Dell R740XD SSD Compatibility



  • Hi folks,

    I have a Dell R740XD with 10 slots available. I am looking to add some more SSDs and am wondering on drive compatibility.
    I am seeing 3.8TB SSDs from Dell coming in at over £3k right now, which is really high.

    Would other non Dell drives ever be an option such as this 3.8TB Intel drive?

    They are around £1k which is 2/3 less cost.

    Best,
    Jim





  • We're running normal consumer SSDs in a bunch of 720XD units. Wouldn't be appropriate for all workloads but they're "good enough" for our use case.



  • @notverypunny said in Dell R740XD SSD Compatibility:

    We're running normal consumer SSDs in a bunch of 720XD units. Wouldn't be appropriate for all workloads but they're "good enough" for our use case.

    Which models if you dont mind me asking?



  • If you needed relatively low cost SSDs with higher capacity I might look at the Samsung Evo line or something like this which is marketed as a business drive.



  • @DustinB3403 said in Dell R740XD SSD Compatibility:

    If you needed relatively low cost SSDs with higher capacity I might look at the Samsung Evo line or something like this which is marketed as a business drive.

    Are these known to work on R740XD? This is for QA work, so I don't particularly mind if we lose things like wear levels within iDRAC...



  • @Jimmy9008 said in Dell R740XD SSD Compatibility:

    @DustinB3403 said in Dell R740XD SSD Compatibility:

    If you needed relatively low cost SSDs with higher capacity I might look at the Samsung Evo line or something like this which is marketed as a business drive.

    Are these known to work on R740XD? This is for QA work, so I don't particularly mind if we lose things like wear levels within iDRAC...

    The things you tend to "lose" when not using OEM or Brand certified drives are related to a custom driver that Dell has made. These drives should work in literally any chassis without issue.



  • The Intel's S4610 that @Jimmy9008 referred to in his original post, is sold by Dell as well. We have a couple of Dell servers on order with those drives (Dell branded).

    I wouldn't use consumer SSDs in a server at all. They don't have power protection and not as good wear leveling. And the price difference between the better consumer drives and the read intensive enterprise drives is not big.

    Anyway, the only problem I see with buying the Intel drives from somewhere else and not Dell, is that they will be under Intel warranty and support and not Dell. So if you need 4h mission critical support on those drives, you better have a spare on the shelf instead.

    Dell has to stock them for warranty and Dell has to make money of them and the price have to be high enough so that Dell can give their large customers a big discount and still have some profit left. That's why the Dell branded drives are much more expensive.

    Why not buy two S4610 drives in smaller capacity like 240GB or 480GB and put them in a server and see how it works?
    Looks like two 480 GB drives will be around £300.

    A lower cost alternative is the S4510 drives. They can't handle as many writes as the S4610 but will still be overkill for most workloads.


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