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ASUS RS120-E4PA2 Intel Core Duo Xeon 3000 Barebone Server

ASUS RS120-E4PA2 Intel Core Duo Xeon 3000 Barebone Server
alaScore 79

11 reviews

Jul, 2014

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(Based on 11 reviews)

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Decent barebones, except...

 

Oh, if you're going to buy this for anything other than a server room... don't. It is a great box, don't get me wrong; but even when it throttles the fans down to a "mere" 9,000 RPM, it still screams like a banshee.

Nice 1U; seems solid enough. Build is nice, comes with a nice power supply, supports ECC. It appears that the memory that is currently comboed with the machine does work, but Kingston recommends KVR667D2E5K2/4G memory, instead of the bundled...

When I got the machine, it came with a free Core2 E8400. (This one is the same price as the RS120-E5, except one revision older). The problem, though, is that this machine doesn't *support* the Core2 E8400! Only the RS120-E5 will support 45nm CPUs. So,...

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Works with VMware ESXi

 

Fantastic value for the price. If it was more expensive, I would rate the server much lower. But for the price you can not find a better deal. Just be warned about the rails and RAID configurations.

Bargain basement price. Purchased the combo pack with a Xeon X3220 for about 1/2 the price of other servers. Well made sturdy construction with great air flow. When the server first starts it sounds like a jet engine, which I consider a plus. That...

Issue 1: The rails ; The rails definitely are a negative. The rails I usually purchase screw on to the server and rack allowing the server to slide in and out, similar to a desk drawer. These rails simply bolt to the rack with a small lip that the...

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Clarification from my last review

 

Once I get in all the right parts, I'll be on the road to VM bliss. Make sure you get a PCI-X add-in RAID card to make your life easier. Oh yeah, and make sure you don't get FB ECC, too...just stick with the standard non-FB ECC RAM.

BMC stands for Baseboard Management Control. Essentially allowing a server to run a contained system for complete remote control in the event of the server OS hard-locking. Very nice! But I can't find any documentation on it in the Asus manual. This...

The 3Ware 9650 PCI-Express four port SATA II card sits too close to the CPU heatsink. The port connector on the 3Ware card has no space to connect the SATA cables since it almost butts-up against the CPU heatsink. The only other port in this serveris a...

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Nice Server

 

Great server that works with any LGA based CPU (not just Xeons). Linux (CentOS 4 and 5) supports the onboard video, and LAN. If you want to use it in Linux just get a third party RAID controller (3Ware or Areca - both work well). We have about 3 of...

Includes everything but RAM, CPU and drives to get started. Fast FSB speed support for newer CPUs. Drive caddies are stronger than the two bay unit. Supports both PCIe and PCIX which allows for more expansion card options. Includes a connection to...

Onboard RAID isn't supported by Linux without third party kernel modules which are tricky to get installed in to a boot kernel on an installation CD. No cable to connect the third party RAID card activity light (very minor, but hey... its a con for...

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ASUS RS120-E4/PA2 1U Barebone Server Intel 3000 LGA 775 Intel Xeon 1066/800/533MHz FSB

 

Purchased this along with X3210 proc, 4x1GB ECC DDR667 Kingston RAM and 2x500GB WD HDD's. RAID 1 setup using intel RAID, (not a big LSI fan) was a breeze. Been running a week solid, amazing performance w/X3210 & 4GB.Using this machine to host 4 virtual...

Cheap, reliable Asus branding, comes with everything (including rails) for build

Loud on boot/restart...but what 1U isn't? Best performance using a quad-core CPU (X3210) is to set the affinity manually in task manager for hungry CPU tasks

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Good entry level solution for the money

 

A bit loud on boot, but if it's in the server room you have nothing to worry about. As mentioned above, w/o additional raid card, under linux your only option is software raid. My 3ware controller is on the way.

Cheap, comes with everything you need, rails, cdrom. Ran flawlessly for few days so far with x3220, kingston ECC 4GB and 2xWD320GB hdds

Linux support for SATA RAID is clearly misadvertised. There is no solution to get LSI MegaRaid to run in fakeraid under linux. As mentioned in prev. reviews, any distro sees it as 2HDs. The "linux drivers" that come with it are just for the controller...

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Excellent Barebones Option

 

I was skeptical of the LSI RAID being supported in Linux, so I bought a 3ware card also. Glad I did, as the LSI RAID only shows up as separate SATA channels in the CENT OS installer. Great case and will be purchasing more next month. Would have given...

Really nice case that supports both PCIe and PCIX expansion cards. Hot swap SATA drives. Includes everything you need to get up and running. Passive cooler is a monster (like it should be), glad they didn't cut corners there

Hot swap drive trays are a little flimsy ; LSI RAID not recognized by CENT OS 4 or 5 (RHEL 4 and 5) installation kernel ; This is more a personal preference, but I would have liked a longer power cable. Cable is only 6 feet long and it makes it hard to...

Product Specifications

ASUS RS120-E4/PA2 is based on Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 3000 sequence platform. With EM64T technology, DDR2 memory and dual PCI-Express Gigabit LAN, RS120-E4/PA2 brings outstanding computing power into a 1U rack-optimized design and provides customers an ideal platform for 64-bit computing.

Audio Output

Type: None

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Rack-mountable
Front Accessible Bays Qty:1
Hot-Swap Bays Qty:2/4
Manufacturer Form Factor:Rack-mountable
Server Storage Bays:Hot-swap
Server Swappable Drive Interface:SATA

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Rack-mountable
Front Accessible Bays Qty:1
Hot-Swap Bays Qty:2/4
Manufacturer Form Factor:Rack-mountable
Server Storage Bays:Hot-swap
Server Swappable Drive Interface:SATA

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:23.6in
Height:1.7in
Weight:26.5lbs
Width:17.5in

Display (Projector)

Type:None.

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:ASUSTeK COMPUTER
Model:RS120-E4/PA2/RS120-E4/PA4
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:ASUS

Mainboard

Chipset Type:Intel 3000
Data Bus Speed:1066MHz

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Type:Network adapter

Optical Storage

Type: None

Processor

Max Supported Qty:1
Server Scalability:1-way
Type:No CPU
Upgradability:Upgradable

RAM

Installed Size:0MB
Max Supported Size:8GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Storage Controller

RAID Level:RAID 0 / RAID 1/RAID 0 / RAID 1 / RAID 10 / RAID 5

Storage Controller (2nd)

Type:IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:0GB
OS Certified:Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition / Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 3 / Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 4 / SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9/Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition / Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition / Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 3 Update 6 / Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 4 Update 2 / SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 Service Pack 3
Type:Server

Video Memory

Installed Size:32MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI ES1000
Interface Type:PCI
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