Small Office/Home Office - An excellent first server, packing large internal storage capacity and capable performance into a compact, quiet mini tower chassis that delivers efficient, worry-free operation. / Dell PowerEdge T20 Mini-tower Server - 1 x Intel Xeon E3-1225 v3 Quad-core (4 Core) 3.20 GHz - 4 GB Installed DDR3 SDRAM - 1 TB HDD - Serial ATA Controller - 1 x 290 W - 1 Processor Support - 32 GB RAM Support / 1 Processor Support - 32 GB RAM Support
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
Excellent value, quick to set up.
By Michael D
This little server is an excellent value. It appears that Dell is shooting directly at the Lenovo TS140 market, and with this one they hit a bullseye!
Comes well packed in a typical Dell shipping box.
Includes 4 GB ECC RAM (not that you will leave it that way, but it gives you a baseline and a way to make sure it posts straight out of the box)
Nice fit and finish, particularly at this price point.
Good internal cable management.
Decent expandability for a server this size, up to 4 3.5" drives with snap-in plastic caddies included and 2 2.5" drives, although there are only 4 SATA ports on the board, so you will need an add on card for 6 drives.
Good compatibility with Windows Server 2012 R2. No additional drivers were necessary during the install, it even recognized the Intel software RAID array.
Also worked fine with Ubuntu 16.04, no hardware detection issues. I didn't try the software RAID.
Flexible memory options. In critical usage, use ECC RAM, but for less demanding requirements plain DDR3L works fine.
Only 1 NIC onboard. Not a big deal, since there are PCIe slots, but still.....
Funky power supply plugs. If you are going to use these in an importatant role you will need to either have a spare power supply on hand or an adapter cable, so you can swap out a bad supply quickly. To be fair, the Lenovo TS 140 also uses non-standard power supply connectors.
No hot-swap bays and no way to add any. Cold drive swaps only take a minute or so due to tool-less drive caddies though.
Overall, an impressive small server which in my view, pulls slightly ahead of the Lenovo TS 140 in overall value.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
By J. Peck
This is a great entry to mid level server at a great price. As configured it is a decent entry level rig. It is also very upgrade-able. Buying this and upgrading is much cheaper than buying a custom configured PowerEdge from Dell's site.
I added a SSD for the system drive and database files.
I also added two more 1TB drives to create a RAID 5 array for files, images, and videos. This is all running off the built-in power supply. At the time of writing this review, the cheapest 1 TB Toshiba drives on Amazon are the same model that are included in this machine, if you want to buy matching drives for RAID.
I will be upgrading the RAM to 32 GB soon as we begin to host lots of remote desktop sessions in the upcoming months.
With 2-3 remote desktops hosted plus MySQL and files sharing with 10-15 users, this processor doesn't even go above about 10-20% usage. Memory is about 25% used. Performance has been great.
If you plan to install a server video card, check the power requirements. The built-in power supply is not very beefy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
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Dell PowerEdge T20 Mini-tower Server
This is absolutely great mini-server for home use. I was considering Synology NAS with Raid10 configuration but ended up with this Poweredge toy for about one third the price intended for NAS.
It has 4 SATA ports on the board, if you need to expand storage you will have to install one of those add-on cards. I added a card with eSata port and hooked one of the RAID enclosures.
Ubuntu 16.04 installation was flawless. For some reason software RAID was performing better than a "hardware RAID" options. I am not an IT pro so I just measured power consumption with Kill-A-Watt with 6 simultaneous streams to TV and hand held devices (using Plex server). It was about 3-5% more efficient with "software" RAID option. Not a lot more, but if you have kids constantly streaming, then you can eventually save enough coins on electricity for a couple cans of beer.
One tip is definitely to upgrade RAM. Server comes with 4GB what is already ok, but if you want to boost performance, then definitely go for an extra RAM,
Overall, it is a perfect machine that you can configure to you needs.