Customer reviews for PowerEdge R310

PowerEdge R310

PowerEdge R310
4.467 / 5
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2 out of 367%of customers recommend this
Customer reviews for PowerEdge R310
Review 1 for PowerEdge R310
Overall Rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Customer avatarReviewed by:delluserdave
(Australia)
Duration of Product Use:Less than a month
Level of Expertise:Expert
Title:

This server is NOT QUIET!

PostedMay 22, 2012
No, I do not recommend this product.
Contrary to the claims by another reviewer, the R310 server with the hot plug chassis configuration is a very noisy machine.
My R310 was a hot-plug configuration with 5 internal fans (the non-hot-plug version has 4 fans) and running idle with no load the machine was generating well over 60dB of noise. This was much louder than the low 30dB range of an R210 revII server.
The reason for the large difference in noise is the rotational speed of the fans when the server is idle with no load.
An R210 II server with ambient temperature of 28 degrees spins its 3 fans at only 3000 RPM, whereas the R310 server running at idle with an even lower ambient temperature of 25 degrees spins 3 of the 5 fans at 6000 RPM!
As a result the R210 II server is only barely audible in a quiet room whereas the R310 will drive you nuts if you have to work anywhere near it every day and prefer a quiet workspace. Even inside a closed rack cabinet it's just far too loud.
If you think the sound of jumbo jets taking off at an airport is loud then listen to a R310 server rebooting and spinning the fans at maximum RPM. You'll think your rack cabinet is about to launch into orbit!
As much as I love the specs and capability of the R310 it had to be replaced with another QUIET R210 II server. When will Dell satisfy customers that need a truly quiet (<32dB) mid spec rack server with hot plug drive capability and redundant power supplies?????? We don't all have a spare sound proof room to spare just for our servers!
Pros:database and application server
+6points
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Review 2 for PowerEdge R310
Overall Rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Customer avatarReviewed by:Supernet33
(Chicago IL)
Duration of Product Use:Less than a month
Level of Expertise:Expert
Title:

R310 Great 1U server

PostedOctober 4, 2010
Yes, I would recommend this product
It does the job and low cost!
-10points
7of 24voted this as helpful.
Review 3 for PowerEdge R310
Overall Rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Customer avatarReviewed by:RVPTM
Duration of Product Use:Less than a month
Level of Expertise:Good
Title:

Cool, Quiet, Capable

PostedAugust 6, 2010
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Yes, I would recommend this product
Very quiet unit (MUCH quieter than the R410) and available with the lower-wattage Xeons.
This is the first 11th-Generation rackmount I've ordered with a cabled-in option, and it seems they now come with individual removable trays instead of having to remove the internal cages to mount the drives. While nice in theory, the design of the tray includes a large release tab that makes mounting a 2.5" drive using a 3rd-party adapter extremely difficult. It is not difficult to mod the tab, however doing so makes removing the trays in the future somewhat more difficult. The fit and finish of the trays could use some work; two were difficult to remove and insert while the other two were extremely easy to work with. All in all it's nice they include all the trays, instead of just blanks like they do in the hot-plug systems.
Overall build is very good; case is laid out nicely and placement is logical; nothing is difficult to access. The internal fans are mostly-modular, not quite as much so as the ones in the R710, but still easy to remove the fan and unplug the short header if the need for a replacement arises.
Missing in this model is the LCD diagnostic (only on cabled-in option; users who purchase the hot-plug R310 will get the LCD) but the Quad-LED serves it purpose. Rack ears are made of high-impact plastic as opposed to steel on the higher-end models, but it's of little concern. Like other 11G servers, the included bezel is fashionable but ultimately not secure (who cares if you can lock the bezel when folks can still reach in and eject a drive tray?).
The other major drawbacks are simply the option costs; redundant power and sliding rails add a huge chunk of change to what is otherwise a very cost-conscious box. That seems par for the course for most Dell systems nowadays.
All in all a fine machine, but the dual-socket capability and standard LCD diagnostics might make the R410 worth the slightly higher cost.
Pros:file storage, web hosting
+51points
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Ratings-only reviews for PowerEdge R310
Overall Rating 
4.7 / 5
4.7 / 5