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Lenovo ThinkServer TD350 Tower Server Review

By: William Harmon | Servers in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Mar 5, 2015 3:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Lenovo

Specifications

 

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There is a wide range of storage options on the TD350 with up to 15 drives and 90TB of storage on the unit that we received. On servers like this one there is no doubt you will need extra network capabilities; the TD350 has plenty of extra PCIe slots available for expansion cards to cover this need.

 

 

Layout

 

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Here we are looking at the front of the TD350. The front door covers all the drive enclosures, and is lockable by way of a key on the left side. At the top left there is a transparent window that allows you to see status LEDs.

 

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When we removed the TD350 from the shipping box, there was a sticker on the front of the server that explains you must have the physical location activated if you require 4hr/8hr response time service.

 

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After opening the front panel, we got our first look at the impressive number of drive bays the TD350 offers. The top of the server has two media bays that can be configured to user needs; ours came equipped with a DVD drive installed.

 

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 prevent dust from entering the system.

 

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Our TD350 came equipped with five 1TB drives installed. These drives can be RAIDed together and used for the operating system.

 

Each drive has a release button that pops out a lever that is used to remove the drive. The drives will lock in place when inserted back into the server.

 

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We have two media bays at the top of the server, which can be configured to meet user needs. On the left side there are the power and reset buttons, two USB ports, and status LEDs; the front door must be opened to access these. Locking the door is a good way to protect against unwanted USB access.

 

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At the top left, we see the dual redundant 750 watt power supplies, and down the middle we have a serial port, two LAN ports, a management LAN port, four USB 3.0 ports, and a video port. We also see the cutouts for up to seven expansion card slots.

 

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The sides of the TD350 have a simple locking door attached. There is a screw lock at the back of the server; when unscrewed, this panel will slide towards the back where it can be removed. There are no fans located on these doors, which reduces noise.

 

The key lock secures the side panel and the front door.

 

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We get our first look at the insides of the TD350 after taking off the side panel.

 

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The main feature we see here is the air shroud that goes down the middle of the TD350. This channels airflow from the fan bar in the middle through the CPU area and out the back. We have seen this design on several of Lenovo's workstations and servers now, and it seems a little strange how the design splits the system into two sections, top and bottom. This layout does not affect any performance features, and it does allow a nice, clean, compact way to organize the internal layout.

 

At the top right of the server, you can see two blue tabs that allow for easy replacement of DVD drives or other media options that have been installed into these locations.

 

The PCIe slots on the TD350 are as follows:

 

  • Two PCIe Gen3: FH/FL x16
  • Two PCIe Gen3: FH/FL x8

 

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After we removed the air shroud, we could see the CPU heat sinks and RAM. These are staggered to provide better cooling. We can see the fan bar has four fans installed, and two of these are directed into the air shroud for CPU cooling.

 

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The CPU heat sinks provided on our TD350 do not have fans, so the two fans on the fan bar provide all of the cooling in this area.

 

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Each of the fans on the fan bar are hot-swappable, and simply pull out for replacement.

 

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At the bottom of the case we see the Lenovo iKVM module on the left, and a TPM module on the right.

 

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The PCIe slots have a locking bar to hold them in place after installation.

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