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Cheap Server with OS - Thinkserver TS140 £374.99 (Possible £150 cashback) @ ebuyer

£374.99 @ Ebuyer
Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 4GB Xeon E3-1225 v3 3.2GHz Tower Server Note price is £374.99 but there is £150 cashback if bought in January. Another key aspect is the free Lenovo Windows Server 2012 Es… Read More
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Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 4GB Xeon E3-1225 v3 3.2GHz Tower Server

Note price is £374.99 but there is £150 cashback if bought in January.
Another key aspect is the free Lenovo Windows Server 2012 Essentials ROK (1-2CPU) which is £180 on its own.

Which is included: http://www.ebuyer.com/644093-lenovo-windows-server-2012-essentials-rok-1-2cpu-4xioe51563.

Add more memory and you have a good server for general use and with the decent CPU good for some more CPU intensive applications.


CPU Benchmark 6986
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E3-1225+v3+%40+3.20GHz

Which is similar to Intel Core i7-3612QM (Benchmark 6840) or Intel Core i5-3570 (Benchmark 6997)
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
- Gordon Bell
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I purchased the TS440 prior to Christmas from ebuyer as they had an open box special and it was £230. It's the newer version of this with slightly higher clock speed and 8 3.5" slots.

- It's actually much more power efficient than the Microserver. The Microserver NL54 (and the gen8 I believe) idle at 35w. This beast idles at 17w. It only consumes more power as needed. If you were really conscious about power saving you could thorttle the CPU and it'd consume less. But power efficiency is useful work / power consumption - so it's more efficient.

- Mr Memory had the cheapest RAM. http://www.mrmemory.co.uk/memory-ram-upgrades/lenovo/thinkserver/ts140?search=ts140

- It has full Intel AMT for BIOS level remote access. No need to purchase licenses unlike with HP. Really useful for people who want to park their server away somewhere without a keyoard/mouse or when things go wrong. Rather than having to find one, plug it etc. You need the AMT version of VNC for this though.

- Way more power than the HP's CPU (7000 vs 2300 passmark): http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Xeon-E3-1225V3-vs-Intel-Celeron-G1610T

- CPU has proper Hardware virtualization acceleration.

- Quiet as my NL 54s

It does have one negative though:

- Only 3 3.25" slots and you may need to purchase caddy's. (TS440 has 8 but comes with no caddy's!).

I'm very happy with mine. I have 3 other Microservers that I've collected when cheap and they all act as true NAS's now. On the TS440 I've used Virtualbox to run 5-7 VM's that do all my Plex/Downloading/Monitoring etc.

I wanted to Virtualize because I was fed up starting from scratch almost each time I upgraded. Now I can simply move the Virtual Machines over to any machine should something go wrong or I chose to upgrade. Virtualbox wins for me over the ESXi and Hyper-V because it means I can run it on an ordinary home OS and use Acronis to back it up. You cannot backup with ESXi as the backup API's aren't available on the free version and with Hyper-V you have to purchase the server edition of any backup software and that's a fortune. Built in Windows Backup isn't of any use as you cannot do daily backups over a network.

My NL54 doing everything was becoming a bit choked up during downloading with SabNZBD or scanning the library with Plex so I'm very happy with the improved performance.



Edited By: RXP91 on Jan 11, 2015 08:37: hardware virt info

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#1
Looking at ram upgrades crucial seems to be cheapest this I have confidence would work:
Approx £44 per 4Gb for required ECC Ram.

http://uk.crucial.com/gbr/en/compatible-upgrade-for/Lenovo/thinkserver-ts140
#2
I can't see any information about what drives are included (if any)
#3
Near bottom of the page after the reviews it lists a single 500gb drive in the specs.

It says :

Hard Drive

Type HDD
Capacity 1 x 500 GB
Interface Type SATA 6Gb/s
Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
#4
DrSkiba
I can't see any information about what drives are included (if any)

From 1 of the reviewers.

"Runs very quiet, it's fast and uses less than 30W with two Toshiba 5TB drives and the supplied 500GB WD RE4."

George
#5
DrSkiba
I can't see any information about what drives are included (if any)


1x500gb hdd 7200 rpm

it's in the specification

it has no OS
#6
I have bought one anyway, if you add it up: the CPU is at least £150, add in the HD , the ram , the case , the motherboard, the PSU, the dvd, the 1 year onsite warranty and the Windows Server OS it is in my opinion a cracking deal. You couldn't build a new equivalent PC for the price after cashback.
#7
Cheers folks, didn't notice the specs under the review :-)
#8
Yes it does include OS, it comes with this free http://www.ebuyer.com/644093-lenovo-windows-server-2012-essentials-rok-1-2cpu-4xioe51563
Add the server to basket and you will see the free Server Essentials OS added.
#9
sneakys
Looking at ram upgrades crucial seems to be cheapest this I have confidence would work:
Approx £44 per 4Gb for required ECC Ram.

http://uk.crucial.com/gbr/en/compatible-upgrade-for/Lenovo/thinkserver-ts140

should be able to make do with non-ECC. for most applications this'll be used for that would be sufficient.
#10
True and will try with other non-ECC RAM before splashing out on ECC RAM but I have but any issues the Crucial ECC would be the way to go I think.
#11
Good spec I paid more than that for my Fujitsu tx100 s3 with no OS.
#12
sneakys
Yes it does include OS, it comes with this free http://www.ebuyer.com/644093-lenovo-windows-server-2012-essentials-rok-1-2cpu-4xioe51563
Add the server to basket and you will see the free Server Essentials OS added.


my mistake. they include the os. that's great.
2 Likes #13
tapi
sneakys
Looking at ram upgrades crucial seems to be cheapest this I have confidence would work:
Approx £44 per 4Gb for required ECC Ram.

http://uk.crucial.com/gbr/en/compatible-upgrade-for/Lenovo/thinkserver-ts140

should be able to make do with non-ECC. for most applications this'll be used for that would be sufficient.

It will but if you use it as a server 24:7 with high uptime then it may be worth the investment. IMHO it is a pity we're not using ECC throughout by now...
#14
Adrian7
tapi
sneakys
Looking at ram upgrades crucial seems to be cheapest this I have confidence would work:
Approx £44 per 4Gb for required ECC Ram.

http://uk.crucial.com/gbr/en/compatible-upgrade-for/Lenovo/thinkserver-ts140

should be able to make do with non-ECC. for most applications this'll be used for that would be sufficient.

It will but if you use it as a server 24:7 with high uptime then it may be worth the investment. IMHO it is a pity we're not using ECC throughout by now...

true, but as I say most usages here wouldn't see any benefit (IMO)
#15
oh dear what a deal. must resist . . :)
#16
Wondering if Lenovo would accept purchase from Flubit
#17
tapi
Adrian7
tapi
sneakys
Looking at ram upgrades crucial seems to be cheapest this I have confidence would work:
Approx £44 per 4Gb for required ECC Ram.

http://uk.crucial.com/gbr/en/compatible-upgrade-for/Lenovo/thinkserver-ts140

should be able to make do with non-ECC. for most applications this'll be used for that would be sufficient.

It will but if you use it as a server 24:7 with high uptime then it may be worth the investment. IMHO it is a pity we're not using ECC throughout by now...

true, but as I say most usages here wouldn't see any benefit (IMO)

Fair enough.
#18
sneakys
Yes it does include OS, it comes with this free http://www.ebuyer.com/644093-lenovo-windows-server-2012-essentials-rok-1-2cpu-4xioe51563
Add the server to basket and you will see the free Server Essentials OS added.

Is this physical copy/DVD?
1 Like #19
The CPU has the performance of a ~£150 desktop Core i5 so if you get the cashback this is a steal at £225 even without the O/S which has a street price of £100 per gramme, I mean per licence.
#20
lhwjud
sneakys
Yes it does include OS, it comes with this free http://www.ebuyer.com/644093-lenovo-windows-server-2012-essentials-rok-1-2cpu-4xioe51563
Add the server to basket and you will see the free Server Essentials OS added.
Is this physical copy/DVD?
Seemingly so.
#21
would the OS be only installable on that h/w as I have no use for it so could sell?
#22
DrHotUK
would the OS be only installable on that h/w as I have no use for it so could sell?

i thing u could sell it
#23
Is this better than the hp proliant gen 8? How about power consumption? Can i install open nas on this?
#24
CPU Benchmark 6986
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E3-1225+v3+%40+3.20GHz

Which is similar to Intel Core i7-3612QM (Benchmark 6840) or Intel Core i5-3570 (Benchmark 6997)
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

Edited By: Gordon Bell on Jan 10, 2015 20:13
#25
theaccountant
Is this better than the hp proliant gen 8? How about power consumption? Can i install open nas on this?

kinda nailed the problem within the question there. This will outperform the HP, but power use and noise would be high. So, depending on what you want it for, either could be said to be 'better'.
#26
Stonking deal. 4-core Xeon 1225, 4GB, 500GB, Server2012 ROKx1, RAID controller, max of 32GB and 4x SATA is awesome at £225 with cashback.
Would have liked a few more SATA sockets, but hey, there are free slots ...
RAM discussion may help - do I read 8GB ECC at £80 or so?

Edited By: Hootwo on Jan 10, 2015 20:20
#27
theaccountant
Is this better than the hp proliant gen 8? How about power consumption? Can i install open nas on this?

Noise level is 26dB per the documentation (link is on Ebuyer site under Documents).
http://cc.cnetcontent.com/inlinecontent/production/c6/c62a9c4052e0/cnet_6ca7_doc.pdf

This is the same as the HP Proliants Gen 8 official noise level
http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Coffee-Coaching-HP-and-Microsoft/How-the-HP-ProLiant-ML310e-Gen8-v2-Server-s-26dB-sound-levels/ba-p/159388#.VLGKx2dybIU

Power supply is 450w 92% efficiency (on the Spec PDF above), CPU 84W

Edited By: Gordon Bell on Jan 10, 2015 20:28: x
1 Like #28
Hootwo
Stonking deal. 4-core Xeon 1225, 4GB, 500GB, Server2012 ROKx1, RAID controller, max of 32GB and 4x SATA is awesome at £225 with cashback.
Would have liked a few more SATA sockets, but hey, there are free slots ...RAM discussion may help - do I read 8GB ECC at £80 or so?


Yes RAM is approx. £80 for 8GB ECC from Crucial, just depends whether you want 1x8GB or 2x4GB. Options are here:
http://uk.crucial.com/gbr/en/compatible-upgrade-for/Lenovo/thinkserver-ts140
1 Like #29
tapi
theaccountant
Is this better than the hp proliant gen 8? How about power consumption? Can i install open nas on this?
kinda nailed the problem within the question there. This will outperform the HP, but power use and noise would be high. So, depending on what you want it for, either could be said to be 'better'.
Servers for home use tend to run at or near idle much of the time for some users so I don't think power consumption will be an issue.
I say this because I have a desktop equivalent of the LGA1150 platform and it's very efficient:
I'm getting 18W at idle and ~100W with all 4 cores loaded. This is with an i5 4670K, Asus Z97I-PLUS, 8GB DDR3 1600, 256GD SSD, PicoPSU. The CPU has a TDP of 88W and the whole system will only consume over 100W (AC) if you run a benchmark.
#30
This should be scorching HOT. Has 4x 3.5 hard disk slots, built in RAID 0,1,5 and 10. With the cashback price, nothing comes close to this for the speed/features.
#31
hmmm...this is a difficult one! Need to replace N40L and was gonna go with the HP Gen8, but this is a steal! use the HP with w8, media storage and XBMC connected to receiver via hdmi...

need to figure out if this sys would work for me.. not fussed about size or power....
#32
Very tempting, probs overkill for what I want, but this could run some virtual servers with extra ram... Hmmm
#33
anyone know if R2 version of 2012?
#34
So tempted to replace my n40l but same limitation, only 4 drive bays :-(
#35
ordered with free delivery, so a few days to dwell on it!
#36
This will be perfect for my small htpc I need. Does it run xmbc\plex?
#37
So tempted to replace my n40l but same limitation, only 4 drive bays :-(
perhaps run with a Startech 4 in 1 2.5"caddy plus add-in controller ...
>> edit, don't think that will fit as spec says:1 (total) / 0 (free) x external 5.25" Slim Line, 4 (total) / 3 (free) x internal 3.5" x 1/3H

Edited By: Hootwo on Jan 11, 2015 00:47
#38
I don't have one, but here are a few points from trawling the web: pci-e x16 slot may be mech x16, elec x8, there is no sleep (but then, it's a server), motherboard power connector is 14 pin non-standard, need an adapter for PSU changes, all SATA ports believed to be 6Gbps SATA III, no drivers for Server 2008x32, noisy DVD reader, front panel USB connector limits video card length, front LEDs are bright, can boot from USB.

also according to newegg reviews:
- The TS140 Server will NOT accept KINGSTON RAM ... This includes Wintec Industries memory modules.
- The TS140 does NOT accept Buffered/Registered Memory Modules. ECC is fine. Buffered Memory is NOT.
- The TS140 does accept Hynix or Samsung Memory Modules. Those are the types that come with the Server. Tech Support is still working on a listing of acceptable aftermarket memory modules.
- Only room for 3X 3.5" Disc Drives. You can upgrade up to 5 drives (3X 3.5" + 2X 2.5") but you would have to share data ports or disconnect the SATA ODD unless you want to put in a PCIe SATA controller card.
HTH ...

Edited By: Hootwo on Jan 11, 2015 01:17
#39
It appears that this comes with Windows Server 2012 Essentials, and not Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. But for a free OS, you can't complain too much. The server is still good value with the cashback even without an OS.
#40
I know this isn't the intended reason for this machine, but would it be possible to stick a GPU in this machine and use it as a low/middle end gaming machine (working something out for a friend's sibling, I know a high end GPU wouldn't be possible but maybe a passive GPU such as GT610 would work?) thanks

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