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IBM x3650

$3,000.00 Released February, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Chassis is very well designed, easy to install and access. Can be set up with a high storage capacity. Plenty of room to expand in the future.

The IBM x3650 is an Intel Xeon-based double-socket commercial application server built to offer new levels of speed and performance to constrained data center environments. A step up from the IBM x3550, the IBM x3650 supports two Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processors X5270 up to 3.5GHz or two Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors X5470 up to 3.33GHz, a maximum of 42GB of new-generation & high-performance memory, internal storage up to 1.8TB with eight hot-swap SAS HDDs or 6.0TB with six hot-swap SATA HDDs, and an optional tape backup.

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In addition, the IBM x3650 offers notable features such as optimized power management with integrated tools such as IBM Systems Direct Active Energy Manager, calibrated vectored cooling for keeping system components well-cooled, and a TCP-IP Offload Engine that improves system performance by offloading protocol processing from the CPU to a separate engine or code. The IBM x3650 retails from anywhere between $2000 to $8000 depending on the specifics (e.g. RAM, Drives, etc) chosen, and comes with a 3 year limited warranty.


  • Form factor/height: Rack/1U   
  • Processor: Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® X5270 up to 3.50 GHz and up to 1333 MHz front-side bus or Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® X5470 up to 3.33 GHz and up to 1333 MHz front-side bus
  • Number of processors (std/max): 1/2   
  • Memory:  1 GB or 2 GB/48 GB Fully Buffered DIMM 667 MHz via 12 DIMM slots
  • Expansion slots: 4 PCI-Express or 2 PCI-X and 2 PCI-Express
  • Disk bays (total/hot-swap): Six 3.5" or eight 2.5" (SFF)
  • Maximum internal storage: 1.8 TB hot-swap SAS or 6.0 TB hot-swap SATA
  • Network interface: Integrated dual Gigabit Ethernet
  • Power supply (std/max): 835W 1/2 AC standard, DC power supply optional 
  • Raid Support: Integrated RAID-0, -1, -10, optional RAID-5, -6
  • Systems Management: IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, Integrated Service Processor, Diagnostic LEDs, drop-down light path diagnostics panel, Automatic Server Restart, optional Remote Supervisor Adapter II SlimLine, IBM Systems Director, IBM ServerGuide™ and optional Remote Deployment Manager
  • Operating systems supported: Microsoft® Windows Server® 2003, Windows® 2000/Advanced Server, Red Hat Linux®, SUSE Linux, Novell NetWare, VMware ESX Server, Solaris 10 (planned)
  • Limited warranty: 3-year customer replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty

User Reviews (1)

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    chassis is very well designed, easy to install and access

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    can be set up with a high storage capacity

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    plenty of room to expand in the future

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    quality remote management features, easy to work with and maintain 24/7

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    good airflow through the chassis, stays cool

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    can control power consumption reliably, throttling performance as needed

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    LED matrix gives a quick at-a-glance status display, handy for troubleshooting


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Chris Rodinis
Chris Rodinis: #ibm_x3650 For readers who would like a review from a different angle here is a video overview of the IBM x3650 M4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps2xht5Qmno Jul 29, 13
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