Intel’s Pentium D processor is proving a top choice in the entry-level and SMB (small to medium business) server market as it delivers dual processing capabilities but at a price point close to that offered by Pentium 4 based systems. Many businesses looking to dish up basic services such as simple file and print, email and Intranet to their employees neither need nor are prepared to pay a premium for Xeon equipped servers so the Pentium D looks a much more viable option.
It has to be said that Fujitsu Siemens is not a technological trendsetter preferring to follow and learn from others’ successes and mistakes rather than lead but it still manages to deliver one of the most comprehensive ranges of server products available. Up until now the PRIMERGY TX150 family represented its small business single processor server but the latest TX150 S4 delivers dual core processing along with an interesting specification and all for a reasonable price.
Aimed at a wide range of applications the TX150 S4 targets scenarios such as remote offices, small businesses with minimal on-site IT support and general workgroup file and print services. In these environments build quality needs to be good and the TX150 S4 looks well up to the job. The server is offered in both rack and pedestal versions and we were supplied with the former. If you opt for the pedestal version it’ll come with the trademark silver mesh panels which protect access to the front bays and can be locked shut. Storage options are good as the front drive bay has room for up to four hot-swap hard disks and the price of the review system includes a duet of 73GB Seagate Cheetah 10K.7 Ultra320 hard disks. The server is offered in a SATA (Serial ATA) variant as well and we would recommend this to businesses where the priority is high storage capacity rather than performance.
Easy access is afforded to all major components thanks to a tidy internal design. One area where Fujitsu Siemens has been concentrating is processor cooling as the 2.8GHz module is endowed with one of the largest passive heat-sinks we’ve ever seen. A metal plate bolted to the processor feeds a group of copper pipes filled with a fluid to help with heat dissipation. These disappear into a huge block of cooling fins making for a massive sculpture that rises no less than 17cm from the motherboard. The upshot of this arrangement is that once the main cooling fan has settled down after initial power up the server literally whispers making it ideally suited to general office duties.