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Dell PowerEdge T20-3708 Xeon E3-1225V3 3.2 GHz 4GB RAM 1TB HDD Tower Server @ ebuyer - £299.99 (£219.99 after cashback)
Dell PowerEdge T20-3708 Xeon E3-1225V3 3.2 GHz 4GB RAM 1TB HDD Tower Server @ ebuyer - £299.99 (£219.99 after cashback)

Dell PowerEdge T20-3708 Xeon E3-1225V3 3.2 GHz 4GB RAM 1TB HDD Tower Server @ ebuyer - £299.99 (£219.99 after cashback)

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Quad core intel powered server with a lot of bells & whistles.

Dell PowerEdge T20-3708 Xeon E3-1225V3 3.2 GHz 4GB RAM 1TB HDD Tower Server Product Description

Get organized

The Dell PowerEdge T20 helps you improve access to information,simplify processes and get more done in less time.

Reap the benefits

Depending on your needs,you can attain greater efficiency and productivity for your home or office. Save time when moving or copying files between locations. A server offers faster data transfers compared to external storage,cloud storage or email. Attain better business-transaction response times.

Technical Specifications

Miscellaneous

Features Intel Rapid Storage Technology

Theft Protection Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately), padlock loop

Theft/Intrusion Protection Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately), padlock loop

RAM

Memory Speed 1600 MHz

Installed Size 4 GB / 32 GB (max)

Technology DDR3 SDRAM - ECC

Effective Memory Speed 1600 MHz

Form Factor DIMM 240-pin

Features Unbuffered, single rank, low-voltage

Configuration Features 1 x 4 GB

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support Limited warranty - 1 year - response time: next business day

Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year - response time: next business day

General

Type Server

Product Form Factor Mini tower

Embedded Security Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) Security Chip

Server Scalability 1-way

Internal Bays Qty 4

Front Accessible Bays Qty 1

Colour Black

Processor / Chipset

CPU Intel Xeon E3-1225V3 / 3.2 GHz

Max Turbo Speed 3.6 GHz

Number of Cores Quad-Core

CPU Qty 1

Max CPU Qty 1

Processor Main Features Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2

Chipset Type Intel C226

Cache Memory

Installed Size 8 MB

Cache Per Processor 8 MB

Hard Drive

Type HDD

Capacity 1 x 1 TB

Interface Type SATA

Spindle Speed 7200 rpm

Storage Controller

Type 1 x SATA - integrated

Controller Interface Type SATA 6Gb/s / SATA 3Gb/s

Channel Qty 4

Monitor

Monitor Type None.

Graphics Controller

Type Integrated

Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics P4600

Video Interfaces VGA, DisplayPort

Audio Output

Type Integrated

Networking

Type Integrated

Ethernet Controller Intel 82579

Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet

Expansion / Connectivity

Bays 1 (total) / 1 (free) x external 5.25" Slim Line ¦ 4 (total) / 3 (free) x internal 3.5"

Slots 1 (total) / 0 (free) x CPU ¦ 4 (total) / 3 (free) x DIMM 240-pin ¦ 1 (total) / 1 (free) x PCIe 2.0 x1 ¦ 1 (total) / 1 (free) x PCIe 2.0 x16 ( x4 mode ) ¦ 1 (total) / 1 (free) x PCIe 3.0 x16 ¦ 1 (total) / 1 (free) x PCI

Interfaces 4 x USB 3.0 ( 2 front, 2 rear ) ¦ 6 x USB 2.0 ( 2 front, 4 rear ) ¦ 1 x LAN (Gigabit Ethernet) ¦ 2 x audio line-out/headphones ( 1 front, 1 rear ) ¦ 2 x audio line-in/microphone ( 1 front, 1 rear ) ¦ 1 x PS/2 keyboard ¦ 1 x PS/2 mouse ¦ 2 x DisplayPort ¦ 1 x VGA ¦ 1 x serial

Power

Device Type Power supply

Nominal Voltage AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

Power Provided 290 Watt

Operating System / Software

OS Provided No operating system

Dimensions & Weight

Width 17.5 cm

Depth 43.5 cm

Height 36 cm

Weight 8.49 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature 5 °C

Max Operating Temperature 35 °C

Humidity Range Operating 20 - 80%

33 Comments

while it is more than the microserver deal, its a good price with the cashback as you will get a lot more bang for your buck in terms of processing power.

currently using one with ubuntu-server powerful cpu supports multiple room plex clients.

Equivalent to a i5-4570 which still retails for ~£175. Could pair with one of the recent GPU deals for a great budget gaming PC, although depending on the GPU, you may need to swap out the PSU.

sam0

Equivalent to a i5-4570 which still retails for ~£175. Could pair with … Equivalent to a i5-4570 which still retails for ~£175. Could pair with one of the recent GPU deals for a great budget gaming PC, although depending on the GPU, you may need to swap out the PSU.



From my personal experience E3-1225V3 performance is somewhere between i5-6600 and i5-6600K, way above i5-4570

NeoRegia

From my personal experience E3-1225V3 performance is somewhere between … From my personal experience E3-1225V3 performance is somewhere between i5-6600 and i5-6600K, way above i5-4570


As Skylake didn't have much gain over Haswell, it is still very similar to Skylake performance.

However, E3-1225V3 is the same architecture as i5 4570 (Haswell), released in same quarter, and with same clock rates. They're 2 sides of the same coin.

sam0

Equivalent to a i5-4570 which still retails for ~£175. Could pair with … Equivalent to a i5-4570 which still retails for ~£175. Could pair with one of the recent GPU deals for a great budget gaming PC, although depending on the GPU, you may need to swap out the PSU.



​Can you not get a molex to 6/8 pin power adapter? I have an old Precision P690 with a 1KW supply (250W at tickover), and a GTX960 which I think uses about 50W. With modern power saving technology this should be ok I reckon?

Used to get £110 cash back for one of these during the summer. Best deal right now though. Hot.

Pretty decent deal if you need a cheap server. ECC RAM does seem to help in keeping Win Server or Linux running and stable for long periods of time without restarts.

sam0

As Skylake didn't have much gain over Haswell, it is still very similar … As Skylake didn't have much gain over Haswell, it is still very similar to Skylake performance.However, is the same architecture as i5 4570 (Haswell), released in same quarter, and with same clock rates. They're 2 sides of the same coin.



I have an i5-4570 in my main desktop PC and a T20 with the Xeon (running ESXi 6.0 and various VMs). They're basically the same chip apart from the Xeon having a bit more L3 cache - which only makes any difference with 'server' workloads.

cpuboss.com/cpu…570

Roger_Irrelevant

​Can you not get a molex to 6/8 pin power adapter? I have an old P … ​Can you not get a molex to 6/8 pin power adapter? I have an old Precision P690 with a 1KW supply (250W at tickover), and a GTX960 which I think uses about 50W. With modern power saving technology this should be ok I reckon?



You can get an adaptor that will allow you to replace the custom dell PSU with a standard ATX unit...

http://www.moddiy.com/products/Dell-OptiPlex-T20-PSU-Main-Power-24%252dPin-to-8%252dPin-Adapter-Cable-(30cm).html?setCurrencyId=6&gclid=Cj0KEQjwsO6-BRDRy8bsxfiV2bkBEiQAF8EzKFaytaMbBahQz_ceIQplytY0cMPMrlcgnuElaK9n-GEaAvCK8P8HAQ

What's Ubuntu like? Is it Linux and can the layman use it or will a windows man like me struggle?

roadie

What's Ubuntu like? Is it Linux and can the layman use it or will a … What's Ubuntu like? Is it Linux and can the layman use it or will a windows man like me struggle?



It's just one "distro" or version of Linux, it's based on debian which is the most common and easiest to swap from windows to. Other debian based distros include Kubuntu (my favourite) the are several more but the main noticeable difference is the desktop interface you are presented with underneath is just the same.
Please note Ubuntu Server has no GUI at all, but don't worry there is not really such a thing as a server version in Linux as the required software can be added to any version to make it a "server".

sam0

Equivalent to a i5-4570 which still retails for ~£175. Could pair with … Equivalent to a i5-4570 which still retails for ~£175. Could pair with one of the recent GPU deals for a great budget gaming PC, although depending on the GPU, you may need to swap out the PSU.



Wait for a gtx 1050, no power connector just 75w rated using PCIe bus? Should get almost gtx960 performance (maybe more) with half the power requirements so good for 1080p using the PSU it comes with.

I have the Pentium version of the T20, anyone know where you can get this exact Xeon from (at a non ridiculous price).

The Lone Ranger

I have the Pentium version of the T20, anyone know where you can get this … I have the Pentium version of the T20, anyone know where you can get this exact Xeon from (at a non ridiculous price).



Cheaper to buy this and sell old machine, the CPU in this is worth 90% of this price

OrribleHarry

It's just one "distro" or version of Linux, it's based on debian which is … It's just one "distro" or version of Linux, it's based on debian which is the most common and easiest to swap from windows to. Other debian based distros include Kubuntu (my favourite) the are several more but the main noticeable difference is the desktop interface you are presented with underneath is just the same. Please note Ubuntu Server has no GUI at all, but don't worry there is not really such a thing as a server version in Linux as the required software can be added to any version to make it a "server".



I am looking fr an operating system for my pc as I want to try an alternative to Windows. Is Ubuntu a good start?

Would this take additional 4 disks?

OrribleHarry

It's just one "distro" or version of Linux, it's based on debian which is … It's just one "distro" or version of Linux, it's based on debian which is the most common and easiest to swap from windows to. Other debian based distros include Kubuntu (my favourite) the are several more but the main noticeable difference is the desktop interface you are presented with underneath is just the same. Please note Ubuntu Server has no GUI at all, but don't worry there is not really such a thing as a server version in Linux as the required software can be added to any version to make it a "server".



​Does 'bash shell' still exist do you know? and if so which distribution of Linux would I need? I used it years ago on 'Red Hat Linux' and I specifically remember a great feature of the command line thingy was you could repeat the previous command but make a change (one shot, search and replace) by just typing (I think):

^oldbit^newbit

great if you'd made a typo. Happy days, I could do with getting back into *nix.

p4pankaj

Would this take additional 4 disks?



It has room for four 3.5" drives and two 2.5" drives, so you could do that as long as one or two of them are 2.5". However the motherboard only has four SATA ports - so you would need an additional controller card to support five drives.

roadie

I am looking fr an operating system for my pc as I want to try an … I am looking fr an operating system for my pc as I want to try an alternative to Windows. Is Ubuntu a good start?



Yes Ubuntu or kubuntu are a good start, you can download a live cd image to test without damaging your existing setup. It took me a while to get fully used to it but now I realise it's better than Windows and more stable.

Roger_Irrelevant

​Does 'bash shell' still exist do you know? and if so which distribution o … ​Does 'bash shell' still exist do you know? and if so which distribution of Linux would I need? I used it years ago on 'Red Hat Linux' and I specifically remember a great feature of the command line thingy was you could repeat the previous command but make a change (one shot, search and replace) by just typing (I think):^oldbit^newbit great if you'd made a typo. Happy days, I could do with getting back into *nix.



Sure does its in Ubuntu and Kubuntu for sure.

OrribleHarry

Yes Ubuntu or kubuntu are a good start, you can download a live cd image … Yes Ubuntu or kubuntu are a good start, you can download a live cd image to test without damaging your existing setup. It took me a while to get fully used to it but now I realise it's better than Windows and more stable.



Shall I download that on to a different pc and then burn to an iso?

roadie

Shall I download that on to a different pc and then burn to an iso?



Doesn't have to be a different pc any will do.

Yeah burn the iso on any pc (you can also use the iso to make a bootable USB using rufus) and then boot to it, you can then play about as though it's actually installed. I recommend trying a few distros before installing your favourite.

Good tip though is to perceivere as at first its very alien but just Google when your stuck and I promise you it will soon become apparent that anything can be achieved in Linux, quite a lot that cannot be done in Windows.
Edited by: "OrribleHarry" 16th Sep 2016

I have this (or a very similar) machine from a deal 6 months ago and boy I love it. Have added Windows 10, office, 20gb ram non-ECC unfortunately, two great screens, a 1tb ssd to run OS and key files, a second 1tb hdd, and a 3tb hdd... What a system and all pulled together for just a few hundred squid. Working like a dream performing stacks of functions at the heart of my family!
Edited by: "what5updoc" 16th Sep 2016

what5updoc

I have this (or a very similar) machine from a deal 6 months ago and boy … I have this (or a very similar) machine from a deal 6 months ago and boy I love it. Have added Windows 10, office, 20gb ram non-ECC unfortunately, two great screens, a 1tb ssd to run OS and key files, a second 1tb hdd, and a 3tb hdd... What a system and all pulled together for just a few hundred squid. Working like a dream performing stacks of functions at the heart of my family!



​Sounds good but why do you say "non-ECC unfortunately"? I thought Dells were bombproof, are you getting Blue Screen of Death?

OrribleHarry

Doesn't have to be a different pc any will do. Yeah burn the iso on any … Doesn't have to be a different pc any will do. Yeah burn the iso on any pc (you can also use the iso to make a bootable USB using rufus) and then boot to it, you can then play about as though it's actually installed. I recommend trying a few distros before installing your favourite. Good tip though is to perceivere as at first its very alien but just Google when your stuck and I promise you it will soon become apparent that anything can be achieved in Linux, quite a lot that cannot be done in Windows.



I will have a try again today

Roger_Irrelevant

​Sounds good but why do you say "non-ECC unfortunately"? I thought Dells w … ​Sounds good but why do you say "non-ECC unfortunately"? I thought Dells were bombproof, are you getting Blue Screen of Death?



No, no probs at all, just would have preferred ECC RAM. To be honest, If the 4gb that ships with the unit had've been non-ECC, the notion of having ECC RAM wouldn't even have occurred to me!

Bought one of these from Ebuyer a few weeks ago. I'll be claiming my cashback soon, got to wait 30 days.

Added 3x4Gb crucial ECC (£30 on ebay), 240gb SSD £50 and a 1.5tb drive from my old system.

On the SSD I have Esxi with windows 10 on top and Pfsense firewall so I can funnel traffic through a VPN. I have the 2 sata drives Raw presented to win 10 and plan to add another small drive as slower storage for esxi, I will run various VMs from that for LAB scenarios.

Loving it, never played with virtualisation before. Has anyone doing something similar added a video card and got it working directly to their windows VM? Prime goal was to use this as a server but now I'm thinking it could double as a decent workstation too if I can do direct video as remote desktop is not ideal.

Edited by: "madmal" 17th Sep 2016

So has anyone cracked a graphics card in one of these. This looks like it might be the cheapest way for me to get a system to run a flight sim(so I can reserve enough budget for a VR custom built system). But not sure what the PSU is like on these things, am I stuck if I get something that blows the 75W budget on pcie or can I just get a molex to 6 pin to make up the difference one something like a 960 or 1060.

Wondering if I can bang in a decent video card to make a cheapish video editing machine

It's had a slight price drop to £293.99 now

Can anyone confirm if this is hot swappable or not?
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