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IBM System x3100 M5

IBM System x3100 M5

  • New performance capabilities, powered by the latest Intel processors (choice of Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3, Core i3, Pentium, or Celeron)
  • Energy-saving low-voltage memory
  • Upgradable operating temperature (up to 40°C) with optional temperature enhancement kit for optimized energy efficiency
  • Built-in data protection with up to four RAID levels and reliability you expect from IBM: Standard ServeRAID-0,-1,-10, plus RAID-5 available via IBM Feature on Demand
  • Flexible storage options for up to 16 TB of capacity: 4 x 3.5-inch or 8 x 2.5-inch hard disk drives (HDDs), plus hot-swap options for minimized downtime
  • USB 3.0 for up to 10x faster data transfer
  • Graphics processor: NVDIA K600 GPU available for graphics support
  • Compact mini 4U design or flexible 5U for redundant, energy-smart 80 PLUS® Silver power supply

The new single-socket IBM® System x3100 M5 server provides business-class reliability and performance in a compact tower, optimized for small to medium-sized businesses and distributed environments. Equipped with the latest Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 processors, USB 3.0 for fast data transfer, 1.35 V low-voltage memory for power savings, 3.5-inch hot-swap SAS hard disk drives (HDDs) for minimized downtime, and four levels of RAID for enhanced data protection, the x3100 M5 brings new levels of performance to your workloads while maximizing energy savings. This efficient tower meets your business needs today and offers upgrade potential when your requirements grow.

Reliability and performance in a flexible, compact tower server

Whether your workloads include basic infrastructure, web server, or file and print, the x3100 M5 delivers. Choose your storage preference from models with four 3.5-inch simple-swap HDD bays, or get the hot-swap versatility of eight 2.5-inch bays or four 3.5-inch hot-swap bays. Standard features include capacity for up to 32 GB of memory, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and two front-mounted fast USB 3.0 ports, plus multiple internal and external USB 2.0 connections. Business-class reliability features—such as standard RAID, basic light path diagnostics, and optional redundant power supplies and fans—protect your data and facilitate outstanding uptime for your business at great value. And no matter the model, every configuration incorporates IBM quality.

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Server Features
Form factor/height 4U/5U with tower-to-rack kit
Processor (max) Up to one Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 series (quad-core), i3 series (dual-core), Pentium series (dual-core), or Celeron processor (dual-core)
Cache (max) UP to 8 MB per processor (model dependent)
Memory (max) Up to 32 GB via four slots (UDIMM)
Media bays Up to six PCIe expansion slots; five PCIe slots standard, plus one additional PCIe slot when the second processor is populated. An optional PCI-X slot is available via an interposer conversion kit.
Disk bays (total) Up to four 3.5-inch or eight 2.5-inch hard disk drives (HDDs)
Maximum internal storage Up to 16 TB
Expansion slots Up to four PCIe (2 PCIe 3.0, 2 PCIe 2.0) slots (x16, x8, x8, x4 physical; x8, x8, x4, x1 electrical)
USB ports 2 front (USB 3.0)/4 back (USB 2.0)/2 internal
Network interface 2 x 1 Gigabit Ethernet
Energy efficiency Fixed power supply compliant with 80 PLUS Bronze, redundant power supply compliant with 80 PLUS Silver, 40° C operating temperature for wide ambient range
Power supply (std/max) 1/2 300 W or 350 W fixed (4U models); or 430 W 80 PLUS® Silver certified redundant power supply unit (5U models)
Hot-swap components Up to four 3.5-inch or eight 2.5-inch HDDs, 460 W hot-swap redundant power supplies
RAID support Integrated IBM ServeRAID C100 RAID-0, -1, (RAID-5 upgrade via IBM Feature on Demand (FoD)), optional hardware RAID-0, -1, -10 or RAID-5, -50 or RAID-6, -60*
Systems management Integrated Management Module 2 (IMM2) standard with IMPI 2.0 and Serial over LAN, optional upgrade to remote presence via IBM Feature on Demand, IBM System Director
Operating systems supported Microsoft Windows Server 2012/2008/R2, SBS 2011, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux, VMware (subject to availability)
Limited warranty 1-year customer replaceable unit and on-site limited warranty, next business day 9x5, service upgrades available


Product features
  • Generous business-class memory offers greater performance per price point
  • Support for up to four 3.5-inch simple swap or hot- swap hard disk drives or up to eight hot-swap 2.5-inch SAS/SATA hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid state drives (SSDs) that optimize implementation flexibility (model dependent)
Hardware summary
  • 4U/5U tower server (model dependent)
  • Single-processor system
  • Choice of processors—Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 series (quad-core) up to 3.7 GHz/8 MB/1600 MHz or Intel Core i3 4300 and 4100 series (dual-core) up to 3.7 GHz/4 MB/1600 MHz or low-cost Celeron

Features and Benefits

Feature Benefits
Processor: Choice of dual-core or quad-core processor. Support for quad-core Intel Xeon E3 1200 v3 series processors or dual-core Intel Core i3 4300 and 4100 series, Pentium and Celeron processors
  • Business-class reliability with latest Intel processors
  • Performance to support 64-bit applications and 1600 MHz DDR-3 memory
  • Flexibility to serve a wide range of performance needs
Storage: Four 3.5-inch simple-swap Serial ATA (SATA)/Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) bays (4U models); or four 3.5-inch and eight 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS/SATA bays (5U models)
  • Flexible storage choices to fit customer needs
  • Hot-swap options for flexibility and minimized downtime
  • Simple-swap models for simple, cost-effective replacement of hard disks
Form factor: Compact mini 4U design or flexible 5U for redundant power supply capability
  • Designed to be less intrusive in office environments by helping to generate less noise and heat
  • Optional tower-to-rack kit supports integration of servers to rack environments
  • Facilitates energy efficiency with choice of 80-PLUS® certified power supply for better energy efficiency (model dependent)
Memory capacity: Up to 32 GB 1600 MHz business-class ECC DDR-3 1.5V memory
  • Time-tested quality and reliability
  • Abundant high-performance memory at an affordable price
  • Lower voltage memory for reduced power consumption
RAID: Integrated ServeRAID-C100 for System x® support (simple-swap 4U models) RAID-0, -1, -10 with RAID-5 available via IBM Feature on Demand (FoD); Available hardware RAID-0, -1, -5, -10 (hot-swap 5U models) via FoD
  • Enhanced data protection and increased availability with low cost of ownership
  • Innovative RAID solution with advanced hardware options, available via upgrade
Integrated dual Gigabit Ethernet
  • Increased network throughput and redundancy with efficient slot-saving integration
  • Shares one port for system management.
High-performance I/O slots, four PCIe slots, mechanical design: x16/x8/x8/x4, electrical design: x8/x8/x4/x1
  • Higher bus speeds to optimize return on investment
  • PCI Gen3 for ample I/O speed and easy upgrade path
Energy-efficiency features: fixed power supply compliant with 80 PLUS® Bronze, redundant power supply compliant with 80 PLUS Silver, 40° C operating temperature 1.35 low voltage memory
  • Advanced energy-efficiency features for significant power saving
Systems management and IBM tools
  • Enhanced Integrated Management Module 2 (IMM2) for simplified overall management
  • Optional upgrade to remote presence and mobile interface via IBM FoD
  • Help with configuration setup
  • Support for diagnostics
  • Optional upgrade available to enable remote keyboard, video and mouse for remote management
Operating System support: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and Linux server OS and VMware (model dependent)
  • Flexibility to choose operating system to meet varying small business server needs
Limited warranty
  • 1-year customer replaceable unit and on-site limited warranty, next business day 9x5, service upgrades available
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