HPE Proliant Microserver Gen10 features AMD processors, Opteron X3000 series with 2 core or 4 core as options and turbo clock speeds up to 3.4GHz. It scales up to 32GB, double the previous Gen8 model.
The motherboard switches from a socketed Intel design to a System on a Chip design from AMD – meaning the processor cannot be field upgraded. The new motherboard design adds two PCI slots over 1 PCI slot in the previous Gen8 and G7 models
For storage, 4 large form factor drive SATA slots are retained in HPE Proliant Microserver Gen10 and the same limit of 4 x 4TB SATA drives in the drive slot.
With SSD advancements, HPE Proliant Microserver Gen10 adds the ability to replace the DVD drive with an SSD in a 5th slot near the top of the cube, but complicating things for OS installations with the absence of virtual media through iLO.
For video, HPE Proliant Microserver Gen10 includes two display ports, possibly signaling the intended use case for the system around video applications – perhaps video walls and other things.
Upgraded GPU capabilities also accompany HPE Proliant Microserver Gen10.
HP released the MicroServer Gen8 back in 2013/2014, with a strange cubical form factor and HPE Proliant Microserver Gen10 retains this design, in fact, allowing HPE Proliant Microserver Gen10 to stack on a Gen8 or vice versus.
The bezel on HPE Proliant Microserver Gen10 now comes in a black finish instead of the default silver look of the Gen8.
HPE is also talking about ClearOS on the HPE Proliant Microserver Gen10. ClearOS is a linux distribution based on CentOS and Red Hat with a marketplace of application solutions from 6 categories: Cloud, Gateway, Server, Networking, System and Reports, according to the ClearOS website.
HPE is touting it as a cost-effective alternative in the SMB market, and showed it off on the HPE Proliant Microserver Gen10 during HPE Discover.
This is a big win. The capabilities of the HPE Proliant Microserver Gen10 are certainly appealing. Let us not kid ourselves, HPE Proliant Microserver Gen10 is a slick looking machine. It is clear that the integrated GPU is a feature HPE saw a need for over the Intel Atom C3000 series‘ 10GbE networking, PCIe lanes and higher RAM capacities.
The two Display Ports on the rear of the unit ensure that the upgraded GPU will be used. Overall, this unit will fall into the “we want one to play with” category.
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