Fu­jitsu Server Primergy TX1320 M3

Quiet, small and very pow­er­ful – Fu­jitsu’s highly af­ford­able TX1320 M3 is the per­fect first server

PC Pro - - November 2017 Issue 277 -

SCORE ✪✪✪✪✪ PRICE As re­viewed, £593 exc VAT from lambda-tek.com

Hailed as Fu­jitsu’s small­est ever tower server, the TX1320 M3 will ap­peal to space-poor SMBs. The price tag matches its com­pact di­men­sions, yet squeezes in a wide range of busi­ness-class fea­tures.

Power-wise, it’s the match of servers twice its size, with sup­port for the lat­est Xeon E3-1200 v6 pro­ces­sors and up to 64GB of fast 2,400MHz DDR4 mem­ory. Our re­view sys­tem came with an en­try-level 3GHz Xeon E3-1220 v6 CPU, but you can pick any of six mod­els, in­clud­ing the pre­mium 3.9GHz E3-1280 v6 via spe­cial or­der.

While the sys­tem we tested came with two cold-swap hard disks, other ver­sions of the TX1320 M3 can han­dle up to eight hot-swap SFF drives – four in an in­ter­nal cage, and the rest added via an ex­ten­sion box. You’ll need an up­graded RAID con­troller to han­dle this many drives, and Fu­jitsu of­fers sev­eral PCI-Ex­press SATA/SAS3 op­tions. The CP400i sup­ports RAID5 and 50, while the top-dog EP420i adds RAID6 and 60, plus a bat­tery backup pack to pro­tect its 2GB of cache.

Our more ba­sic sys­tem came with a pair of 1TB LFF SATA drives; ca­bled to the moth­er­board’s four-port SATA con­nec­tor, th­ese can be con­fig­ured as a striped or mir­rored ar­ray, and the cage is big enough to fit in 10TB drives.

A lot of thought has gone into the de­sign of the TX1320. The side panel can be pad­locked shut, and the front bezel can be locked with a key to pre­vent ac­cess to the power and re­set but­tons and drive bays.

In­ter­nally, a lot is crammed into the pe­tite chas­sis. Even with a dis­crete RAID card in­stalled, you still have three PCI-Ex­press slots, and all cards are firmly se­cured with a flip-down metal bracket. The hard disks are held in place with two sim­ple-to-re­move thumb­screws, while up above is a clip-in slim­line op­ti­cal drive. A spare bay sup­ports an op­tional RDX backup drive and the re­mov­able cage next to the front USB 3 ports has clips in­side for the RAID card bat­tery pack.

Cool­ing is han­dled by a sin­gle fan for the LFF drive bay (or two for each SFF cage), with an­other sand­wiched in­side the CPU’s heatsink. Th­ese are

“Power-wise, the TX1320 is the match of servers twice its size, with sup­port for the lat­est Xeon E3-1200 v6 pro­ces­sors”

so quiet as to be barely au­di­ble: we mea­sured sound lev­els of just 35.5dB from 1m in front.

Base units start with a fixed 250W PSU, or you can use a re­dun­dant bay to ac­com­mo­date two 450W Plat­inum PSUs. The fixed PSU ver­sion can be up­graded with a con­verter kit, and one bay ac­cepts Fu­jitsu’s In­te­grated Bat­tery Backup Unit (FJBU), which comes with Win­dows man­age­ment soft­ware. Fu­jitsu claims this will keep you up and run­ning for four min­utes at a 280W power draw. We mea­sured the server con­sum­ing an in­cred­i­bly low 20W when idle, and only 51W at peak us­age – so as long as you’re not ham­mer­ing the TX1320 with a heavy work­load, you may well get half an hour or more out of the FJBU be­fore the server safely shuts down.

Re­mote mon­i­tor­ing is taken care of by the em­bed­ded iRMC S4 con­troller, which has its own Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net port, and works with Fu­jitsu’s free ServerView Suite soft­ware. Or you can use the Server Mon­i­tor tool, which runs on the server and pro­vides at-a-glance de­tails of crit­i­cal com­po­nents and sys­tem alerts

The Primergy TX1320 M3 is the per­fect first server for a small of­fice. It’s com­pact and quiet, yet great value and burst­ing with fea­tures.

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS Tower chas­sis 3GHz Xeon E3-1220 v6 8GB 2,400MHz DDR4 RAM (max 64GB) 2 x 1TB Sea­gate Bar­racuda SATA cold-swap HDDs (max 2 LFF or 8 SFF) In­tel C236 sup­ports RAID0, 1, 5, 10 4 x PCI-E 3 2 x Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net iRMC S4 with Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net 250W fixed PSU 98 x 415 x 345mm (WDH) 1yr on-site NBD war­ranty Power: 20W idle, 51W peak

LEFT Fu­jitsu’s Server Mon­i­tor and ServerView pro­vide plenty of man­age­ment and mon­i­tor­ing tools

ABOVE The TX1320 M3 is the small­est tower server Fu­jitsu has made

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