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IBM System x 3550 M4

IBM System x 3550 M4
alaScore 82

68 reviews

Apr, 2018

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. The usability also gets good reviews.

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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


Chassis type:Rack (1U)
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi

Energy Management

Number of power supplies:1
Power Requirements:120 - 230 V
Power supply:550
Power supply input frequency:50/60
Power supply type:AC

Expansion Slots

PCI Express slots version:3.0


Graphics adapter family:Matrox
Maximum graphics adapter memory:16


Internal memory:8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:384
Memory slots:24


Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Network ready: Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Storage relative humidity range:8 - 80
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 60

Other Features

Hot-swap hard drive bays:8


Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, VMware vSphere
Operating system installed: No

Ports & interfaces

Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:4
USB 2.0 ports quantity:6
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:2


Bus type:QPI
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):25
Embedded options available: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
FSB Parity: No
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
L3 cache:15
Maximum number of SMP processors:2
Number of processors installed:1
Number of QPI links:2
PCI Express configurations:x4, x8, x16
Processor boost frequency:2.5
Processor cache:15
Processor cores:6
Processor family:Intel Xeon E5
Processor frequency:2
Processor lithography:32
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor socket:Socket R (LGA 2011)
Processor threads:12
Supported instruction sets:AVX
System bus data transfer rate:7.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):2
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: Yes
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
Intel vPro Technology: Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: No


Hard Drive Size:2.5
Host interface:Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)
Hot-swap: Yes
Maximum storage capacity:8
RAID levels:0, 1, 10
RAID support: Yes

Weight & Dimensions