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Lenovo ThinkServer TD350 Tower Server Review

Lenovo ThinkServer TD350 Tower Server Review
We have a Lenovo TD350 server that offers huge storage capacity in the lab today, which features flexible I/O options and a completely tool-less design.
By: William Harmon | Servers in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Mar 5, 2015 3:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Lenovo

Introduction

 

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We looked at the Lenovo ThinkServer TD340 Tower Server a few months ago, and now we have a TD350 to review in the lab.

 

The Lenovo ThinkServer Tower Server TD350 is geared for SMB to mid-sized businesses at the enterprise level. This server is designed to run mid-scale to large-scale business, processing, distributed database, data collection and analysis, file/print, and email services.

 

The feature list is comparable to the ThinkServer TD340 that we reviewed earlier, and adds an increased storage capacity with high performance RAID options, additional I/O lanes for more PCIe slots, and optional M2/SD options for hypervisor boot.

 

For more advanced VM support, the TD350 offers increased memory capacity, up to 512 GB of fast DDR4, and processors that increase performance with up to 16 cores each.

 

The TD350 offers a unique airflow design to cool the CPUs, and it offers better noise reduction, so it will fit well into the office environment, and will not be shoved in a back room. Additional features include a tool-less design, which eases serviceability; and Lenovo's new ThinkServer Deployment Manager, which is a graphic user interface that can be used in place of the normal BIOS.

 

Let's look at what you get in the TD350 package, and then see how well it performs.

 

 

Packaging

 

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The TD350 arrives in a large shipping box, and after we opened the box, we got our first look at how it is shipped. Large foam inserts pad the insides to protect the server during shipping, and there is ample space between the box and server to protect it from any punctures.

 

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Here we have removed the top two foam inserts to get a look at the server. This is a heavy server, so be sure to have two people to lift this out of the box.

 

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Our server came with only a documentation DVD, but we suspect it will also come with a disk that has drivers and setup programs that aid you in setting up this machine. There was also two power cables included in the accessory box.

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