Lenovo TS200 Tower Server 1 x Xeon X3430 / 2.4 GHz  - 1GB DDR3 £269.39 @ Insight

Lenovo TS200 Tower Server 1 x Xeon X3430 / 2.4 GHz - 1GB DDR3 £269.39 @ Insight

Found 1st Apr 2010
Entry level Server that supports SATA / SAS. The CPU equates to roughly Core i5-750S:

Core i5-750S: ark.intel.com/Pro…917
Xeon X3430: ark.intel.com/Pro…927

We have bought this server and in my opinion this server is ideal to be used as a Home/Office Storage Server (As it supports SATA, and it is relatively quiet- can't hear anything really, next to my work pc), or Mail Server etc.

It has a IBM/LSI ServeRAID M1015 SAS/SATA controller which itself sells for £110+ :
google.co.uk/pro…q=f .

Server Price is £258.49 inc VAT plus 10ish next business day delivery

1. only 1GB DDR3 ECC memory and upgrading costs a lot. (6 slots available)
2. To add more drives, you need to order part 25R8864 the SATA II Bracket which is quite hard to get.

In all, it is a very powerful base for a home/ small office server, and certainly worth the price.


MPN 400D412
Type Server
Product Form Factor Tower
Built-in Devices Speaker, led panel
Embedded Security Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) Security Chip
Server Scalability 1-way
Internal Bays Qty 4
Front Accessible Bays Qty 3
Width 21.8 cm
Depth 21.3 cm
Height 22 cm
Weight 25.2 kg
Colour Business black

Type Intel Xeon X3430 / 2.4 GHz
Multi-Core Technology Quad-Core
64-bit Computing Yes
Installed Qty 1
Max Supported Qty 1
Cache memory

Installed Size 8 MB
Cache Per Processor 8 MB

Chipset Type Intel 3420

Installed Size 1 GB / 16 GB (max)
Technology DDR3 SDRAM - Advanced ECC
Memory Speed 1333 MHz
Memory Specification Compliance PC3-10600
Form Factor DIMM 240-pin
Features Unbuffered, dual channel memory architecture, Memory Mirroring
Configuration Features 1 x 1 GB

Hard Drive 1 x 250 GB - removable - Serial ATA-300
Optical storage

Type DVD-ROM - Serial ATA

Monitor Type None

Networking Network adapter - integrated
Ethernet Ports 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
Expansion / connectivity

Expansion Bays Total (Free)
2 ( 1 ) x front accessible - 5.25" x 1/2H
1 ( 1 ) x front accessible - 3.5" x 1/3H
4 ( 3 ) x simple-swap SATA 3.5" x 1/3H
Expansion Slots Total (Free)
1 ( 0 ) x processor - LGA1156 Socket
4 ( 3 ) x memory - DIMM 240-pin
2 ( 2 ) x PCI Express x8 - full-length, full-height
1 ( 1 ) x PCI Express x4 - full-length, full-height ( x1 mode )
2 ( 2 ) x PCI - full-length, full-height
6 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A ( 2 in front )
2 x serial - RS-232 - 9 pin D-Sub (DB-9)
1 x network / management - RJ-45
1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45
1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)

Features Administrator password, power-on password, boot without keyboard or mouse, cover key lock, serial port I/O control, USB port control, boot sequence control

Device Type Power supply
Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Power Provided 401 Watt
Operating system / software

OS Provided No operating system
Manufacturer warranty

Service & Support 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year - on-site - response time: next business day


The controller is actually £230 on it's own.

Here's the announce letter for it.


Original Poster

This ]disk controller will also suport RAID 5 if you purchase a "ServeRAID M1000 Series Advanced Feature Key" add on.

It also works with VMware ESXi 4.0 :thumbsup: I have just set it up.

Original Poster


The controller is actually £230 on it's own.Here's the announce letter … The controller is actually £230 on it's own.Here's the announce letter for it.http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/PrintableVersion.jsp?&docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/0/877/ENUSZG09-0870/index.html

It is almost worth putting this PCIx8 card on the bay, and use the motherboard's SATA controller :whistling:

Stupid question, but what can you use this thing for? I mean the average person not a geek.

Sold out now?

Original Poster

You could buy this Machine and use it as a network storage unit that supports Mirroring

Put 4 x 1TB hard drives on it, install Linux, and use it as a 2TB network storage.

Or, chop the side of the half lengh PCI-Express slot so that you can put a Graphics Card in it. Then, add one sound card, you could use it as a Core i5 gaming machine!

Original Poster

Ahhhh when I post this, there is like 60 left !


Looks like Servers Plus have an even better deal as there's has 500gb and 2gb DDR3

Original Poster

Thanks for the info Tom! I called and it is indeed a much better deal, all you need to do is purchase a upgrade with it.

What qualifies for the upgrade from Servers+?

Cheapest option? Looking for a new server for a lab machine



Original Poster

Can be just a DDR2 Memory upgrade.

From the picture of the RAID card, it looks like it's only got 2 connectors for hard drives.

Do you need to buy some kind of adapter to be able to plug in 8 drives?

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