IBM System x3500 M4

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Abstract

The IBM® System x3500 M4 server provides outstanding performance for your mission-critical applications. Its energy-efficient design supports more cores, memory, and data capacity in a scalable Tower or 5U Rack package that is easy to service and manage. With more computing power per watt and the latest Intel Xeon processors, you can reduce costs while maintaining speed and availability.

Changes in the September 26 update:
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Contents


Table of contents


Introduction

The IBM® System x3500 M4 server provides outstanding performance for your business-critical applications. Its energy-efficient design supports more cores, memory, and data capacity in a scalable Tower or 5U Rack package that is easy to service and manage. With more computing power per watt and the latest Intel Xeon processors, you can reduce costs while maintaining speed and availability.

Suggested use: infrastructure applications, collaboration/email, web, and virtualized desktops in a workgroup or distributed environments.

Figure 1 shows the IBM System x3500 M4.

The IBM System x3500 M4
Figure 1. The IBM System x3500 M4

Did you know?

The x3500 M4 offers a flexible, scalable design and simple upgrade path to 32 HDDs, with up to eight PCIe 3.0 slots and up to 768 GB of memory. The Onboard Ethernet solution provides four standard integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports without occupying PCIe slots. Comprehensive systems management tools with the next-generation Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) make it easy to deploy, integrate, service, and manage.

Key features

A high-performance dual-socket tower server, the IBM System x3500 M4, can deliver the scalability, reliable performance, and optimized efficiency for your business-critical applications. Start with the basics and upgrade as your business changes without jeopardizing existing investments. Virtualizing the PC infrastructure into one server can provide access to a powerful server with abundant storage space, while significantly reducing IT costs.


Scalability and performance

The x3500 M4 offers numerous features to boost performance, improve scalability, and reduce costs:

  • Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family
    • Improves productivity by offering superior system performance with 4-core and 6-core processors (up to 3.5 GHz core speeds), 8-core processors (up to 3.3 GHz core speeds), 10-core processors (up to 3.0 GHz), and 12-core processors (up to 2.7 GHz core speeds), up to 30 MB of L3 cache, and up to two 8 GT/s QPI interconnect links.
    • Supports up to two processors, 24 cores, and 48 threads maximize the concurrent execution of multi-threaded applications.
    • Supports up to 1866 MHz memory speeds.
    • Will support up to 768 GB memory with 32 GB LRDIMMs when and if they become available.
  • Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family
    • Improves productivity by offering superior system performance with 8-core processors and up to 2.9 GHz core speeds, up to 20 MB of L3 cache, and up to two 8 GT/s QPI interconnect links.
    • Supports up to two processors, 16 cores, and 32 threads maximize the concurrent execution of multi-threaded applications.
    • Supports up to 1600 MHz memory speeds.
    • Supports up to 768 GB memory with 32 GB LRDIMMs.
  • Intelligent and adaptive system performance with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 allows CPU cores to run at maximum speeds during peak workloads by temporary going beyond processor TDP.
  • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology boosts performance for multi-threaded applications by enabling simultaneous multi-threading within each processor core, up to two threads per core.
  • Intel Virtualization Technology integrates hardware-level virtualization hooks that allow operating system vendors to better utilize the hardware for virtualization workloads.
  • Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) can significantly improve floating point performance for compute-intensive technical and scientific applications.
  • Up to 32 drive bays together with internal backup and optical drive at the same time provide a flexible and scalable all-in-one platform to meet increasing demands.
  • Support for 12 Gbps SAS RAID and HBA portfolio.
  • The use of solid-state drives (SSDs) instead of or along with traditional spinning drives (HDDs) can significantly improve I/O performance. An SSD can support up to 100 times more I/O operations per second (IOPS) than a typical HDD.
  • The server has four integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports that double the network throughput compared with the previous generation of IBM System x® servers.
  • The server offers PCI Express 3.0 I/O expansion capabilities that improve the theoretical maximum bandwidth by almost 100% (8 GT/s per link using 128b/130b encoding) compared to the previous generation of PCI Express 2.0 (5 GTps per link using 8b/10b encoding).
  • With Intel Integrated I/O Technology, the PCI Express 3.0 controller is integrated into the Intel Xeon processor E5 family. This helps to dramatically reduce I/O latency and increase overall system performance.
  • Support for NVIDIA Quadro graphics processing units (GPUs) to maximize computing power.


Availability and serviceability

The x3500 M4 provides many features to simplify serviceability and increase system uptime:
  • The server offers Chipkill, memory mirroring and memory rank sparing for redundancy in the event of a non-correctable memory failure.
  • Tool-less cover removal provides easy access to upgrades and serviceable parts, such as CPU, memory, and adapter cards.
  • The server offers hot-swap drives supporting RAID redundancy for data protection and greater system uptime.
  • The server has up to two redundant hot-swap power supplies and up to six simple swap N+N redundant fans to provide availability for business-critical applications.
  • The light path diagnostics panel and individual light path LEDs quickly lead the technician to failed (or failing) components. This simplifies servicing, speeds up problem resolution and helps improve system availability.
  • The Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) detects when system components (for example, processors, memory, hard disk drives) operate outside of standard thresholds and generates pro-active alerts in advance of possible failure, therefore increasing uptime.
  • Solid-state drives (SSDs) offer significantly better reliability than traditional mechanical HDDs for greater uptime.
  • Built-in Integrated Management Module Version II (IMM2) continuously monitors system parameters, triggers alerts, and performs recovering actions in case of failures to minimize downtime.
  • Built-in diagnostics using Dynamic Systems Analysis (DSA) Preboot speeds up troubleshooting tasks to reduce service time.
  • Three-year customer replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty, next business day 9x5. Optional service upgrades available.


Manageability and security

Powerful systems management features simplify local and remote management of the x3500 M4:
  • The server includes an Integrated Management Module II (IMM2) to monitor server availability and perform remote management.
  • Integrated industry-standard Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) enables improved setup, configuration, and updates, and simplifies error handling.
  • Integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 support enables advanced cryptographic functionality, such as digital signatures and remote attestation.
  • Industry-standard AES NI support for faster, stronger encryption.
  • IBM Systems Director is included for proactive systems management. It offers comprehensive systems management tools that help to increase up-time, reduce costs, and improve productivity through advanced server management capabilities.
  • Intel Execute Disable Bit functionality can help prevent certain classes of malicious buffer overflow attacks when combined with a supporting operating system.
  • Intel Trusted Execution Technology provides enhanced security through hardware-based resistance to malicious software attacks, allowing an application to run in its own isolated space protected from all other software running on a system.


Energy efficiency

The x3500 M4 offers the following energy-efficiency features to save energy, reduce operational costs, increase energy availability, and contribute to the green environment:
  • Energy-efficient planar components help lower operational costs.
  • The x3500 M4 is Energy Star 2.0 compliant. Energy Star is the trusted, US government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, with the goal of helping customers save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. For the Power and Performance Data Sheet, see http://ibm.com/systems/x/hardware/energy-star
  • High-efficient 550 W, 750 W and 900 W power supplies with 80 PLUS Platinum certification.
  • The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 and E5-2600 v2 product families offer significantly better performance over the previous generation while fitting into the same thermal design power (TDP) limits.
  • Intel Intelligent Power Capability powers individual processor elements on and off as needed, to reduce power draw.
  • Low-voltage Intel Xeon processors draw less energy to satisfy demands of power and thermally constrained data centers and telecommunication environments.
  • Low-voltage 1.35 V DDR3 memory RDIMMs consume 15% less energy than 1.5 V DDR3 RDIMMs.
  • Solid state drives (SSDs) consume as much as 80% less power than traditional spinning 2.5-inch HDDs.
  • The server uses hexagonal ventilation holes, a part of IBM Calibrated Vectored Cooling™ technology. Hexagonal holes can be grouped more densely than round holes, providing more efficient airflow through the system.
  • IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager™ provides advanced data center power notification and management to help achieve lower heat output and reduced cooling needs.

Locations of key components and connectors

Figure 2 shows the front of the server.

Front view of the IBM System x3500 M4
Figure 2. Front view of the IBM System x3500 M4

Figure 3 shows the rear of the server.

Rear view of the IBM System x3500 M4
Figure 3. Rear view of the IBM System x3500 M4

Figure 4 shows the locations of key components inside the server.

Inside view of the IBM System x3500 M4
Figure 4. Inside view of the IBM System x3500 M4

Standard specifications

The following table lists the standard specifications.

Table 1. Standard specifications

ComponentsSpecification
Form factorTower or 5U Rack.
ProcessorE5-2600 v2: Up to two Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family CPUs with 12 cores (up to 2.7 GHz) or ten cores (up to 3.0 GHz) or eight cores (up to 3.3 GHz) or six cores (up to 3.5 GHz) or four cores (up to 3.5 GHz). Two QPI links up to 8.0 GT/s each. Up to 1866 MHz memory speed. Up to 30 MB L3 cache.
E5-2600: Up to two Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family CPUs with eight cores (up to 2.9 GHz) or six cores (up to 2.9 GHz) or quad-cores (up to 3.3 GHz). Two QPI links up to 8.0 GT/s each. Up to 1600 MHz memory speed. Up to 20 MB L3 cache.
ChipsetIntel C602J.
MemoryUp to 24 DDR3 DIMM sockets (12 DIMMs per processor).
E5-2600 v2: RDIMMs, UDIMMs, and LRDIMMs (Load Reduced DIMMs) are supported. Memory types cannot be intermixed. Memory speed up to 1866 MHz.
E5-2600: RDIMMs, UDIMMs, and LRDIMMs are supported, but memory types cannot be intermixed.
Memory maximumsE5-2600 v2:
  • With UDIMMs: Up to 128 GB with 16x 8 GB UDIMMs and two processors.
  • With RDIMMs: Up to 384 GB with 24x 16 GB RDIMMs and two processors
  • With LRDIMMs: Up to 768 GB with 24x 32 GB LRDIMMs and two processors
E5-2600:
  • With LRDIMMs: Up to 768 GB with 24x 32 GB LRDIMMs and two processors.
  • With RDIMMs: Up to 384 GB with 24x 16 GB RDIMMs and two processors.
  • With UDIMMs: Up to 64 GB with 16x 4 GB UDIMMs and two processors.
Memory protectionECC, Chipkill (for x4-based memory DIMMs), memory mirroring, and memory rank sparing.
Disk drive baysUp to 32 2.5" hot-swap SAS/SATA HDDs, or up to eight 3.5" hot-swap SAS/SATA HDDs, or up to eight 3.5" Simple Swap SATA HDDs.
Maximum internal storage 38.4 TB with 1.2 GB 2.5" SAS HDDs, or 32 TB with 1 TB 2.5" SATA HDDs, or 32 TB with 4 TB 3.5" SATA HDDs, or 51.2 TB with 1.6 TB 2.5" SAS SSDs. Intermix of SAS/SATA is supported.
RAID support6 Gb SAS/SATA: RAID 0, 1, 10 with M1115 or M5110. Optional upgrade to RAID 5, 50 available for M1115. Optional upgrades to RAID 5, 50 are available for M5110 (zero-cache; 512 MB battery-backed cache; 512 MB or 1 GB flash-backed cache). Optional upgrade to RAID 6, 60 available for M5110 with 512 MB or 1 GB cache upgrades.
12 Gb SAS/SATA: RAID 0, 1, 10 with optional M5210. Optional upgrades to RAID 5, 50 are available for M5210 (zero-cache; 1 GB non-backed cache; 1 GB or 2 GB flash-backed cache). Optional upgrade to RAID 6, 60 for M5210 with 1 GB or 2 GB cache upgrades.
Optical drive baysTwo half-height 5.25" bays for optical or tape drives. Supports DVD-ROM or Multiburner.
Tape drive baysTwo half-height 5.25" bays for optical or tape drives. Support for one RDX or DDS internal USB tape drive. Supports up to two LTO internal SAS tape drives.
Network interfacesFour integrated Gigabit Ethernet 1000BASE-T ports (RJ-45) based on Intel I350AM4 Quad Port GbE LAN Controller chip.
PCI Expansion slots Up to eight slots with two processors and six slots when one CPU is installed. All slots are PCIe 3.0 slots except Slot 1, which is a Gen 2 slot:
  • Slot 1: PCIe x8 (x4 wired); full-height, half-length (supports optional PCI-X 64 bit/133 MHz interposer card)
  • Slot 2: PCIe x8; full-height, half-length
  • Slot 3: PCIe x8; full-height, full-length
  • Slot 4: PCIe x8 (x4 wired); full-height, full-length
  • Slot 5: PCIe x16; full-height, full-length
  • Slot 6: PCIe x8 (x4 wired); full-height, full-length
  • Slot 7: PCIe x16; full-height, full-length (requires second processor)
  • Slot 8: PCIe x16; full-height, full-length (requires second processor)
PortsTwo USB 2.0 ports on front. Four USB 2.0, one DB-15 video, one DB-9 serial, one RJ-45 systems management, four RJ-45 GbE network ports on rear. Two internal USB ports (for embedded hypervisor and internal tape drive).
CoolingIBM Calibrated Vectored Cooling with up to six simple swap fans (two fans shipped standard on single processor models and three fans shipped on dual processor models) with optional N+N redundancy available .
Power supplyUp to two redundant hot-swap 550 W ac, 750 W ac or 900 W ac power supplies (80 PLUS Platinum certification).
Hot-swap partsHard drives, power supplies.
Systems management UEFI, IBM Integrated Management Module II (IMM2), Predictive Failure Analysis, Light Path Diagnostics, Automatic Server Restart, IBM Systems Director and IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, IBM ServerGuide. Optional IBM Integrated Management Module Advanced Upgrade via Feature on Demand (FoD) for remote presence (graphics, keyboard and mouse, virtual media).
Security featuresPower-on password, administrator's password, Trusted Platform Module (TPM).
VideoMatrox G200eR2 with 16 MB memory integrated into the IMM2. Maximum resolution is 1600x1200 at 75 Hz with 16 M colors.
Operating systems supported Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, 2008 and 2012 (support for 2012 R2 is planned for earlier in 2014), Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and 11, VMware ESX 4.1 and ESXi 4.1 (E5-2600 only), and VMware vSphere 5.0 and 5.1.
Limited warranty 3-year customer-replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty with 9x5/NBD.
Service and supportOptional service upgrades are available through IBM ServicePacs®: 4-hour or 2-hour response time, 8-hour fix time, 1-year or 2-year warranty extension, remote technical support for IBM hardware and selected IBM and third-party (Microsoft, Linux, VMware) software.
DimensionsWidth: 218 mm (8.6 in), depth: 750 mm (29.5 in), height: 440 mm (17.3 in).
WeightMinimum configuration: 25.0 kg (55.1 lb), maximum: 39.8 kg (87.7lb).

The x3500 M4 servers are shipped with the following items:
  • Statement of Limited Warranty
  • Important Notices
  • Registration flyer
  • IBM Systems Director Flyer
  • Documentation CD that contains the Installation and User's Guide
  • One 2.8 m C13 line cord (country-specific)

Note: EMEA models do not contain line cord. It must be purchased separately.

Standard models

The following table lists the standard models.

Table 2. Standard models (Part 1: Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors)

MTM*Intel Xeon processors†
(two maximum)
MemoryRAIDDrive
bays
(std / max)
DrivesGbEI/O
slots
(std / max)
OpticalPower
supply
(std / max)
Models announced September 2013
7383-A5x1x E5-2603 v2 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1333MHz 80W
1x 4GB
1600MHz§
M11158x 2.5"
HS / 32
Open bay48 / 8DVD-
ROM
1x 750W
HS / 2
7383-B5x1x E5-2609 v2 4C 2.5GHz
10MB 1333MHz 80W
1x 4GB
1600MHz§
M11158x 2.5"
HS / 32
Open bay48 / 8DVD-
ROM
1x 750W
HS / 2
7383-C5x1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M11158x 2.5"
HS / 32
Open bay48 / 8DVD-
ROM
1x 750W
HS / 2
7383-C7x1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M11158x 3.5"
HS / 8
Open bay48 / 8DVD-
ROM
1x 750W
HS / 2
7383-C9x‡1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M5110
1GB Flash
8x 3.5"
HS / 8
Open bay48 / 8DVD-
ROM
1x 750W
HS / 2
7383-D5x1x E5-2630 v2 6C 2.6GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M11158x 2.5"
HS / 32
Open bay48 / 8DVD-
ROM
1x 750W
HS / 2
7383-F5x1x E5-2640 v2 8C 2.0GHz
20MB 1600MHz 95W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M5110
512MB Flash
8x 2.5"
HS / 32
Open bay48 / 8DVD-
ROM
1x 750W
HS / 2
7383-G5x1x E5-2650 v2 8C 2.6GHz
20MB 1866MHz 95W
2x 4GB
1866MHz
M5110
1GB Flash
8x 2.5"
HS / 32
Open bay48 / 8DVD-
ROM
1x 750W
HS / 2
7383-G9x‡1x E5-2650 v2 8C 2.6GHz
20MB 1866MHz 95W
2x 4GB
1866MHz
M5110
1GB Flash
8x 2.5"
HS / 32
Open bay48 / 8DVD-
ROM
1x 750W
HS / 2
7383-H5x1x E5-2670 v2 10C 2.5GHz
25MB 1866MHz 115W
2x 4GB
1866MHz
M5110
1GB Flash
8x 2.5"
HS / 32
Open bay48 / 8DVD-
ROM
1x 900W
HS / 2
7383-J5x1x E5-2680 v2 10C 2.8GHz
25MB 1866MHz 115W
2x 4GB
1866MHz
M5110
1GB Flash
8x 2.5"
HS / 32
Open bay48 / 8DVD-
ROM
1x 900W
HS / 2
* x in the Machine Type Model (MTM) represents a country-specific letter (for example, the EMEA MTM is 7983-A5G, and the US MTM is 7383-A5U). Ask an IBM representative for specifics.
† Processor detail: Processor quantity and model, cores, core speed, L3 cache, memory speed, TDP.
§ For models A5x and B5x, the standard DIMM is rated at 1600 MHz, but operates at up to 1333 MHz to match the processor memory speed. Actual memory speed maximums depend on several factors, as described in "Memory options".
‡ Rack-mount models.

Table 2. Standard models (Part 2: Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors)
ModelIntel Xeon processors†
(2 maximum)
MemoryRAIDDisk
bays
DisksGbEDVDPower
Models announced March 2012
7383-A2x1x E5-2603 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
1x 4 GBM11158x 2.5" HS / 32Open4DVD-ROM1x 750W
7383-B2x1x E5-2609 4C 2.4GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
1x 4 GBM11158x 2.5" HS / 32Open4DVD-ROM1x 750W
7383-C2x1x E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM11158x 2.5" HS / 32Open4DVD-ROM1x 750W
7383-C4x1x E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM11158x 3.5" HS / 8Open4DVD-ROM1x 750W
7383-D2x1x E5-2630 6C 2.3GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM11158x 2.5" HS / 32Open4DVD-ROM1x 750W
7383-F2x1x E5-2640 6C 2.5GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
512MB (f)
8x 2.5" HS / 32Open4DVD-ROM1x 750W
7383-G2x1x E5-2650 8C 2.0GHz
20MB 1600MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
1GB (f)
8x 2.5" HS / 32Open4DVD-ROM1x 900W
7383-H2x1x E5-2670 8C 2.6GHz
20MB 1600MHz 115W
1x 8 GBM5110
1GB (f)
8x 2.5" HS / 32Open4DVD-ROM1x 900W
7383-J2x1x E5-2680 8C 2.7GHz
20MB 1600MHz 130W
1x 8 GBM5110
1GB (f)
8x 2.5" HS / 32Open4DVD-ROM1x 900W
† Processor detail: Processor quantity and model, number of cores, core speed, L3 cache, memory speed, power consumption.
(f) The ServeRAID M5110 RAID controller in this model includes flash-backed cache. The cache size is 512 MB or 1 GB, as indicated.

Refer to the Specifications section for information about standard features of the server.

Express models

The following table lists the express models.

Table 3. Express models (Part 1: Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors)

MTM**Intel Xeon processors†
(two maximum)
MemoryRAIDDrive
bays
(std / max)
DrivesGbEI/O
slots
(std / max)
OpticalPower
supply
(std / max)
United States, Canada, Latin America
7383-EGU1x E5-2609 v2 4C 2.5GHz
10MB 1333MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz§
M11158x 3.5"
HS / 8
Open bay48 / 8Multi-
burner
1x 750W
HS / 2
7383-EHU1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M51108x 3.5"
HS / 8
Open bay48 / 8Multi-
burner
1x 750W
HS / 2
7383-EJU1x E5-2630 v2 6C 2.6GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M51108x 2.5"
HS / 32
Open bay48 / 8Multi-
burner
1x 750W
HS / 2
7383-EKU1x E5-2640 v2 8C 2.0GHz
20MB 1600MHz 95W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M51108x 2.5"
HS / 32
Open bay48 / 8Multi-
burner
1x 750W
HS / 2
Latin America (Brazil only)
7383-EPP1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M11158x 3.5"
HS / 8
2x 500GB
NL SATA
48 / 8DVD-
ROM
2x 550W
HS / 2
7383-EQP1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M11158x 2.5"
HS / 32
2x 300GB 10K48 / 8DVD-
ROM
2x 550W
HS / 2
Asia Pacific (China only)
7383-ELC1x E5-2603 v2 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1333MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz§
M51108x 2.5"
HS / 32
1x 300GB 10K48 / 8DVD-
ROM
1x 750W
HS / 2
7383-ERC1x E5-2609 v2 4C 2.5GHz
10MB 1333MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz§
M51108x 2.5"
HS / 32
1x 300GB 10K48 / 8DVD-
ROM
1x 750W
HS / 2
7383-ESC1x E5-2609 v2 4C 2.5GHz
10MB 1333MHz 80W
2x 8GB
1600MHz§
M51108x 2.5"
HS / 32
Open bay48 / 8DVD-
ROM
2x 900W
HS / 2
7383-ETC1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M51108x 2.5"
HS / 32
1x 300GB 10K48 / 8DVD-
ROM
1x 750W
HS / 2
Europe
7383-E7G1x E5-2603 v2 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1333MHz 80W
1x 4GB
1600MHz§
M11158x 3.5"
HS / 8
Open bay48 / 8Multi-
burner
1x 550W
HS / 2
7383-E8G1x E5-2603 v2 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1333MHz 80W
1x 4GB
1600MHz§
M1115
RAID 5
8x 2.5"
HS / 32
Open bay48 / 8Multi-
burner
1x 550W
HS / 2
7383-E9G1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M5110
512MB (c)
8x 2.5"
HS / 32
Open bay48 / 8Multi-
burner
2x 550W
HS / 2
7383-K6G1x E5-2609 v2 4C 2.5GHz
10MB 1333MHz 80W
1x 4GB
1600MHz§
M5110
512MB (f)
8x 2.5"
HS / 32
Open bay48 / 8Multi-
burner
1x 550W
HS / 2
7383-K7G1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M5110
512MB (f)
8x 2.5"
HS / 32
3x 300GB 10K48 / 8Multi-
burner
1x 750W
HS / 2
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Middle East and Africa (MEA)
7383-E9G1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M5110
512MB (c)
8x 2.5"
HS / 32
Open bay48 / 8Multi-
burner
2x 550W
HS / 2
7383-K6G1x E5-2609 v2 4C 2.5GHz
10MB 1333MHz 80W
1x 4GB
1600MHz§
M5110
512MB (f)
8x 2.5"
HS / 32
Open bay48 / 8Multi-
burner
1x 550W
HS / 2
7383-K7G1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M5110
512MB (f)
8x 2.5"
HS / 32
3x 300GB 10K48 / 8Multi-
burner
1x 750W
HS / 2
Russia/Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
7383-E7G1x E5-2603 v2 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1333MHz 80W
1x 4GB
1600MHz§
M11158x 3.5"
HS / 8
Open bay48 / 8Multi-
burner
1x 550W
HS / 2
7383-EMG1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M5110
512MB (f)
8x 2.5"
HS / 32
Open bay48 / 8Multi-
burner
1x 550W
HS / 2
7383-K6G1x E5-2609 v2 4C 2.5GHz
10MB 1333MHz 80W
1x 4GB
1600MHz§
M5110
512MB (f)
8x 2.5"
HS / 32
Open bay48 / 8Multi-
burner
1x 550W
HS / 2
7383-K7G1x E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz
15MB 1600MHz 80W
1x 8GB
1600MHz
M5110
512MB (f)
8x 2.5"
HS / 32
3x 300GB 10K48 / 8Multi-
burner
1x 750W
HS / 2
** MTM = Machine Type Model
† Processor detail: Processor quantity and model, number of cores, core speed, L3 cache, memory speed, TDP.
(c) The ServeRAID M5110 RAID controller in this model includes cache memory with optional battery backup.
(f) The ServeRAID M5110 RAID controller in this model includes flash-backed cache memory.
§ For these models, the standard DIMM is rated at 1600 MHz, but operates at up to 1333 MHz to match the processor memory speed. Actual memory speed maximums depend on several factors, as described in "Memory options".

Table 3. Express models (Part 2: Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors)
ModelProcessor†RAMRAIDDisk baysDisksNetworkOpticalPower
North America (NA), Latin America (LA)
7383-EAU1x Xeon E5-2609 4C 2.4GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
1x 4 GBM11158x 3.5" HS / 8Optional4x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 750 W
7383-EBU1x Xeon E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
512MB(f)
8x 3.5" HS / 8Optional4x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 750 W
7383-ECU1x Xeon E5-2640 6C 2.5GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
2x 8 GBM5110
512MB(f)
8x 2.5" HS / 32Optional4x GbEMulti-
burner
2x 750 W
7383-EDU1x Xeon E5-2650 8C 2.0GHz
20MB 1600MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
1GB(f)
8x 2.5" HS / 32Optional4x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 750 W
Europe
7383-E1G1x Xeon E5-2603 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
1x 4 GBM11158x 3.5" HS / 8Optional4x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 750 W
7383-E2G1x Xeon E5-2603 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
1x 4 GBM11158x 2.5" HS / 32Optional4x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 750 W
7383-E3G1x Xeon E5-2609 4C 2.4GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
1x 4 GBM5110
512MB
8x 2.5" HS / 322x 300GB
10k 2.5" SAS
4x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 750 W
7383-E4G1x Xeon E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
512MB
8x 2.5" HS / 32Optional4x GbEMulti-
burner
2x 750 W
7383-E5G1x Xeon E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
512MB(f)
8x 3.5" HS / 8Optional4x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 750 W
7383-E6G1x Xeon E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
512MB(f)
8x 2.5" HS / 322x 300GB
10k 2.5" SAS
4x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 750 W
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Middle East & Africa (MEA)
7383-E1G1x Xeon E5-2603 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
1x 4 GBM11158x 3.5" HS / 8Optional4x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 750 W
7383-E2G1x Xeon E5-2603 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
1x 4 GBM11158x 2.5" HS / 32Optional4x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 750 W
7383-E3G1x Xeon E5-2609 4C 2.4GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
1x 4 GBM5110
512MB
8x 2.5" HS / 322x 300GB
10k 2.5" SAS
4x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 750 W
7383-E5G1x Xeon E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
512MB(f)
8x 3.5" HS / 8Optional4x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 750 W
7383-E6G1x Xeon E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
512MB(f)
8x 2.5" HS / 322x 300GB
10k 2.5" SAS
4x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 750 W
7383-K1G1x Xeon E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
512MB(f)
8x 2.5" HS / 323x 300GB
10k 2.5" SAS
4x GbEMulti-
burner
2x 750 W
7383-K3G1x Xeon E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
512MB(b)
8x 2.5" HS / 32Optional4x GbEMulti-
burner
2x 750 W
Russia/Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
7383-E1G1x Xeon E5-2603 4C 1.8GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
1x 4 GBM11158x 3.5" HS / 8Optional4x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 750 W
7383-K2G1x Xeon E5-2609 4C 2.4GHz
10MB 1066MHz 80W
1x 4 GBM5110
512MB(b)
8x 2.5" HS / 32Optional4x GbEMulti-
burner
1x 750 W
7383-K3G1x Xeon E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
512MB(b)
8x 2.5" HS / 32Optional4x GbEMulti-
burner
2x 750 W
7383-K4G1x Xeon E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz
15MB 1333MHz 95W
1x 8 GBM5110
512MB(f)
8x 2.5" HS / 32Optional4x GbEMulti-
burner
2x 750 W

Processor options

The x3500 M4 supports the processor options listed in the following table. The server supports up to two processors. This table shows which server models have each processor standard. If there is no corresponding where-used model for a particular processor, then this processor is only available through CTO.

Table 4. Processor options (Part 1: Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors)

Part numberFeature codes*DescriptionStandard models
where used
46W9128A3YB / A3XTIntel Xeon Processor E5-2603 v2 4C 1.8GHz 10MB Cache 1333MHz 80WA5x
46W9129A3YC / A3XUIntel Xeon Processor E5-2609 v2 4C 2.5GHz 10MB Cache 1333MHz 80WB5x
46W9130A3YDA3XVIntel Xeon Processor E5-2620 v2 6C 2.1GHz 15MB Cache 1600MHz 80WC5x, C7x, C9x
00Y8265A476 / A474Intel Xeon Processor E5-2628L v2 8C 1.9GHz 20MB Cache 1600MHz 70W-
46W9131A3YE / A3XWIntel Xeon Processor E5-2630 v2 6C 2.6GHz 15MB Cache 1600MHz 80WD5x
46W9142A3YR / A3Y7Intel Xeon Processor E5-2630L v2 6C 2.4GHz 15MB Cache 1600MHz 60W-
46W9139A3YN / A3Y4Intel Xeon Processor E5-2637 v2 4C 3.5GHz 15MB Cache 1866MHz 130W-
46W9132A3YF / A3XXIntel Xeon Processor E5-2640 v2 8C 2.0GHz 20MB Cache 1600MHz 95WF5x
46W9140A3YP / A3Y5Intel Xeon Processor E5-2643 v2 6C 3.5GHz 25MB Cache 1866MHz 130W-
00Y8266A477 / A475Intel Xeon Processor E5-2648L v2 10C 1.9GHz 25MB Cache 1866MHz 70W-
46W9133A3YG / A3XYIntel Xeon Processor E5-2650 v2 8C 2.6GHz 20MB Cache 1866MHz 95WG5x, G9x
46W9143A3YS / A3Y8Intel Xeon Processor E5-2650L v2 10C 1.7GHz 25MB Cache 1600MHz 70W-
46W9134A3YH / A3XZIntel Xeon Processor E5-2660 v2 10C 2.2GHz 25MB Cache 1866MHz 95W-
46W9141A3YQ / A3Y6Intel Xeon Processor E5-2667 v2 8C 3.3GHz 25MB Cache 1866MHz 130W-
46W9135A3YJ / A3Y0Intel Xeon Processor E5-2670 v2 10C 2.5GHz 25MB Cache 1866MHz 115WH5x
46W9136A3YK / A3Y1Intel Xeon Processor E5-2680 v2 10C 2.8GHz 25MB Cache 1866MHz 115WJ5x
46W9137A3YL / A3Y2Intel Xeon Processor E5-2690 v2 10C 3.0GHz 25MB Cache 1866MHz 130W-
46W9126A3Y9 / A3XRIntel Xeon Processor E5-2695 v2 12C 2.4GHz 30MB Cache 1866MHz 115W-
46W9127A3YA / A3XSIntel Xeon Processor E5-2697 v2 12C 2.7GHz 30MB Cache 1866MHz 130W-
* The first feature code is for the first processor; the second feature code is for the second processor

Table 4. Processor options (Part 2: Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors)
Part numberFeature codes*DescriptionStandard models
where used
Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family
90Y5942A1G9 / A1GPIntel Xeon Processor E5-2603 4C 1.8GHz 10MB Cache 1066MHz 80WA2x
90Y5944A1GB / A1GRIntel Xeon Processor E5-2609 4C 2.4GHz 10MB Cache 1066MHz 80WB2x
90Y5945A1GC / A1GSIntel Xeon Processor E5-2620 6C 2.0GHz 15MB Cache 1333MHz 95WC2x, C4x
90Y5946A1GD / A1GTIntel Xeon Processor E5-2630 6C 2.3GHz 15MB Cache 1333MHz 95WD2x
90Y5953A1GL / A1H0Intel Xeon Processor E5-2630L 6C 2.0GHz 15MB Cache 1333MHz 60W-
94Y7342A2CQ / A2CTIntel Xeon Processor E5-2637 2C 3.0GHz 5MB Cache 1600MHz 80W-
90Y5947A1GE / A1GUIntel Xeon Processor E5-2640 6C 2.5GHz 15MB Cache 1333MHz 95WF2x
94Y7341A2CP / A2CSIntel Xeon Processor E5-2643 4C 3.3GHz 10MB Cache 1600MHz 130W-
00D4474A391 / A393Intel Xeon Processor E5-2648L 8C 1.8GHz 20MB Cache 1600MHz 70W-
90Y5948A1GF / A1GVIntel Xeon Processor E5-2650 8C 2.0GHz 20MB Cache 1600MHz 95WG2x
90Y5954A1GM / A1H1Intel Xeon Processor E5-2650L 8C 1.8GHz 20MB Cache 1600MHz 70W-
00D4473A390 / A392Intel Xeon Processor E5-2658 8C 2.1GHz 20MB Cache 1600MHz 95W-
90Y5949A1GG / A1GWIntel Xeon Processor E5-2660 8C 2.2GHz 20MB Cache 1600MHz 95W-
94Y7442A2H5 / A2H6Intel Xeon Processor E5-2665 8C 2.4GHz 20MB Cache 1600MHz 115W-
90Y5951A1GJ / A1GYIntel Xeon Processor E5-2667 6C 2.9GHz 15MB Cache 1600MHz 130W-
90Y5955A1GN / A1H2Intel Xeon Processor E5-2670 8C 2.6GHz 20MB Cache 1600MHz 115WH2x
90Y5950A1GH / A1GXIntel Xeon Processor E5-2680 8C 2.7GHz 20MB Cache 1600MHz 130WJ2x
94Y7343A2CR / A2CUIntel Xeon Processor E5-2690 8C 2.9GHz 20MB Cache 1600MHz 135W-
* The first feature code is for the first processor; the second feature code is for the second processor

Memory options

IBM DDR3 memory is compatibility tested and tuned for optimal System x performance and throughput. IBM memory specifications are integrated into the light path diagnostics for immediate system performance feedback and optimum system uptime. From a service and support standpoint, IBM memory automatically assumes the IBM system warranty, and IBM provides service and support worldwide.

The IBM System x3500 M4 supports DDR3 memory. The server supports up to 12 DIMMs when one processor is installed and up to 24 DIMMs when two processors are installed. Each processor has four memory channels, and there are three DIMMs per channel.

The following rules apply when selecting the memory configuration:

  • The server supports UDIMMs, RDIMMs, and LRDIMMs.
  • Mixing different types of memory (UDIMMs, RDIMMs, and LRDIMMs) is not supported.
  • Mixing 1.5 V and 1.35 V DIMMs in the same server is supported. In such a case all DIMMs operate at 1.5 V.
  • The maximum number of ranks per channel is eight (with the exception of Load Reduced DIMMs, where more than eight ranks are supported because one quad-rank LRDIMM provides the same electrical load on a memory bus as a single-rank RDIMM).
  • The maximum quantity of DIMMs that can be installed in a server depends on the number of CPUs, DIMM type, rank, and operating voltage, as shown in the "Max. qty supported" row in Table 5.
  • All DIMMs in the server operate at the same speed, which is determined as the lowest value of:
    • Memory speed supported by specific CPU
    • Lowest maximum operating speed for the selected memory configuration that depends on rated speed, operating voltage, and quantity of DIMMs per channel, as shown in the "Max. operating speed" section in Table 5

Table 5. Maximum memory speeds (Part 1: Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors - RDIMMs)
DIMM specification
RDIMM
Rank
Single rank
Dual rank
Part numbers
00D5024 (4 GB)
00D5036 (8 GB)
00D5044 (8 GB)
00D5028 (4 GB)
00D5048 (16 GB)
Rated speed
1600 MHz
1600 MHz
1866 MHz
1866 MHz
Rated voltage
1.35 V
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.5 V
Operating voltage
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.5 V
1.5 V
Max qty supported*
24
24
24
24
24
24
Max DIMM capacity
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
8 GB
4 GB
16 GB
Max memory capacity
192 GB
192 GB
192 GB
192 GB
96 GB
384 GB
Max. memory at rated speed
None
128 GB
None
128 GB
64 GB
256 GB
Maximum operating speed
1 DIMM per channel
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1866 MHz
1866 MHz
2 DIMMs per channel
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1600 MHz
1866 MHz
3 DIMMs per channel
800 MHz
1066 MHz
800 MHz
1066 MHz
1066 MHz
1066 MHz
* The maximum quantity that is supported is shown for two processors installed.

Table 5. Maximum memory speeds (Part 2: Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors - UDIMMs and LRDIMMs)
DIMM specification
UDIMM
LRDIMM
Rank
Dual rank
Quad rank
Part number
00D5012 (4 GB)
00D5016 (8 GB)
46W0761 (32 GB)
Rated speed
1600 MHz
1866 MHz
Rated voltage
1.35 V
1.5 V
Operating voltage
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.5 V
Max. qty supported*
16
16
24
Max. DIMM capacity
8 GB
8 GB
32 GB
Max. memory capacity
128 GB
128 GB
768 GB
Max. memory at rated speed
None
128 GB
256 GB
Maximum operating speed
1 DIMM per channel
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1866 MHz
2 DIMMs per channel
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1600 MHz
3 DIMMs per channel
No support
No support
1066 MHz
* Maximum quantity supported is shown for two processors installed.

Table 5. Maximum memory speeds (Part 3: Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors - RDIMMs)
DIMM specification
RDIMM
Rank
Single rank
Dual rank
Quad rank
Part number
49Y1405 (1 GB)
49Y1406 (2 GB)
49Y1559 (4 GB)
49Y1407 (4 GB)
49Y1397 (8 GB)
49Y1563 (16 GB)
90Y3178 (4 GB)
90Y3109 (8 GB)
00D4968 (16 GB)
49Y1400 (16 GB)
Rated speed
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1066 MHz
Rated voltage
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
Operating voltage
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
1.5 V
Max. qty supported*
16
24
24
16
24
24
16
16
Max. DIMM capacity
4 GB
4 GB
4 GB
16 GB
16 GB
16 GB
16 GB
16 GB
Max. memory capacity
64 GB
96 GB
96 GB
256 GB
384 GB
384 GB
256 GB
256 GB
Max. memory at rated speed
64 GB
64 GB
64 GB
256 GB
256 GB
256 GB
NS**
128 GB
Maximum operating speed
1 DIMM per channel
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
800 MHz
1066 MHz
2 DIMMs per channel
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
1600 MHz
800 MHz
800 MHz
3 DIMMs per channel
NS**
1066 MHz
1066 MHz
NS**
1066 MHz
1066 MHz
NS**
NS**
* The maximum quantity supported is shown for two processors installed.
** NS = Not supported.

Table 5. Maximum memory speeds (Part 4: Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors - UDIMMs and LRDIMMs)
DIMM specification
UDIMM
LRDIMM
Rank
Dual rank
Quad rank
Part number
49Y1403 (4 GB)
49Y1404 (8 GB)
90Y3105 (32 GB)
Rated speed
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
Rated voltage
1.35 V
1.35 V
Operating voltage
1.35 V
1.5 V
1.35 V
1.5 V
Max. qty supported*
16
16
24
24
Max. DIMM capacity
4 GB
4 GB
32 GB
32 GB
Max. memory capacity
64 GB
64 GB
768 GB
768 GB
Max. memory at rated speed
64 GB
64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
Maximum operating speed_
1 DIMM per channel
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
2 DIMMs per channel
1333 MHz
1333 MHz
1066 MHz
1333 MHz
3 DIMMs per channel
Not supported
Not supported
1066 MHz
1066 MHz
* The maximum quantity supported is shown for two processors installed. When one processor installed the maximum quantity supported is a half of that shown.

The following memory protection technologies are supported:
  • ECC
  • Chipkill (for x4-based memory DIMMs)
  • Memory mirroring
  • Memory sparing

Chipkill works only in independent channel mode (default operational mode) and supports only x4-based memory DIMMs.

If memory mirroring is used, then DIMMs must be installed in pairs (minimum of one pair per CPU), and both DIMMs in a pair must be identical in type and size.

If memory rank sparing is used, then a minimum of one quad-rank DIMM or two single-rank or dual-rank DIMMs must be installed per populated channel (the DIMMs do not need being identical). In rank sparing mode, one rank of a DIMM in each populated channel is reserved as spare memory. The size of a rank varies depending on the DIMMs installed.

Note: Chipkill, memory mirroring, and memory rank sparing modes are mutually exclusive. Only one operational memory mode can be enabled on a server, and it is a system-wide setting.

The following table lists memory options available for the x3500 M4 server.

Table 6. Memory options (Part 1: Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family)
Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum
supported
Standard models
where used
UDIMMs
00D5012A3QB4GB (1x4GB, 2Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP UDIMM16 (8 per CPU)-
00D5016A3QC8GB (1x8GB, 2Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP UDIMM16 (8 per CPU)-
RDIMMs - 1600 MHz
00D5024A3QE4GB (1x4GB, 1Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)A5x, B5x
00D5036A3QH8GB (1x8GB, 1Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)-
00D5044A3QK8GB (1x8GB, 2Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)C5, C7x, C9x, D5x, F5x
RDIMMs - 1866 MHz
00D5028A3QF4GB (1x4GB, 2Rx8, 1.5V) PC3-14900 CL13 ECC DDR3 1866MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)G5x, G9x, H5x, J5x
00D5048A3QL16GB (1x16GB, 2Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-14900 CL13 ECC DDR3 1866MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)-
LRDIMMs
46W0761A47K32GB (1x32GB, 4Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-14900 CL13 ECC DDR3 1866MHz LP LRDIMM24 (12 per CPU)-

Table 6. Memory options (Part 2: Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family)
Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum quantity
supported
Standard models
where used
UDIMMs
49Y1403A0QS2GB (1x2GB, 1Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP UDIMM16 (8 per CPU)-
49Y140486484GB (1x4GB, 2Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP UDIMM16 (8 per CPU)-
RDIMMs
49Y140589402GB (1x2GB, 1Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333 MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)-
49Y140689414GB (1x4GB, 1Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333 MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)-
49Y1559A28Z4GB (1x4GB, 1Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)-
49Y140789424GB (1x4GB, 2Rx8, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333 MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)A2x, B2x
90Y3178A24L4GB (1x4GB, 2Rx8, 1.5V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)-
49Y139789238GB (1x8GB, 2Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC 1333 MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)C2x, C4x, D2x, F2x, G2x, H2x, J2x
90Y3109A2928GB (1x8GB, 2Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)-
49Y1563A1QT16GB (1x16GB, 2Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)-
00D4968A2U516GB (1x16GB, 2Rx4, 1.5V) PC3-12800 CL11 ECC DDR3 1600MHz LP RDIMM24 (12 per CPU)-
49Y1400893916GB (1x16GB, 4Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-8500 CL7 ECC DDR3 1066MHz LP RDIMM16 (8 per CPU)-
LRDIMMs
90Y3105A29132GB (1x32GB, 4Rx4, 1.35V) PC3L-10600 CL9 ECC DDR3 1333MHz LP LRDIMM24 (12 per CPU)-

Internal storage

The IBM System x3500 M4 server supports the following internal storage configurations:

  • 6 Gb SAS/SATA
    • 8x 3.5" Simple Swap SATA hard drive bays (only available in CTO)
    • 8x 3.5" hot-swap SAS/SATA hard drive bays
    • 8x 3.5" hot-swap SAS/SATA drive bays + 8x 2.5" Slim-SFF SAS/SATA hot-swap drive bays (only available in CTO, requires two RAID controllers)
    • 8x 2.5" Slim-SFF SAS/SATA hot-swap hard drive bays
    • 16x 2.5" Slim-SFF SAS/SATA hot-swap hard drive bays
    • 24x 2.5" Slim-SFF SAS/SATA hot-swap hard drive bays
    • 32x 2.5" Slim-SFF SAS/SATA hot-swap hard drive bays
  • 12 Gb SAS/SATA
    • 8x 2.5" Slim-SFF SAS/SATA hot-swap hard drive bays (CTO only)
    • 16x 2.5" Slim-SFF SAS/SATA hot-swap hard drive bays
    • 24x 2.5" Slim-SFF SAS/SATA hot-swap hard drive bays
    • 32x 2.5" Slim-SFF SAS/SATA hot-swap hard drive bays

Figure 5 shows these configurations.

Internal drive configurations
Figure 5. Internal drive configurations


Backplanes

Standard models of x3500 M4 ship with eight (all models except C4x, C7x, and C9x) 2.5" Slim-SFF SAS/SATA hot-swap drive bays. Models C4x, C7x, and C9x ship with eight 3.5" SAS/SATA hot-swap hard drive bays. The following table shows internal storage expansion options available for the x3500 M4.

Table 7. Internal storage expansion options
Part numberFeature
code
NameMax qty
supported
6 Gb SAS/SATA internal drive connectivity
94Y5978A1WZAdditional 8 x 2.5” Hot-Swap SAS/SATA Upgrade Kit for 16 or 24 HDDs
(shown in Figure 5 as an Upgrade 1 used in configurations 4, 5, and 6)
2
81Y7010A1FWAdditional 8 x 2.5" Hot-Swap SAS/SATA Upgrade Kit for 32 HDDs
(shown in Figure 5 as an Upgrade 2 used in configuration 6)
1
12 Gb SAS internal drive connectivity
46W9242A47BAdd'l 8x 2.5" Hot-Swap SAS/SATA Upgrade Kit for 16 or 24 HDDs (12Gb)
(shown in Figure 5 as an Upgrade 1 used in configurations 4, 5, and 6)
2
46W9243A47AAdd'l 8x 2.5" Hot-Swap SAS/SATA Upgrade Kit for 32 HDDs (12Gb)
(shown in Figure 5 as an Upgrade 2 used in configuration 6)
1
46W9244A478SAS cable option for Two 12Gb RAID cards1

These options are used as follows:
  • 6 Gb SAS/SATA internal drive connectivity:
    • 94Y5978 upgrades models with eight hot-swap 2.5" drive bays to 16 hot-swap 2.5" drive bays or models with 16 hot-swap 2.5" drive bays to 24 hot-swap 2.5" drive bays. This option includes a SAS expander card that is mounted on an HDD backplane, and does not consume a PCIe slot.
    • 81Y7010 upgrades models with 24 hot-swap 2.5" drive bays to 32 hot-swap 2.5" drive bays. This option does not include an SAS expander.
    • Configurations 4, 5, and 6 shown in Figure 5 can be implemented with one or two RAID controllers (M1115 or M5110). Configuration 2 requires two RAID controllers.
  • 12 Gb SAS/SATA internal drive connectivity:
    • 46W9242 upgrades 12 Gb SAS/SATA models with eight hot-swap 2.5" drive bays (CTO only) to 16 hot-swap 2.5" drive bays or 12 Gbps SAS/SATA models with 16 hot-swap 2.5" drive bays to 24 hot-swap 2.5" drive bays. This option includes a SAS expander card that is mounted on an HDD backplane, and does not consume a PCIe slot.
    • 46W9243 upgrades 12 Gb SAS/SATA models models with 24 hot-swap 2.5" drive bays to 32 hot-swap 2.5" drive bays. This option does not include an SAS expander.
    • Configurations 3 and 4 shown in Figure 5 can be implemented with one N2215 SAS/SATA HBA or one or two ServeRAID M5210 SAS/SATA Controllers.
    • Configurations 5 and 6 shown in Figure 5 can be implemented with one or two ServeRAID M5210 SAS/SATA Controllers.
    • If the second M5210 controller is used, SAS cable option (46W9244) must be ordered.
    • Configurations 1 and 2 are not supported.
  • 6 Gb SAS/SATA and 12 Gb SAS/SATA configurations are mutually exclusive.

As shown in Figure 5, each configuration supports an optical drive and a tape drive. All standard configurations ship with DVD-ROM optical drive. For configure-to-order (CTO) configurations, you can add a tape drive instead of an optical drive if so desired.

Controllers for internal storage

The following table lists the RAID controllers and additional options used for internal disk storage of the x3500 M4 server.

Table 8. RAID controllers and HBAs for internal storage (Part 1: 6 Gbps SAS/SATA)

Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum
supported
Standard models
where used
6 Gb Controllers
81Y4448A1MZServeRAID M1115 SAS/SATA Controller2A2x, B2x, C2x, C4x, D2x, A5x, B5x, C5x, C7x, D5x
81Y4481A347ServeRAID M5110 SAS/SATA Controller2C9x, F2x, G2x, H2x, J2x, F5x, G5x, G9x, H5x, J5x
46M09123876IBM 6Gb Performance Optimized HBA1-
46C8988A3MWN2115 SAS/SATA HBA1
Features on Demand upgrades
81Y4542A1X1ServeRAID M1100 Series Zero Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade1*-
81Y4544A1X2ServeRAID M5100 Series Zero Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade1*-
81Y4546A1X3ServeRAID M5100 Series RAID 6 Upgrade1*†-
90Y4273A2MCServeRAID M5100 Series SSD Performance Accelerator1*-
90Y4318A2MDServeRAID M5100 Series SSD Caching Enabler1*-
Hardware upgrades
81Y4484A1J3ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade2-
81Y4487A1J4ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade2F2x, F5x
81Y4559A1WYServeRAID M5100 Series 1GB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade2C9x, G2x, H2x, J2x, G5x, G9x, H5x, J5x
47C8670A4G6ServeRAID M5100 Series 2GB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade1-
81Y4508A22EServeRAID M5100 Series Battery Kit2**-
* Only one M1100 or M5100 Series FoD software license is required per server.
** The ServeRAID M5100 Series Battery Kit (81Y4508) is only supported with ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade (81Y4484).
† The ServeRAID M5100 Series RAID 6 Upgrade (81Y4546) requires 512 MB or 1 GB cache upgrades.

Table 8. RAID controllers and HBAs for internal storage (Part 2: 12 Gbps SAS/SATA)
Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
Standard models
where used
12 Gb Controllers
00AE938 A5ND ServeRAID M5225 SAS/SATA Controller2-
46C9114A45WServeRAID M1215 SAS/SATA Controller2-
46C9110A3YZServeRAID M5210 SAS/SATA Controller2-
47C8675A3YYN2215 SAS/SATA HBA1-
Hardware upgrades for the M5210
47C8656A3Z0ServeRAID M5200 Series 1GB Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade1-
47C8660A3Z1ServeRAID M5200 Series 1GB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade1-
47C8664A3Z2ServeRAID M5200 Series 2GB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade1-
47C8668A3Z3ServeRAID M5200 Series 4GB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade1-
Feature on Demand upgrades for the M1215
00AE930A5H5ServeRAID M1200 Zero Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade1-
Feature on Demand upgrades for the M5210
47C8708A3Z6ServeRAID M5200 Series Zero Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade1-
47C8706A3Z5ServeRAID M5200 Series RAID 6 Upgrade1*-
47C8710A3Z7ServeRAID M5200 Series Performance Accelerator1*-
47C8712A3Z8ServeRAID M5200 Series SSD Caching Enabler1*-
* Requires cache memory upgrade (47C8656, 47C8660, or 47C8664).

The ServeRAID M1115 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Eight internal 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two x4 mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8087)
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 10
  • Supports RAID levels 5 and 50 with optional M1100 Series RAID 5 upgrades
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe 3.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2008 6 Gbps ROC controller

The ServeRAID M5110 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Eight internal 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two x4 mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8087)
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 10
  • Supports RAID levels 5 and 50 with optional M5100 Series RAID 5 upgrades
  • Supports RAID 6 and 60 with the optional M5100 Series RAID 6 Upgrade
  • Supports 512 MB battery-backed cache or 512 MB or 1 GB flash-backed cache
  • 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe 3.0 x8 3 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2208 6 Gbps ROC controller

The ServeRAID M1215 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Eight internal 12 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Up to 12 Gbps throughput per port
  • Two internal mini-SAS HD connectors (SFF-8643)
  • LSI SAS3008 12 Gbps RAID on Chip (ROC) controller
  • Support for RAID levels 0, 1, and 10 standard; support for RAID 5, 50 with optional FoD upgrade
  • Zero Controller Cache, no battery/flash backup
  • Optional support for self-encrypting drives (SEDs) with MegaRAID SafeStore (with RAID 5 upgrade)
  • Fixed stripe size of 64 KB

The ServeRAID M5210 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Eight internal 12 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two x4 HD mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8643)
  • Supports connections to SAS/SATA drives and SAS Expanders
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 10
  • Supports RAID levels 5 and 50 with optional M5200 Series RAID 5 upgrades
  • Supports RAID 6 and 60 with the optional M5200 Series RAID 6 Upgrade
  • Supports 1 GB non-backed cache or 1 GB or 2 GB flash-backed cache
  • Up to 12 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe 3.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS3108 12 Gbps ROC controller

The IBM 6Gb Performance Optimized HBA has the following specifications:
  • Eight internal 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two x4 mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8087)
  • Supports connections SSDs (does not support HDDs in x3500 M4)
  • Optimized for SSD performance
  • No RAID support
  • Up to 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe 2.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2008 6 Gbps controller

The IBM N2115 SAS/SATA HBA has the following specifications:
  • Eight internal 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two x4 mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8087)
  • Supports connections to SSDs (does not support HDDs in x3500 M4)
  • Optimized for SSD performance
  • No RAID support
  • Up to 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe 3.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2308 6 Gbps controller

The IBM N2215 SAS/SATA HBA has the following specifications:
  • Eight internal 12 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two x4 HD mini-SAS internal connectors (SFF-8643)
  • Supports connections to SSDs (does not support HDDs in x3500 M4)
  • Optimized for SSD performance
  • No RAID support
  • Up to 12 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe 3.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS3008 12 Gbps controller

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the RAID adapters category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=raid

Internal drive options

The following table lists hard drive options for internal disk storage of the x3500 M4 server.

Table 9. Disk drive options for internal disk storage

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
2.5" NL SATA Hot-Swap HDDs
81Y9722A1NXIBM 250GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD32
81Y9726A1NZIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD32
81Y9730A1AVIBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 2.5" SFF HS HDD32
2.5" NL SAS Hot-Swap HDDs
90Y8953A2XEIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD32
81Y9690A1P3IBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD32
2.5" SAS 15K Hot-Swap HDDs
90Y8926A2XBIBM 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD32
81Y9670A283IBM 300GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD32
00AJ300A4VBIBM 600GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS HDD32
2.5" SAS 10K Hot-Swap HDDs
90Y8877A2XCIBM 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD32
90Y8872A2XDIBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS HDD32
81Y9650A282IBM 900GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF HS HDD32
00AD075A48SIBM 1.2TB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS HDD32
2.5" SAS Hot-Swap SEDs
90Y8944A2ZKIBM 146GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED32
90Y8913A2XFIBM 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED32
90Y8908A3EFIBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED32
81Y9662A3EGIBM 900GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5" SFF G2HS SED32
00AD085A48TIBM 1.2TB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS SED32
2.5" SAS-SSD Hot-swap Hybrid Drives
00AD102A4G7IBM 600GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5'' G2HS Hybrid32
2.5" solid-state drives (SSDs) - Enterprise
00W1125A3HRIBM 100GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD32
49Y6129A3EWIBM 200GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD32
49Y6134A3EYIBM 400GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD32
49Y6139A3F0IBM 800GB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD32
49Y6195A4GHIBM 1.6TB SAS 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD32
41Y8331A4FLS3700 200GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD32
41Y8336A4FNS3700 400GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD32
41Y8341A4FQS3700 800GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise SSD32
2.5" solid-state drives (SSDs) - Enterprise Value
00AJ355A56ZIBM 120GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD32
00AJ360A570IBM 240GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD32
00AJ365A571IBM 480GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD32
00AJ370A572IBM 800GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD32
49Y5844A3AUIBM 512GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD32
90Y8648A2U4IBM 128GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD32
00AJ000A4KMS3500 120GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD32
00AJ005A4KNS3500 240GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD32
00AJ010A4KPS3500 480GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD32
00AJ015A4KQS3500 800GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Enterprise Value SSD32
2.5" SATA Hot-swap Entry SSDs
00FN298AS0DIBM 240GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Entry SSD32
00FN327AS0EIBM 480GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Entry SSD32
00FN332AS0FIBM 960GB SATA 2.5" MLC HS Entry SSD32
3.5" SAS hot-swap HDDs
49Y6102A3DXIBM 600GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 3.5" G2HS HDD8
49Y6097A3DWIBM 450GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 3.5" G2HS HDD8
49Y6092A3DVIBM 300GB 15K 6Gbps SAS 3.5" G2HS HDD8
3.5" NL SAS Hot-swap HDDs
00ML203AS76IBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD8
00ML208AS77IBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD8
00ML213AS78IBM 6TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD8
90Y8567A26MIBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5" G2HS HDD8
90Y8572A2U0IBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5" G2HS HDD8
90Y8577A2R2IBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5" G2HS HDD8
3.5" NL SAS Hot-Swap SEDs
00ML218AS79IBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5" G2HS 512e SED8
00ML223AS7AIBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5" G2HS 512e SED8
00ML228AS7BIBM 6TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5" G2HS 512e SED
00W1533A4AHIBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5'' G2HS SED8
00W1543A4AJIBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SAS 3.5'' G2HS SED8
3.5" NL SATA Hot-swap HDDs
00FN113A5VDIBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD8
00FN128A5VFIBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD8
00FN143A5VHIBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD8
00FN158A5VKIBM 5TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD8
00FN173A5VMIBM 6TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS 512e HDD8
81Y9786A22YIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD8
81Y9790A22PIBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD8
81Y9794A22TIBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD8
81Y9798A22SIBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD8
49Y6002A3W9IBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2HS HDD8
3.5" NL SATA Simple-Swap HDDs
00FN118A5VEIBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS 512e HDD8
00FN133A5VGIBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS 512e HDD8
00FN148A5VJIBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS 512e HDD8
00FN163A5VLIBM 5TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS 512e HDD8
00FN178A5VNIBM 6TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS 512e HDD8
81Y9802A22UIBM 500GB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD8
81Y9806A22XIBM 1TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD8
81Y9810A22WIBM 2TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD8
81Y9814A22VIBM 3TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD8
49Y6012A3WAIBM 4TB 7.2K 6Gbps NL SATA 3.5" G2SS HDD8

Internal backup units

The server supports the internal tape drive options listed in the following table.

Table 10. Internal tape drives

Part
number
Feature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
00D2786A2VEIBM RDX Internal USB 3.0 Dock with 320GB Cartridge1
00D2787A2VFIBM RDX Internal USB 3.0 Dock with 500GB Cartridge1
00D2788A2VGIBM RDX Internal USB 3.0 Dock with 1TB Cartridge1
46C5364 -IBM RDX Removable Hard Disk System - Internal USB 160 GB Bundle1
46C5387 -IBM RDX Removable Hard Disk System - Internal USB 320 GB Bundle1
46C5388 -IBM RDX Removable Hard Disk System - Internal USB 500 GB Bundle1
46C53995711IBM DDS Generation 5 USB Tape Drive1
39M56365395IBM DDS Generation 6 USB Tape Drive1
43W84785393IBM Half High LTO Gen 3 SAS Tape Drive2*
44E88955397IBM Half High LTO Gen 4 SAS Tape Drive2*
49Y98985345IBM Half High LTO Gen 5 Internal SAS Tape Drive2*
00D8924A3S3IBM Half High LTO Ultrium Gen 6 Internal SAS Tape Drive2*
* Note: With standard models, installation of a second tape drive requires removal of DVD-ROM.

USB tape drives are attached to the internal USB connector. SAS tape drives require SAS HBA (sold separately). See Table 14 for list of available SAS HBAs.

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Backup units category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=tape

Optical drives

The server supports the optical drive options listed in the following table.

Table 11. Optical drives

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum quantity
supported
Standard models
where used
None*4154Half-High SATA DVD-ROM2A2x, B2x, C2x, C4x, D2x, F2x, G2x, H2x, J2x, A5x, B5x, C5x, C7x, C9x, D5x, F5x, G5x, G9x, H5x, J5x
81Y64044155Half-High SATA Multiburner2-
* This option is only available via CTO or is already installed in standard models.

The two half-high drives in the table can be installed in any open 5.25" drive bay (Figure 5).

Half-High SATA DVD-ROM supports the following media and speeds for reading:
  • CD-ROM 48X
  • CD-DA (DAE) 40X
  • CD-R 48X
  • CD-RW 40X
  • DVD-ROM (single layer) 16X
  • DVD-ROM (dual layer) 12X
  • DVD-R (4.7 GB) 16X
  • DVD-R DL 12X
  • DVD+R 16X
  • DVD+R DL 12X
  • DVD-RW (4.7 GB) 12X
  • DVD+RW 12X
  • DVD-RAM (4.7/9.4 GB) 6X

Half-High SATA multiburner supports the same media and speeds for reading as HH DVD-ROM. In addition, this drive supports the following media and speeds for writing:

  • CD-R 24X
  • CD-RW 4X
  • High Speed CD-RW 10X
  • Ultra Speed CD-RW 16X
  • DVD-R 8X
  • DVD-R DL 8X
  • DVD+R 8X
  • DVD+R DL 8X
  • DVD-RW 6X
  • DVD+RW 8X
  • DVD-RAM 3X

I/O expansion options

The server supports up to eight PCIe slots: six slots (1 to 6) when one CPU is installed or eight slots when two CPUs are installed. These are the slot form factors:

  • Slot 1: PCIe x8 (x4 wired); full-height, half-length (supports optional PCI-X interposer card)
  • Slot 2: PCIe x8; full-height, half-length
  • Slot 3: PCIe x8; full-height, full-length
  • Slot 4: PCIe x8 (x4 wired); full-height, full-length
  • Slot 5: PCIe x16; full-height, full-length
  • Slot 6: PCIe x8 (x4 wired); full-height, full-length
  • Slot 7: PCIe x16; full-height, full-length (requires second processor)
  • Slot 8: PCIe x16; full-height, full-length (requires second processor)

All PCIe slots are PCI Express 3.0 slots except Slot 1, which is a PCI Express 2.0 slot. Slot 1 can be converted to a PCI-X slot with the PCI-X Conversion Kit, which is described in the following table.

Table 12. PCI riser card options
Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
81Y7012A1G3PCI-X Interposer Conversion Kit1

Network adapters

x3500 M4 has four integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports. Integrated NICs have the following features:

  • Intel I350AM4 chip
  • Four GbE ports
  • TCP Offload Engine (TOE) support
  • Wake on LAN support
  • 802.1Q VLAN tagging support
  • NIC Teaming (load balancing and failover)

The following table lists additional supported network adapters.

Table 13. Network adapters
Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum quantity
supported
(1 CPU / 2 CPUs)
10 Gb Ethernet
49Y7910A18YBroadcom NetXtreme II Dual Port 10GBaseT Adapter6 / 8
None#*A2UNEmulex Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Integrated VFA IIIx**1 / 1
95Y3762*A2U1Emulex Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ VFA III for IBM System x**5 / 7
95Y3760*A2U2Emulex VFA III FCoE/iSCSI License for IBM System x (FoD)
(license for Emulex VFA III adpaters, features A2UN and A2U1)
6 / 8
49Y7960A2ECIntel X520 Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Adapter for IBM System x**6 / 8
49Y7970A2EDIntel X540-T2 Dual Port 10GBaseT Adapter for IBM System x6 / 8
42C18005751QLogic 10Gb CNA for IBM System x**6 / 8
1 Gb Ethernet
90Y9370A2V4Broadcom NetXtreme I Dual Port GbE Adapter for IBM System x6 / 8
90Y9352A2V3Broadcom NetXtreme I Quad Port GbE Adapter for IBM System x6 / 8
49Y42305767Intel Ethernet Dual Port Server Adapter I340-T2 for IBM System x6 / 8
49Y42405768Intel Ethernet Quad Port Server Adapter I340-T4 for IBM System x6 / 8
00AG500A56KIntel I350-F1 1xGbE Fiber Adapter for IBM System x6 / 8
00AG510A56LIntel I350-T2 2xGbE BaseT Adapter for IBM System x6 / 8
00AG520A56MIntel I350-T4 4xGbE BaseT Adapter for IBM System x6 / 8
42C17802995NetXtreme II 1000 Express Dual Port Ethernet Adapter6 / 8
42C17502975PRO/1000 PF Server Adapter by Intel6 / 8
* Not supported in E5-2600 v2 processor-based models.
# Emulex Dual Port 10GbE SFP+ Integrated VFA III is only available through CTO or Special Bid (SBB 95Y3768)
** Require SFP+ optical transceivers or DAC cables that must be purchased separately.

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Networking adapters category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=networkadapters

Storage host bus adapters

The following table lists storage HBAs supported by the x3500 M4 server.

Table 14. Storage adapters

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
(1 CPU / 2 CPUs)
16 Gb Fibre Channel
81Y1675A2XVBrocade 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x6 / 8
81Y1668A2XUBrocade 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x6 / 8
81Y1662A2W6Emulex 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x6 / 8
81Y1655A2W5Emulex 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x6 / 8
00Y3341A3KXQLogic 16Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x6 / 8
00Y3337A3KWQLogic 16Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x6 / 8
8 Gb Fibre Channel
46M60503591Brocade 8Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x6 / 8
46M60493589Brocade 8Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x6 / 8
42D04943581Emulex 8Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x6 / 8
42D04853580Emulex 8Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x6 / 8
42D05103579QLogic 8Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x6 / 8
42D05013578QLogic 8Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x6 / 8
4 Gb Fibre Channel**
59Y19933886Brocade 4Gb FC Dual-port HBA for IBM System x6 / 8
59Y19873885Brocade 4Gb FC Single-port HBA for IBM System x6 / 8
42C2071*1699Emulex 4Gb FC Dual-Port PCI-E HBA for IBM System x6 / 8
42C2069*1698Emulex 4Gb FC Single-Port PCI-E HBA for IBM System x6 / 8
39R65273568Qlogic 4Gb FC Dual-Port PCIe HBA for System x6 / 8
39R65253567Qlogic 4Gb FC Single-Port PCIe HBA for System x6 / 8
SAS
46M09075982IBM 6 Gb SAS HBA Controller6 / 8
46C9010A3MVN2125 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x3 / 3
00AE912A5M0N2225 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x3 / 3
00AE916A5M1N2226 SAS/SATA HBA for IBM System x1 / 3
* Withdrawn from marketing
* Not supported in E5-2600 v2 processor-based models.

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Host bus adapters category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=hba

PCIe SSD adapters

The server supports the High IOPS SSD adapters listed in the following table.

These adapters require:

  • Tower to Rack Conversion Kit, part 81Y7006, feature A1X0
  • Redundant Cooling Upgrade Kit, part 81Y7007, feature A1G2

Table 18. SSD adapters
Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMax supported
(1 CPU / 2 CPUs)
46C9078A3J3IBM 365GB High IOPS MLC Mono Adapter6 / 8
46C9081A3J4IBM 785GB High IOPS MLC Mono Adapter6 / 8
90Y4361*A3MZIBM 300GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter*5 / 7
90Y4365*A3N0IBM 600GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter*5 / 7
90Y4369*A3N1IBM 800GB High IOPS MLC Modular Adapter*5 / 7
90Y4373*A3N2IBM 300GB High IOPS SLC Modular Adapter*5 / 7
90Y4377A3DYIBM 1.2TB High IOPS MLC Mono Adapter6 / 8
* For important ordering and installation information about the Modular Adapters, see https://ibm.com/support/entry/myportal/docdisplay?lndocid=SERV-IOMA

For details about these adapters, see the IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Internal Storage category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/Redbooks.nsf/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=internalstorage

GPU adapters

The x3500 M4 server supports graphics processing units (GPUs) listed in the following table. Up to two GPUs are supported depending on the number of processors installed in a server (one GPU in slot 5 with one processor installed, or two GPUs in slot 5 and slot 7 with two processors installed).

Table 15. GPU adapters

Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMax. qty
supported
(1 CPU / 2 CPUs)
Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v2 product family
None*A3YUNVIDIA Quadro K40001 / 1
None*A3WJNVIDIA Quadro K20001 / 1
None*A3WHNVIDIA Quadro K6001 / 1
None*A471NVIDIA Tesla K20 (Actively Cooled)1 / 2
Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family
None*A3YUNVIDIA Quadro K40001 / 2
None*A3WJNVIDIA Quadro K20001 / 2
None*A3WHNVIDIA Quadro K6001 / 2
None*A471NVIDIA Tesla K20 (Actively Cooled)1 / 2
00D4484*A26QNVIDIA Quadro 60001 / 2
94Y59574798NVIDIA Quadro 40001 / 2
00W2299A1QUNVIDIA Quadro 20001 / 2
81Y6399A13KNVIDIA Quadro 6001 / 2
* If NVIDIA Quadro 6000 is installed in a PCIe slot, the next PCIe slot can not be used (if adapter is installed in slot 5, slot 6 can not be used; if adapter is installed in slot 7, slot 8 can not be used).

The use of a GPU adapter requires installation of one or two 900 W power supplies. 550 W or 750 W power supplies are not supported. The following additional rules apply:
  • If the NVIDIA Quadro 600 is installed, the maximum memory that can be installed is 128 GB.
  • If the NVIDIA Quadro 2000, 4000, or 6000 is installed, the maximum memory that can be installed is 512 GB.
  • If NVIDIA Quadro K600, K2000, K4000, K5000, or Tesla K2 is installed, the maximum memory that can be installed is 1 TB.

Power supplies and redundant cooling

The server supports up to two redundant power supplies. Standard models come with one or two power supplies (model dependent). The server also comes standard with either two (for models with one processor installed) or three (for models with two processors installed) simple swap cooling fans. Optional upgrade is available to provide N+N cooling redundancy. The following table lists the power supplies and redundant cooling upgrade option.

Table 16. Power supplies

Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum
supported
Standard models
where used
94Y5975A22MIBM System x 550W High Efficiency Platinum AC Power Supply2-
94Y5974A1G8IBM System x 750W High Efficiency Platinum AC Power Supply2A2x, B2x, C2x, C4x, D2x, F2x
94Y5973A1G7IBM System x 900W High Efficiency Platinum AC Power Supply2G2x, H2x, J2x
81Y7007A1G2Redundant Cooling Upgrade Kit1-

An AC power supply ships standard without a line cord, it must be purchased separately. The redundant cooling kit contains three simple swap fans. Certain rules apply to the selection of power supply, these rules are listed in Table 17. Table 17 uses the following conventions:
  • A grey cell means that the server can be filled with drives, GPUs, processors and DIMMs up to the maximum number according to server specifications.
  • A yellow cell means that the maximum number of drives, GPUs, processors or DIMMs that the server can hold is fewer than the total number listed in server specifications.

Table 17. Configuration rules based on power supply used (PSU = power supply unit, NS = no support)
Power
supply
PSU
qty
PSU red.*Max. drive qtyIntermixing
2.5" + 3.5"
Max. GPU qtyCPU supportMax. DIMM qty supported
2.5"3.5"UDIMMRDIMMLRDIMM
550 W 1No88No supportNSMax. 95 W1616 SR or DR
(NS for QR)
NS
2Yes88No supportNSMax. 95 W1616 SR or DR
(NS for QR)
NS
750 W1No1688 + 8 drivesNSAll (135 W)162416
2Yes1688 + 8 drivesNSAll (135 W)162416
900 W1No3288 + 8 drivesNSAll (135 W)162416
1No88No support1 GPUAll (135 W)162416
1No1688 + 8 drivesNSAll (135 W)162424
2Yes3288 + 8 drivesNSAll (135 W)162416
2Yes88No support1 GPUAll (135 W)162416
2Yes1688 + 8 drivesNSAll (135 W)162424
2No3288 + 8 drives2 GPUsAll (135 W)162424
* PSU redundancy

Integrated virtualization

The server supports VMware ESXi installed on a USB memory key. The key is installed in a USB socket inside the server. The following table lists the virtualization options.

Table 18. Virtualization options

Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
41Y8298A2G0IBM Blank USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi Downloads1
41Y8300A2VCIBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.01
41Y8307A383IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.0 Update 11
41Y8311A2R3IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.11
41Y8382A4WZIBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.1 Update 11
41Y8385A584IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 5.51

Systems management

The server contains IBM Integrated Management Module II (IMM2), which provides advanced service-processor control, monitoring, and an alerting function. If an environmental condition exceeds a threshold or if a system component fails, the IMM2 lights LEDs to help you diagnose the problem, records the error in the event log, and alerts you to the problem. Optionally, the IMM2 also provides a virtual presence capability for remote server management capabilities.

The IMM2 provides remote server management through industry-standard interfaces:

  • Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) Version 2.0
  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Version 3
  • Common Information Model (CIM)
  • Web browser

The optional IMM Advanced Upgrade (software feature) is required to enable the remote presence and blue-screen capture features. The remote presence feature provides the following functions:
  • Remotely viewing video with graphics resolutions up to 1600x1200 at 75 Hz with up to 23 bits per pixel color depths, regardless of the system state
  • Remotely accessing the server using the keyboard and mouse from a remote client
  • Mapping the CD or DVD drive, diskette drive, and USB flash drive on a remote client, and mapping ISO and diskette image files as virtual drives that are available for use by the server
  • Uploading a diskette image to the IMM memory and mapping it to the server as a virtual drive

The blue-screen capture feature captures the video display contents before the IMM restarts the server when the IMM detects an operating-system hang condition. A system administrator can use the blue-screen capture to assist in determining the cause of the hang condition. The following table lists the remote management option.

Table 19. Remote management option
Part numberFeature
code
DescriptionMaximum
supported
90Y3901A1MLIBM Integrated Management Module Advanced Upgrade1

Supported operating systems

The server supports the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Web x86 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition*
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard Edition*
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with Xen x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server x64 Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server x64 Edition
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 10 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for AMD64/EM64T
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 for x86
  • SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 11 with Xen for AMD64/EM64T
  • VMware ESX 4.1*
  • VMware ESXi 4.1*
  • VMware vSphere 5.0 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESXi)
  • VMware vSphere 5.5 (ESXi)

* Not supported with E5-2600 v2 processor-based servers.

See the IBM ServerProven® website for the latest information about the specific versions and service levels supported and any other prerequisites:
http://www.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/nos/matrix.shtml

Physical and electrical specifications

Dimensions and weight (approximate):

Tower:

  • Width: 218 mm (8.6 in)
  • Depth: 750 mm (29.5 in)
  • Height: 440 mm (17.3 in)
  • Weight:
    • Minimum configuration: 25.0 kg (55.1 lb)
    • Maximum configuration: 39.8 kg (87.7 lb)

Rack (using the Tower-to-Rack Conversion Kit, 81Y7006):
  • Width: 424 mm (16.7 in)
  • Depth: 702 mm (27.6 in)
  • Height: 218 mm (8.5 in)
  • Weight:
    • 24.5 kg (53.9 lb) (minimum configuration)
    • 39.3 kg (86.6 lb) (maximum configuration)

Supported environment:
  • Air temperature
    • Server on: 10 - 35 °C (50 to 95 °F); altitude: 0 - 915 m (3,000 ft)
    • Server on: 10 - 32 °C (50 - 90 °F); altitude: 915 m (3,000 ft) - 2,134 m (7,000 ft)
    • Server on: 10 - 28 °C (50 - 83 °F); altitude: 2,134 m (7,000 ft) - 3,050 m (10,000 ft)
    • Server off (with standby power): 5 - 45 °C (41.0 - 113 °F)
    • Shipping: -40 - 60 °C (-40 - 140 °F)
  • Humidity
    • Server on: 20 - 80% , Max. Dew Point 21 °C, Max. rate of change 5 °C/hr
    • Server off: 8 - 80%, Max. Dew Point 27 °C
  • Electrical
    • Models with 900 W power supplies:
      • 100 to 127 (nominal) V ac; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 11 A
      • 200 to 240 (nominal) V ac; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 5.5 A
      • Input kilovolt-amperes (kVA) (approximately):
        • Minimum configuration: 0.6 kVA
        • Maximum configuration: 1.1 kVA
    • Models with 750 W power supplies:
      • 100 to 127 (nominal) V ac; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 8.9 A
      • 200 to 240 (nominal) V ac; 50 Hz or 60 Hz; 4.5 A
      • Input kilovolt-amperes (kVA) (approximately):
        • Minimum configuration: 0.6 kVA
        • Maximum configuration: 0.9 kVA
  • BTU output
      • Minimum configuration: 2013 Btu/hr (590 watts)
      • Maximum configuration: 3610 Btu/hr (1056 watts)

Warranty options

The IBM System x3500 M4 has a 3-year onsite warranty with 9x5/next business day terms. IBM offers the warranty service upgrades through IBM ServicePacs, discussed in this section. The IBM ServicePac is a series of prepackaged warranty maintenance upgrades and post-warranty maintenance agreements with a well-defined scope of services, including service hours, response time, term of service, and service agreement terms and conditions.

IBM ServicePac offerings are country-specific. That is, each country might have its own service types, service levels, response times, and terms and conditions. Not all covered types of ServicePacs might be available in a particular country. For more information about IBM ServicePac offerings available in your country visit the IBM ServicePac Product Selector at:

https://www-304.ibm.com/sales/gss/download/spst/servicepac

The following table explains warranty service definitions in more detail.

Table 20. Warranty service definitions

TermDescription
IBM onsite repair (IOR)A service technician will come to the server's location for equipment repair.
24x7x2 hourA service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location within two hours after remote problem determination is completed. We provide service around the clock, every day, including IBM holidays.
24x7x4 hourA service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location within four hours after remote problem determination is completed. We provide service around the clock, every day, including IBM holidays.
9x5x4 hourA service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location within four business hours after remote problem determination is completed. We provide service from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the customer's local time zone, Monday through Friday, excluding IBM holidays. If after 1:00 p.m. it is determined that onsite service is required, the customer can expect the service technician to arrive the morning of the following business day. For noncritical service requests, a service technician will arrive by the end of the following business day.
9x5 next business dayA service technician is scheduled to arrive at your customer’s location on the business day after we receive your call, following remote problem determination. We provide service from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the customer's local time zone, Monday through Friday, excluding IBM holidays.

In general, the types of IBM ServicePacs are as follows:
  • Warranty and maintenance service upgrades
    • One, 2, 3, 4, or 5 years of 9x5 or 24x7 service coverage
    • Onsite repair from next business day to 4 or 2 hours
    • One or 2 years of warranty extension
  • Remote technical support services
    • One or three years with 24x7 coverage (severity 1) or 9x5/next business day for all severities
    • Installation and startup support for System x servers
    • Remote technical support for System x servers
    • Software support - Support Line
      • Microsoft or Linux software
      • VMware
      • IBM Systems Director

Regulatory compliance

The server conforms to the following standards:

  • Energy Star 2.0
  • FCC - Verified to comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules, Class A
  • Canada ICES-003, issue 4, Class A
  • UL/IEC 60950-1
  • CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1-07
  • NOM-019
  • Argentina IEC60950-1
  • Japan VCCI, Class A
  • Australia/New Zealand AS/NZS CISPR 22:2006, Class A
  • IEC-60950-1 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • Taiwan BSMI CNS13438, Class A; CNS14336-1
  • China CCC (GB4943-2001), GB9254-2008 class A, GB17625.1-2003
  • Korea KN22, Class A; KN24
  • CE Mark (EN55022 Class A, EN60950-1, EN55024, EN61000-3-2, and EN61000-3-3)
  • CISPR 22, Class A
  • TUV-GS EN60950-1 /IEC60950-1,EK1-ITB2000)
  • Russia/GOST ME01, IEC-60950-1, GOST R 51318.22-99, GOST R 51318.24-99, GOST R 51317.3.2-99, GOST R 51317.3.3-99
  • IEC 60950-1 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)

External disk storage expansion

The server supports attachment to external storage expansion enclosures, such as the EXP2500 series, by using the ServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller. The server can also be attached to supported external storage systems, such as the IBM System Storage® DS3500 series, using the supported HBAs listed in Table 14.

The following table provides the ordering part numbers for the ServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller.

Table 21. Ordering part numbers and feature codes

Part numberFeature codeDescriptionMaximum quantity
supported
81Y4478A1WXServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller3*
81Y4484A1J3ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Cache/RAID 5 Upgrade3*
81Y4487A1J4ServeRAID M5100 Series 512MB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade3*
81Y4559A1WYServeRAID M5100 Series 1GB Flash/RAID 5 Upgrade3*
81Y4508A22EServeRAID M5100 Series Battery Kit3*
81Y4546A1X3ServeRAID M5100 Series RAID 6 Upgrade1**
90Y4273A2MCServeRAID M5100 Series SSD Performance Accelerator1**
90Y4318A2MDServeRAID M5100 Series SSD Caching Enabler1**
* The maximum number of remotely mounted battery/supercap units must not exceed 3 for all controllers installed in a server. This may further limit the maximum number of M5120 controllers supported.
** Only one M5100 Series FoD software license is required per server.

The ServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller has the following specifications:
  • Eight external 6 Gbps SAS/SATA ports
  • Two external x4 mini-SAS connectors (SFF-8088)
  • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 10
  • Supports RAID levels 5 and 50 with optional M5100 Series RAID 5 upgrades
  • Supports RAID 6 and 60 with the optional M5100 Series RAID 6 Upgrade
  • Supports 512 MB battery-backed cache or 512 MB or 1 GB flash-backed cache
  • Up to 6 Gbps throughput per port
  • PCIe 3.0 x8 host interface
  • Based on the LSI SAS2208 6 Gbps ROC controller
  • Supports connectivity to the EXP2512 and EXP2524 storage expansion enclosures

For more information, see the IBM Redbooks® Product Guide ServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller for IBM System x at:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/tips0858.html?Open

The ServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller supports connectivity to the IBM System Storage external expansion enclosures listed in the following table. Up to nine expansion enclosures can be daisy-chained per one M5120 external port. For better performance, distribute expansion enclosures evenly across both M5120 ports.

Table 22. IBM System Storage external expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported per one M5120
174712XIBM System Storage EXP2512 Express18
174724XIBM System Storage EXP2524 Express9

The external SAS cables listed in the following table support connectivity between external expansion enclosures and the ServeRAID M5120 SAS/SATA Controller.

Table 23. External SAS cables for external storage expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported per one enclosure
39R6531IBM 3 m SAS Cable1
39R6529IBM 1 m SAS Cable1

The following table lists the drives supported by EXP2512 external expansion enclosures.

Table 24. Drive options for EXP2512 external expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported per one enclosure
3.5" NL SAS HS HDDs
49Y19031TB 7,200 rpm 6Gb SAS NL 3.5" HDD12
49Y19022TB 7,200 rpm 6Gb SAS NL 3.5" HDD12
90Y87203TB 7,200 rpm 6Gb SAS NL 3.5" HDD12
46W09754TB 7,200 rpm 6Gb SAS NL 3.5" HDD12
3.5" SAS HS HDDs
49Y1899300GB 15,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 3.5" HDD12
49Y1900450GB 15,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 3.5" HDD12
49Y1901600GB 15,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 3.5" HDD12

The following table lists the hard disk drives supported by EXP2524 external expansion enclosures.

Table 25. Drive options for EXP2524 external expansion enclosures
Part numberDescriptionMaximum quantity supported per one enclosure
2.5" NL SAS HS HDDs
49Y1898500GB 7,200 rpm 6Gb SAS NL 2.5" HDD24
81Y99521TB 7,200 rpm 6Gb SAS NL 2.5" HDD24
2.5" SAS HS HDDs
49Y1896146GB 15,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5" HDD24
81Y9944300GB 15,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5" HDD24
00W1595600GB 10,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5" HDD24
46W0970900GB 10,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5" HDD24
46W09801.2TB 10,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5" HDD24
2.5" SAS HS SSDs
49Y6072200GB 6Gb SAS 2.5" SSD24
49Y6077400GB 6Gb SAS 2.5" SSD24

External disk storage systems

The following table lists the external storage systems that are supported by the server and can be ordered through the System x sales channel. The server might support other IBM disk systems that are not listed in this table. Refer to IBM System Storage® Interoperation Center for further information.

Table 26. External disk storage systems

Part numberDescription
1746A2D IBM System Storage DS3512 Express Dual Controller Storage System
1746A2S IBM System Storage DS3512 Express Single Controller Storage System
1746A4D IBM System Storage DS3524 Express Dual Controller Storage System
1746A4S IBM System Storage DS3524 Express Single Controller Storage System
181494HIBM System Storage DS3950 Model 94
181498HIBM System Storage DS3950 Model 98
181492HIBM System Storage EXP395 Expansion Unit
1746A2EIBM System Storage EXP3512 Express Storage™ Expansion Unit
1746A4EIBM System Storage EXP3524 Express Storage Expansion Unit

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the System Storage category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=externalstorage

External backup units

The server supports the external backup attachment options listed in Table 27.

Table 27. External backup options

Part numberDescription
36251TYIBM RDX USB 3.0 Dock with 1TB Cartridge (external)
362532YIBM RDX USB 3.0 Dock with 320GB Cartridge (external)
362550YIBM RDX USB 3.0 Dock with 500GB Cartridge (external)
362516XIBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - External USB 160 GB Bundle
362532XIBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - External USB 320 GB Bundle
362550XIBM RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System - External USB 500 GB Bundle
3628L3XIBM Half High LTO Gen 3 External SAS Tape Drive (with US line cord)
3628L4XIBM Half High LTO Gen 4 External SAS Tape Drive (with US line cord)
3628L5X IBM Half High LTO Gen 5 External SAS Tape Drive (with US line cord)
3628N3XIBM Half High LTO Gen 3 External SAS Tape Drive (without line cord)
3628N4XIBM Half High LTO Gen 4 External SAS Tape Drive (without line cord)
3628N5XIBM Half High LTO Gen 5 External SAS Tape Drive (without line cord)
3580S3VSystem Storage TS2230 Tape Drive Express Model H3V
3580S4VSystem Storage TS2240 Tape Drive Express Model H4V
3580S5ESystem Storage TS2250 Tape Drive Express Model H5S
3580S5XSystem Storage TS2350 Tape Drive Express Model S53
3572S4RTS2900 Tape Library with LTO4 HH SAS drive & rack mount kit
3572S5RTS2900 Tape Library with LTO5 HH SAS drive & rack mount kit
35732ULTS3100 Tape Library Model L2U Driveless
35734ULTS3200 Tape Library Model L4U Driveless
46X2682†LTO Ultrium 5 Fibre Channel Drive
46X2683†LTO Ultrium 5 SAS Drive Sled
46X2684†LTO Ultrium 5 Half High Fibre Drive Sled
46X2685†LTO Ultrium 5 Half High SAS Drive Sled
46X6912†LTO Ultrium 4 Half High Fibre Channel Drive Sled
46X7117†LTO Ultrium 4 Half High SAS DriveV2 Sled
46X7122†LTO Ultrium 3 Half High SAS DriveV2 Sled
† These part numbers are the tape drives options for 35732UL and 35734UL.

Note: The external tape drives listed can be ordered through the System x sales channel. The server might support other IBM tape drives that are not listed in this table. Refer to IBM System Storage Interoperation Center for further information.

External USB tape drives are connected to the external USB ports on the server. External SAS or Fibre Channel tape drives require respective HBA (sold separately, see Table 14).

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Backup units category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=tape

Top-of-rack Ethernet switches

The server supports the top-of-rack Ethernet switches from IBM System Networking listed in the following table.

Table 28. IBM System Networking - Top-of-rack switches

Part numberDescription
IBM System Networking - 1 Gb top-of-rack switches
7309BAXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G7028 (24 ports)
7309CAXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G7028 (48 ports)
0446013IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8000R
7309CFCIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8000F
7309G52IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8052R
730952FIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8052F
IBM System Networking - 10 Gb top-of-rack switches
7309DRXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264CS (Rear to Front)
7309DFXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264CS (Front to Rear)
7309BR6IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8124ER
7309BF7IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8124EF
7309G64IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264R
730964FIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264F
7309CR9IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264TR
7309CF9IBM System Networking RackSwitch G8264TF
IBM System Networking - 40 Gb top-of-rack switches
8036BRXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8332 (Rear to Front)
8036BFXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8332 (Front to Rear)
8036ARXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8316R
8036AFXIBM System Networking RackSwitch G8316F

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Top-of-rack switches category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=tor

Uninterruptible power supply units

The server supports attachments to the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units listed in the following table.

Table 29. Uninterruptible power supply units

Part numberDescription
Tower UPS
53961AXIBM 1000VA LCD Tower UPS (120V)
53961JXIBM 1000VA LCD Tower UPS (100V)
53961KXIBM 1000VA LCD Tower UPS (230V)
53962AXIBM 1500VA LCD Tower UPS (120V)
53962JXIBM 1500VA LCD Tower UPS (100V)
53962KXIBM 1500VA LCD Tower UPS (230V)
Rack-mounted UPS
21304RX IBM UPS 10000XHV
53951AXIBM 1500VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (100V/120V)
53951KXIBM 1500VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (230V)
53952AXIBM 2200VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (100V/120V)
53952KXIBM 2200VA LCD 2U Rack UPS (230V)
53953AX IBM 3000VA LCD 3U Rack UPS (100V/120V)
53953JX IBM 3000VA LCD 3U Rack UPS (200V/208V)
53956AX IBM 6000VA LCD 4U Rack UPS (200V/208V)
53956KX IBM 6000VA LCD 4U Rack UPS (230V)
53959KXIBM 11000VA LCD 5U Rack UPS (200V/208V/230V)

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Power infrastructure category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=power

Power distribution units

The server supports attachments to the power distribution units (PDUs) listed in the following table.

Table 30. Power distribution units

Part numberDescription
Switched and Monitored PDUs
46M4002 IBM 1U 9 C19/3 C13 Active Energy Manager DPI® PDU
46M4003 IBM 1U 9 C19/3 C13 Active Energy Manager 60A 3 Phase PDU
46M4004 IBM 1U 12 C13 Active Energy Manager DPI PDU
46M4005 IBM 1U 12 C13 Active Energy Manager 60A 3 Phase PDU
46M4167IBM 1U 9 C19/3 C13 Switched and Monitored 30A 3 Phase PDU
46M4116IBM 0U 24 C13 Switched and Monitored 30A PDU
46M4119IBM 0U 24 C13 Switched and Monitored 32A PDU
46M4134IBM 0U 12 C19/12 C13 Switched and Monitored 50A 3 Phase PDU
46M4137IBM 0U 12 C19/12 C13 Switched and Monitored 32A 3 Phase PDU
Enterprise PDUs
71762MX IBM Ultra Density Enterprise PDU C19 PDU+ (WW)
71762NX IBM Ultra Density Enterprise PDU C19 PDU (WW)
71763MU IBM Ultra Density Enterprise PDU C19 3 Phase 60A PDU+ (NA)
71763NU IBM Ultra Density Enterprise PDU C19 3 Phase 60A PDU (NA)
39M2816IBM DPI C13 Enterprise PDU without linecord
39Y8923 DPI 60A Three Phase C19 Enterprise PDU with IEC309 3P+G (208 V) fixed line cord
39Y8941 DPI Single Phase C13 Enterprise PDU without line cord
39Y8948 DPI Single Phase C19 Enterprise PDU without line cord
Front-end PDUs
39Y8934DPI 32 amp/250 V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 2P+Gnd connector
39Y8935DPI 63amp/250 V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 2P+Gnd connector
39Y893830 amp/125 V Front-end PDU with NEMA L5-30P connector
39Y893930 amp/250 V Front-end PDU with NEMA L6-30P connector
39Y894060 amp/250 V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 60A 2P+N+Gnd connector
Universal PDUs
39Y8951DPI Universal Rack PDU with US LV and HV line cords
39Y8952DPI Universal Rack PDU with CEE7-VII Europe LC
39Y8953DPI Universal Rack PDU with Denmark LC
39Y8954DPI Universal Rack PDU with Israel LC
39Y8955 DPI Universal Rack PDU with Italy LC
39Y8956DPI Universal Rack PDU with South Africa LC
39Y8957DPI Universal Rack PDU with UK LC
39Y8958DPI Universal Rack PDU with AS/NZ LC
39Y8959DPI Universal Rack PDU with China LC
39Y8962DPI Universal Rack PDU (Argentina)
39Y8960DPI Universal Rack PDU (Brazil)
39Y8961DPI Universal Rack PDU (India)
0U Basic PDUs
46M4122IBM 0U 24 C13 16A 3 Phase PDU
46M4125 IBM 0U 24 C13 30A 3 Phase PDU
46M4128 IBM 0U 24 C13 30A PDU
46M4131IBM 0U 24 C13 32A PDU
46M4140 IBM 0U 12 C19/12 C13 60A 3 Phase PDU
46M4143IBM 0U 12 C19/12 C13 32A 3 Phase PDU

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Power infrastructure category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=power

Rack cabinets

The x3500 M4 server can be installed in the rack with the Tower to Rack Conversion Kit (81Y7006). The resulting server is a 5U rack-mountable server. The server supports the rack cabinets listed in the following table.

Table 31. Rack cabinets and Tower to Rack Conversion Kits

Part numberFeature codeDescription
Tower to rack conversion kits
81Y7006A1X05U Tower to Rack Conversion Kit
Rack cabinets
201886X-IBM 11U Office Enablement Kit
93072PX-IBM 25U Static S2 Standard Rack
93072RX-IBM 25U Standard Rack
93074RX-IBM 42U Standard Rack
93074XX-IBM 42U Standard Rack Extension
93084EX-IBM 42U Enterprise Expansion Rack
93084PX-IBM 42U Enterprise Rack
93604EX-IBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Dynamic Expansion Rack
93604PX-IBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Dynamic Rack
93614EX-IBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Static Expansion Rack
93614PX-IBM 42U 1200 mm Deep Static Rack
93624EX-IBM 47U 1200 mm Deep Static Expansion Rack
93624PX-IBM 47U 1200 mm Deep Static Rack
99564RX-IBM S2 42U Dynamic Standard Rack
99564XX-IBM S2 42U Dynamic Standard Expansion Rack

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Rack cabinets and options category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=rack

The Tower-to-Rack Conversion Kit Installation Instructions can be downloaded from:
https://ibm.com/support/entry/myportal/docdisplay?lndocid=migr-5089509

Figure 6 shows the server installed in the 5U Tower to Rack Conversion Kit.

The IBM System x3500 M4 with the Tower to Rack Conversion Kit
Figure 6. The IBM System x3500 M4 with the 5U Tower to Rack Conversion Kit

Rack options

The server supports the rack console switches and monitor kits listed in the following table.

Table 32. Rack options

Part numberFeature codeDescription
Monitor kits and keyboard trays
17238BX1723HC1 fc A3EKIBM 1U 18.5" Standard Console
17238EX1723HC1 fc A3ELIBM 1U 18.5" Enhanced Media Console
172317X1723HC1 fc 00511U 17in Flat Panel Console Kit
172319X1723HC1 fc 00521U 19in Flat Panel Console Kit
Console switches
3858D3X3858HC1 fc A4X1Avocent Universal Management Gateway 6000 for IBM
1754D2X1754HC2 fc 6695IBM Global 4x2x32 Console Manager (GCM32)
1754D1X1754HC1 fc 6694IBM Global 2x2x16 Console Manager (GCM16)
1754A2X1754HC4 fc 0726IBM Local 2x16 Console Manager (LCM16)
1754A1X1754HC3 fc 0725IBM Local 1x8 Console Manager (LCM8)
Console cables
00AK142A4X4UM KVM Module VGA+SD Dual RJ45
43V61473757IBM Single Cable USB Conversion Option (UCO)
39M28953756IBM USB Conversion Option (4 Pack UCO)
39M28973754IBM Long KVM Conversion Option (4 Pack Long KCO)
46M53835341IBM Virtual Media Conversion Option Gen2 (VCO2)
46M53825340IBM Serial Conversion Option (SCO)

For more information, see the list of IBM Redbooks Product Guides in the Rack cabinets and options category:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemx?Open&page=pg&cat=rack

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