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

‘Blade’ units were very easy to remove and insert back in. They move freely and slide nicely.


Configuration is as stated on the first page: 1 AMD Athlon II 610, 4 x 2GB memory sticks, and 4 Seagate Constellation 500GB drives.


Here is a better shot of the memory, 2GB PC3-10600.

4 Drives share the primary backplane. They unscrew from the rear, and will slide away from the PCB that connects the backplane to the mainboard.

Pictured above is the backplane connector.

Little bit better picture of the actual mainboard itself.

Here you can see the low profile heat sink. I haven’t yet tried to put a Phenom II 6-core processor in here to see if the heat sink can handle higher wattage processors or not. The max wattage is suppose to be 45w with the low profile unit.

Memory is low profile as well. You will need to plan for using low profile memory if you’re going to be using this setup. I’ve test fitted standard height memory and it will not work here.


Up next is the AMD Southbridge. Unfortunately it’s not really labeled with what version southbridge it is using. So I cannot tell you.

Socket it is using is the AM3 socket.

AMD Athlon II 610 installed into the socket.

Closer look of the low profile heat sink. It uses a solid copper base, with aluminum fins.

Top down, you have the server power, server indicator, hard drive 1-4 indicators, Ethernet 2, Ethernet 1, KVM/USB and power button. The KVM/USB port is using a new connector. This will be supplied with the units.

Lets look at the back plane and power supplies. We can see how this thing fairs with what is out there currently.


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