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IBM System x3500 M3 Tower Server

High-performance, flexible tower server that providesan all-in-one IT solution beside your desk


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A high-performance dual-socket tower server, the IBM System x3500 M3provides generous bandwidth, storage and expanded memory capacity up to 192GB. Start with a single Intel Xeon six-core processor, and add a second to double your processing capability. You can even add processors,storage and memory independently of one another for maximum configuration flexibility.


Stay up and running

The x3500 M3 is designed to run your most demanding business applications reliably. It offers new 6Gbps RAID, storage, memory and I/O flexibility, and high availability, while integrated systems management tools provide remote control of resources for simplified serviceability.

Build on the latest technology

The x3500 M3 takes advantage of the latest Intel Xeon technology with extreme processing power and superior energy efficiency. Low-voltage memory, cooling features and energy-smart design enable lower power, lower heat and less noise. At the same time, IBMSystems Director Active Energy Manager™ can help you keep costs down and track, monitor and measure power consumption.

Part No. x3500m3
Rack Units 5 U (with Rack Mount Kit)
CPU Socket(s) 2 Intel® Xeon® 5500 or 5600 series processors
Compatible CPU(s) E5600, L5600, X5600, or E5500
Max CPU Clk Spd Up to 3.60 GHz
CPU Cache 4, 8 or 12 MB per CPU
Max # Core(s) 4 or 6 per CPU
Memory Slot(s) 16 DIMM slots maximum
Memory Capacity 192 GB with DDR-3 1333 MHz RDIMMs or 48 GB with DDR-3 1333 MHz UDIMMs
Drive Bays 8/8 or 16/16 2.5" hot-swap standard; 24/24 2.5" hot-swap or 8/8 3.5" hot-swap or 4/0 3.5" simple swap (available via configure to order only)
Capacity 24 TB of 2.5" hot-swap SAS/SATA (HDD upgrade options required) or 16.0 TB of 3.5" hot-swap SAS/SATA (via configure to order only)
HDD Suitability SATA, or SAS
RAID Controller ServeRAID M5015, M5014, or M5025
RAID Options Integrated 6 Gbps or 3 Gbps hardware RAID-0, -1, -1E, optional RAID-5, -6, -10, -50, -60
Supported OS Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008R2, RedHat Enterprise Linux®, SUSE Linux Enterprise, VMware ESX and ESXi
USB Port(s) 8 total; 6 external (2 front, 4 rear) ports, plus 1 internal connector for a tape drive and 1 internal connector for an embedded hypervisor (on USB flash drive)
PCI Slot(s) Six PCIe and one PCI standard; additional two PCI-X available via configure to order and requires removal of one PCIe slot
Serial Ports 1x Serial Port
LAN Socket(s) 1 dual-port Broadcom BCM5709C (TOE, iSCSI, RDMA)—iSCSI/RDMA support requires license key
LAN Controller(s) Broadcom BCM5709C
Graphics / GPU Matrox G200eV (in IMM)
Resolution (Native) 16MB DDR-2 SDRAM
Standard 3-year customer replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty

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