PE6850 recommendations

David Hubbard dhubbard at
Fri Feb 16 19:18:36 CST 2007

Why build with that?  Get the 6950, it kicks the 6850's ass while
consuming less power and will run off 110v instead of requiring
you to run 208v circuits (if you don't already have 208v in your
racks).  You also get faster bus, better I/O, etc.  Drive bays
and raid controller expandability are the same, raid controller
itself offers better performance.  We've got one 6850 with quad
3.66 GHz MP's and have had a few 6950's with quad dual-core 2.8
GHz Opteron's and the difference is huge.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-poweredge-bounces at 
> [mailto:linux-poweredge-bounces at] On Behalf Of Mad Unix
> Sent: Monday, February 12, 2007 1:55 AM
> To: Linux-PowerEdge at
> Subject: PE6850 recommendations
> I want to build a Server using PoewrEdge 6850 running raid 5 
> or raid 10 (didn't decide till now about raid config)!
> the server will be a web server with DB running RHEL4 and Oracle, 
> please can you tell me if my proposed technical spec would be 
> okay and run smoothly with Redhat, such as 
> Hard Drive Configuration,Hard Drive Back plane,Primary 
> Controller,Primary Hard Drive, RAID10, RAID5, No. of the 
> hardisks and volume..etc
> DELL PowerEdge 6850 Technical Specification
> Processors New Dual-Core Intel(r)  Xeon(r) MP processors, Dual 
> Intel Xeon processor upgradeable to Quad on motherboard; 
> with the following options of processor speeds* 
> Dual Core Intel(r) Xeon(r) Processor 7140M, 3.4GHz, 16MB L3 Cache, 
> Front Side Bus 800MHz front side bus
> Chipset Intel (r) 8501
> Memory   16GB DDR2 SDRAM expandable up to 64GB 
> Hard Drives 5 X 73GB (15,000 rpm) Serial Attached SCSI SAS 
> Hot pluggable hard drives 
> Drive Controller Dual channel integrated SCSI controller.
> RAID Controllers Embedded Dual Channel RAID Controller: SAS 
> 3.0 Gb/s with 256MB battery-backed cache supports all RAID Levels
> Graphics Integrated ATI-Radeon 7000 with 16MB of SDRAM 
> Optical Devices: DVD/CD RW combo Drive. 
> Drive Bays Internal hard drive bay to support up to five 1" 
> SAS SCSI hard drives 
> Expansion Slots & I/O Slots 7 total I/O slots on 3 PCI buses4 
> hot-plug PCI-Express slots (one x8, three x4)1 hot-plug PCI-X 
> slot (64-bit/133MHz), 2 non hot-plug 
> Ports Rear: (2) USB 2.0, (1) 9-pin serial, (1) video, (1) ID 
> push button with blue/amber LED Front: (2) USB 2.0, (1) ID 
> push button with blue/amber LED, (1) 15-pin video, system 
> power on/off button
> Communications Embedded Dual Gigabit Ethernet controller 
> (10/100/1000) 
> Compatibility  Red Hat(r) Enterprise Linux(r) 3 and 4; SUSE(r) 
> Linux Enterprise Server 9 EM64T SP
> Power and Cooling 1,470W, hot-plug redundant power, 200-240 
> Volts only with Hot-plug, redundant cooling fans
> Chassis   Rack-mountable Chassis 4U 
> Country of Origin Main System Ireland
> Warranty  Three Years on-site (Parts & Labor)
> any comments would be really appreciated.
> -- 
> madunix 

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