To test total system power use, we used AIDA64 Stability test to load the CPU, and then recorded the results. We also now add the power use for a server from off state, to hitting the power button to turn it on, and taking it all the way to the desktop. This gives us data on power consumption during the boot up process.
With dual-socket systems, power use can be rather high when fully loaded. The Lenovo ThinkServer TD340 did peak out at about 225 watts under load, and about 260 watts on boot up. Setting the server power features and CPU speed step will lower these numbers. Overall, the TD340 does not use a lot of power in comparison to larger systems. This is good, as it also lowers heat output, and makes for a cool running server.
Just a note: On the RD340 power tests, we had power saving features turned off, so it is showing a higher power draw. The TD340 would be very close to those number with power saving features turned off also.
The boot power test shows both the TD340 and RD340 running very close in power draw. Like in the previous power test, we should note the RD340 had power saving features turned off, while the TD340 had them turned on.
Idle desktop power draw can vary by as much as 50 watts between these two modes. Turning on power saving features does lower performance somewhat, so it's the users call on how they want the server to run.
The Lenovo ThinkServer TD340 Tower Server is very much like the Lenovo ThinkServer RD340 we reviewed earlier, with the main difference being the RD340 is a rack mount server, and the TD340 is a tower server.
If you are looking for a small business server, and you do not need a full server cabinet, the TD340 is a clear winner. It does not take up a lot of space, so you have plenty of options on where to locate the box.
Power use and noise are also considerations that you might need to address. The TD340 has low power use in the 100 watt range, which means a lower power bill at the end of the month. At these power levels, heat output is also not much of an issue, so there is no need for any special cooling to run the server.
Noise output is also very low, which makes the TD340 ideal for an office environment. At startup, we measured only 57 dB. As you can see in the chart provided, this is in the average home to conversational speech area. The server does settle down to a lower noise output in the 30 dB range after it has started.
Just like the RD340, we liked the EasyStartup DVD, which simplified setup of one server to many servers. With the EasyStartup program, you do not have to worry about RAID drivers and other chipset drivers, it builds those for you. Setting up the OS is painless also; after you input the required information, EasyStartup takes over, and does the install for you.
With a system like the TD340, a typical setup would have a keyboard, mouse, and monitor connected to the TD340. If you require remote management, then be sure to get the management controller premium module.
We would like to see the TD340 come with hard drive caddies in all bay slots so that we could simply add in hard drive as we needed. The typical business would order storage options that they needed at first, and usually have a service contract, so the best bet is to order new drives from Lenovo. This would also require setting up the drives for use, which Lenovo could also assist you with.
We would also like to see a dust filter built into the storage bay door because it would help to keep the inside of the TD340 nice and clean.
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United States: The Lenovo TD340 retails for $979.88 at Amazon.
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