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IBM System X3650 M5

IBM System X3650 M5
alaScore 91

2 reviews

May, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 reviews of IBM System X3650 M5. 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. Reviewers are impressed by the price. There are some negative opinions about the usability.



We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the IBM System X3650 M5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Dave Mitchell (

Lenovo System x3650 M5 review


Lenovo does its IBM heritage proud with this System x server

Impressive storage features; Fast processors; Top build quality; xClarity management platform; Good value

Basic IMM2 interface

A powerful, highly expandable 2U rack server made even better with Lenovo’s new server management software

Jul, 2016

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IBM System x3650 M5 review


IBM exits the x86 server market with its best 2U rack system to-date

Good value; Super build quality; Extensive storage options; IBM’s TPA security; Power efficient

IMM2 is basic; ServerGuide still not retired

The x3650 M5 packs plenty into its 2U shell and is capable of handling a wide variety of tasks. Remote management and OS deployment need improving but Lenovo will be getting its hands on a very versatile rack server.

Oct, 2014

Product Specifications


Energy Star certified: Yes


Chassis type:Rack (2U)
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD±RW / No
Rack mounting: Yes
Rack rails: Yes
Redundant fans support: Yes

Energy Management

Power supply:550 / 750 / 900
Redundant power supply (RPS) support: Yes

Expansion Slots

PCI Express slots version:3.0
PCI Express x16 slots:3
PCI Express x8 slots:6

Expansion slots

PCI Express x8 (Gen 3.x) slots:8


Graphics adapter family:Matrox
Maximum graphics adapter memory:16
On-board graphics adapter: Yes


ECC: Yes
Internal memory:16 / 32 / 64 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:1500 / 1536 / 768
Memory clock speed:1600 / 1866 / 2133
Memory layout:1 x 16 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 16 / 4 x 16
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 16
Memory slots:24


Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
LAN controller:Broadcom BCM5719
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 120078.7 / 0 - 120079
Operating relative humidity (H-H):8 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:8 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 40
Storage relative humidity (H-H):8 - 85
Storage relative humidity range:8 - 85
Storage temperature (T-T):5 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):5 - 45

Other Features

Graphics adapter:G200eR2
Graphics adapter family:Matrox
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x
L3 cache:15

Packaging Content

Cables included:AC


Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, VMware vSphere (ESXi) 5.1 / 5.5 / Microsoft Windows Server \nRed Hat Enterprise Linux\nSUSE Linux Enterprise Server\nVMware vSphere / Microsoft Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, VMware vSphere
Integrated BMC with IPMI: Yes
Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) support: Yes
On-site support: Yes
Operating system installed: No
Plug and Play: Yes
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes
Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version:2.0

Ports & interfaces

Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:4
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:4
Serial ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:3
USB 3.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1 / 2


Number of main power supplies:1
Number of redundant power supplies supported:2
Power supply:550
Redundant power supply (RPS) support:Y


Bus type:QPI
Chipset:Intel C612
Compatible processor series:Xeon
Conflict Free processor:N
ECC supported by processor:Y
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
FSB Parity: No
Idle States: Yes
L3 cache:15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 45
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:768
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:40
Maximum number of SMP processors:2
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):59
Memory channels supported by processor:Quad
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1600,1866
Memory types supported by processor:DDR4-SDRAM
Number of processors installed:1
Number of QPI links:2
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 1x4, 1x8 / x4, x8, x16
Physical Address Extension (PAE): Yes
Processor:E5-2603V3 / E5-2609V3 / E5-2620V3 / E5-2630LV3 / E5-2630V3 / E5-2640V3 / E5-2643V3 / E5-2650V3 / E5-2660V3 / E5-2667V3 / E5-2670V3 / E5-2680V3 / E5-2690V3 / E5-2697V3 / E5-2699V3
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 3 / 3.1 / 3.2 / 3.3 / 3.4 / 3.40 / 3.5 / 3.6 / 3.7
Processor cache:15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 45
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor code:SR1XD / SR1YA / SR203 / SR204 / SR205 / SR206 / SR207 / SR209
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor cores:10 / 12 / 14 / 18 / 6 / 8
Processor family:Intel Xeon E3 v3 / Intel Xeon E5 v3
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.8 / 1.9 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.6 / 3.2 / 3.4
Processor front side bus:1600 / 1866 / 2133
Processor lithography:22 / 250, 22 / 28, 22
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:E5-2620V3
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor package size:52.5
Processor Series:Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3
Processor socket:LGA 2011-v3
Processor threads:12 / 16 / 20 / 24 / 28 / 36 / 6
Stepping:C1 / M1 / R2
Supported instruction sets:AVX / AVX 2.0
Supported processor sockets:Socket R (LGA 2011-v3)
System bus data transfer rate:6.4 / 8 / 9.6
System bus rate:8
Tcase:60.4 / 70.9 / 72.1 / 72.6 / 72.8 / 74.3 / 76.4 / 76.7 / 77.3 / 77.8 / 78.9 / 79 / 84.5 / 89.9
Thermal Design Power (TDP):85
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):2
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
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: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:0.00
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 Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology: Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) support: Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:83352


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD
Embedded USB (eUSB) SSD option: Yes
Hard Drive Size:2.5 / 2.5/3.5 / 3.5
Host interface:SATA, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) / Serial ATA III, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) / Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)
Hot-Plug support: Yes
Hot-swap: Yes
Internal drive bays:18 / 8
Maximum storage capacity:100 / 32 / 86.4
Number of hard drives installed:2
Number of hard drives supported:12 / 18
RAID levels:0, 1, 10 / 1, 10 / 1, 5, 10, 50
RAID support: Yes
S.M.A.R.T support: Yes
S.M.A.R.T. support: Yes
Supported hard disk drive interfaces:SAS / SAS II, Serial ATA III / SAS, SATA
Supported hard disk drive sizes:2.5 / 2.5,3.5 / 3.5
Supported storage drive interfaces:SAS, Serial ATA
Total Storage Capacity:32 / 600

Technical Details

Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:31 / 31.5
Height:3.41 / 3.43 / 4
Weight:41.9 / 42 / 75
Width:17.6 / 18