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HTPC HP Proliant DL380p G8 vs Dell PowerEdge R720

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by zogthegreat, 8 Feb 2021.

  1. zogthegreat

    zogthegreat What's a Dremel?

    10 Sep 2011
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    Hi everyone!

    So I've been running my home server off of an Asus Z9PR-D12, However, the board has been slowly dying and I'm looking to upgrade to something a little less flaky.

    I'm leaning towards a Dell PowerEdge R720, I like Dell hardware and their after market/EOL support is fantastic. However, I am seeing HP Proliant DL380p G8 for half of the price of the R720's. I am running two VM's with passthrough's for the video and USB, (Windows 10 and Mac OS Catalina), so I need to be able to add two video cards and two USB 3.0 cards. I know that I can do this with the Dell, but can I do this with the HP's? I have read that the HP's can be techy about the hardware that you install and that EOL support is mostly nonexistent. But saving $100 USD sounds really tempting, that's another 8GB SAS drive that I could drop into the server.

    Thoughts, comments, philosophical musings?


  2. Kernel

    Kernel Likes cheese

    29 Sep 2003
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    Dell all the way for me, the out of warranty drivers, firmware support etc for HP is non existent unless you go hunting FTP sites.
    I've have Dell T620 2 x socket server I picked up for £200 off a customer when they upgraded last year. It originally shipped in January 2013, and the latest thing I can download from Dell when I enter my service tag is the new ESXi update released 7 days ago.
    Where as my Microserver, I have to hunt for the most recent service pack ISO for updates.
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  3. Andy Mc

    Andy Mc Modder

    23 May 2002
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    I have a DL380P Gen 8 and it is loud. Like to the point of turingin it off. However, I solved this with a PWM fan mod. THe next issue you will have is GPU pass through.
    The standard riser for PCIe cards will not accept a GPU, as you need to buy a specific riser card to fit GPUs. And they cost about the same as the DL380P.
    Also the on-board SAS Raid card is pants, so I'd suggest a seperate HBA to use which is what I did. Then it's good.

    Despite these issues it's not a bad server, but the Dell will be a better option and is why it costs more.
  4. nimbu

    nimbu Modder

    28 Nov 2002
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    As mentioned it's hard to get drivers and firmware for the HP where as the Dell just plug in the service tag and off you go.

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