Dell EMC PowerEdge R940 review: A beast of a server
Sitting at the pinnacle of @DellEMC ‘s #PowerEdge #14G server family, the R940 delivers a powerful @Intel Xeon Scalable package in a compact 3U rack chassis. It’s the first 4-socket (4P) system in the 14G lineup and has the thermal capacity to handle every Xeon Scalable model right up to the high-end 28-core chips.
Targeting a broad range of mission critical workloads, it offers an impressive expansion potential with support for 6TB of DDR4 memory, 12 high-performance NVDIMM-N modules and 13 PCI-Express (PCIe) expansion slots. Storage looks good too, as the chassis has room for 24 SFF drives and is geared up for PCIe NVMe SSDs.
It builds hugely on its predecessor, the 13G R930, by offering 50% more NVMe drives plus a third more I/O capabilities and, being 1U shorter, has a higher rack density. Dell EMC claims the R940 offers 27% more cores – although it must have based this on an R930 with four 22-core E7-8800 v4 Xeons and not with the 24-core models, which only yield a 17% increase.