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Lenovo ThinkServer TD340 Tower Server Review

By: William Harmon | Servers in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Sep 15, 2014 1:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Lenovo





The TD340 has a wide range of storage options that allow you to expand up to 32TB of storage. Several different storage adapters are available to choose. The TD340 comes integrated with the ThinkServer RAID 100 and 300, which provides RAID 0, 1, 10, and 5, the latter of which is only available with an optional upgrade key.


Our system came with 32GB of RAM installed, but it can be expanded up to 192GB using all twelve slots (LV RDIMM, UDIMM). There are also plenty of expansion slots, which will allow you to add network cards, or optional storage adapters.







This is the front of the Lenovo ThinkServer TD340. There are two USB ports located at the top right, and one DVD drive is installed. The media bay can also hold another DVD drive, or some other type of device. A lock is available near the red button on the drive bay door, so the server drive bays can be secured. Located near the power button are several status LEDs that show different system states. Overall, the design of the TD340 is simple, clean, and functional.




When we removed the TD340 from the shipping box, there was a sticker on the front of the server that mentions if you require 4hr/8hr response time service, you must have the physical location activated.




Here we have opened the drive bay door to get a look at the storage bays on the TD340. The two bays at the lower left side with a red line across the top are the OS drives. In our sample, we had two 2TB drives installed here, and configured in RAID 0. The other six bays are empty on our server. There are magnets at the top and bottom of the door that allow the door to be firmly closed. We only wish that there was an air filter on this door to help keep dust from entering the system.




Each of the two OS drives have a simple push button right above the red line that will unlock the drive, and deploy the handle so the drive can be easily pulled out.




Here we have a hard drive removed. On Lenovo's website, this is called a ThinkServer 2TB 7.2K 3.5inch Enterprise 6Gbps SATA Hot Swap Hard Drive.


ThinkServer 7.2K 3.5inch Enterprise 6Gbps SATA Hot Swap Hard Drive provides customers with a very cost-effective way to have a large capacity SATA drive for data storage. These drives are ideal for capacity-intensive, sequential read applications such as storing content, or data archiving. These drives feature a range of high capacities -from 500GB to 2TB- in a 3.5-inch, enterprise-class hard disk drive.




The rest of our drives bays have blank drive bay inserts installed. These are simply blanks, and have no way to install a drive in them. You will need to contact Lenovo to order additional drives for these servers.




The sides of the TD340 have a simple locking door attached. There is a screw lock at the back of the server, and when unscrewed, this panel will simply slide towards the back, and can then be taken off. There are no fans located on these doors, which help to reduce noise.




We are looking at the back of the server now, and it is rather simple. At the top of the server there is one power supply installed with a knock out for a second optional redundant power supply. One large case fan helps to keep the server well ventilated and cool.




Also note: The Lenovo management controller premium is an optional accessory, which appears to be a simple dongle type of device. This unlocks iKVM abilities through IPMI remote management. If you do not use this module, you will still have IPMI, but you will not be able to remote in by KVM.




Here we have taken the side panel off the TD340 to get a look inside. There is ample space inside, with nothing to block airflow. Cable management is nice, tidy, and all tied up to keep wires from blocking any air passages.


There is plenty of space to get your hands inside if you want to add RAM, or other expansion devices later on.




Here is a close up of the CPU coolers. These look rather simple, but actually perform very well, even under heavy loads. We had no CPU cooling issues on our system. The fans also hardly make any noise; we found the system to run very quietly, which is great for an office environment. You can see that our system came with two 8GB RAM sticks installed in each bank. Adding more RAM as needed is rather simple to do though, and can increase performance.




These are the two main case cooling fans. These can also move a lot of air from the front of the case into the main chamber. These fans have a nice design that allows for high airflow, and low noise.


You can see the two tangs with arrows that show where to press in to unlock and remove these fans if needed. It is very simple to do, just squeeze the two tangs, and pull out. Each fan has a power connector on the motherboard to detach before you can completely remove the fan. Make sure if you replace these you also plug the power connector from the new fan into the motherboard.




The PCIe slots are as follows:


  • 1x PCIe GEN3: FH/HL x8 mechanical, x4 electrical
  • 1x PCIe GEN3: FH/HL x16 mechanical, x16 electrical
  • 3x PCIe GEN3: FH/HL x8 mechanical, x8 electrical
  • 1x PCI 5V 32-bit/33 MHz: FH/HL


Before installing any supported expansion card into a PCI or PCI Express card slot, ensure that you observe the following guidelines:


  • Only one Host Bus Adapter can be installed.
  • Up to three Ethernet cards can be installed.
  • If the ThinkServer RAID 300 is available, your server does not support Host Bus Adapters, or discrete video cards.
  • If a RAID 500 Adapter, a RAID 700 Adapter, or a RAID 710 Adapter is installed, or the ThinkServer RAID 100 is available, your server supports one Host Bus Adapter, or one discrete video card. However, if an I350-T4 Ethernet card is installed, your server does not support Host Bus Adapters, or video cards.
  • If the server does not have a RAID card or a VGA adapter card installed, the Host Bus Adapter also can be installed in the PCI Express x16 card slot (PCI-E slot 5) on the system board.
  • If you are installing the QLE8242 Converged Network Adapter, do not install it in the PCI-E slot 4 to avoid thermal problems.




The back IO area has a Serial Port connector, followed by four USB ports. Next is the server management LAN port, and next to that is a Gb LAN port. The last port is a VGA output connector.

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