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It appears that I might be one of the first to have both the Dell Venue Pro 8 and the Lenovo Miix 2 8.  I bought both and wanted to see which one is better.  So, if this is of interest to you then continue on reading:

 

So, the best thing to say is that these devices are almost identical from a specs perspective.  There is actually so little difference that I think it is easier to just say what is different.

 

Processor

There are two models of the processors and you can't tell a difference in the performance or even in the specs, however the Dell has the Atom model Z3740D and the Lenovo has the Z3740 (no D).  This is how Windows is reporting the information. 

 

The specs for the Z3740 are here: http://ark.intel.com/products/76759/Intel-Atom-Processor-Z3740-2M-Cache-up-to-1_86-GHz

The specs for the Z3740D are here: http://ark.intel.com/products/78416/Intel-Atom-Processor-Z3740D-2M-Cache-up-to-1_86-GHz?q=Z3740D

Basically the differences that I see are that the Z3740 has 4GB RAM support and 17.1 GB/s memory bandwidth and the Z3740D has 2GB RAM support and 10.6 GB/s memory bandwidth.  Everything else is the same.  Keep in mind that both devices have only 2 GB of RAM and is not upgradable that I can tell.  So, don't get to caught up on this.

 

Windows Button

The windows button has different approaches on each of the devices on the Dell it is a button on the top of the device if held in portrait mode and is a physical button.  The Lenovo uses a capacitive windows button on the front of the device at the below the screen at the bottom when in portrait mode.  It is hard to say which is better and I think just comes down to preference.  I can see people who are happy to not have a button that is accidental to hit and the Dell is your best on this, however if you want a quicker way when holding the device landscape or portrait then you may prefer the Lenovo.  I would say that personally I think this is better on the Lenovo.

 

Other Button and Port Layout

The Dell has the power / micro-USB port at the top of the device while the Lenovo has it more toward the bottom.  I tend to like the placement of the Dell as it provides a better option of holding the device while charging.  Again this is a personal preference.

 

The Dell then has the power and volume rocker bellow the power / micro-usb port.  Only issue with this is if you have an elbow cable that goes the wrong way, then it might block access to the power button.  The Lenovo has the power and volume rocker at the top and it has no ports that might block it.  I would give this one to Lenovo.

 

The Micro-SD slot on both the Dell and the Lenovo are hidden by a door below the volume rocker and seem identical in their design.  It is clear that there is room under the door for Micro-SD and a SIM if they decide to have a LTE connection at some point, however this is not an option nor is their a port for a SIM today.

 

Charging LED

The Dell has a charging light that is next to the port on the side.  The Lenovo has a light on the front that you can see when looking at the unit head on.  I like being able to see that the device is charging from the LED on the front.

 

Webcam and Camera Placement Specs

The Dell has the 1.2 MP webcam on the front of the device at the top, but pushed over to right side near the buttons.  This was clearly done to keep you from covering the light sensor when holding it landscape.  The Lenovo has the 2 MP webcam centered at the top.  This does mean that your fingers tend to want to cover the camera when holding the device, luckily they did put the ambient light sensor a little more toward the button side of the device to help not to cause it to dim.  I would give this one to the Dell.

 

The back 5 MP camera on the Dell is located in the middle with a little bit of a hump. Where the Lenovo has a 8 MP camera on the back that is off to the side where the buttons are and has no bump.  I have yet to do a bake off on the camera quality on each, but I can say that the Dell did great for Skype calls.

 

Speaker Performance / Placement

The Dell has a speaker on the side of the device that would be the bottom if you held the device in portrait mode.  The Lenovo has the speaker on the back of the device a the upper part of the device opposite of the camera.  Doing an audio test the Lenovo is much quitter than the Dell.  The Dell is easily twice as loud playing the same song in my test.  The Dell is the clear winner here.

 

Case / Look of the Device

The Dell is all black except for the silver buttons and the silver Dell logo on the back.  There are no logos on the front of the device it is just a black slate with a rubberized feel, not cheap feeling.  The Lenovo has logos on the front both Lenovo and Windows for the capacitive start button.  The rest of the device is silver in color some parts are metal, but mostly a plastic that is textured to look like an aluminum finish.  The back of the device has the Lenovo logo shinny on the back and has a boat load of stickers for Windows / Intel / FCC / etc.  The bad thing is that it makes it look like it has flair all over the back.  The good news is you can pull off all the stickers and it would really look clean and professional.  I would probably say that if you want flash then go Lenovo, but the Dell is simple.  Also keep in mind the texture of the device.  The Dell always feels secure in your hands more so than the Lenovo due to the rubbery finish.  I think that beauty is in the eye of the beholder on this one.

 

Size / Weight

I put this in as it is funny to me that these two devices are so similar in size that it makes you think that they were cousins.  Its like a Ford and Mercury.  They look a little different, but the two are basically the same machine.  I think it funny because I doubt these were developed with any intention of sharing what each were doing, but they came out almost exactly the same size and weight.

 

Screen Quality

The Dell and the Lenovo have the same resolutions and the specs are all the same on the devices.  The only difference that I can tell is that the color on the Dell is warmer than the Lenovo, but the Lenovo seems just a hair sharper.  The screen on both of these is so good that it is such a toss up that I wouldn't let this be a decision factor. You are going to love the screen on both of these.

 

Accessories

So, lets be honest.  These devices are brand new and I am sure that more is to come.  Also, the Dell has been out slightly longer than the Lenovo (about a week).  Dell seems to have the edge here currently.  Dell shipped the device with options for a folio case, active digitizer pen, and on Amazon there are already other cases and accessories popping up.  Dell and Lenovo have also shown a Bluetooth keyboard cover that they intend to release.  The Lenovo has a promise for a cover and a rubber tipped stylus for a capacitive touchscreen (which would work on the Dell as well) but these are not shipping yet.  Also a search on Amazon landed me no additional accessories that were offered 3rd party.  I would say that the Dell has this one for now.

 

Software

The Dell is packaged up like a Microsoft Signature PC.  This means that there is really nothing on it except Windows and Office.  There are a few Dell specific apps, but no bloat-ware.  The Lenovo come packaged up with the Mcafee suite and other items that feel like bloat-ware.  It isn't over the top by any means, but you probably need to plan to uninstall some apps after you get the device. The Dell is the clear winner here and I have to commend Dell for taking this approach.

 

Overview and Results

Both of the devices are great value and cost the same thing.  It really comes down to simple things like the looks of the device and if one has something you really want.  If you really want the capacitive windows button, stylish design, and better camera; then the Lenovo might be your best choice.  If you really want an understated design, more accessories (for now), and no bloat-ware to uninstall; then the Dell is your choice.  Either way you have a great device that really makes people question why they are paying the money for an iPad mini.  Apps come to ecosystems when devices like this start popping up and get popular.  More tablets like this are what the Microsoft ecosystem need to drive the platform forward.

 

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It appears that I might be one of the first to have both the Dell Venue Pro 8 and the Lenovo Miix 2 8.  I bought both and wanted to see which one is better.  So, if this is of interest to you then continue on reading:

 

So, the best thing to say is that these devices are almost identical from a specs perspective.  There is actually so little difference that I think it is easier to just say what is different.

 

Processor

There are two models of the processors and you can't tell a difference in the performance or even in the specs, however the Dell has the Atom model Z3740D and the Lenovo has the Z3740 (no D).  This is how Windows is reporting the information. 

 

The specs for the Z3740 are here: http://ark.intel.com/products/76759/Intel-Atom-Processor-Z3740-2M-Cache-up-to-1_86-GHz

The specs for the Z3740D are here: http://ark.intel.com/products/78416/Intel-Atom-Processor-Z3740D-2M-Cache-up-to-1_86-GHz?q=Z3740D

Basically the differences that I see are that the Z3740 has 4GB RAM support and 17.1 GB/s memory bandwidth and the Z3740D has 2GB RAM support and 10.6 GB/s memory bandwidth.  Everything else is the same.  Keep in mind that both devices have only 2 GB of RAM and is not upgradable that I can tell.  So, don't get to caught up on this.

 

Windows Button

The windows button has different approaches on each of the devices on the Dell it is a button on the top of the device if held in portrait mode and is a physical button.  The Lenovo uses a capacitive windows button on the front of the device at the below the screen at the bottom when in portrait mode.  It is hard to say which is better and I think just comes down to preference.  I can see people who are happy to not have a button that is accidental to hit and the Dell is your best on this, however if you want a quicker way when holding the device landscape or portrait then you may prefer the Lenovo.  I would say that personally I think this is better on the Lenovo.

 

Other Button and Port Layout

The Dell has the power / micro-USB port at the top of the device while the Lenovo has it more toward the bottom.  I tend to like the placement of the Dell as it provides a better option of holding the device while charging.  Again this is a personal preference.

 

The Dell then has the power and volume rocker bellow the power / micro-usb port.  Only issue with this is if you have an elbow cable that goes the wrong way, then it might block access to the power button.  The Lenovo has the power and volume rocker at the top and it has no ports that might block it.  I would give this one to Lenovo.

 

The Micro-SD slot on both the Dell and the Lenovo are hidden by a door below the volume rocker and seem identical in their design.  It is clear that there is room under the door for Micro-SD and a SIM if they decide to have a LTE connection at some point, however this is not an option nor is their a port for a SIM today.

 

Charging LED

The Dell has a charging light that is next to the port on the side.  The Lenovo has a light on the front that you can see when looking at the unit head on.  I like being able to see that the device is charging from the LED on the front.

 

Webcam and Camera Placement Specs

The Dell has the 1.2 MP webcam on the front of the device at the top, but pushed over to right side near the buttons.  This was clearly done to keep you from covering the light sensor when holding it landscape.  The Lenovo has the 2 MP webcam centered at the top.  This does mean that your fingers tend to want to cover the camera when holding the device, luckily they did put the ambient light sensor a little more toward the button side of the device to help not to cause it to dim.  I would give this one to the Dell.

 

The back 5 MP camera on the Dell is located in the middle with a little bit of a hump. Where the Lenovo has a 8 MP camera on the back that is off to the side where the buttons are and has no bump.  I have yet to do a bake off on the camera quality on each, but I can say that the Dell did great for Skype calls.

 

Speaker Performance / Placement

The Dell has a speaker on the side of the device that would be the bottom if you held the device in portrait mode.  The Lenovo has the speaker on the back of the device a the upper part of the device opposite of the camera.  Doing an audio test the Lenovo is much quitter than the Dell.  The Dell is easily twice as loud playing the same song in my test.  The Dell is the clear winner here.

 

Case / Look of the Device

The Dell is all black except for the silver buttons and the silver Dell logo on the back.  There are no logos on the front of the device it is just a black slate with a rubberized feel, not cheap feeling.  The Lenovo has logos on the front both Lenovo and Windows for the capacitive start button.  The rest of the device is silver in color some parts are metal, but mostly a plastic that is textured to look like an aluminum finish.  The back of the device has the Lenovo logo shinny on the back and has a boat load of stickers for Windows / Intel / FCC / etc.  The bad thing is that it makes it look like it has flair all over the back.  The good news is you can pull off all the stickers and it would really look clean and professional.  I would probably say that if you want flash then go Lenovo, but the Dell is simple.  Also keep in mind the texture of the device.  The Dell always feels secure in your hands more so than the Lenovo due to the rubbery finish.  I think that beauty is in the eye of the beholder on this one.

 

Size / Weight

I put this in as it is funny to me that these two devices are so similar in size that it makes you think that they were cousins.  Its like a Ford and Mercury.  They look a little different, but the two are basically the same machine.  I think it funny because I doubt these were developed with any intention of sharing what each were doing, but they came out almost exactly the same size and weight.

 

Screen Quality

The Dell and the Lenovo have the same resolutions and the specs are all the same on the devices.  The only difference that I can tell is that the color on the Dell is warmer than the Lenovo, but the Lenovo seems just a hair sharper.  The screen on both of these is so good that it is such a toss up that I wouldn't let this be a decision factor. You are going to love the screen on both of these.

 

Accessories

So, lets be honest.  These devices are brand new and I am sure that more is to come.  Also, the Dell has been out slightly longer than the Lenovo (about a week).  Dell seems to have the edge here currently.  Dell shipped the device with options for a folio case, active digitizer pen, and on Amazon there are already other cases and accessories popping up.  Dell and Lenovo have also shown a Bluetooth keyboard cover that they intend to release.  The Lenovo has a promise for a cover and a rubber tipped stylus for a capacitive touchscreen (which would work on the Dell as well) but these are not shipping yet.  Also a search on Amazon landed me no additional accessories that were offered 3rd party.  I would say that the Dell has this one for now.

 

Software

The Dell is packaged up like a Microsoft Signature PC.  This means that there is really nothing on it except Windows and Office.  There are a few Dell specific apps, but no bloat-ware.  The Lenovo come packaged up with the Mcafee suite and other items that feel like bloat-ware.  It isn't over the top by any means, but you probably need to plan to uninstall some apps after you get the device. The Dell is the clear winner here and I have to commend Dell for taking this approach.

 

Overview and Results

Both of the devices are great value and cost the same thing.  It really comes down to simple things like the looks of the device and if one has something you really want.  If you really want the capacitive windows button, stylish design, and better camera; then the Lenovo might be your best choice.  If you really want an understated design, more accessories (for now), and no bloat-ware to uninstall; then the Dell is your choice.  Either way you have a great device that really makes people question why they are paying the money for an iPad mini.  Apps come to ecosystems when devices like this start popping up and get popular.  More tablets like this are what the Microsoft ecosystem need to drive the platform forward.

 

The best write up I've read so far. Thanks for taking the time to write it up!

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This is a GREAT write up. Thanks for taking the time. If I could ask a favor, could you run the free app 3DMark from the Windows Store on these and post the results to compare any performance differences between the LPDDR2 and DDR3-RS memory? I'm assuming they will be pretty close but not sure who will get the performance gold... :)

 

Thanks.

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Dewain, great review !

 

By the way, have you got a chance to test WiFi speed and range on both devices ?   My understanding is Dell Venue 8 Pro is using dual band 2x2 MIMO 11n WiFi; while Lenovo Miix2 is using single band 1x1 11n WiFi.    Using a wireless AP/router that has 2x2 11n WiFi would be the best to conduct such test.

 

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This is a GREAT write up. Thanks for taking the time. If I could ask a favor, could you run the free app 3DMark from the Windows Store on these and post the results to compare any performance differences between the LPDDR2 and DDR3-RS memory? I'm assuming they will be pretty close but not sure who will get the performance gold... :)

 

Thanks.

I will try to do this this week.  Stay tuned.

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Had the Dell Venue 8 sitting here next to me and ran the 3DMark app and got the results below:

Best Ice Storm Score - Maxed Out

Best Ice Storm Extreme Score - 8786

Best Ice Storm Unlimited Score - 15242

 

I will get the Lenovo in just a few minutes

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Sorry guys... for some reason the 3DMark app was giving me fits trying to download it to my Lenovo.  I am working on it.  As for the video, I have recorded both and will be uploading them to my server soon.  Stay tuned and I will post each.

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      Figure 2 – This shows my Samsung 840 Pro (This will be my OS drive) set up in a single drive RAID0 in the B140i using SSA
       
       
       
      After manually installing Windows Server 2016 easily on HPE’s ProLiant ML30 Gen9 I was anxious to see if an install of Window 10 Pro would be just as trouble free. It was!
       
      Besides having Hyper-V capabilities, Windows 10 Pro, is being looked on by many as the basis of a low cost Home Server as illustrated in “Building a Windows 10 Home Server – Anniversary Update Edition”. Check out HPE’s Operating System Support Matrices for insights on the many OS’s that the ML30 Gen9 supports. But, what will work goes beyond what’s officially supported by HPE in the “Matrices”. Windows 10 Pro is not listed in the Matrices but Windows Server 2016 is and Server 2016 shares much of the code with Windows 10 Pro as does Server 2012R2 shares with Windows 8.1 pro and Server 2012 shares with Windows 8. In order to manually load Windows 10 Pro I downloaded drivers for Server 2016. The simplest procedure, for me, is to use SPP to update all the ML30 Gen9 firmware first, then use the drivers for the B140i to load Windows 10 Pro, then after Windows 10 Pro is loaded and updated use HPSUM to load all the relevant drivers and software into Windows 10 Pro.
       
      Like Server 2016, Windows 10 Pro has its own generic drivers that will work with the ML30 Gen9’s NIC and Video so the B140i drivers is all that’s needed to get Windows 10 Pro onto the ML30 Gen9! HPSUM run (with Administrator Privileges) will load all of the missing HPE drivers I need in one step – including the NIC’s, Video, and SSA – just to name a few.
       
       
       
      Step-By-Step: Windows 10 Pro on HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9
       
      I used iLO4 to remote into the ML30 Gen9 and began to install Windows 10 Pro x64 manually (i.e. without using IP) in the following general steps:
       
      Since I had just recently done steps 1-7 not long ago I skipped to 5 then did 7 through 16 below.
      Download Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) from Hewlett Packard Enterprise Support Center – Drivers & Software – the current version is 2016.10.0 (24 Oct 2016) – check also threads about SPP at HSS Forum MS Gen8 Load the SPP ISO in “virtual drives” in remote desktop of iLO4 Boot the ML30 Gen9 – with no drives in the ML30 Gen9 in my case – and let SPP run automatically and update all firmware – See Figure 3 below. Shut down the ML30 Gen9 Next: I removed the Samsung 840 Pro 256GB that I had loaded Server 2016 on (giving me the flexibility to switch OS’s by switching SSD’s in the ML30 Gen9) and loaded another Samsung 840 Pro 256GB into drive 1 of the Icy Dock ToughArmor MB994SP-4SB-1 Go to the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Support Center – Drivers & Software – and download the file cp028631.exe that is the Dynamic Smart Array B140i Controller Driver for 64-bit Microsoft Windows Server 2012/2016 Editions (Since Windows 10 has the same core as Server 2016 I plan to use it for manual installation of Windows 10 64-bit Pro in the ML30 Gen9 – the HPE Drivers & Software site does not have Drivers & Software for non-server OS’s) – the current version is 62.12.0.64 (24 Oct 2016) Extract the files in cp028631.exe and load those into a file folder that I then attach/load in “virtual drives” of remote desktop of iLO4 (during Windows install this will be the folder I browse to so that Windows 10 can pull in the driver and see the Samsung 840 Pro ) Load the Windows 10 Pro x64 ISO in “virtual drives” of remote desktop of iLO4 Boot the ML30 Gen9 During boot go into IP (press F10) and select SSA (Smart Storage Administrator) In SSA I set up the Samsung 840 Pro as a single drive RAID0 to be used as my OS drive – See Figure 2 earlier. Exit SSA & IP and Restart the ML30 Gen9 Proceed with the normal Windows 10 Pro x64 install – During install Windows 10 will ask for location of drivers so it can see the drive(s) – in browse lead it to the location to the file folder of B140i driver(s) in the “virtual drives” C: -- if your OS drive had been previously formatted as MBR you will have to delete that so it can be formatted as GPT. See Video 1 below. After Windows 10 is installed and updated – reattach SPP ISO in remote desktop of iLO4 In the Windows desktop go to the SPP ISO in File Explorer and Execute the Batch file for HPSUM (i.e. execute: launch_hpsum.bat as Administrator) – I chose “Localhost Guided Update” – Automatic Mode After running HPSUM (and rebooting) the HPE software shown in Figure 4 below was installed. Enjoy!  
       

       
      Figure 3 – After running SPP’s ISO the firmware of the ML30 Gen9 is up to date.
       
       
       
       
      Video 1 – Browsing to select the file folder with B14i S2016 drivers during install of Windows 10 Pro on HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9
       
       
       

       
      Figure 4 – Software installed by HPSUM in Windows Server 2016
       
       
       

       
      Figure 5 – Temperatures in the ML30 Gen9 via iLO4. BIOS is set on optimal cooling and my single System Fan is running at 6% and the two 40mm fans on the MB994SP-4SB-1 are turned on.
       
       
       

       
      Figure 6 – System information showing Windows 10 Pro as the OS
       
       
       

       
      Figure 7 – Basic information showing Windows Server loaded onto my HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 running from a single SSD RAID0 in bay 1 of the Icy Dock ToughArmor MB994SP-4SB-1
       
       
       
      All in all Windows 10 Pro was easy to load onto the HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 providing a relatively cheaper platform (compared to Windows Server 2016) for a home lab for setting up and testing applications in Hyper-V for instance.
       
      In the As-Built that follows I list how this ML10v2 is loaded. Be sure to check out more on this at ML10 and ML10v2 Forum and Windows 10 Pro on HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 Forum Thread.
       
       
       
      As-Built (I named my Computer: Serenity)
      HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 (Product No. 830893) Xeon E3-1240v5 (SkyLake LGA 1151) 8GB ECC RAM (Expandable to 64GB) OS: Windows 10 Pro B140i Dynamic Smart Array: Ports 1-4: (4*3.5” Drive Tray Caddies for Main Drive-Cage Assembly Bays 1-4) B140i Dynamic Smart Array: Ports 5-6: Icy Dock MB994SP-4SB-1 in Top 5.25” half-height Bay; with/ 2*18” SATA III (6 Gb/s) cables attached to Bays 1 & 2 (Bays 3 & 4 are available for future); Molex to Molex & Fan Y-Connector Cable; Samsung 840 Pro 256GB in Bay 1;  
       
      Please join us in the HomeServerShow Forums to discuss this and tell us what you are building at home.
       
       
       
      References:
       
      Check HSS Forum Post: Other HSS ML30 Blog Postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/ML30
       
       HSS HP ProLiant ML30 Forum postings (In HSS Forum ML10 & ML10v2): http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/forum/98-ml10-and-ml10v2/
       
      HP MicroServer Gen8 – Service Pack for ProLiant – 24th Oct 2016 http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/12034-hp-microserver-gen8-service-pack-for-proliant-24th-oct-2016/
       
       iLO Advanced License Keys http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/9511-ilo-advanced-license-keys-1850-2400/
       
       Icy Dock “ToughArmor” MB994SP-4SB-1 http://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=142
       
      Scsi4me.com 3.5” Drive Tray Caddy 4 HP ProLiant ML350e ML310e SL250s Gen8 Gen9 G9 651314-001 http://www.ebay.com/itm/231001449171
       
       HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 Server QuickSpecs http://h20195.www2.hp.com/v2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=c04834998&doctype=quickspecs&doclang=EN_US&searchquery=&cc=us&lc=en
       
      HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 Server “Maintenance and Service Guide”; Part Number: 825545-002; November 2016; Edition: 2 => http://h20565.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?sp4ts.oid=1008556812&docLocale=en_US&docId=emr_na-c04905980 Or go to => http://h20565.www2.hpe.com/portal/site/hpsc/public/psi/home/?sp4ts.oid=1008556812&ac.admitted=1489520211680.125225703.1851288163#manuals
       
       Check out my HPE ML30 Gen9 Play-List:
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      By Joe_Miner
      By: JohnStutsman
       
       
       

       
      Figure 1 – Preparing to install new 64GB of RAM
       
       
       
      I upgrade the stock 8GB to 64GB of RAM in the HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 using 4 DIMMs (“Sticks”) of Kingston KVR21E15D8/16.
       
       
       

       
      Figure 2 – Kingston KVR21E15D8/16
       
       
       

       
      Figure 3 – 64GB RAM about to be installed in HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9
       
       
       
       
       
      Figure 4 – HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 – System Board Components & Memory “Type” requirement from “QuickSpecs” – DIMMs removal & installation instructions from “Maintenance & Service Guide” (see links in References below)
       
       
       

       
      Figure 5 – HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 – Memory & DDR4 memory population guidelines from “QuickSpecs” (see links in References below)
       
       
       
      I upgraded to 64GB of RAM in my HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 using Kingston KVR21E15D8/16 from Newegg. The KVR21E15D8/16 was suggested by Schoondoggy on the forum thread RAM for ML30 Gen9.
       
       
       
       
      Video 1 – 64GB RAM in HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9.
       
       
       

       
      Figure 6 – View of the four new DIMMs installed for 64GB of RAM. Time to replace the air baffle, tower bezel, and side panel then hook up the ML30 Gen9 and see if it works!
       
       
       
       
       

       
      Figure 7 – IT WORKS! Screen during first post showing 64GB RAM - for the first time!  Thank you Schoondoggy!!
       
       
       

       
      Figure 8 – System Summary Information showing 64GB RAM installed
       
       
       

       
      Figure 9 – System Information with Installed Physical Memory (64GB RAM) Highlighted
       
       
       

       
      Figure 10 – Task Manager showing 64GB of DDR4.
       
       
       

       
      Figure 11 – iLO4 System Information – Memory Information showing four 16GB DIMMs installed.  Status is "Good, In Use".
       
       
       

       
      Figure 12 – Temperatures appear well within range while system fan speed was a consistent 6% - BIOS set to Optimal Cooling (Note that the two 40mm fans in the Icy Dock ToughArmor MB994SP-4SB-1 were also running).
       
       
       

       
      Figure 13 – HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 running with 64GB RAM and using 30.1 Watts. Everything seems to be working well – time to think about adding more drives and turn on Hyper-V!!
       
       
       
      As-Built (I named my Computer: Serenity)
      HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 (Product No. 830893) Xeon E3-1240v5 (SkyLake LGA 1151) 64GB ECC RAM – Kingston KVR21E15D8/16 OS: Windows 10 Pro B140i Dynamic Smart Array: Ports 1-4: (4*3.5” Drive Tray Caddies for Main Drive-Cage Assembly Bays 1-4) B140i Dynamic Smart Array: Ports 5-6: Icy Dock MB994SP-4SB-1 in Top 5.25” half-height Bay; with/ 2*18” SATA III (6 Gb/s) cables attached to Bays 1 & 2 (Bays 3 & 4 are available for future); Molex to Molex & Fan Y-Connector Cable; Samsung 840 Pro 256GB in Bay 1;  
       
      Please join us in the HomeServerShow Forums to discuss this and tell us what you are building at home.
       
       
       
      Reference:
       
      RAM for ML30 Gen9 http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/14807-ram-for-ml30-gen9/
       
      ValueRAM Decoder https://www.kingston.com/us/memory/valueram/valueram_decoder
       
      ValueRAM KVR21E15D8/16 Specs Sheet http://www.kingston.com/dataSheets/KVR21E15D8_16.pdf
       
      Check HSS Forum Post: Other HSS ML30 Blog Postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/ML30
       
      HomeServerShow Forum for ML10’s & ML30’s http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/forum/98-ml10-and-ml10v2/
       
      HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 Server Maintenance & Service Guide http://h20628.www2.hp.com/km-ext/kmcsdirect/emr_na-c04905980-1.pdf
       
      HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 Server QuickSpecs http://h20195.www2.hp.com/v2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=c04834998&doctype=quickspecs&doclang=EN_US&searchquery=&cc=us&lc=en
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