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Intel Server R2208WT2YS System Review

By: William Harmon | Servers in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Mar 30, 2015 8:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: Intel

Power Consumption


We have upgraded our power testing equipment and now use a Yokogawa WT310 power meter for testing. The Yokogawa WT310 feeds its data through a USB cable to another machine where we can capture the test results.


To test total system power use, we used AIDA64 Stability test to load the CPU, and then recorded the results. We also now add in the power use for a server from off state to hitting the power button to turn it on and take it all the way to the desktop. This gives us data on power consumption during the boot up process.




The R2208WT2YS server uses ~90watts at idle on the desktop, it peaks out at ~575watts under full load. The R2208WT2YS server drops in power usage after the test runs and begins to run at the power rate of ~90watts. It also shows a steady ramp up of power use when the test starts running which begins at ~475watts then begins to climb to ~575watts. The power saving features keeps the R2208WT2YS server within a nice smooth envelope throughout the test.




The R2208WT2YS server does use a fair amount of power in the off state of ~15watts to keep IPMI and remote management active. We see a peak power use of ~400watts during the boot up process. The system then settles down to ~90watts after the boot up is completed.



Final Thoughts




Intel's R2208WT2YS Server is one of the very first Haswell-EP systems that we tested in the lab; we first saw this machine at Intel Jones Farm last year.


At Intel Jones Farm, we were able to run a few benchmarks to see how these new systems performed - and to be honest, they blew our shocks off. We had run only a hand full of benchmarks at our visit, but we saw staggering Linpack and Cinebench results, it was all very exciting stuff at the time.


Because of a few delays, we did not receive our sample server for some time, and meanwhile we were well under way testing other machines right after the new processors launched last September. The Intel R2208WT2YS Server proved to be our benchmark system to base other systems results on. A very versatile system packs a lot of processing power inside.


The target market for the Intel R2208WT2YS Server is Enterprise and Medium Business IT, Data Analytics, Storage, and Cloud, which it can handle very well with its storage and expansion load out. A maximum of 24 drive bays that are usually loaded with SSD's and fast network cards in the back can make this system extremely fast and provide the data bandwidth needed for today's datacenters.


Throughout the system, we find a very well thought-out design, it's very clean and expansion options are numerous which gives this system a great deal of flexibility in deployment. Several options available such as dual SSD bays in the back that allow for a RAID 0 OS deployment and fast PCIe SSD's loaded into the next expansion slots give a huge boost of speed to the system. The design of the case itself is lightweight and provides very good airflow to help keep the system cool.


The Intel R2208WT2YS Server is the model of what Cloud/Datacenters servers should be, high capacity fast SSD storage banks coupled with high-speed network adapters is the bread and butter for these markets to provide ever-increasing customer demands for low latency, fast, and responsive systems.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build96%
General Features97%
Bundle and Packaging95%
Value for Money95%
Overall TweakTown Rating95%

The Bottom Line: Intel's R2208WT2YS server packs an impressive load out that includes up to 24 drives bays, up to 3TB's of DDR4 memory, and a large number of expansion bay options which give this system an incredible amount of performance potential.

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