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RimBlock

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Of course someone else's use case is going to vary, but for mine, I don't see the point of upgrading L5520's and using up more power unless I can get more cores with a 5600 series 6-core chip. And the price simply does not support that upgrade yet - cheaper to simply install more nodes.
The L5530 has a lower power draw. Worth the premium over the L5520 ?. I would guess some would think so.

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The L5530 has a lower power draw. Worth the premium over the L5520 ?. I would guess some would think so.

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I have 2x L5530's. You get a 133MHz higher base clock over the L5520 and turbo up to 2.66GHz but with the same 60w TDP.
 

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There are lots of 10 for $425 plus 15 shipping with an offer option Lot of 10 Intel Xeon L5520 2 26GHz 8MB LGA1366 Slbfa 0735858207881 | eBay may be hassle but bet someone here maybe interested in 2 xtras

Also for those looking best offer: Intel Xeon L5638 2 GHz Six Core Processor LGA 1366 Westmere EP ES Retail B1 | eBay - bet these could be bought for $225 or less

Looked at some of the 1u dual cpu systems to part but nogo price wise for the l5520 + 4gb sticks
Did someone pick up the L5638s? Seller gave me an offer but checked in the morning and they were gone.
 

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They show as a completed listing sold at $275 each. Good for the seller, but whoever bought them overpaid.
 
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Patrick

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Anyone tried these Kingston units $55 obo per CPU for RAM.
Kingston 12GB 3 x 4GB Memory Kit for Servers DDR3 PC3 10600 | eBay ? Seems like these may be an idea for C6100 memory.

Also since we are buyers here... good to know if anyone does win with offers.
Will give it a shot. Got these @ $40 each. Sub $15/ DIMM. Still 1 left if someone wants one.

BTW the single L5520 machines are working fine so if you don't need dual CPU nodes, that is another way to go.
 

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You can find 2.5" drive sleds for a Dell C6100 on eBay, but they are some of the most expensive of all drive sleds - $20 to $30 each. The good news is that HP drive sleds fit - and fit perfectly.

dba - Did you physically install with a drive and verify it reaches the backplane ok?

My 2.5" C6100's arrived today and I set about some testing. I actually was able to make the Supermicro trays i purchased from eBay for testing to fit with a very easy modifcation, only to discover that the drive doesn't reach the backplane. Pics to follow.
 

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The model is not on the Kingston compatibility list. The KTD-PE313SK3/12G is listed and so is the KTD-PE313K3/24G so I guess there is a reasonible chance. The Kingston ram in my ML110 G7 is not on their list as compatible but works fine.

The Kingston compatibility list for the C6100 is here.

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Supermicro 2.5" trays

As my 2 C6100 2.5" chassis arrived today, I went about some testing.

Again, here is the SM tray I bought from eBay:



They would not fasten into the chassis, as the 'retainer' was too wide:



10 seconds with the razor knife removed the plastic parts of the 'retainer', making it a perfect fit:



Fastened into the chassis:



However, when inserting the drive it didn't feel like it 'seated'. A quick peek shows the SATA connector does not reach the backplane:




Really hoping that dba verified the drive reaches and works with the HP drive trays.
 

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Absolutely. I would have felt awful if others had spent money on HP trays only to find that I hadn't done actual testing! I pulled four trays from an HP DL server and booted up all four C6100 nodes using SSD drives in those HP trays.

I also tested the Supermicro trays - with and without modifications - and posted that they cannot be made to work.

dba - Did you physically install with a drive and verify it reaches the backplane ok?

My 2.5" C6100's arrived today and I set about some testing. I actually was able to make the Supermicro trays i purchased from eBay for testing to fit with a very easy modifcation, only to discover that the drive doesn't reach the backplane. Pics to follow.
 
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cafcwest

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Absolutely. I would have felt awful if others had spent money on HP trays only to find that I hadn't done actual testing! I pulled four trays from an HP DL server and booted up all four C6100 nodes using SSD drives in those HP trays.

I also tested the Supermicro trays - with and without modifications - and posted that they cannot be made to work.

Big sigh of relief. Thank you sir!
 

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Big sigh of relief. Thank you sir!
Can confirm. Two issues I had -
1. I ran out of the correct sized screws with flat heads. D'oh.
2. On an older generation Vertex 1 - the metal EMI gasket was too big. Just installed the drive with the sled no EMI gasket and it worked fine.

Very funny to see the Dell chassis with HP sleds ;-)
 

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Any chance we can have the main thread updated with the compatible sled details (possibly the known failures / incompatibles as well). All the info in one place is a great resource.

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Any chance we can have the main thread updated with the compatible sled details (possibly the known failures / incompatibles as well). All the info in one place is a great resource.

RB
On the list!
 

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Do you need 2.5" sleds for your Dell C6100? Shocked at the price? Now there is a far less expensive option.

You can find 2.5" drive sleds for a Dell C6100 on eBay, but they are some of the most expensive of all drive sleds - $20 to $30 each. The good news is that HP drive sleds fit - and fit perfectly. The sleds you need are those from any G5, G6, or G7 DL series server or MSA70 drive chassis. I'd post a photo but image upload is not supported in this forum. Luckily for you, these are some of the most popular drive sleds in the world and some of the least expensive. I just picked up 48 sleds for $220 - less than $5 each.
Excellent find, screw Dell sleds, I knew something else must fit, the HP DL series have been quite popular over the years and people have been dumping thousands of these HP sleds for less than US$3 around here.

Might wanna inform other visitors about this in the C6100 thread (esp those who reach this site from the search engines), I would have missed this news if I didn't click into this thread.