HPE MicroServer Gen10 Launched

HPE Microserver Gen10HP have finally released the brand new HPE Microserver Gen10. While it was originally announced online a number of months ago we finally have some UK pricing.

The Microserver Gen10 is launching with two entry level versions (one diskless) and a single performance model (also diskless). Lets have a look at the specifications.

Personally i’m quite excited by this new release. The unit looks great and retains the small footprint of the earlier models while packing far more power. Could this be a viable replacement for my current stack of Mac Minis?

HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 X3216 8GB-U 4LFF NHP SATA 200W PS Entry Server

Guide Price = £383 inc VAT

CPU: AMD Opteron™ X3216
RAM: 8GB DDR4 (Max 32GB)
Power Supply: 200W (Non-Redundant)
Drive Bays: 4 x 3.5inch, 1 x 2.5inch (Internal)
Network: 2 x 1Gbs
USB: 2 x USB2.0 (Rear), 2 x USB3.0 (Front), 2 x USB3.0 (Rear)
Video: 1 x VGA. 2 x DisplayPort
Expansion: 1 x PCIe x8, 1 x PCIe x 4

This is the entry level model and is the equivalent of my G1610T based Gen8 MicroServer.

HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 X3216 8GB-U 1TB 4LFF NHP SATA 200W PS Entry Server

Guide Price = £431 inc VAT

This is identical to the diskless base model above except it ships with a 1TB and a copy of ClearOS pre-installed.

HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 X3421 16GB-U 4LFF NHP SATA 200W PS Performance Server

Guide Price = £558 inc VAT

CPU: AMD Opteron™ X3421
RAM: 16GB DDR4 (Max 32GB)
Power Supply: 200W (Non-Redundant)
Drive Bays: 4 x 3.5inch, 1 x 2.5inch (Internal)
Network: 2 x 1Gbs
USB: 2 x USB2.0 (Rear), 2 x USB3.0 (Front), 2 x USB3.0 (Rear)
Video: 1 x VGA. 2 x DisplayPort
Expansion: 1 x PCIe x8, 1 x PCIe x 4

This is the uprated model with a double the CPU and GPU cores. It also features 16GB memory as standard which is a really welcome addition to the range.

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HPE MicroServer Gen10 Front Internal View

HPE MicroServer Gen10 Rear Internal View

New AMD Opteron CPU’s for the MicroServer Gen10

One of the big surpises is that HPE have gone back to the MicroServer roots and picked AMD archetecture to power the Gen10. At launch there are two different CPU options (a 3rd, mid range is in the specifications, but no release date fixed for it yet).

I’m not that up on the latest generation Opteron specifications and how they compare to Intel’s offerings but i’m assuming that they’ll fall in line with the Gen8 models, with the base model the equivalent of the Celeron, the (as yet unannounced) mid-range model the same as an Intel i3 and the top end a basic Xeon.

AMD Opteron™ X3216 Specs

CPU Cores: 2
CPU Frequency: 1.6 – 3.0 GHz
GPU Compute Units: 4
GPU Freqency (Max): 800MHz
cTDP Range: 12-15W
Max DDR4 Speed: 1600 MHz
L2 Cache: 1MB

AMD Opteron™ X3421 Specs

CPU Cores: 4
CPU Frequency: 2.1 – 3.4 GHz
GPU Compute Units: 8
GPU Freqency (Max): 800MHz
cTDP Range: 12-35W
Max DDR4 Speed: 2400 MHz
L2 Cache: 2MB

Whats New and Whats Missing in the Gen10 MicroServer

Whats New:

  • SFF SSD support
  • ClearOS
  • AMD CPUs
  • An extra PCIe port
  • 32Gb Max RAM

HPE sure have listened to the community because they have designed the Gen10 to support a single SSD as a boot drive. No more messing around with electrical tape and cable ties needed!

The inclusion of ClearOS in the 1TB models is a clear indication that HPE are looking to change the perception of the little servers and get businesses to treat them more like an appliance. The ClearOS system looks like it’ll be ideal for less technically minded businesses or those without dedicated IT. Once i’ve had a proper play with it i’ll post my thoughts.

The move to AMD CPUs is an interesting one, taking the MicroServer back to its roots. HPE clearly have great confidence in AMDs new offerings and these are the first machines that i’ve seen on the market with the x3000 series of Opterons installed.

The extra PCIe port is another welcome addition. The two PCIe ports also feature a groove cut into the back of them that allows you to run x16 cards in the x8 and x4 slots, although at a reduced speed.

The MicroServer also supports double the maximum memory of the Gen8 – this is going to be great for the IT home lab market. Coupled with the top end X3421 CPU this should be perfectly adept at running all but the most intensive home lab setups.

Whats Missing:

  • iLO functionality

One thing that’s immediately obvious is the lack of HPs iLO from the Gen10. While not a killer feature on the Gen8, I did find it incredibly handy on some occasions, especially when troubleshooting the unit. If HPE are targeting more of the SOHO market with the Gen10 then I think its omission wont be too much of a problem in the long run.

My Thoughts On Pricing

I think that the launch pricing of the MicroServer Gen10 is pretty much spot on and is very much in line with the Gen8 offerings. I think it will be interesting to see where the mid-range offering sits given that the base unit is £383 and the top end unit is £558. I’d expect the mid-range unit to sit around the £479 mark.

HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Cashback?

While HPE are very agressive with their pricing on the Gen8 I can’t see the base model of the Gen10 being available with cashback for some time yet.

HP have confirmed that £50 cashback is now available on the Gen10 – check out my HP MicroServer Cashback page for claim instructions.

Would I Buy One?

Yes I probably will, but not just yet.

I am genuinely interested in seeing how the new AMD CPUs stack up compared to the Intel equivalents so will wait for some more data to come in. I’ll also keep an eye out for some official reviews of the Gen10 before committing any of my hard earned cash 🙂

Availability (Update 24 August 2017)

Although HPE are stating that the Gen10 MicroServer is available via its channel partners, i’ve not yet seen it available for purchase yet. My supplier of choice – serversplus.com have a sales page available but no details on when it’ll be purchasable.

I’ll update as I know more.

I had a tweet today from ServersPlus stating that they now have the entry level model available for purchase:

This is the diskless base model with the AMD Opteron™ X3216 and 8GB RAM. No cash back is available on the Gen 10 units yet (and I doubt there will until the Gen 8 stock runs out).

I’ve included the listing with a direct link below:

The current retail price of the MicroServer Gen10 is around £220 including VAT and delivery (significantly below the guide price of £383+VAT). This is equivalent to the base level Gen8 Microserver on launch (before cash back).

I’m hoping to pick one up in the next couple of months once the higher spec models are available in the UK.

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