Dell Viking DCS

8 Overall Score
Build Quality: 8/10
Performance: 8/10

Very Effective | Compact | Energy Effecient

Build quality | No USB Ports | Pripriatary Video Port

Conclusion

This concludes our review on the Dell Viking. This thing packs a lot of punch in a very small form factor. Normally 1 server occupies 1.5 inches (1U) of rack space. This is .25U per server. That is 4 times the amount of a normal server. There are some downsides tho. This form factor requires that you use very low wattage CPU’s. Low wattage cpus are not a bad thing, but if your looking for HPC (High Performance) this may not be the solution you are looking for. The clock speeds on the low wattage cpu’s are going to be very low. The AMD AthlonII 610e that we have in these is only 45w, and 2.4GHz. This is the MAXIMUM you can do with this chassis. They do however have an 8 Node unit, that will do 95w cpu’s which does help but you loose some servers.

This chassis is going to cost you around 12,000 dollars all in all. So your looking at about 1,000 dollars per server for this setup. Cost is pretty reasonable. The chassis is a 208v-240v ONLY. This will not run on 120v AT ALL. This unit will save you a lot of power pulling about 1.5a of 208v at idle. and close to 6a of 208v power @ full load.

So what does it come down to? What are you looking for? Are you looking for a reasonable and effecient way to bring some extra computing power into your office, or hosting business? This is a very good way of doing it if you are.

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