Wednesday, September 17, 2008

NEW - System x3850 M2 servers feature four-core and six-core Intel Xeon MP processors

IBM Canada Ltd. Hardware Announcement A08-1191
September 16, 2008

Planned availability: October 31st, 2008

New IBM® System x3850 M2 servers incorporate high-performance, quad-core and six-core Xeon® MP processors:

  • Models are powered with quad-core and six-core Intel® Xeon MP processors at up to 2.66 GHz with 9 MB of L2 cache and 16 MB L3 cache

  • Up to 256 GB of high-speed, lower-power, PC2-5300 ECC double data rate 2 (DDR2) SDRAM system memory

  • Seven 2.5 Gb PCIE x8 I/O slots (two are hot-plug)

  • Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) controller

  • Integrated Broadcom 5709 Dual-port 10/100/1000 Megabit Ethernet

  • Four 2.5-inch hot-swap bays for flexible installation of HDDs, supporting up to 584 GB1 internal data storage

  • Standard Remote Supervisor Adapter II Slimline, enabling remote, full-band systems management

  • Two 1440-watt, voltage sensing, rear access, hot-swap power supplies

  • UltraSlim Enhanced SATA CD-RW / DVD-ROM Combo drive

  • Five USB ports (two can be used for USB keyboard and mouse), SVGA video port, one serial port, and two Gb Ethernet ports per chassis

Warranty: Three years, customer replaceable unit (CRU) and on-site2 service, limited warranty3; optional warranty service upgrades available.

The new models of the x3850 M2 server are powered with quad-core and six-core Intel Xeon MP processors at up to 2.66 GHz with 9 MB of L2 cache and 16 MB L3 cache.


The x3850 M2 server is the fourth generation of the Enterprise X-Architecture®, delivering innovation with enhanced reliability and availability features to enable optimal performance for databases, enterprise applications, and virtualized environments.

Potential benefits include:

  • Increased performance

  • Memory reliability and availability

  • Low-power cost-effective memory with Advanced Buffer eXecution chip delivering power savings as much as 37% in power usage in the memory subsystem and lower latency for optimal performance

  • Enhanced systems management capabilities

  • Power management savings

  • Quad-core and six-core processing performance


  • Active Memorytm with hot-swap support: Memory ProteXion, Chipkilltm, memory mirroring, and hot-swap and hot-add memory, for high performance with 256 MB XceL4v cache per chassis

  • Up to 32 DIMM slots per chassis delivering up to 256 GB of high-speed PC2-5300 double data rate (DDR2) memory

  • Serial Attach SCSI (SAS) plus RAID to maximize throughput and ease installation of a RAID card

  • Four 2.5-inch SAS HDDs, up to 584 GB1 of maximum internal storage

  • High-performance integrated dual Megabit Ethernet built-in, high-speed networking with support for latest technologies

  • Integrated Remote Supervisor Adapter II Slimline

  • 4 U rack-optimized, tool-free chassis that strikes the balance between rack density and ease of maintenance

  • Rear access power supplies for easy access

Fourth-generation eX4 technology features

  • Advanced fourth-generation Chipkill ECC memory controller to help correct single-, two-, three-, and four-bit memory errors

  • Memory ProteXion and memory mirroring support

  • Active PCIE x8 I/O slots, as well as hot-add and hot-swap adapters

  • Hot-swap drive bays and redundant fans to replace select components without powering down the server

  • Two hot-swap, rear access, redundant power supplies with 220 V ac input

  • Predictive Failure Analysis® (PFA) on processors, memory, fans, power supply, and HDD options to help warn of problems before they occur

  • Innovative light path diagnostics and top access design; easy to service and configure
System x3850 M2 Non-scalable Models - 3 year warranty
System x3850 M2 - 2 x 2.13 GHz/6 MB L2/8 MB L3, 4 core,
72332RU          E7420, 90W, 4x1 GB w/2 memory cards
System x3850 M2 - 2 x 2.4 GHz/9 MB L2/12 MB L3, 6 Core,
72335RU          E7450, 90W, 8x1 GB w/4 memory cards
System x3850 M2 - 2 x 2.66 GHz/9 MB L2/16 MB L3, 6 Core,
72336RU          x7460, 130W, 8x1 GB w/4 memory cards
System x3850 M2 - 2 x 2.13 GHz/6 MB L2/12 MB L3, 4 Core,
72337RU          L7445, 50W, 4x1 GB w/2 memory cards
System x3850 M2 Express Model
System x3850 M2 - 2 x 2.4 GHz/9 MB L2/12 MB L3, 6 Core, 
7233E5U          E7450, 90W, 8x2 GB w/4 memory cards

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