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IBM System x 3550 M4

IBM System x 3550 M4
alaScore 82

68 reviews

Oct, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 reviews of IBM System x 3550 M4. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People really like the price and usability.

reliability, usability, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the IBM System x 3550 M4 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: Lewis D (

IBM System x3550 M4 7914


Great budget server, have used these to power web hosting infrastructures in the past and never had any issues. IBM is a name you can trust.

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: shadmIn (

Will never buy IBM again


Been using HP forever, tried IBM and will never use again. Purchased three x3550 M4's for VMWare esxi earlier this year. First none of the onboard/imbedded hypervisor keys worked, then we hit purple stop screens, then we had to get hard drives for...


slow boot up

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: Dan @ xByte (

IBM System x3550 M4 7914


Fast VM boxes. Affordable, easy to configure, and good support from IBM. Price makes them a good buy for medium size businesses.

Nov, 2012

Consumer review by: Sean1722 (

IBM System x3550 M4 7914


NIce little pancake. Just keeps running. Have had a problem with PS2 on 2 of them but nothing big. Excellent

Oct, 2012

Consumer review by: Andrew7979 (

IBM System x3550 M4 7914


Using these primarily to support a virtual environment. They handle heavy loads fairly well. The components have as many problems as any other server but the service (although we pay out the nose for it) is outstanding. I just wish there were better,...

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: Alex_B (

IBM System x3550 M4 7914


This machine runs like a champ. Never had an issue with it. Easy to maintain, and will continue to use this machine until its on its last leg.

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: gitrdone564 (

IBM System x3550 M4 7914


The xSeries servers have always been rock solid for us. This one is no different. It's easy to rack, easy to configure but a little difficult to upgrade firmware / drivers.

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: Stephen2140 (

IBM System x3550 M4 7914


Great until we needed an upgrade and found they'd changed the motherboard so ours didn't support X54xx series

Jul, 2012

Consumer review by: Phil6842 (

IBM System x3550 M4 7914


Excellent Hardware - This unit Ramps up it's fans when the ambient temp increases. Unfortunately depending on the temp it get incredibly loud.

May, 2012

Consumer review by: Ericson Almeida (

IBM System x3550 M4 7914


An excellent server, because it has a great ability to perform upgrede memorie of disks, not slow (getting the boot), the value is quite interesting, I recommend the purchase.

Apr, 2012

Product Specifications


Conflict Free processor: No
ECC supported by processor: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:750
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:40
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):42.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Quad
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:800,1066,1333
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
Physical Address Extension (PAE):46
Processor cache type:L3
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge EP
Processor package size:52.5
Processor Series:Intel Xeon E5-2600
Thermal Design Power (TDP):95

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:0.00
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Processor ARK ID:64594