HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer G1610T Performance First Look

• December 8, 2013

By: John Stutsman

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Figure 1 — My G1610T HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer with External DVD Drive Attached – Note: Power draw on meter is 35.8 Watts

 

Until recently, the relative performance ranking of the Celeron G1610T in the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer had been unavailable for our analyses.

The purpose of this report is to update previous reports (included in the References at the end of this posting) where I used PassMark CPU index scores to compare the performance for a variety of devices including the HP MediaSmart series, the earlier MicroServer series (N36L, N40L, & N54L) and the new Gen8 — plus many confirmed as well as potential CPU replacements for the Gen8.

With an average CPU PassMark score of 2,324 (based on 3 reports) the G1610T scores 66% over the performance of the N54L that was in the previous generation MicroServer. The CPU PassMark on my G1610T MicroServer was significantly higher.

 

Table 1 — Comparison of CPU PassMark Performance Indices

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When I ran the PassMark test suite on my G1610T HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer it scored a CPU Mark of 2,476 and overall rating of 265.

 

My system configuration:

  • HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Celeron G1610T
  • 16GB RAM – Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2/16G (this RAM had previously been in my N40L MicroServer)
  • OS Drive: HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – Logical RAID0 Drive made with two (2) physical drives VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX (the physical drives were attached to SATAIII [6Gbps] Ports 0 & 1)
  • OS: Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
  • Fans are running about 6% (information provided by iLO) — see Figure 2 for Temperature Distribution

 

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Figure 2 — Temperature Information (iLO4 ProLiant MicroServer Gen8)

 

You can find my PassMark system summary, with an overall system rating of 265, at PassMark loaded here: http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V8/display.php?id=16737660989

 

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Figure 3 — PassMark Disk Speed – Reading

 

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Figure 4 – PassMark Disk Speed – Writing

 

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Figure 5 — ATTO Disk Read/Write Performance

 

Overall, I’m very pleased with the performance of this MicroServer. It is noticeably “snappier” than my N54L plus it has the potential to upgrade the CPU for even greater performance. The iLO is a pleasure to work with and contains an extensive set of tools for self-testing the MicroServer’s hardware.

 

Just for Fun

A week earlier, while testing the G1610T MicroServer just to see how things worked, I loaded Windows Server 2012 R2 Data Center onto the G1610T HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer with two Corsair 60GB SSD’s in RAID0 for the OS drive and achieved some astounding ATTO Performance:

 

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Figure 6 — ATTO Disk Read/Write Performance — Just for fun

 

This looks like something to dig deeper in a future blog posting.

 

Questions?

Join us in the HSS Forums with any questions and/or comments on the above and other threads.

 

References

ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Links Message #8

ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Links

Performance Comparison of Rumored HP ProLiant G8 MicroServer CPU’s G630T & G530T

HP ProLiant MicroServer CPU Performance Index Comparisons

Performance Measurement of the HP ProLiant N40L and N54L G7 MicroServer and Other NAS Devices

Useful MicroServer Links & References

MicroServer Hardware Links

MicroServer Blog Postings

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  1. Todd Strelka says:

    I'd like to see details about installing Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. Specifically, installing a SSD in the slim optical bay for the OS that way all four bays are available for storage using Storage Spaces. Is an additional RAID controller needed to use the SSD and 4 internal drives at the same time? Will there be issues on booting from the SSD if it is connected to the on-board SATA port for the optical drive?
    Are there benefits to using Smart Provisioning or iLO with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials?

    Thanks for any guidance.

  2. John Stutsman says:

    Hi Todd! Thank You for your comments.

    I haven’t installed Server 2012 R2 E yet but other’s have – you can find links about that at http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic… in the OS’s category as well as info about using a SSD in the ODD.

    There will be issues attaching the SSD to the ODD SATA II port – while I haven’t done it yet several have been successful setting that port to a single RAID0 drive in the B120i. Smart or Intelligent Provisioning doesn’t work well with an install of S2012R2E and a More Manual install is necessary until IP 1.60 is out – see http://tinyurl.com/mfvqelj

  3. John Stutsman says:

    (continue from previous post)

    Also, iLO is FANTASTIC IMHO, I never thought much of it until I got a chance to use it with the Gen8 – after that I went searching like others had on Ebay for an advance license key to unlock even more of it’s features. http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic

    Another option to consider is a SGDM and use a P212 or P222 to attach the HP SAS cable to the Drive Cage too and use the onboard B120i to drive you additional drives on the SGDM and/or ODD space. http://homeservershow.com/schoondoggy-gen8-drive-

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