Dell POWEREDGE R710 Specifications

PowerEdge R710
Technical Guide
The Dell PowerEdge
R710, with the
performance of Intel®
Xeon® processors,
offers you a 2U rack
server to efficiently
address a wide range
of key business
applications.
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Table of Contents
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Product Comparison ........................................................................................... 7
1.1
Overview .................................................................................................. 7
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Strong IT Foundation............................................................................... 7
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Customer-Inspired Design ......................................................................... 7
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Enhanced Virtualization ........................................................................... 7
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Energy Efficient .................................................................................... 7
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Easy to Manage ..................................................................................... 8
1.1.6
Dell Services ........................................................................................ 8
1.2
Comparison ............................................................................................... 8
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Key Technologies............................................................................................. 11
2.1
Overview ................................................................................................ 11
2.2
Detailed Information .................................................................................. 11
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System Overview ............................................................................................. 12
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Mechanical .................................................................................................... 15
4.1
Chassis Description..................................................................................... 15
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Dimensions and Weight ................................................................................ 15
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Front Panel View and Features ...................................................................... 15
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Back Panel View and Features ....................................................................... 16
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Power Supply Indicators ............................................................................... 16
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NIC Indicators ........................................................................................... 17
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Internal Chassis Views ................................................................................. 17
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Rails and Cable Management ......................................................................... 18
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ReadyRails Sliding Rails ......................................................................... 18
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ReadyRails Static Rails .......................................................................... 19
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Fans ...................................................................................................... 19
4.10 LCD Control Panel ...................................................................................... 19
4.11 Security .................................................................................................. 20
4.11.1
Cover Latch ....................................................................................... 20
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Bezel ............................................................................................... 20
4.11.3
Hard Drive ......................................................................................... 20
4.11.4
TPM ................................................................................................. 21
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Power Off Security ............................................................................... 21
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Intrusion Alert .................................................................................... 21
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Secure Mode ...................................................................................... 21
4.12 USB Key .................................................................................................. 21
4.13 Battery ................................................................................................... 21
4.14 Field Replaceable Units (FRU)........................................................................ 21
4.15 User Accessible Jumpers, Sockets, and Connectors ............................................... 21
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Power, Thermal, Acoustic .................................................................................. 22
5.1
Power Efficiency ....................................................................................... 22
5.2
Main Power Supply ..................................................................................... 22
5.3
Power Supply Specifications .......................................................................... 23
5.4
Heat Dissipation ........................................................................................ 23
5.5
Environmental Specifications......................................................................... 23
5.6
Power Consumption Testing .......................................................................... 24
5.7
Maximum Input Amps .................................................................................. 25
5.8
Energy Smart Enablement ............................................................................ 25
5.9
Energy Star Compliance ............................................................................... 25
5.10 Acoustics ................................................................................................ 25
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Processors .....................................................................................................
6.1
Overview ................................................................................................
6.2
Features .................................................................................................
6.3
Supported Processors ..................................................................................
6.4
Processor Configurations ..............................................................................
6.4.1
Single Processor Configuration .................................................................
6.4.2
Processor Power Voltage Regulation Modules (EVRD 11.1) .................................
6.5
Processor Installation ..................................................................................
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Memory ........................................................................................................
7.1
Overview ................................................................................................
7.2
DIMMs Supported .......................................................................................
7.2.1
Memory Modes ....................................................................................
7.2.2
DIMM Population Rules ..........................................................................
7.3
Speed ....................................................................................................
7.4
DIMM Slots ...............................................................................................
7.5
Low Voltage DIMMs .....................................................................................
7.6
Mirroring .................................................................................................
7.7
Sparing ...................................................................................................
7.8
Memory Scrubbing......................................................................................
7.9
Advanced ECC (Lockstep) Mode ......................................................................
7.10 Optimizer (Independent Channel) Mode ............................................................
7.11 Supported Configurations .............................................................................
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Chipset ........................................................................................................
8.1
Overview ................................................................................................
8.1.1
Intel I/O Hub (IOH)...............................................................................
8.1.2
IOH QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) .............................................................
8.1.3
IOH PCI Express ...................................................................................
8.1.4
Intel I/O Controller Hub 9 (ICH9) ..............................................................
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BIOS ............................................................................................................
9.1
Overview ................................................................................................
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Supported ACPI States .................................................................................
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I2C (Inter-Integrated Circuit) .........................................................................
10 Embedded NICs/LAN on Motherboard (LOM) .............................................................
11 PCI Slots .......................................................................................................
11.1 Overview ................................................................................................
11.2 PCI Express Risers ......................................................................................
11.3 Express Card Specifications (x16)....................................................................
11.4 Quantities and Priorities ..............................................................................
11.5 PCI Card Dimensions ...................................................................................
12 Storage ........................................................................................................
12.1 Overview ................................................................................................
12.2 Internal Hard Disk Drives ..............................................................................
12.2.1
Diskless Configuration Support .................................................................
12.2.2
Hard Drive LED Indicators .......................................................................
12.3 RAID Configurations ....................................................................................
12.4 Storage Controllers ....................................................................................
12.4.1
SAS 6/iR ...........................................................................................
12.4.2
PERC 6/i ...........................................................................................
12.4.3
PERC H200 .........................................................................................
12.4.4
PERC H700 .........................................................................................
12.5 Optical Drives ...........................................................................................
12.6 Tape Drives .............................................................................................
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Video ...........................................................................................................
Rack Information .............................................................................................
14.1 Overview ................................................................................................
14.2 Rails ......................................................................................................
14.3 Cable Management Arm (CMA) .......................................................................
14.4 Rack View ...............................................................................................
15 Operating Systems ...........................................................................................
16 Systems Management ........................................................................................
16.1 Overview ................................................................................................
16.2 Server Management ....................................................................................
16.3 Embedded Server Management ......................................................................
16.4 Dell Lifecycle Controller and Unified Server Configurator .......................................
16.5 Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller..........................................................
16.6 iDRAC6 Express .........................................................................................
16.7 iDRAC6 Enterprise ......................................................................................
16.8 iDRAC6 Enterprise with Virtual Flash (vFlash) Media .............................................
17 USB Peripherals ..............................................................................................
Appendix A. Certifications .....................................................................................
A.1
Regulatory Certifications .............................................................................
A.2
Product Safety Certifications .........................................................................
A.3
Electromagnetic Compatibility .......................................................................
A.4
Ergonomics, Acoustics and Hygienics ...............................................................
Appendix B. Additional Information and Options ...........................................................
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Power Supply Status ................................................................................ 17
Power Supply Specifications ....................................................................... 23
Environmental Specifications ...................................................................... 23
Power Consumption Testing ....................................................................... 24
Acoustical Performance ............................................................................ 25
Intel Xeon 5500 and 5600 Processor Series Features ........................................... 27
Supported Processors ............................................................................... 28
Supported Hard Drives.............................................................................. 41
Factory RAID Configurations ....................................................................... 42
Storage Card Support Matrix....................................................................... 45
Graphics Video Modes .............................................................................. 47
Supported Racks ..................................................................................... 49
Rail Adjustability Ranges and Depth ............................................................. 50
Unified Server Configurator Features and Description......................................... 55
Features List for Base Management Functionality, iDRAC, and vFlash ...................... 57
Product Safety Certifications ...................................................................... 60
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Industry Standards .................................................................................. 62
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Front View (2.5‖ Hard Drive Chassis) ............................................................
Front View (With Optional Bezel) ................................................................
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Internal Chassis View ..............................................................................
Fan Gantry...........................................................................................
Control Panel .......................................................................................
Power Supplies ......................................................................................
Memory Channels ...................................................................................
R710 Sliding Rails with Optional CMA ............................................................
2U Threaded Rack Adapter Brackets Kit ........................................................
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1 Product Comparison
1.1 Overview
The Dell™ PowerEdge™ R710 is a 2-socket 2U rack server that can help you operate efficiently and
lower total cost of ownership (TCO) with enhanced virtualization capabilities, improved energy
efficiency, and innovative system management tools.
1.1.1
Strong IT Foundation
You want a data center built for organic growth and the ability to scale based on your company’s
changing requirements. You need complete solutions that let you focus your time and money on
managing and growing your business. Dell responds with an expanding portfolio of enterprise servers,
storage technologies, and services with a single goal: to help you simplify IT. The PowerEdge R710 is
designed for versatility and high performance, providing many of the virtualization, system
management, and energy-efficiency features you need now with the necessary scalability to change
as your business grows.
1.1.2
Customer-Inspired Design
Dell PowerEdge 11th generation servers are designed to meet customer needs with excellent
reliability, security, and commonality, making your experience easier. With Dell’s system
commonality, once your IT managers learn one system, they understand how to manage nextgeneration Dell servers. Logical component layout and power supply placement provide a
straightforward installation and redeployment experience. The PowerEdge R710 provides an
interactive LCD for alerting and control of basic management. The LCD also provides system health
monitoring and checks the AC power meter and ambient temperature monitor that is included with
each server. The PowerEdge R710 features robust metal hard drive carriers and organized cabling,
designed to help improve component access and airflow across the server for better reliability.
1.1.3
Enhanced Virtualization
Featuring embedded hypervisors, large memory capacity with 18 DIMM slots, and four integrated
network connections, the Dell PowerEdge R710 delivers better overall system performance and
greater virtual machine-per-server capacity. The latest Intel® Xeon® processor technology adapts to
your software in real-time, processing more tasks simultaneously. With optional factory-integrated
virtualization capabilities, you get tailored solutions that allow you to streamline deployment and
simplify virtual infrastructures. Choose your hypervisor from market leaders such as VMware®,
Citrix®, and Microsoft®, and enable virtualization with a few mouse clicks.
1.1.4
Energy Efficient
The PowerEdge R710 reduces power consumption while increasing performance capacity with Energy
Smart technologies such as right-sized efficient power supply units, improved system-level design
efficiency, and policy-driven power and thermal management. Dell’s advanced thermal control
delivers optimal performance at minimal power consumption without compromising enterprise
performance.
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1.1.5
Easy to Manage
The PowerEdge R710 lets you devote more focus to running your business. The Dell OpenManage™
suite offers enhanced operations and standards-based commands designed to integrate with existing
systems for effective control.
Lifecycle Controller, the optional advanced embedded systems management engine, automates
common management tasks and gives you zero-media, low-touch deployment that is efficient, secure
and user-friendly. Lifecycle Controller works with the standard iDRAC Express or optional iDRAC
Enterprise to help simplify administrator tasks by performing a comprehensive set of provisioning
functions such as system deployment, system updates, hardware configuration, and diagnostics from
a single intuitive interface called Unified Server Configurator (USC) in a pre-OS environment. This
helps eliminate the need to use and maintain multiple pieces of disparate CD/DVD media. With Dell
Lifecycle Controller server deployment automation, the R610 can be up and running fast.
Dell Management Console (DMC), powered by Altiris™ from Symantec™, delivers a single view and a
common data source into the entire infrastructure. DMC is an easily extensible, modular foundation
that can provide basic hardware management or more advanced functions such as asset and security
management. It helps reduce or eliminate manual processes so less time and money is spent keeping
the lights on and more time can be spent on strategic uses of technology.
1.1.6
Dell Services
Dell Services can help reduce IT complexity, lower costs, and eliminate inefficiencies by making IT
and business solutions work harder for you. The Dell Services team takes a holistic view of your needs
and designs solutions for your environment and business objectives while leveraging proven delivery
methods, local talent, and in-depth domain knowledge for the lowest TCO.
1.2 Comparison
Table 1.
Feature Comparison to PowerEdge R610 and R810
Feature
R610
R710
R810
Processor
Intel® Xeon®
processor 5500 and
5600 series
Intel® Xeon®
processor 5500 and
5600 series
Intel® Xeon®
processor 6500 and
7500 series
Form Factor
1U rack
2U rack
2U rack
Front Side Bus
Intel® QuickPath
Interconnect (QPI)
Intel® QuickPath
Interconnect (QPI)
Intel® QuickPath
Interconnect (QPI)
# Sockets
2
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# Cores
2, 4, or 6
2, 4, or 6
4, 6, or 8
L2/L3 Cache
4MB, 8MB, and 12MB
4MB, 8MB, and 12MB
12MB, 18MB, or
24MB (shared)
Chipset
Intel® 5520
Intel® 5520
Intel® 7500
DIMMs
12 DDR3
18 DDR3
32 DDR3
Min/Max RAM
1GB/192GB
1GB/288GB
1GB/512GB
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R610
R710
R810
Drive Bays
6 x 2.5‖
4 x 3.5" with optional
flex bay,
6 x 3.5" without flex
bay, or
8 x 2.5‖
6 x 2.5‖
Hard Drive Types
Hot-plug SAS and
SATA, nearline SAS
and SSD
Hot-plug SAS and
SATA, nearline SAS
and SSD
Hot-plug SAS and
SATA, SATA SSD
External Drive
Bay(s)
Optional internal
SATA slimline optical
drives such as DVDROM or DVD+RW
Optional flex bay
expansion to support
half-height tape
backup unit
N/A
Embedded Hard
Drive Controller
PERC 6/i, SAS 6/iR,
PERC H200, PERC
H700
PERC 6/i, SAS 6/iR,
PERC H200, PERC
H700
PERC H200, PERC
H700
Optional Storage
Controller
Non-RAID:
SAS 5/E
LSI 2032 (for tape
backup unit only)
6Gps SAS HBA
RAID:
SAS 6/iR
PERC 6/i
PERC 6/E
PERC H200
PERC H700
PERC H800
Non-RAID:
SAS 5/E
LSI 2032 (for tape
backup unit only)
6Gps SAS HBA
RAID:
SAS 6/iR
PERC 6/i
PERC 6/E
PERC H200
PERC H700
PERC H800
Non-RAID:
SAS 5/E
LSI 2032 (for tape
backup unit only)
6Gps SAS HBA
RAID:
PERC H200
PERC H700
PERC H800
Availability
Hot-plug hard drives,
hot-plug redundant
power and cooling,
ECC memory,
Single Device Data
Correction (SDDC),
memory demand and
patrol scrubbing,
high-availability
failover cluster
Hot-plug hard drives,
hot-plug redundant
power and cooling,
ECC memory,
Single Device Data
Correction (SDDC),
memory demand and
patrol scrubbing,
high-availability
failover cluster
Server
Management
iDRAC6 Express, BMC,
IPMI 2.0, Dell
OpenManage™
Optional: iDRAC6
Enterprise, vFlash
iDRAC6 Express,
BMC, IPMI 2.0, Dell
OpenManage™
Optional: iDRAC6
Enterprise, vFlash
iDRAC6 Express,
BMC, IPMI 2.0, Dell
OpenManage™
Optional: iDRAC6
Enterprise, vFlash
2 PCIe x8 G2
2 PCIe x8 + 2 PCIe x4
G2 or
1 x PCIe x16 + 2 PCIe
x4 G2
5 PCIe x8 + 2 PCIe
x4
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drives,
hot-plug redundant
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R810
RAID
SAS 6/iR and PERC
H200: RAID 0, 1
PERC 6/i and PERC
H700: RAID 0, 1, 5, 6,
10, 50, 60
SAS 6/iR and PERC
H200: RAID 0, 1
PERC 6/i and PERC
H700: RAID 0, 1, 5,
6, 10, 50, 60
PERC H200:
RAID 0, 1
PERC H700/H800:
RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10,
50, 60
NIC/LOM
Broadcom®
BCM5709C
4 x iSCSI TOE
Optional: various NICs
available
Broadcom®
BCM5709C
4 x iSCSI TOE
Optional: various
NICs available
Broadcom®
BCM5709C
4 x iSCSI TOE
Optional: various
NICs available
USB
2 front, 2 back,
1 internal
2 front, 2 back,
1 internal
2 front, 4 back,
1 internal
Power Supplies
Two redundant hotplug high-efficiency
502W or
two redundant hotplug high-output
717W
Two redundant hotplug high-efficiency
570W or
two redundant hotplug high-output
870W
Two redundant hotplug 1100W
Fans
Six dual-rotor fans
(dual processor
configuration) or
five dual-rotor fans
(single processor
configuration)
Five hot-plug fans
(default processor
configuration) or
four hot-plug fans
(single processor
configuration)
Six hot-plug fans
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2 Key Technologies
2.1 Overview
Key features of the PowerEdge R710 include dual Intel® Xeon® 5500 and 5600 series quad-core and
six-core processors, Intel® 5520 I/O Hub (IOH) with QuickPath Architecture, DDR3 memory, DIMM
thermal sensors, PCI Express Generation 2, iDRAC with integrated video controller, dual-port
embedded Gigabit Ethernet controllers, Internal SD Module, iDRAC6 Express, and optional iDRAC6
Enterprise.
2.2 Detailed Information
The Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 and 5600 series is designed specifically for servers and workstation
applications. The processor features quad-core and six-core processing to maximize performance and
performance/watt for data center infrastructures and highly dense deployments. The processor also
features the Intel Core™ micro-architecture and Intel 64 architecture for flexibility in 64-bit and 32bit applications and operating systems. See section 6 for more information.
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3 System Overview
For the latest information on supported features for the PowerEdge R710, visit Dell.com.
Table 2.
Product Features Summary
Feature
Technical Specification
Form Factor
2U rack
Processors
Dual-core, quad-core, or six-core Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 and
5600 series
Processor Sockets
2
Front Side Bus or
HyperTransport
Intel® QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) (maximum 6.4GT/s)
Cache
Up to 12MB
Chipset
Intel® 5520
Memory1
Up to 288GB (18 DIMM slots): 1GB/2GB/4GB/8GB/16GB DDR3
800MHz, 1066MHz, or 1333MHz
I/O Slots
2 PCIe x8 + 2 PCIe x4 Gen2 or
1 x16 + 2 x4 Gen2
RAID Controller
Internal Controllers:
PERC H200 (6Gb/s)
PERC H700 (6Gb/s) (nonvolatile battery-backed cache:
512MB, 1G)
SAS 6/iR
PERC 6/i (battery-backed
cache: 256MB)
External Controllers:
PERC H800 (6Gb/s) (non-volatile
battery-backed cache: 512MB, 1G)
PERC 6/E (battery-backed cache:
256MB, 512MB)
External HBAs (non-RAID):
6Gb/s SAS HBA
SAS 5/E HBA
LSI2032 PCIe SCSI HBA
Drive Bays
Up to four 3.5‖ drives with optional flex bay,
up to six 3.5‖ drives without flex bay, or
up to eight 2.5‖ SAS or SATA drives with flex bay
Optional flex bay expansion supports half-height tape backup unit
(TBU)
Peripheral bay options:
Slim optical drive bay with choice of DVD-ROM, Combo CD-RW/DVDROM, or DVD+RW
Maximum Internal
Storage
12TB (with 2TB 3.5‖ nearline SAS or SATA drives)
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Technical Specification
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2.5‖ SAS (10,000 rpm): 146GB,
300GB, 600GB
2.5‖ SAS (15,000 rpm): 73GB,
146GB
2.5‖ SATA II (7,200 rpm):
160GB, 250GB, 500GB, 1TB
2.5‖ nearline SAS (7,200 rpm):
500GB, 1TB
2.5‖ nearline SAS (7,200 rpm):
1TB
3.5‖ SATA (7,200 rpm): 250GB,
500GB, 1TB, 2TB
3.5‖ SATA (5,400 rpm): 2TB
3.5‖ 6Gps SAS (7,200 rpm): 2TB
3.5‖ SAS (10,000 rpm): 146GB,
600GB
Communications
Four embedded Broadcom®
NetXtreme II™ 5709C Gigabit
Ethernet NICs with failover and
load balancing; TOE (TCPIP
Offload Engine) supported on
Microsoft® Windows Server®
2003 SP1 or higher with
Scalable Networking Pack;
Optional 1GBe and 10GBe
add-in NICs:
Broadcom® NetXtreme II™
57711 Dual Port Direct Attach
10Gb Ethernet PCI-Express
Network Interface Card with
TOE and iSCSI Offload
Power Supply
Energy Smart: redundant hot-plug high-efficient 570W or
High Output: redundant hot-plug 870W
Availability
DDR3 memory, hot-plug hard drives, optional hot-plug redundant
power supplies, dual embedded NICs with failover and load
balancing support, optional PERC6/i integrated daughtercard
controller with battery-backed cache (or other controllers with
battery-backed cache or non-volatile cache), hot-plug redundant
cooling, toolless chassis, fibre and SAS cluster support, validated for
Dell/EMC SAN
Video
Matrox® G200 with 8MB of cache
Remote Management
iDRAC6 Enterprise (optional)
Systems Management
Dell™ OpenManage™
Microsoft® System Center Essential (SCE) 2010 v2
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3.5‖ SAS (15,000 rpm): 146GB,
300GB, 450GB, 600GB
3.5‖ nearline SAS (7,200 rpm):
500GB, 1TB, 2TB
2.5‖ SATA SSD: 50GB, 100GB
2.5‖ SAS SSD: 149GB
Solid State Storage Cards:
Fusion-io® 160IDSS—160GB ioDrive
PCIe solid state storage card
Fusion-io® 640IDSS—640GB ioDrive
Duo PCIe solid state storage card
Intel® Gigabit ET Dual Port Server
Adapter and Intel® Gigabit ET
Quad Port Server Adapter
Dual Port 10GB Enhanced Intel
Ethernet Server Adapter X520-DA2
(FcoE Ready for Future
Enablement)
Optional add-in NICs:
Brocade® CNA (1020) Dual Port
Server Adapter
Optional add in HBAs:
Brocade® 8 GB HBAs
Emulex® OCE10102-IX-DCNA iSCSI
HBA stand-up adapter
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Technical Specification
Rack Support
ReadyRails™ sliding rails with optional cable management arm for 4post racks (optional adapter brackets required for threaded hole
racks)
ReadyRails™ static rails for 2-post and 4-post racks
Operating Systems
Microsoft® Windows® Small Business Server 2008
Microsoft® Windows® Essential Business Server 2008
Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 SP2, x86/x64 (x64 includes
Hyper-V™)
Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2, x64 (includes Hyper-V™ v2)
Windows® HPC Server 2008 R2
Novell® SUSE® Linux® Enterprise Server
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®
Sun® Solaris™
Optional Embedded Hypervisors:
Citrix® XenServer™
Microsoft® Hyper-V™ through Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008
VMware® vSphere™ 4.1 (including VMware ESX® 4.1 or VMware ESXi™
4.1)
For more information on the specific versions and additions, visit
www.dell.com/OSsupport.
Featured Database
Applications
Microsoft® SQL Server® solutions (see Dell.com/SQL)
Oracle® database solutions (see Dell.com/Oracle)
1
GB means 1 billion bytes and TB equals 1 trillion bytes; actual capacity varies with
preloaded material and operating environment and will be less.
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4 Mechanical
4.1 Chassis Description
The PowerEdge R710 is a 2U rack-mount design that supports the following features:
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New LCD control panel, bezel, and hard-drive carriers
Toolless rack latches,
Pull-out tray for customer labels
Embedded NIC 1 and iDRAC MAC addresses
Support for persistent storage:
o Internal USB and SD card slot
o One external vFlash media slot (on optional iDRAC6 Enterprise card)
Updated power supplies and removal process
4.2 Dimensions and Weight
Figure 1 details the dimensions and weight for the PowerEdge R710.
Y
Za
(With
Bezel)
Za
(Without Zb
Bezel)
Xa
Xb
482.4mm
443.1mm 86.4mm 35.0mm 23.5mm
Figure 1.
680.7mm
Zc
Max
Weight
720.6mm
26.1Kg
Chassis Dimensions
4.3 Front Panel View and Features
The PowerEdge R710 is available in two chassis configurations: 3.5‖ hard drive chassis (see Figure 2)
and 2.5‖ hard drive chassis (see Figure 3).
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Figure 2.
Front View (3.5” Hard Drive Chassis)
Figure 3.
Front View (2.5” Hard Drive Chassis)
Figure 4.
Front View (With Optional Bezel)
See the Front-Panel Features and Indicators section in the About Your System chapter of the
PowerEdge R710 Hardware Owner’s Manual on Support.Dell.com for more information.
4.4 Back Panel View and Features
Figure 5 shows the back view of the PowerEdge R710 server.
Figure 5.
Back View
See the Back-Panel Features and Indicators section in the About Your System chapter of the
PowerEdge R710 Hardware Owner’s Manual on Support.Dell.com for more information.
4.5 Power Supply Indicators
The PowerEdge R710 redundant power supplies have one status bi-color LED: green for AC power
present and amber for a fault as detailed in Table 3.
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Table 3.
LED
Power Supply Status
Power Supply Status
AC Power is not present
AC Power is present
Fault of any kind is detected
DC Power is applied to the system
↔
Redundant power supply mismatch
(when hot-plugged/swapped)
See the Power Indicator Codes section in the About Your System chapter of the PowerEdge R710
Hardware Owner’s Manual on Support.Dell.com for more information.
4.6 NIC Indicators
See the NIC Indicator Codes section in the About Your System chapter of the PowerEdge R710
Hardware Owner’s Manual on Support.Dell.com for more information.
4.7 Internal Chassis Views
Figure 6 shows the internal view of the PowerEdge R710 server.
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Figure 6.
Internal Chassis View
4.8 Rails and Cable Management
4.8.1
ReadyRails Sliding Rails
ReadyRailsTM Sliding Rails for 4-post racks support the following:
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Toolless installation in 19‖ EIA-310-E compliant square or unthreaded round hole 4-post racks
including all generations of Dell racks
Tooled installation in 19‖ EIA-310-E compliant threaded hole 4-post racks (requires the 2U
Threaded Rack Adapter Brackets Kit)
Full extension of the system out of the rack to allow serviceability of key internal components
Optional cable management arm (CMA)
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4.8.2
ReadyRails Static Rails
ReadyRailsTM Static Rails for 4-post and 2-post racks support the following:
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Toolless installation in 19‖ EIA-310-E compliant square or unthreaded round hole 4-post racks
including all generations of Dell racks
Tooled installation in 19‖ EIA-310-E compliant threaded hole 4-post and 2-post racks
See section 14 for more details.
4.9 Fans
Five hot-swappable fans are mounted in a fan gantry that is located in the chassis between the hard
drive bay and the processors. See Figure 7. Each fan has a blind mate 2x2 connector that plugs
directly into the planar. There is an additional fan integrated in each power supply to cool the power
supply subsystem and also provide additional cooling for the whole system. Single processor
configurations have four fans populated.
Figure 7.
Fan Gantry
The Embedded Server Management logic in the system monitors the speed of the fans. A fan failure
or over-temperature in the system results in a notification by iDRAC6. All system fans are pulse-width
modulated fans. Redundant cooling is supported.
4.10 LCD Control Panel
The LCD control panel is located on the front of the system chassis to provide user access to
switches, display, and I/O interfaces. See Figure 8. The control panel includes the following
features:
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ACPI-compliant power button with an integrated green power LED (controlled by iDRAC6)
128x20 pixel LCD with controls:
o Two navigation buttons
o Select button
o System ID button
Non-maskable Interrupt (NMI) button (recessed)
Ambient temperature sensor
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Figure 8.
Control Panel
The LCD panel is a graphics display controlled by the iDRAC6. Both iDRAC6 and BIOS can send error
codes and messages to the display.
The system's LCD panel provides system information and status messages to signify when the system
is operating correctly or when the system needs attention.
BIOS has the ability to enter a secure mode through Setup, which locks the Power and NMI buttons.
When in this mode, the power button can still be used to turn on the server even when the power
button is disabled in System Setup.
For more information on the LCD panel, see the LCD Panel Features section in the About Your System
chapter in the PowerEdge R710 Hardware Owner’s Manual on Support.Dell.com.
4.11 Security
For additional information regarding the following security features, see the PowerEdge R710
Hardware Owner’s Manual on Support.Dell.com.
4.11.1 Cover Latch
The PowerEdge R710 comes with a coin lock entry latch on the top cover of the unit and provides
security for the entire system. The lock provides for toolless access to the chassis.
4.11.2 Bezel
A metal bezel is mounted to the chassis. A lock on the bezel is used to protect unauthorized access
to system peripherals and the LCD control panel. System status on the LCD panel is viewable even
when the bezel is installed.
4.11.3 Hard Drive
The optional front bezel of the system contains a lock which secures the system hard drives. Some
hard drives can still be unplugged from the backplane with the bezel present, but they cannot be
removed from the chassis.
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4.11.4 TPM
The TPM is used to generate and store keys, protect and authenticate passwords, and create and
store digital certificates. The TPM can also be used to store Microsoft® BitLocker™ keys for hard drive
encryption features in Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008. TPM is enabled through a BIOS option and
uses HMAC-SHA1-160 for binding.
4.11.5 Power Off Security
The control panel is designed so the power switch cannot be accidentally activated. The lock on the
bezel secures the switch behind the bezel. In addition, there is a setting in the CMOS setup that
disables the power button function.
4.11.6 Intrusion Alert
A switch mounted on Riser 2 is used to detect chassis intrusion. When the cover is opened, the switch
circuit closes and indicates intrusion to the iDRAC6. When enabled, the software can provide
notification that the cover has been opened.
4.11.7 Secure Mode
BIOS has the ability to enter a secure boot mode through Setup. This mode includes the option to
lock out the power and NMI switches on the control panel or set up a system password.
4.12 USB Key
The port on the control panel is for an optional USB key and is located inside the chassis. Some
possible applications of the USB key are listed as follows:
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User custom boot and pre-boot OS for ease of deployment or diskless environments
USB license keys for software applications like eToken™ or Sentinel Hardware Keys
Storage of custom logs or scratch pads for portable user defined information (not hotswappable)
4.13 Battery
A replaceable coin cell CR2032 3V battery is mounted on the planar to provide backup power for the
Real-Time Clock and CMOS RAM on the ICH9 chip.
4.14 Field Replaceable Units (FRU)
The planar contains a serial EEPROM to contain FRU information including Dell part number, part
revision level, and serial number. The backplane storage enclosure processor (SEP) and the power
supply microcontrollers are also used to store FRU data.
4.15 User Accessible Jumpers, Sockets, and Connectors
See the Jumpers and Connectors chapter in the PowerEdge R710 Hardware Owner’s Manual on
Support.Dell.com.
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5 Power, Thermal, Acoustic
5.1 Power Efficiency
One of the main features of the 11G family of servers is enhanced power efficiency. The R710
achieves higher power efficiency by implementing the following features:
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User-selectable power cap (subsystems throttle to maintain the specified power cap)
Improved power budgeting
Power-supply and voltage-regulator (VR) efficiency improvements
Use of switching regulators instead of linear regulators
Closed-loop thermal throttling
Increased rear venting and 3D venting
Pulse-width modulated (PWM) fans with an increased number of fan zones and configurationdependent fan speeds
Use of DDR3 memory (lower voltage compared to DDR2, UDIMM)
Processor VR dynamic phase shedding
Memory VR static phase shedding
Random time interval for system start
Ability for an entire rack to power on without exceeding the available power
BIOS Power/Performance options page
Active Power Controller (BIOS-based CPU P-state manager)
Ability to power down or throttle memory
Ability to disable a processor core
Ability to turn off embedded NICs or PCIe lanes when not being used
Option to run PCIe at Gen1 speeds instead of Gen2
5.2 Main Power Supply
The base redundant R710 system consists of two hot-plug 570W Energy Smart (energy efficient)
power supplies in a 1+1 configuration. An 870W high-output power supply is also available.
The power supplies connect directly to the planar. There is a power cable to connect between the
planar and the backplane. The R710 power supplies have embedded cooling fans.
Field replaceable unit (FRU) data is stored in the memory of the power supply microcontroller.
Additionally, the power supply firmware can be updated by the iDRAC over the PMBus.
Power is soft-switched, allowing power cycling using a switch on the front of the system enclosure or
by software control (through server management functions).
In a single power supply configuration, the power supply is installed in PS1 location and a power
supply blank (metal cover) is installed in PS2 location for proper system cooling.
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Figure 9.
Power Supplies
5.3 Power Supply Specifications
Table 4.
Power Supply Specifications
Feature
Specification
Wattage
870 Watt (high-output)
570 Watt (Energy Smart)
Voltage
90-264 VAC, auto-ranging, 47-63 Hz
Maximum inrush current
Under typical line conditions and over the
entire system ambient operating range, the
inrush current may reach 55A per power
supply for 10ms or less.
5.4 Heat Dissipation
High Output (870W) power supply: 2968.6 BTU/hr maximum
Energy Smart (570W) power supply: 1944.9 BTU/hr maximum
5.5 Environmental Specifications
Table 5.
Environmental Specifications
Temperature
Operating
10° to 35°C (50° to 95°F) with a maximum temperature
gradation of 10°C per hour
Note: For altitudes above 2950 feet, the maximum
operating temperature is derated 1°F/550 ft.
Storage
-40° to 65°C (-40° to 149°F) with a maximum temperature
gradation of 20°C per hour
Relative Humidity
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Storage
5% to 95% (noncondensing) with a maximum humidity
gradation of 10% per hour
Maximum Vibration
Operating
0.26 Grms at 5-350Hz in operational orientations
Storage
1.54 Grms at 10-250Hz in all orientations
Maximum Shock
Operating
Half sine shock in all operational orientations of 31G +/- 5%
with a pulse duration of 2.6ms +/-10%
Storage
Half sine shock on all six sides of 71G +/- 5% with a pulse
duration of 2 ms +/-10% Square wave shock on all six sides
of 27G with velocity change @ 235 in/sec or greater
Altitude
Operating
-16 to 3048m (-50 to 10,000ft)
Note: For altitudes above 2950 feet, the maximum
operating temperature is derated 1°F/550 ft.
Storage
-16 to 10,600m (-50 to 35,000ft)
5.6 Power Consumption Testing
Table 6.
Power Consumption Testing
Feature
Energy Smart Power Supply
High-Output Power Supply
Dimensions
L-206.4 mm1 x W-67.5 mm x H-76.5 mm
Status Indicators
1 x bi-color Light Emitting Diode
Integrated Fans
1 x 60 mm
IEC-C14
Fixed Input Plug
1
AC Cord Rating
15 Amps @ 120 VAC, 10 Amps @ 240 VAC
Input Voltage
90–264 VAC
Auto-ranging
Yes
Line Frequency
47 – 63 Hertz
Maximum Inrush Current
55 Amps per supply for 10 ms or less
Hot-Swap Capability
Yes
Output Power
570 Watts
870 Watts
Maximum Heat
Dissipation
1944.9 BTU per hour
2968.6 BTU per hour
Efficiency (20% - 100%
Load)
86.9–90.5% @ 115 VAC
85–88% @ 115 VAC
88–92% @ 230 VAC
87–90% @ 230 VAC
Does not include the power supply handle or ejection tab
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5.7 Maximum Input Amps
Maximum input current (High Output—870W):
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12 A @ 90 VAC
6 A @ 180 VAC
Maximum input current (Energy Smart—570W):
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7.8 A @ 90 VAC
3.9 A @ 180 VAC
5.8 Energy Smart Enablement
The 11G family of PowerEdge servers implements aspects of Dell’s Energy Smart strategy. This
strategy offers the following:
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Energy Smart components on a portfolio level, such as high-capacity and Energy Smart power
supplies
Systems with either a lowest power footprint configuration or a best performance per watt
configuration
Energy Smart components (such as DIMMs or hard drives) selected without cherry picking or
screening individual manufacturer’s components based on energy consumption
5.9 Energy Star Compliance
ENERGY STAR® qualified configurations can be accessed from the ENERGY STAR Compliance results
landing page on Dell.com.
5.10 Acoustics
The acoustical design of the PowerEdge R710 reflects adherence to Dell’s high sound quality
standards. Sound quality is different from sound power level and sound pressure level in that it
describes how humans respond to annoyances in sound, like whistles, hums, etc. One of the sound
quality metrics in the Dell specification is prominence ratio of a tone as shown in Table 7.
Table 7.
Acoustical Performance
Typical Configuration @ 23 ± 2 °C
CPUs
HDDs
Power
Supplies
2
4
2
Optical
Drive
1
Operating Mode
LWA-UL
(Bels)
LpA
(dBA)
Prominent
Tones
Idle
5.5
39
None
Stressed
5.9
42
None
The acoustical specification for the R710 is Category II-D.
Definitions
Idle: Reference ISO7779 (1999) definition 3.1.7; system is running in its OS but no other specific
activity.
Stressed Processor: An operating mode per ISO7779 (1999) definition 3.1.6. The software
SPECPower_ssj2008 is utilized to stress the processors. SPECPower is set to 50% loading.
LwA – UL: The upper limit sound power level (LwA) calculated per section 4.4.2 of ISO 9296 (1988)
and measured in accordance to ISO 7779 (1999).
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LpA: Average bystander A-Weighted sound pressure level. The system is placed in a rack with its
bottom at 25 cm from the floor. The acoustic transducers are at the four bystander positions, ref
ISO7779 (1999) Section 8.6.2.
Prominent tone: Criteria of D.5 and D.8 of ECMA-74 9th ed. (2005) are followed to determine if
discrete tones are prominent. The system is placed in a rack with its bottom at 75 cm from the floor.
The acoustic transducer is at front bystander position, ref ISO7779 (1999) Section 8.6.2.
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6 Processors
6.1 Overview
The Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 and 5600 series 2S is the microprocessor designed specifically for
servers and workstation applications. The Intel Xeon processor 5500 series features quad-core
processing to maximize performance and performance/watt for datacenter infrastructures and highly
dense deployments. The Intel 5600 series features six-core processing, offering enhanced systemlevel performance, virtualization, and energy efficiency. The Intel Xeon processor 5500 and 5600
series also feature Intel’s Core™ micro-architecture and Intel 64 architecture for flexibility in 64-bit
and 32-bit applications and operating systems.
The Intel Xeon processor 5500 and 5600 series uses a 1366-contact Flip-Chip Land Grid Array (FCLGA) package that plugs into a surface mount socket. The PowerEdge R710 provides support for up to
two processors.
Table 8.
Intel Xeon 5500 and 5600 Processor Series Features
Feature
5500 Series
5600 Series
# Cores
4
6
Last Level Cache
8MB shared
12MB shared
Multi-processor support
1-2 Processors
1-2 Processors
Front Side Bus (FSB) (MHz)/
Link Frequency (GT/s)
Up to 6.4 GT/s
Up to 6.4 GT/s
Max Thermal Design Power
(TDP)
130W (workstation)
130W (workstation)
95W (server)
95W (server)
Max Frequency
>3GHz
>3GHz
Memory Controller
Integrated 3-channel DDR3
Integrated 3-channel DDR3
Process Technology
45nm
32nm
Intel® Trusted Execution
Technology
No
Yes
Intel® Advanced Encryption
Security- New Instructions
No
Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology
Yes
Yes
Intel® 64
Yes
Yes
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Feature
5500 Series
5600 Series
Intel® Hyper-Threading
Technology
Yes
Yes
Socket
LGA1366
LGA1366
6.2 Features
Key features of the Intel Xeon processor 5500 and 5600 include:
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Two, four, or six cores per processor
Two point-to-point QuickPath Interconnect links at 6.4 GT/s
1366-pin FC-LGA package
32 nm and 45 nm process technology
No termination required for non-populated processors (must populate CPU socket 1 first)
Integrated QuickPath DDR3 memory controller 64-byte cache line size RISC/CISC hybrid
architecture
Compatible with existing x86 code base
MMX™ support—Execute Disable Bit Intel Wide Dynamic Execution
Ability to executes up to four instructions per clock cycle
Simultaneous Multi-Threading (SMT) capability
Support for CPU Turbo Mode (on certain processors)—increases processor frequency if
operating below thermal, power, and current limits for streaming SIMD (Single Instruction,
Multiple Data) Extensions 2, 3, and 4
Intel 64 Technology Intel VT-x and VT-d Technology for virtualization support Enhanced Intel
SpeedStep® Technology
Demand-based switching for active processor power management as well as support for ACPI
P-States, C-States and T-States
Support for DDR3L, 1.35v DIMMs for even lower system power (5600 series)
Support for memory sparing (5600 series)
AES-NI (hardware encryption assist) for more efficient encryption for uses such as online
transactions SSL (5600 series)
Intel TXT (Trusted Execution Technology) provides hardware assisted protection against
emerging software attacks (5600 series)
6.3 Supported Processors
For the latest information on supported processors for the PowerEdge R710, visit Dell.com.
Table 9.
Model
Speed
Supported Processors
Power
Cache
Cores
QPI Speed
X5680
3.33GHz
130W
12M
6
6.4GT/s
X5670
2.93GHz
95W
12M
6
6.4GT/s
X5660
2.80GHz
95W
12M
6
6.4GT/s
X5650
2.66GHz
95W
12M
6
6.4GT/s
L5640
2.26GHz
60W
12M
6
5.86GT/s
X5677
3.46GHz
130W
12M
4
6.4GT/s
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Model
Speed
Power
Cache
Cores
QPI Speed
X5667
3.06GHz
95W
12M
4
6.4GT/s
E5640
2.66GHz
80W
12M
4
5.86GT/s
E5630
2.53GHz
80W
12M
4
5.86GT/s
E5620
2.40GHz
80W
12M
4
5.86GT/s
L5630
2.13GHz
40W
12M
4
5.86GT/s
L5609
1.86GHz
40W
12M
4
4.8GT/s
X5560
2.80GHz
95W
8M
4
6.4GT/s
E5530
2.40GHz
80W
8M
4
5.86GT/s
L5520
2.26GHz
60W
8M
4
5.86GT/s
E5507
2.26GHz
80W
4M
4
4.8GT/s
E5506
2.13GHz
80W
4M
4
4.8GT/s
E5503
2.00GHz
80W
4M
4
4.8GT/s
6.4 Processor Configurations
6.4.1
Single Processor Configuration
The PowerEdge R710 is designed so that a single processor placed in the CPU1 socket functions
normally. The system will halt during power-on self-test (POST) if a single processor is placed in the
CPU2 socket. If using a single processor, the R710 requires a heatsink blank in the CPU2 socket for
thermal reasons.
6.4.2
Processor Power Voltage Regulation Modules (EVRD 11.1)
Voltage regulation to the Intel Xeon processor 5500 and 5600 series 2S is provided by EVRD
(Enterprise Voltage Regulator-Down). EVRDs are embedded on the planar. Processor core voltage is
not shared between processors. EVRDs support static phase shedding and power management through
the PMBus.
6.5 Processor Installation
Refer to the Processors section in the Installing System Components chapter of the Dell PowerEdge
R710 Systems Hardware Owner’s Manual on Support.dell.com for processor installation and removal
instructions.
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7 Memory
7.1 Overview
The PowerEdge R710 uses DDR3 memory, providing a high-performance, high-speed memory
interface capable of low latency response and high throughput. The R710 supports Registered ECC
DDR3 DIMMs (RDIMM) or Unbuffered ECC DDR3 DIMMs (UDIMM).
The system contains 18 memory sockets split into two sets of nine sockets, one set for each
processor. Each nine-socket set is organized into three channels of three memory sockets per
channel.
Key features of the R710 memory system include the following:
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Registered (RDIMM) and Unbuffered (UDIMM) ECC DDR3 technology
Up to 288 GB of RDIMM memory (eighteen 16 GB dual rank RDIMMs)
Up to 24 GB of UDIMM memory (twelve 2 GB UDIMMs)
Support for 1066/1333 MHz single- and dual-rank DIMMs
Support for 1066 MHz quad-rank DIMMs
Support for 1.35V low voltage (LV) DIMMs with 5600 series processors
64 data and eight ECC bits per channel
Support for single DIMM configuration (DIMM in socket A1 only)
Support for ODT (On Die Termination) clock gating (CKE) to conserve power when DIMMs are
not accessed (DIMMs enter a low power self-refresh mode)
I2C access to SPD EEPROM for access to RDIMM thermal sensors
Single Bit Error Correction
SDDC (Single Device Data Correction, x4 or x8 devices)
Support for Closed Loop
Thermal Management on RDIMMs and UDIMMs
Multi Bit Error Detection Support for Memory Optimized Mode
Support for Advanced ECC mode
Support for Memory Mirroring
Support for Memory Sparing with 5600 series processors
7.2 DIMMs Supported
The DDR3 memory interface consists of three channels with up to three RDIMMs or two UDIMMs per
channel for single or dual rank and up to two RDIMMs per channel for quad rank. The interface uses 2
GB, 4 GB, 8 GB, or 16GB RDIMMs. Also supported are 1 GB or 2 GB UDIMMs.
7.2.1
Memory Modes
The memory mode is dependent on how the memory is populated in the system, according to the
following configurations:
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Three channels per processor populated identically
Dual-processor configuration with the memory configurations for each processor being
identical
o Typically, the system will be set to run in Memory Optimized (Independent Channel)
mode in this configuration.
o This mode offers the most DIMM population flexibility and system memory capacity,
but offers the least number of RAS (reliability, availability, service) features.
o Memory modules are installed in numeric order for the sockets beginning with A1 or
B1.
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7.2.2
The first two channels per processor populated identically with the third channel unused
o Typically, two channels operate in Advanced ECC (Lockstep) mode with each other by
having the cache line split across both channels.
o This mode provides improved RAS features (SDDC support for x8-based memory).
o For memory mirroring, two channels operate as mirrors of each other (writes go to
both channels and reads alternate between the two channels).
o For Memory Mirroring or Advanced ECC Mode, the three sockets farthest from the
processor are unused and memory modules are installed beginning with socket A2 or
B2, proceeding in the following order: A2, A3, A5, and A6.
One channel per processor populated
o This is a simple Memory Optimized mode.
o Mirroring is not supported.
DIMM Population Rules
The following DIMM population rules apply:
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If DIMMs of different speeds are mixed, all channels will operate at the fastest common
frequency. RDIMMs and UDIMMs cannot be mixed.
 If memory mirroring is enabled, identical DIMMs must be installed in the same slots across
both channels.
 The third channel of each processor is unavailable for memory mirroring.
 The R710 memory system supports up to 18 DIMMs. DIMMs must be installed in each channel
starting with the DIMM farthest from the processor. Population order is identified by the
silkscreen designator and the System Information Label (SIL) located on the chassis cover.
DIMM slot population for each memory mode is listed as follows:
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Memory Optimized: [1, 2, 3], [4, 5, 6], [7, 8, 9]
Advanced ECC or Mirrored: [2, 3], [5, 6], [8, 9]
Quad Rank or UDIMM: [1,2,3], [4,5,6]
See the figure below for the layout of the R710 memory channels.
Figure 10. Memory Channels
7.3 Speed
The memory frequency is determined by a variety of inputs:

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
Speed of the DIMMs
Speed supported by the processor
Configuration of the DIMMs
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The memory speed of each channel depends on the memory configuration:
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For single- or dual-rank memory modules:
o One memory module per channel supports up to 1333 MHz
o Two memory modules per channel support up to 1066 MHz
o Three memory modules per channel are limited to 800 MHz, regardless of the memory
module speed
For quad-rank memory modules:
o One memory module per channel supports up to 1066 MHz
o Two memory modules per channel are limited to 800 MHz, regardless of memory
module speed
If memory modules with different speeds are installed, they will operate at the speed of the slowest
installed memory module(s).
7.4 DIMM Slots
The PowerEdge R710 has 18 DIMM slots for memory. It does not have any riser cards for DIMM
population.
The first DIMM slot in each channel is color-coded with white ejection tabs for ease of installation.
The DIMM sockets are placed 450 mils (11.43 mm) apart, center-to-center to provide enough space
for sufficient airflow to cool stacked DIMMs.
7.5 Low Voltage DIMMs
With the introduction of the Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series, low voltage (LV) DIMMs have been
added in selected memory configurations for the PowerEdge R710. Only this processor series supports
operating DIMMs at the lower voltage (1.35V, also referred to as DDR3L). The Intel Xeon 5500
processor series does not support low voltage operation. However, due to the backwards-compatible
nature of low voltage DIMMs, they can be operated at 1.5V. Therefore, DDR3L DIMMs can be used in
systems with either processor series, and the platform will automatically choose the appropriate
operating voltage based on the processor populated. DDR3L DIMMs will be qualified and available for
use with Intel Xeon 5500 processor series mid-year 2011. Contact your Dell Sales Representative or
visit Dell.com for more information.
LV DIMMs operate at 1.35V, creating power savings vs. standard memory which operates at 1.5V. In
order to achieve power savings, all DIMMs in the system must be of the LV type. If the system detects
a mixture of standard and LV DIMMs, the BIOS will operate all memory at 1.5V. When operating at
the lower voltage, additional frequency and population restrictions can take effect. For example, 3
DIMMs per channel operation is not supported at low voltage.
The DDR3L standard is completely backwards-compatible at standard voltage. DDR3L DIMMs can
operate at 1.5V without any limitations beyond standard voltage DDR3 DIMMs. As part of the addition
of LV DIMMs, the platform has certain default behaviors. Whenever possible, if there is no
performance degradation, the platform will default to 1.35V operation when using DDR3L DIMMs. In
certain cases, where a configuration is populated that cannot support 1.35V or a performance
degradation would result, the platform defaults to 1.5V operation. There are also options to override
default voltage within allowed limits.
7.6 Mirroring
The R710 system supports memory mirroring if identical memory modules are installed in the two
channels closest to the processor (memory not installed in the farthest channel). Mirroring must be
enabled in the System Setup program. In a mirrored configuration, the total available system
memory is one-half of the total installed physical memory.
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7.7 Sparing
Systems with the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series support memory sparing. Sparing requires identical
memory installed in all three channels. One of the three channels is considered the Spare Channel,
and two-thirds of the total installed memory is usable and is the amount reported during POST and in
BIOS setup.
7.8 Memory Scrubbing
The PowerEdge R710 memory interface supports memory demand and patrol scrubbing, single-bit
correction and multi-bit error detection. Correction of a x4 or x8 device failure is also possible with
SDDC in the Advanced ECC mode. Additionally, correction of a x4 device failure is possible in the
Memory Optimized mode.
7.9 Advanced ECC (Lockstep) Mode
In Advanced ECC (Lockstep) mode, the two channels closest to the processor are combined to form
one 128-bit channel. This mode supports Single Device Data Correction (SDDC) for both x4- and x8based memory modules. Memory modules must be identical in size, speed and technology in
corresponding slots.
7.10 Optimizer (Independent Channel) Mode
In Optimizer (Independent Channel) mode, all three channels are populated with identical memory
modules. This mode permits a larger total memory capacity but does not support SDDC with x8-based
memory modules.
A minimal single-channel configuration of 1 GB memory modules per processor is also supported in
this mode.
7.11 Supported Configurations
See the System Memory section in the Installing System Components chapter in the Dell PowerEdge
R710 Systems Hardware Owner's Manual on Support.dell.com.
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8 Chipset
8.1 Overview
The PowerEdge R710 planar incorporates the Intel® Xeon® 5500 processor series chipset for I/O and
processor interfacing. This chipset is designed to support the Intel Xeon 5500 and 5600 processor
series family, QuickPath Interconnect, DDR3 memory technology, and PCI Express Generation 2. The
chipset consists of the Intel 5500 chipset I/O Hub (IOH) and ICH9.
8.1.1
Intel I/O Hub (IOH)
The planar uses the Intel 5500 chipset IOH to provide a link between the Intel Xeon processor series
5500 and 5600 processor(s) and the I/O components. The main components of the IOH consist of two
full-width QuickPath Interconnect links (one to each processor), 36 lanes of PCI Express Gen2, a x4
Direct Media Interface (DMI), and an integrated IOxAPIC.
8.1.2
IOH QuickPath Interconnect (QPI)
The QuickPath Architecture consists of serial point-to-point interconnects for the processors and the
IOH. The R710 has a total of three QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) links—one link connecting the
processors, and multiple links connecting both processors with the IOH. Each link consists of 20 lanes
(full-width) in each direction with a link speed of 6.4 GT/s. An additional lane is reserved for a
forwarded clock. Data is sent over the QPI links as packets.
The QuickPath Architecture implemented in the IOH and processors features four layers:




8.1.3
Physical layer—This layer consists of the actual connection between components. It supports
Polarity Inversion and Lane Reversal for optimizing component placement and routing.
Link layer—This layer is responsible for flow control and the reliable transmission of data.
Routing layer—This layer is responsible for the routing of QPI data packets.
Protocol layer—This layer is responsible for high-level protocol communications, including the
implementation of a MESIF (Modify, Exclusive, Shared, Invalid, Forward) cache coherence
protocol.
IOH PCI Express
PCI Express is a serial point-to-point interconnect for I/O devices. PCIe Generation 2 doubles the
signaling bit rate of Generation 1 from 2.5 Gb/s to 5 Gb/s. Each of the PCIe Gen2 ports are
backwards-compatible with Gen1 transfer rates.
The IOH has 36 PCI Express lanes. The lanes are partitioned as two x2 PCI Express Gen2 ports and
eight x4 PCI Express Gen2 ports. The x2 ports can be combined as a x4 link; however, this x4 link
cannot be combined with any of the other x4 ports. Two neighboring x4 ports can be combined as a
x8 link, and both resulting x8 links can combine to form a x16 link.
8.1.4
Intel I/O Controller Hub 9 (ICH9)
ICH9 is a highly-integrated I/O controller, supporting the following functions:

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
Six x1 PCI Express Gen1 ports, with the capability of combining ports 1-4 as a x4 link
PCI Bus 32-bit Interface Rev 2.3 running at 33 MHz
Serial ATA (SATA) ports with transfer rates up to 300 MB/s (R710 supports two SATA ports for
optical devices or tape backup)
Six UHCI and two EHCI (high-speed 2.0) USB host controllers, with up to 12 USB ports (R710
uses five of these ports for internal and external use)
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
Four external USB ports and one internal USB port
Power management interface (ACPI 3.0b compliant)
Platform Environmental Control Interface (PECI)
I/O interrupt controller
SMBus 2.0 controller
Low Pin Count (LPC) interface to Super I/O, Trusted Platform Module (TPM), and SPI-VU
Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) support for up to two devices (R710 BIOS is connected to the
ICH9 using SPI)
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9 BIOS
9.1 Overview
The R710 BIOS is based on the Dell BIOS core, supporting the following features:
 Intel® Xeon® 5500 and 5600 processor series 2S support
 Simultaneous Multi-Threading (SMT) support
 Processor Turbo Mode support
 PCI 2.3 compliant
 Plug and Play 1.0a compliant
 MP (Multiprocessor) 1.4 compliant
 Ability to boot from hard drive, optical drive, iSCSI drive, USB key, and SD card
 ACPI support
 Direct Media Interface (DMI) support
 PXE and WOL support for on-board NICs
 Memory mirroring support
 SETUP access through <F2> key at end of POST
 USB 2.0 (USB boot code is 1.1 compliant)
 F1/F2 error logging in CMOS
 Virtual KVM, CD, and floppy support
 UEFI 2.1 support
 Power management support, including DBS, Power Inventory, and multiple power profiles
 Intel TXT (5600 series)
 Intel AESNI (5600 series)
The R710 BIOS does not support the following:


BIOS language localization
BIOS recovery after bad flash (can be recovered from iDRAC6 Express)
9.2 Supported ACPI States
The Advanced Configuration and Power Interface is a standard interface for enabling the operating
system to direct configuration and power management.
The Intel Xeon processor 5500 and 5600 series supports the following C-States: C0, C1, C1E, C3, and
C6. The R710 supports all of the available C-States.
9.3 I2C (Inter-Integrated Circuit)
I2C is a simple bi-directional two-wire bus for efficient inter-integrated circuit control. All I2C-bus
compatible devices incorporate an on-chip interface which allows them to communicate directly with
each other via the I2C bus. This design concept solves the many interfacing problems encountered
when designing digital control circuits. These I2C devices perform communication functions between
intelligent control devices (e.g., microcontrollers), general-purpose circuits (e.g., LCD drivers,
remote I/O ports, memories) and application-oriented circuits.
The PowerEdge R710 BIOS accesses the I2C through the ICH9 (Intel I/O Controller Hub 9). There are
two multiplexers (MUX) on the ICH9 I2C bus:


One MUX (U_ICH_SPD) controls the DIMM SPDs through four split segments
The other MUX (U_ICH_MAIN) controls the clock buffers, TOE, and USB Hub through four split
segments.
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BIOS controls both the MUXes through the two select lines using GPIO pins.
The clock chip, USB hub, and the front panel EEPROM device addresses are located on the IOH I2C
bus.
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10 Embedded NICs/LAN on Motherboard (LOM)
The PowerEdge R710 has embedded Gigabit Ethernet Controllers with TCP Offload Engine (TOE)
support. Two embedded Broadcom® 5709C dual-port LAN controllers are on the R710 planar as
independent Gigabit Ethernet interface devices. The following information details the features of the
LAN devices:

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
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
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
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
x4 PCI Express Gen2 capable interface (R710 operates this controller at Gen1 speed)
Integrated MAC and PHY 3072x18 Byte context memory
64 KB receive buffer
TOE (TCP Offload Engine)
iSCSI controller (enabled through an optional hardware key)
RDMA controller (RNIC) (enabled through optional hardware key)
NC-SI (Network Controller-Sideband Interface) connection for manageability
Wake-On-LAN (WOL)
PXE 2.0 remote boot
iSCSI boot
IPv4 and IPv6 support
Bare metal deployment support
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11 PCI Slots
11.1 Overview
The PowerEdge R710 has two PCI Express risers: Riser 1 and Riser 2. Each riser connects to the planar
through a x16 PCI Express connector.

Riser 1 consists of two x4 slots and a third x4 slot dedicated for internal SAS storage through
the PERC 6i or SAS 6/iR.
 The default Riser 2 consists of two x8 PCI Express connectors.
 There is also an optional x16 Riser 2 that supports one x16 PCI Express card.
To ensure proper cooling, no more than two of the four expansion cards can have a power
consumption of greater than 15W (up to 25W maximum each), not including the integrated storage
controller.
The system does not support hot-plug or hot-removal of PCI Express cards.
For more information on installing expansion cards and expansion-card priority, see the Expansion
Cards and Expansion-Card Risers section in the Installing System Components chapter of the Dell
PowerEdge R710 Systems Hardware Owner’s Manual on Support.dell.com.
11.2 PCI Express Risers
The two PCI Express risers provide up to four expansion slots and one slot dedicated for the
integrated storage controller card. The slots meet the following requirements:
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

Two x8 and two x4 PCI Express Gen2 slots, each connected to the IOH
One x4 PCI Express Gen1 slot for internal storage connected to the IOH
Support for three full-height 9.5‖-long PCI Express cards and one full-height bracket, lowprofile PCB PCI Express card
Support for customer installation of a full-length 12.2" PCI Express card in Slot 1 on Riser 1
System support for 25 W maximum power for the first two cards and 15 W for the third and
fourth cards (lower power support on third and fourth cards due to system thermal
limitations)
Optional x16 riser to accommodate interface cards for external GPU boxes that supports a
maximum power of 25W (use of riser reduces the number of PCI Express slots from four to
three)
The following riser restrictions apply for the R710:


The riser connectors on the planar do not support plugging in a standard PCI Express card.
Two R710 risers must be installed or the system will not power up.
11.3 Express Card Specifications (x16)
For information about x16 PCIe card specifications, see the Expansion Cards and Expansion-Card
Risers section in the Installing System Components chapter in the Dell PowerEdge R710 Systems
Hardware Owner’s Manual on Support.Dell.com.
11.4 Quantities and Priorities
Refer to the Expansion Cards and Expansion-Card Risers section in the Installing System Components
chapter of the Dell PowerEdge R710 Systems Hardware Owner’s Manual on Support.dell.com.
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11.5 PCI Card Dimensions
For information about PCIe slots and card dimensions, see the Expansion Cards and Expansion-Card
Risers section in the Installing System Components chapter in the Dell PowerEdge R710 Systems
Hardware Owner’s Manual on Support.Dell.com.
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12 Storage
12.1 Overview
The R710 supports three of the following backplanes to support different hard drive configurations:

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
Four 3.5‖ hard drives
Six 3.5‖ hard drives
Eight 2.5‖ hard drives
On each backplane are two LED indicators per drive slot with one or two mini-SAS x4 cable
connectors for connecting the backplane to the integrated SAS 6/iR or PERC 6i card and a power
connector to connect to the planar. Both Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives
are supported. SAS/SATA mixing and the use of 2.5" drives in a 3.5" chassis are supported.
12.2 Internal Hard Disk Drives
The PowerEdge R710 supports up to eight 2.5‖ hard drives or up to six 3.5‖ hard drives. See Table 10
for information on supported hard drives. For the most up-to-date information on supported hard
drives, visit Dell.com.
Table 10.
Supported Hard Drives
Form Factor
Capacity
Speed
Type
3.5‖
250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB
7.2K
SATA
3.5‖
500GB, 1TB, 2TB
7.2K
NL SAS
3.5‖
600GB
10K
SAS
3.5‖
146GB, 300GB, 450GB, 600GB
15K
SAS
2.5‖
160GB, 250GB, 500GB, 1TB
7.2K
SATA
2.5‖
500GB, 1TB
7.2K
NL SAS
2.5‖
146GB, 300GB, 600GB
10K
SAS
2.5‖
73GB, 146GB, 300GB
15K
SAS
2.5‖
50GB, 100GB
N/A
SATA SSD
2.5‖
149GB
N/A
SAS SSD
The following additional guidelines apply for hard-drive configurations:
 For SAS/SATA mixing:
o Two SAS and up to six SATA drives are allowed
o Two SAS drives must be installed in slots 0 and 1
 One mixed 2.5‖ and 3.5‖ hard drive configuration is allowed:
o Two 2.5‖ 10,000 rpm SAS drives installed with an adapter in a 3.5‖ hard-drive carrier
in drive slots 0 and 1
o The remaining hard drives must be 3.5‖ hard drives and must be either all SAS or all
SATA
 SSDs require the PERC 6/i or PERC H700 integrated storage controller card and cannot be
mixed with any other type of hard drive
 Limited SSD and SAS mixing is supported
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12.2.1 Diskless Configuration Support
The system supports diskless configuration with no storage controller (SAS 6/iR, PERC 6i, PERC H200,
or PERC H700) installed in the system. A 3.5‖ hard-drive backplane is still installed in this
configuration.
12.2.2 Hard Drive LED Indicators
Each disk drive carrier has two LED indicators visible from the front of the system. One is a green LED
for disk activity and the other is a bicolor (green/amber) LED for status information. The activity LED
is driven by the disk drive during normal operation. The bicolor LED is controlled by the storage
enclosure processor (SEP) device on the backplane. Both LEDs are used to indicate certain conditions
under direction of a storage controller.
For more information, see the Hard-Drive Indicator Patterns section in the About Your System
chapter in the Dell PowerEdge R710 Systems Hardware Owner’s Manual on Support.Dell.com.
12.3 RAID Configurations
See Table 11 for information on factory RAID configurations. For information on additional
configurations, visit Dell.com.
Table 11.
Factory RAID Configurations
Non-Mixed drives
all SATA, all SAS, or
all SSD
Config
Type
Configs
Description
Min HDD
Max HDD
No HDD
0
NZC
No controller/No hard drive
2.5‖ = 0
2.5‖ = 0
SAS or
SATA—No
RAID
1
MSS
Integrated SAS/SATA (SAS 6/iR,
PERC 6/i, PERC H200, or PERC
H700), No RAID
2.5‖ = 1
3.5‖ = 1
2.5‖ = 8
3.5‖ = 6
MSSR0
Integrated SAS/SATA RAID 0
(SAS 6/iR, PERC 6/i, PERC
H200, or PERC H700)
2.5‖ = 2
3.5‖ = 2
2.5‖ = 8
3.5‖ = 6
3
MSSR1
Integrated SAS/SATA RAID 1
(SAS 6/iR, PERC 6/i, PERC
H200, or PERC H700)
2.5‖ = 2
3.5‖ = 2
2.5‖ = 2
3.5‖ = 2
4
MSSR5
Integrated SAS/SATA RAID 5
(PERC 6/i, PERC H700)
2.5‖ = 3
3.5‖ = 3
2.5‖ = 8
3.5‖ = 6
5
MSSR10
Integrated SAS/SATA RAID 10
(PERC 6/i, PERC H700)
2.5‖ = 4
3.5‖ = 4
2.5‖ = 8
3.5‖ = 6
MSSR0/R0
Integrated SAS/SATA RAID
0/RAID 0 (SAS 6/iR, PERC 6/i,
PERC H200, or PERC H700)
2.5‖ =
1+1
3.5‖ =
1+1
2.5‖ = 8
3.5‖ = 6
SAS or
SATA—
RAID
SAS or
SATA—
RAID
2
6
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Non-Mixed drives
all SATA, all SAS, or
all SSD
Config
Type
SAS or
SATA—
RAID
SAS or
SATA
SSDs—
RAID
Configs
Description
Min HDD
Max HDD
7
MSSR1/R1
Integrated SAS/SATA RAID
1/RAID 1 (SAS 6/iR, PERC 6/i,
PERC H200, or PERC H700)
2.5‖ =
2+2
3.5‖ =
2+2
2.5‖ =
2+2
3.5‖ =
2+2
MSSR1/R5
Integrated SAS/SATA RAID
1/RAID 5 (PERC 6/i, PERC
H700)
2.5‖ =
2+3
3.5‖ =
2+3
2.5‖ =
2+6
3.5‖ =
2+4
9
MSSR1/R10
Integrated SAS/SATA RAID
1/RAID 10 (PERC 6/i, PERC
H700)
2.5‖ =
2+4
3.5‖ =
2+4
2.5‖ =
2+6
3.5‖ =
2+4
10
MSSR6
Integrated SAS/SATA RAID 6
(PERC 6/i, PERC H700)
2.5‖ = 4
3.5‖ = 4
2.5‖ = 8
3.5‖ = 6
16
MSSR1
Integrated SSD RAID 1
(PERC 6/i, PERC H700)
2.5‖ = 2
2.5‖ = 2
17
MSSR5
Integrated SSD RAID 5
(PERC 6/i, PERC H700)
2.5‖ = 3
2.5‖ = 8
18
MSSR10
Integrated SSD RAID 10
(PERC 6/i, PERC H700)
2.5‖ = 4
2.5‖ = 8
8
Mixed SATA + SAS
Min 2xSAS + 1xSATA
2.5”: Max 2xSAS +
6xSATA
3.5”: Max 2xSAS +
4xSATA
Config
Type
Configs
Description
SAS +
SATA—No
RAID
11
MSS-X
12
SAS +
SATA—
RAID
13
14
Min HDD
Max HDD
Integrated SAS/SATA (SAS 6/iR,
PERC 6/i, PERC H200, or PERC
H700), No RAID
2.5‖ = 3
3.5‖ = 3
2.5‖= 6
3.5‖= 4
MSSR0/R0-X
Integrated SAS/SATA RAID
0/RAID 0 (SAS 6/iR, PERC 6/i,
PERC H200, or PERC H700)
2.5‖ = 2
3.5‖ = 2
2.5‖ = 6
3.5‖ = 4
MSSR1/R1-X
Integrated SAS/SATA RAID
1/RAID 1 (SAS 6/iR, PERC 6/i,
PERC H200, or PERC H700)
2.5‖ =
2+2
3.5‖ =
2+2
2.5‖ =
2+2
3.5‖ =
2+2
MSSR1/R5-X
Integrated SAS/SATA RAID
1/RAID 5 (PERC 6/i, PERC
H700)
2.5‖ =
2+3
3.5‖ =
2+3
2.5‖ =
2+6
3.5‖ =
2+4
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Mixed SATA + SAS
Min 2xSAS + 1xSATA
2.5”: Max 2xSAS +
6xSATA
3.5”: Max 2xSAS +
4xSATA
Config
Type
Configs
Description
15
Integrated SAS/SATA RAID
1/RAID 10 (PERC 6/i, PERC
H700)
MSSR1/R10-X
Min HDD
Max HDD
2.5‖ =
2+4
3.5‖ =
2+4
2.5‖ =
2+6
3.5‖ =
2+4
Mixed SSD + SAS
Min 2xSSD + 2xSAS
Max 2xSSD + 6xSAS
Config
Type
SAS or
SATA SSD
+ SAS
RAID
Min HDD
Max HDD
Integrated SSD/SAS RAID
1/RAID 1 (PERC 6/i, PERC
H700)
2.5‖ =
2+2
2.5‖ =
2+2
MSSR1/R5-X
Integrated SSD/SAS RAID
1/RAID 5 (PERC 6/i, PERC
H700)
2.5‖ =
2+3
2.5‖ =
2+6
MSSR1/R10-X
Integrated SSD/SAS RAID
1/RAID 10 (PERC 6/i, PERC
H700)
2.5‖ =
2+4
2.5‖ =
2+6
Configs
Description
19
MSSR1/R1-X
20
21
12.4 Storage Controllers
12.4.1 SAS 6/iR
The R710 internal SAS 6/iR HBA is an expansion card that plugs into a dedicated PCI Express x8 slot
(four lanes wired). It incorporates two four-channel SAS IOCs for connection to SAS or SATA hard disk
drives. It is designed in a form factor that allows the same card to be used in the PowerEdge R610
and PowerEdge T610.
12.4.2 PERC 6/i
If you want an internal RAID solution, select the PERC 6/i or PERC H700. The PERC 6/i uses the LSI
1078 ROC (RAID on Chip) processor with a PCI Express host interface and DDR2 memory. A battery is
also available for backup.
12.4.3 PERC H200
The H200 SAS HBA is an expansion card that plugs into the dedicated internal SAS slot on Riser1. It
incorporates two four-channel 6 Gb/s SAS IOCs for connection to SAS hard disk drives. It is designed
in a form factor that allows the same card to be used in other 11G 2U rack-form factor platforms.
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12.4.4 PERC H700
If you want an internal RAID solution, select the PERC H700 or PERC 6/i. The PERC H700 card has its
own processor with a PCI Express Gen2 host interface and DDR2 memory and installs into the
dedicated internal SAS slot on Riser1. A battery is also available for backup. It supports the internal 6
Gb/s backplane interface for internal storage options (SAS, SATA, or SSD HDD). The PowerEdge R710
supports both 256MB and 512MB cache options on the internal H700.
Table 12.
PERC
SAS/
SATA
SAS
HBA
SAS/
SATA
ICH9
LSI
2032
SCSI
Storage Card Support Matrix
PowerEdge
R710
Support
Product
Usage
Slot
PERC 6/i
Integrated
(PERC H700)
Internal
Backplane
Storage RAID
(HDD, SDD)
Yes—Max 1
Storage
slot
PERC 6/E
Adapter
(PERC H800)
External
SAS/SATA
storage
Yes—Max 2
(MD1000 and
MD1020)
PCIe
slot
PERC 5/E
Adapter
Legacy
external
storage
Yes—Max 2
(MD1020)
PCIe
slot
SAS 6/iR
Integrated
(PERC H200)
Internal
backplane
storage (No
tape or SSD
support)
Yes—Max 1
Storage
slot
SAS 5/E
Adapter
(SAS 6G
HBA)
External SAS
(DAS, tape)
Yes—Max 2
PCIe
slot
On planar
via chipset
Internal
slimline SATA
optical
and/or tape
backup only
(no HDD)
Yes—2 ports
for optical
and/or TBU
N/A
LSI 2032
Adapter
Internal or
external SCSI
tape/
legacy
external
storage
Yes—Max 2
PCIe
slot
PCI
Con
PCI
Bracket
IO
Con
RAID
x8
No
x4 int
x4 int
0, 1, 5,
6, 10,
50, 60
Yes
Yes
x4
ext
x4
ext
0, 1, 5,
6, 10,
50, 60
Yes
x8
Yes
x4
ext
x4
ext
0, 1, 5,
10, 50
Yes
x8
No
x4 int
x4 int
0, 1
No
x8
Yes
x4
ext
x4
ext
None
No
N/A
N/A
x1 int
N/A
N/A
Yes
SCSI
int
SCSI
ext
N/A
N/A
x8
x8
Battery
Backup
A maximum of 2 external storage controllers (Dell PERC or SAS cards) are allowed in the system in
addition to the integrated storage controller.
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12.5 Optical Drives
Optical drives are optional in all PowerEdge R710 systems and connect to the planar through the
SATA interface. The following internal slimline drives are available on the PowerEdge R710:


DVD-ROM
DVD+RW
If an optical drive is not ordered with the system, a blank is installed in its place.
12.6 Tape Drives
External tape drives and tape libraries are supported. For more information on supported tape drives
and tape libraries, see http://www.dell.com/storage.
12.7 External Storage Support
External storage devices are supported. For more information, see http://www.dell.com/storage.
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13 Video
The PowerEdge R710 Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 6 (iDRAC6) incorporates an integrated
video subsystem, connected to the 32-bit PCI interface of the ICH9. This logic is based on the
Matrox® G200. The device only supports 2D graphics. The video device outputs are multiplexed
between the front and rear video ports. If a monitor is connected to the front video connector, it
will take precedence over the rear connection, thereby removing the display from the rear
connection. The integrated video core shares its video memory with the iDRAC6’s 128 MB DDR2
application space memory. This memory is also used for the KVM buffer. The resolutions supported
are listed in Table 13.
Table 13.
Resolution
Graphics Video Modes
Refresh Rate (Hz)
Color Depth
(bit)
640 x 480
60, 72, 75, 85
8, 16, 32
800 x 600
56, 60, 72, 75, 85
8, 16, 32
1024 x 768
60, 72, 75, 85
8, 16, 32
1152 x 864
75
8, 16, 32
1280 x 1024
60, 75, 85
8, 16
1280 x 1024
60
32
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14 Rack Information
14.1 Overview
The ReadyRails™ sliding and static rail systems for the R710 provide toolless support for 4-post racks
with square or unthreaded round mounting holes including all generations of Dell racks. Both rail
systems support tooled mounting in 4-post threaded racks (an optional adapter brackets kit is
required for the sliding rails). The static rails also providing tooled mounting support for 2-post
(Telco) racks for added versatility. The optional cable management arm (CMA) can be mounted on
either the left or right side of the sliding rails without the use of tools for fast and easy deployment.
The R710 is not compatible with any other Dell rails including previous generation rails, but it does
use the same static rails as the R610.
14.2 Rails
The rail offerings for the R710 consist of two types: sliding and static.
The sliding rails allow the system to be fully extended out of the rack for service and are available
with or without the optional cable management arm (CMA).
Figure 11. R710 Sliding Rails with Optional CMA
Sliding rail kits can be used in a threaded-hole rack only if threaded rack adapter brackets are
installed (see Figure 12). The threaded rack adapter brackets are first mounted to the EIA flanges in
the rack, and the sliding rails are mounted into the brackets. The design of the brackets has been
optimized to limit the forward shift of the system in the rack to only 17.3 mm.
The adapter brackets kit includes six brackets to accommodate different rail lengths, plus four sets
of custom screws in common thread sizes. A detailed Getting Started Guide is included in the kit
along with directions for installing the brackets and mounting the rails into the brackets.
Depending on the depth of the rack used, it may be necessary to remove the server’s bezel in order
to close the door of the rack. A minimum of 58 mm is needed between the back surface of the door
panel and the front face of the EIA flange for the front door to close with the 11G server bezel
installed.
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Figure 12. 2U Threaded Rack Adapter Brackets Kit
The static rails support a wider variety of racks than the sliding rails but do not support serviceability
in the rack and are not compatible with the CMA.
Figure 13. R710 Static Rails
One key factor in selecting the proper rails is identifying the type of rack in which they will be
installed. Both the sliding rails and the static rails support toolless mounting in 19‖-wide, EIA-310-E
compliant 4-post racks, but only the static rails, as the more generic or universal solution, support
mounting in threaded hole and 2-post (Telco) racks.
Table 14.
Supported Racks
Rack Types Supported
Product
R710
Rail
ID
Mounting Interface
Rail
Type
4-Post
2-Post
Square
Round
Thread
Flush
Center
B1
ReadyRails™
Sliding
√
√
√*
X
X
A2
ReadyRails™/Generic
Static
√
√
√
√
√
*Requires the 2U Threaded Rack Adapter Brackets Kit (Dell part number PKCR1)
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Screws are not included in the static rail kit because threaded racks are offered with a variety of
thread designations. Users must provide their own screws when mounting the static rails in threaded
or 2-post racks.
Other key factors governing proper rail selection include the spacing between the front and rear
mounting flanges of the rack, the type and location of any equipment mounted in the back of the
rack such as power distribution units (PDUs), and the overall depth of the rack. See Table 15.
Due to their reduced complexity and lack of need for CMA support, the static rails offer a greater
adjustability range and an overall smaller footprint than the sliding rails.
Table 15.
Rail Adjustability Ranges and Depth
Rail Adjustability Range (mm)
Product
R710
Rail
ID
Mounting
Interface
Rail
Type
Square
Round
Threaded
Min
Max
Min
Max
Min
Rail Depth (mm)
Max
Without
CMA
With
CMA
B1
ReadyRails™
Sliding
692
756
678
749
657
770
751
840
A2
ReadyRails™/
Generic
Static
588
828
574
821
592
846
608
N/A
The adjustment range of the rails is a function of the type of rack in which they are being mounted.
The min-max values listed above represent the allowable distance between the front and rear
mounting flanges in the rack. Rail depth represents the minimum depth of the rail as measured from
the rack front mounting flanges when the rail rear bracket is positioned all the way forward.
14.3 Cable Management Arm (CMA)
The optional cable management arm (CMA) for the R710 organizes and secures the cords and cables
exiting the back of the server and unfolds to allow the server to extend out of the rack without
having to detach the cables. Some key features of the R710 CMA include:






Large U-shaped baskets support dense cable loads.
An open vent pattern allows for optimal airflow.
The CMA mounting is fully-reversible (can be mounted on either side) with no conversion
required.
Hook-and-loop straps are used rather than plastic tie wraps to eliminate the risk of cable
damage during cycling.
A low-profile fixed tray is provided to both support and retain the CMA in its fully closed
position.
The CMA and the tray mount without the use of tools using simple and intuitive snap-in
designs.
14.4 Rack View
The R710 ReadyRails sliding rails are a drop-in design, meaning that the system is installed vertically
into the rails by inserting the shoulder nuts on the sides of the system into the J-slots in the inner
rail members with the rails in the fully extended position. See Figure 14.
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Figure 14. R710 Mounted in B1 Sliding Rails
The CMA can be mounted to either side of the rails without the use of tools or the need for
conversion, but it is recommended that it be mounted on the side opposite the power supplies to
allow easier access to the power supplies for service or replacement. See Figure 15.
Figure 15. R710 Mounted in the B1 Sliding Rails with the CMA
The R710 static rails essentially function like a fixed shelf. The system is installed by resting the back
of the system on the inner ledges of the rail front brackets, then pushing the system forward while
ensuring that the shoulder nuts on the sides of the system are properly engaged in the horizontal
slots on the rails. See Figure 16.
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Figure 16. R710 Mounted in the A2 Static Rails (2-post Center Mount Configuration)
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15 Operating Systems
For detailed information, see the following:


Operating System Support Matrix for Dell PowerEdge Systems on www.Dell.com
Dell PowerEdge R710 Systems Getting Started With Your System guide on Support.Dell.com
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16 Systems Management
16.1 Overview
Dell delivers open, comprehensive, and integrated solutions that help you reduce the complexity of
managing disparate IT assets. Combining Dell PowerEdge Servers with a wide selection of Dell
developed systems management solutions gives you choice and flexibility, so you can simplify and
save in IT environments of any size. To help you meet your server management demands, Dell offers
Dell OpenManage™ systems management solutions for:



Deployment of one or many servers from a single console
Monitoring of server and storage health and maintenance
Update of system, operating system, and application software
Dell offers IT management solutions for organizations of all sizes—priced and sized appropriately and
supported comprehensively.
16.2 Server Management
A Dell Systems Management and Documentation DVD and a Dell Management Console DVD are
included with the product. ISO images are also available. A brief description of available content:






Dell Systems Build and Update Utility (SBUU): Dell Systems Build and Update Utility assists in
OS install and pre-OS hardware configuration and updates.
Server Update Utility (SUU): This DVD has an inventory tool for managing updates to
firmware, BIOS, and drivers for either Linux® or Microsoft® Windows® varieties.
OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA): The OpenManage Server Administrator tool
provides a comprehensive, one-to-one (one console to one server) systems management
solution, designed for system administrators to manage systems locally and remotely over a
network. OMSA allows system administrators to focus on managing their entire network.
Management Console: Dell IT Assistant (ITA) is also included, as well as tools to allow access
to our remote management products. These tools are Remote Access Service for iDRAC, and
the Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) Utility.
Active Directory Snap-in Utility: The Active Directory Snap-in Utility provides an extension
snap-in to the Microsoft® Active Directory. This allows you to manage Dell specific Active
Directory objects. The Dell-specific schema class definitions and their installation are also
included on the DVD.
Dell Systems Service Diagnostics Tools: Dell Systems Service and Diagnostics tools deliver the
latest Dell optimized drivers, utilities, and operating system-based diagnostics that you can
use to update your system.

eDocs: The section includes PDF files for PowerEdge systems, storage peripherals, and
OpenManage software.

Dell Management Console (DMC): The Dell Management Console is a systems management
console that enables systems administrators to discover and inventory devices on your
network. It provides functions such as health and performance monitoring of networked
devices, and patch management capabilities for Dell systems. DMC differs from the IT
Assistant management console (described above) in that with DMC, value-add plug-ins that
enable advanced functionality can be purchased and added to the base DMC product.
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16.3 Embedded Server Management
The PowerEdge R710 implements circuitry for the next generation of Embedded Server Management.
It is Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) v2.0 compliant. The iDRAC (Integrated Dell
Remote Access Controller) is responsible for acting as an interface between the host system and its
management software and the periphery devices.
iDRAC6 provides features for managing the server remotely or in data center lights-out
environments. Advanced iDRAC features require the installation of the optional iDRAC6 Enterprise
card.
16.4 Dell Lifecycle Controller and Unified Server Configurator
Embedded management is comprised of interdependent pieces:



Dell Lifecycle Controller
Unified Server Configurator
iDRAC6
Dell Lifecycle Controller powers the embedded management features. It is integrated and tamperproof storage for system-management tools and enablement utilities (firmware, drivers, etc.).
Lifecycle Controller enables pre-OS server deployment, OS installation, platform updates, platform
configuration, and diagnostics capabilities.
Dell Unified Server Configurator (USC) is a graphical user interface (GUI) that aids in local server
provisioning in a pre-OS environment. To access the Unified Server Configurator, press the <F10> key
within 10 seconds of the Dell logo’s appearance during the system boot process. Current functionality
enabled by the Unified Server Configurator includes those shown in Table 16.
Table 16.
Unified Server Configurator Features and Description
Feature
Description
Faster O/S Installation
Drivers and the installation utility are embedded on system,
so no need to scour Dell.com
Faster System Updates
Integration with Dell support automatically directed to
latest versions of the Unified Server Configurator, iDRAC,
RAID, BIOS, NIC, and Power Supply
Update Rollback
Ability to recover to previous ―known good state‖ for all
updatable components
More Comprehensive Diagnostics
Diagnostic utilities are embedded on system
Simplified Hardware
Configuration
Detects RAID controller and allows user to configure virtual
disk and choose virtual disk as boot device, eliminating the
need to launch a separate utility. Also provides
configuration for iDRAC, BIOS, and NIC/LOM.
16.5 Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller
The integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC6) provides IT Administrators comprehensive yet
straightforward management of remote servers, by delivering ―as if you are there‖ presence and
control. iDRAC6 helps users to save time and money by eliminating travel to the remote server(s),
whether that server is located in a different room, a different building, a different city, or in a
different country.
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iDRAC6 is a purchasable option and is available as three offerings: iDRAC6 Express, iDRAC6
Enterprise, and Virtual Flash (vFlash) media:



iDRAC6 Express is most appropriate for SMB customers with limited remote management
needs.
iDRAC6 Enterprise is appropriate for large data center customers with distributed servers.
iDRAC6 with vFlash Media is provided for large enterprise customers with requirements for
system management automation.
16.6 iDRAC6 Express
The iDRAC6 Express is standard on the PowerEdge R710. In addition to providing a Lifecycle
Controller, the iDRAC6 Express offers the following key features:
 Graphical web interface
 Standard-based interfaces




Server Sensor monitoring and fault alerting
Secure operation of remote access functions including authentication, authorization, and
encryption
Power control and management with the ability to limit server power consumption and
remotely control server power states
Advanced troubleshooting capabilities
For more information on iDRAC6 Express features see Table 17.
16.7 iDRAC6 Enterprise
The optional iDRAC6 Enterprise card provides access to advanced iDRAC6 features. The iDRAC6
Enterprise connects directly to the R710 planar and is mounted parallel to the planar with stand-offs.
Key features for the iDRAC6 Enterprise include:




Scripting capability with Dell’s racadm command line
Remote video, keyboard, and mouse control with Virtual Console
Remote media access with Virtual Media
Dedicated network interface
16.8 iDRAC6 Enterprise with Virtual Flash (vFlash) Media
The iDRAC6 Enterprise can be upgraded by adding the vFlash Media card. This is an 8GB Dell branded
SD card that enables a persistent 256 MB virtual flash partition. The vFlash Media delivers the
following key features:



Support for 8GB SD storage media
Can be used as a repository for a pre-OS image, eliminating the need to maintain a network
infrastructure for OS deployment
Can also be used for permanent diagnostics image for use after system failures, or permanent
failsafe image for periodic configuration changes
A more detailed feature list for iDRAC6 Express, iDRAC6 Enterprise, and vFlash Media is shown in
Table 17.
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Table 17.
Features List for Base Management Functionality, iDRAC, and vFlash
Feature
Base
Management
Functionality
iDRAC6
Express
iDRAC6
Enterprise
vFlash Media
Interface and Standards Support



Web-based GUI



SNMP



WSMAN



SMASH-CLP





IPMI 2.0

Racadm
command-line
Conductivity
Shared/Failover
Network Modes




IPv4




VLAN Tagging




IPv6



Dynamic DNS





Dedicated NIC
Security and Authentication
Role-based
Authority




Local Users




Active Directory



SSL Encryption



Remote Management and Remediation
Remote Firmware
Update




Server power
control




Serial-over-LAN
(with proxy)




Serial-over-LAN
(no proxy)



Power capping



Last crash screen
capture



Boot capture



Serial-over-LAN



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Feature
Base
Management
Functionality
iDRAC6
Express
iDRAC6
Enterprise
vFlash Media
Virtual media


Virtual console


Virtual console
sharing



Virtual flash
Monitoring



Real-time Power
Monitoring



Real-time Power
Graphing



Historical Power
Counters











Sensor Monitoring
and Alerting

Logging Features
System Event Log
RAC Log
Trace Log
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17 USB Peripherals
The R710 supports the following USB devices:




DVD (bootable; requires two USB ports)
USB key (bootable)
Keyboard (only one USB keyboard is supported)
Mouse (only one USB mouse is supported)
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Appendix A.
Certifications
A.1 Regulatory Certifications
Regulatory compliance certificates can be located at the following sites:


http://ausreactorprd01/reactor/xCertSearch.asp
http://www.dell.com/content/topics/global.aspx/about_dell/values/regulatory_compliance
/dec_conform?c=us&l=en&s=corp
A.2 Product Safety Certifications
The product has been certified and bears the Mark, as applicable, of the Product Safety authorities
as indicated in Table 18.
Table 18.
Product Safety Certifications
Country/Region
Authority or Mark
Argentina
IRAM
Belarus
BELLIS
Canada
SCC
China
CNCA or CCC
Croatia
KONCAR
European Union
CE
Germany
TUV
IECEE
IECEE CB
Israel
SII
Kazakhstan
OTAN – CKT
Kenya
KEBS
Kuwait
KUCAS
Mexico
NYCE or NOM
Moldova
INSM
Nigeria
SONCAP
Norway
NEMKO
Russia
GOST
Saudi Arabia
KSA ICCP
South Africa
NRCS
Taiwan
BSMI
Ukraine
UKRTEST or
UKRSERTCOMPUTER
United States
NRTL
Uzbekistan
STZ
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A.3 Electromagnetic Compatibility
The product has been certified and bears the Mark, as applicable, of the EMC authorities as indicated
in Table 19.
Table 19.
Electromagnetic Compatibility Certifications
Country/Region
Authority or Mark
Australia/New Zealand
ACMA or C-Tick
Class
Class A
Belarus
BELLIS
Class A
Bosnia & Herzegovina,
Montenegro, Serbia
KVALITET
Class A
Canada
ICES
Class A
China
CNCA or CCC
Class A
Croatia
KONCAR
Class A
European Union
CE
Class A
Israel
SII
Class A
Japan
VCCI
Class A
Kazakhstan
OTAN – CKT
Class A
Moldova
INSM
Class A
Norway
NEMKO
Class A
Russia
GOST
Class A
South Africa
SABS
Class A
South Korea
KCC
Class A
Taiwan
BSMI
Class A
Ukraine
UKRTEST or UKRSERTCOMPUTER
Class A
United States
FCC
Class A
Uzbekistan
STZ
Class A
Vietnam
ICT
Class A
A.4 Ergonomics, Acoustics and Hygienics
The product has been certified and bears the Mark, as applicable, of the Ergonomics, Acoustics and
Hygienics authorities as indicated in Table 20.
Table 20.
Ergonomics, Acoustics and Hygienics
Country/Region
Authority or Mark
Belarus
BELLIS
Germany
GS
Russia
GOST
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Appendix B.
Additional Information and Options
PowerEdge R710 systems conform to the industry standards detailed in Table 21.
Table 21.
Industry Standards
Standard
URL for Information and Specifications
ACPI
Advance Configuration and
Power Interface Specification,
v2.0c
http://www.acpi.info/
Energy Star
EPA Version 1.0 of the
Computer Server specification
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=archives.enterprise
_servers
Ethernet
IEEE 802.3-2005
http://standards.ieee.org/getieee802/802.3.html
IPMI
Intelligent Platform
Management Interface, v2.0
http://www.intel.com/design/servers/ipmi/
DDR3 Memory
DDR3 SDRAM Specification,
Rev. 3A
http://www.jedec.org/download/search/JESD79-3A.pdf
LPC
Low Pin Count Interface
Specification, Rev. 1.1
http://developer.AMD.com/design/chipsets/industry/lpc.ht
m
PCI Express
PCI Express Base Specification
Rev. 2.0
http://www.pcisig.com/specifications/pciexpress/
PMBus
Power System Management
Protocol Specification, v1.1
http://pmbus.info/specs.html
SAS
Serial Attached SCSI, v1.1
http://www.t10.org/cgi-bin/ac.pl?t=f&f=sas1r10.pdf
SATA
Serial ATA Rev. 2.6;
SATA II, Extensions to SATA
1.0a, Rev. 1.2
http://sata-io.org/
SMBIOS
System Management BIOS
Reference Specification, v2.6
http://www.dmtf.org/standards/smbios/
TPM
Trusted Platform Module
Specification, v1.2
http://www.trustedcomputinggroup.org/resources/tpm_mai
n_specification
UEFI
Unified Extensible Firmware
Interface Specification, v2.1
http://www.uefi.org/specs/
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Standard
URL for Information and Specifications
USB
Universal Serial Bus
Specification, Rev. 2.0
http://www.usb.org/developers/docs/
Windows Logo
Windows Logo Program System
and Device Requirements,
v3.10
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/winlogo/hwrequirements.
mspx
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