are found on the left-hand side, in front of the power supplies and right next to the RAID battery.
There you can find an enclosure that can hold two 2. The two boot drives in their caddy. Network My particular setup also came with an Intel Quad port gigabit ethernet card. I believe this is a very common card and is often recommended if you are in need of more network ports. That about covers the basics of the hardware of the Dell R If I missed anything or if you have any specific questions or ideas that might be good to cover here too, please do get in touch with me on twitter.
I hope this overview may help you or someone you know who might be interested in an R, or wants to compare it to other, similar units.
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