Dell four-way servers get speedy Xeon upgrades

Dell four-way servers get speedy Xeon upgrades

Latest PowerEdge models come with synchronous dynamic RAM; faster versions to arrive later this year

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

Dell Computer Corp. has upgraded its four-way servers to accommodate the fastest processors and chip sets.


Dell's PowerEdge 6450 four-way server comes in a 7'inch'tall rackmount form for data centers.


The Dell PowerEdge 6400 and 6450 servers now have synchronous dynamic RAM, said Eric Cannell, Dell's marketing manager for the IA-32 product line.

The new servers, which replace the PowerEdge 6300 and 6350 models, accept one to four 550-MHz Pentium III Xeon processors and up to 8G of SDRAM. Intel's 700- and 800-MHz Xeons will power the server line when they come out later this year, Cannell said.

Both models have the high-end ServerSet III HE chip set from ServerWorks Corp., formerly Reliance Computer Corp. of Santa Clara, Calif., Cannell said.

Center setup

The standalone PowerEdge 6400 is 12.25 inches high. The 7-inch PowerEdge 6450 is sized for rack-mounting in data centers and with external storage devices, Cannell said.

Each of the PowerEdge models comes with a hot-plug power supply, a dual-channel Ultra3 SCSI controller and an Intel EtherExpress Pro/100+ network interface card.

List prices range from $7,164 for a PowerEdge 6450 with one 512-MHz Pentium III Xeon and 256M of memory up to $65,834 for a PowerEdge 6400 with four 550-MHz Xeons, 8G of memory and a 128M RAID controller.

Dell officials said General Services Administration schedule discounts will be available soon.

Contact Dell at 800-388-8542.

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