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Dell PowerEdge FC630 Server Node - System Overview


The FX2 is a hyper-converged platform that has been described as a cluster in a box. It combines compute, networking, and storage into a compact 2u space. There are several different modules supported on the FX2 including the quarter-width FC430, the quarter-width FM120x4, the quarter-width FD332 storage module, the full-width FC830, and the FC630 described here. The FX2 can support up to four FC630 compute modules in a 2u rack space, for up to eight processors and 178 cores total. This is an ideal compute module for large databases and highly virtualized environments. It can also be paired with other compute modules or the FD332 storage module for terabytes of direct attached storage.


Dell’s PowerEdge FC630, together with the FX2 enclosure runs the Intel C610 chipset with either one or two CPUs. Administrators can choose between 4- to 18-core Xeon E5-2600 v3 CPU’s, or two 4- to 22-core Xeon E5-2600 v4 processors. Each processor supports 12 DIMM sockets. Power is provided on the FX2 chassis and includes an 1100W, 1600W, or 2000W hot plug with 1 + 1 redundancy or a non-redundant configuration using just one PSU.


With all 24 memory slots loaded with 64GB DIMM modules, up to 1.5TB of memory is available. Each 12-socket set is organized into four channels. DDR4 Load Reduced memory (LRDIMM) and registered memory (RDIMM) modules are supported. To realize 2400MT/s transfer speeds requires a compatible Xeon E5-2600 v4 processor. Using top of the line Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors will provide a top transfer speed of 2133MT/s. Some memory mixing is allowed but the modules with the highest capacity must be installed first and follow a specific load order.


SATA or SAS HDD/SSD’s are hot-swappable and there’s also support for the PowerEdge Express Flash NVMe PCIe SSDs. There’s room for up to eight 1.8’’ SSD’s or two 2.5’’s SATA/SAS drives. For substantial direct attached storage, the FC630 easily pairs with the quarter-width FD332 storage block for an additional 16 direct attached storage drives, in each FD332 storage module. A single FC630 module can be paired with up to three FD332 storage modules. There are options for RAID and storage controllers including a built-in S130 software RAID controller that supports limited RAID. Using other PERC RAID controllers will provide the whole range of RAID options. There’s also an optional internal dual SD Module (IDSDM) and a USB interface for an embedded hypervisor that supports single card operation or dual card operation for redundancy with two installed cards.


There are eight PCIe 3.0 slots on the FX2s chassis that automatically map to installed compute modules through the backplane. Each FC630 compute module can access two PCIe slots of the eight supported on the FX2s chassis for additional external HD controllers, NICs or HBAs. Two FN I/O modules or aggregators can be incorporated on the FX2 chassis for network connectivity and up to eight 10GBE ports and won’t take up any of the PCIe slots. These replace the standard network interface, simplifying cable management and optimizing “east/west” server to server traffic within the FX2 chassis and LAN/SAN convergence. There are three different Aggregator modules to choose from. Two that support four ports, and either copper or fiber optic cables, and a third aggregator module that offers a combination of four 10GBE ports and two fiber channel 2 plus 2 ports of SFP and 10GBE. Up to 20 FX2S chassis can be daisy-chained together and managed from a single console using CMC.

The FX2 chassis, without the “s”, is a lower-cost alternative that does not support any PCIe slots and uses the FM120x4 compute module. The FM120x4 compute module is not supported on the FX2s chassis.


One primary reason Dell PowerEdge servers receive stellar reviews is because of Dell’s OpenManage suite of software management tools. FC630 users can chose which license, either Enterprise or Express that best fits their requirements. Dell’s iDRAC with lifecycle controller will enable automated deployments, updates and configurations and the CMC, which is embedded in the FX2 chassis, will enable collective or individual server management via a browser console. No matter the time of day or night, Dell’s PowerEdge OpenManage portfolio will always ensure your servers are more reliable, more cost-effective and more productive.


Combined with the modular FX2 architecture, Dell’s PowerEdge FC630 is the best choice for data centers that need a compact customizable configuration that’s highly scalable to process demanding mission critical workloads. Dell’s FC630 is the “go to” server for virtualization, data analytics, e-commerce, and mission critical operations.

FX-Series Compute and Storage Modules

FC430 Compute Module

The FC430 is a quarter-width compute module that can support two Xeon E5-2600 v4 processors or a single E5-1600 v3 processor. Up to eight FC430 compute modules can be installed in the FX2 chassis for a maximum of 2TB of memory. The FC430 can also be used with the other compute modules or the FD332 storage sled supporting 16 additional drives. Two 1.8-inch bays up front supports either two 1.8-inch uSATA drives or an optional low-latency configuration that combines a 1.8-inch drive with two QSFP+ compact, hot-pluggable transceiver connectors for Ethernet or Infiniband connectivity. Each sled has access to one PCIe 3.0 slot on the FX2s chassis. With an optimal balance of memory and storage, this module is perfect for high-speed I/O for mainstream enterprise workloads, including mid-sized virtualization and database environments. The low-latency Infiniband configuration is ideal for High Frequency Trading and High Performance Computing.

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FC830 Compute Module

The FC830 is a four socket, full-width compute module that supports the Xeon E5-4600 v3 processor. It can be used in conjunction with the other compute modules or with the FD332 for Direct Attached Storage. The FX2s chassis can support two of the full-width FC830 compute sleds or a single node with four FC430s, two FC630s, or two FD332 storage modules. Each FC830 has 48 DDR4 DIMM slots, 12 slots per processor, for 1.5TB of memory per sled with transfer speeds of up to 2133 MT/s. The FC830 also features generous, scalable on-board storage with either eight 2.5-inch drives or an optional configuration with 16 1.8” SAS or SATA HDDs or SSDs. The FC830 is ideal for the database tier of web tech, HPC environments or large-scale virtualization.

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FD332 Storage Module

Each compute module features its own hot-plug storage, either SAS or SATA HDDs or SSDs. For more storage, Administrators can install up to three FD332 storage modules for dense, scalable DAS. Each FD332 supports up to 16 hot-plug direct attached SFF drives either SAS or SATA SSDs or HDDS. An optional dual RAID controller provides split access to the supported drives. Depending on configuration up to three FD332s can be installed on the system with either the FC430 or FC630 compute sleds.

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FM120x4 Compute Module for the FX2 chassis (no PCI)

The FM120x4 is a half-width compute module designed specifically for the FX2 enclosure without any PCIe slots. Offering a cost effective option each compute sled features four micro-servers and with four modules installed on the FX2 chassis up to 16 micro-servers are available in each chassis. The FM120x4 is the only compute module that uses the Intel Atom C2000System on a Chip (SoC) processor with up to eight cores. Each module supports four processors and each processor supports two DIMM modules, UDIMM only, for 8 DIMMS per sled. Each processor also supports one 2.5-inch HD or two 1.8-inch SSDs. No PCI slots are available and communications are handled by the pass through up to 2 per processor for 8 total that area capable of 1Gb through the FX2 chassis. Only software RAID is supported. This system is a lower cost alternative to the FX2s and is ideal for static web hosting and light-weight processing.

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Dell PowerEdge FC630 Server Node - Specifications

Processor - 2 Sockets
    Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v4 product family
    Cache: 2.5MB per core
    Core options: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 22
Operating System
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Novell® SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux
  • VMware® ESX®
    Intel C610 series
    Up to 1.5TB
    Up to 2400MT/s DDR4
    24 DIMM slots: 4GB/8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB
Hypervisor Support
  • Citrix® XenServer®
  • VMware® vSphere® ESXi™
    Hot-plug Hard Drive Options:

  • PowerEdge Express Flash NVMe PCIe SSD
  • Up to 8 x 1.8” SSD
  • Up to 2 x 2.5” SSD
    Access to 2 x PCIe 3.0 (x8) expansion slots
RAID Controller

  • PERC S130 (SW RAID)
  • PERC H330
  • PERC H730
  • PERC H730P
    Blade NDC:

  • 2 x 10GbE
  • 4 x 10GbE
  • 4 x 1GbE
  • NDC mezzanine cards supported in FX2s chassis configuration:

  • Broadcom® 4 x 1GbE
  • Intel 4 x 1GbE
  • Mellanox® ConnectX®-3 2 x 10GbE
  • Emulex® 2 x 10GbE
  • Broadcom 2 x 10GbE
  • Intel 2 x 10GbE
  • Qlogic® FC8
  • Emulex FC8
    Chassis level – FX2 hot-plug PSUs: 2000W or 1600W in 1+1 redundant, RAO (Redundancy Alerting Only) or 2+0 non-redundant configurations
    The FC630 is a half-width server node
    PowerEdge FX2 enclosure supports up to 4 x FC630 server nodes.

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