Dell Precision 3930 Review a 1U Rackmount Workstation


Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount Cover Web
Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount Cowl Net

It is a enjoyable one in the present day. At STH we cowl a number of server and workstation gear. In the present day, we get to take a look at what’s in some ways a crossover. The Dell Precision 3930 is a 1U rackmount workstation that gives an Intel Xeon Processor, a NVIDIA Quadro GPU, and a number of workstation options whereas being positioned in a rackmount enclosure.

Dell Precision 3930 {Hardware} Overview

Since this can be a rackmount workstation, it doesn’t slot in our regular evaluate methodology simply. It’s a rackmount, that means it is sort of a server. It additionally a workstation lacking a few of our server-style options like IPMI. Consequently, we’re going to do that another within the spirit of our current TinyMiniMicro opinions. This method is a workstation and we bought it for not way more than we’d a high-end TMM node. We even have a video for this you can see right here:

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The plan, as regular, is to go over the exterior {hardware} overview, adopted by the inner {hardware} overview.

Dell Precision 3930 Exterior {Hardware} Overview

A part of this technique is clearly its kind issue. The depth just isn’t notably quick at 23.19” or 589.1mm, however it is going to match into most edge racks and knowledge facilities. It even has just a little service tag that claims “Dell Precision 3930 Rack.”

Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount Label
Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount Label

The entrance of the system will look a bit completely different from many servers. On both facet of this 1U platform we now have storage and within the center we now have I/O.

Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount Front
Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount Entrance

The center I/O is actually distinctive. There’s an audio port, a USB Sort-C (10Gbps) port, and two USB 3 5Gbps ports. Subsequent to that although, we now have a SD card slot. Within the video we talked about that we may take the SD card immediately from the Canon C70 and put it into this SD card slot which could be very completely different for a rackmount system we check today.

Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount Front Ports
Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount Entrance Ports

On both sides, there are two storage bays. Our system is setup for each being 2.5″ bays, however one can see that on both sides there’s a area for a 3.5″ drive however we now have two 2.5″ bays as a substitute. We solely have the left facet populated, however we may put two extra 2.5″ drives on the suitable facet.

Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount SSD With Screws And 2.5 In Bays
Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount SSD With Screws And a pair of.5 In Bays

Our system got here with a 256GB SATA SSD in addition to a 1TB SATA HDD. One merchandise we aren’t keen on is that Dell continues to be utilizing old school screws right here as a substitute of tool-less trays. A lot of the servers, now even the low-cost ones from small distributors, embrace tool-less 3.5″ and a pair of.5″ trays. That is mitigated by the truth that we now have a 3-year on-site guarantee, however it’s nonetheless one thing we wish to see improved.

Now, allow us to transfer to the rear of the system.

Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount Internal Overview From Rear
Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount Inside Overview From Rear

Usually, one will discover that this seems rather a lot like it’s a server by way of structure.

Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount Rear Overview 1
Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount Rear Overview 1

On the left facet we now have the enlargement slots which might be designed for both a single or two GPUs.

Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount Rear GPU IO
Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount Rear GPU IO

Within the heart, we get one other riser card slot. Beneath that we now have two Sort-C ports that may be both USB or DisplayPort and are pushed from the Intel CPU’s iGPU. We even get an influence change header and a serial port.

Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount Rear USB Type C DisplayPort Combo Ports
Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount Rear USB Sort C DisplayPort Combo Ports

By way of networking, that is one thing particular. We get Intel i219-lm built-in chipset networking for 1GbE. For the second port, we get 10Gbase-T. That is nice to permit the system to entry native NAS or clustered storage at increased speeds with out having so as to add an extra NIC.

Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount Rear Serial And 1GbE 10GbE Ports
Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount Rear Serial And 1GbE 10GbE Ports

This 10GbE port is predicated on a Marvell/ Aquantia AQC107 NIC. This isn’t the highest-end answer, but it surely has a pleasant characteristic: it could actually run at 1GbE, 2.5GbE, and 5GbE speeds as properly.

Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount AQuantia AQC107
Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount AQuantia AQC107

The facility provides for this unit are good 550W 80Plus Platinum models. As a fast be aware, Dell additionally gives lower-end PSUs and single PSU choices. PSU necessities differ by the GPU configuration.

Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount 550W PSU
Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount 550W PSU

One small be aware earlier than we get contained in the chassis is that this technique has an ordinary Dell service information on the underside of the lid. It is a good contact that we prefer to level out.

Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount Lid Service Guide
Dell Precision 3930 Rackmount Lid Service Information

Subsequent, we’re going to get contained in the system for our inner overview.

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