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Table of contents
1 System overview..................................................................................................................................................................5
Introduction.........................................................................................................................................................................5
New technologies ............................................................................................................................................................. 6
2 System features ...................................................................................................................................................................7
Comparison of PowerEdge systems ...............................................................................................................................7
Specifications ..................................................................................................................................................................... 8
3 Chassis views and features............................................................................................................................................. 10
Chassis views.................................................................................................................................................................... 10
Chassis features ................................................................................................................................................................12
4 Processor............................................................................................................................................................................15
Processor features............................................................................................................................................................15
Supported processors......................................................................................................................................................15
Chipset................................................................................................................................................................................16
5 Memory...............................................................................................................................................................................17
Supported memory ..........................................................................................................................................................17
Memory configurations ...................................................................................................................................................18
Memory speed ..................................................................................................................................................................19
Memory RAS features.......................................................................................................................................................19
6 Storage................................................................................................................................................................................21
Internal storage.................................................................................................................................................................21
External storage ............................................................................................................................................................... 22
Storage controllers.......................................................................................................................................................... 22
Optical drive ..................................................................................................................................................................... 23
Tape drive.......................................................................................................................................................................... 23
7 Networking and PCIe ...................................................................................................................................................... 24
Embedded NIC controller.............................................................................................................................................. 24
PCIe expansion ................................................................................................................................................................ 24
8 Power, thermal, and acoustics ...................................................................................................................................... 26
Power consumption and energy efficiency................................................................................................................ 26
Power supply units .......................................................................................................................................................... 27
Thermal and acoustics.................................................................................................................................................... 28
9 Rack rails and cable management .................................................................................................................................31
Sliding and static rail systems.........................................................................................................................................31
Cable management arm................................................................................................................................................. 33
10 Operating systems and virtualization ........................................................................................................................... 34
Supported operating systems........................................................................................................................................ 34
Supported virtualization ................................................................................................................................................. 35
11 Dell OpenManage systems management.................................................................................................................... 36
Systems management solutions................................................................................................................................... 36
OpenManage systems management ........................................................................................................................... 37
Dell server management operations............................................................................................................................ 42
Appendix A. Additional specifications..........................................................................................................................44
Chassis dimensions .........................................................................................................................................................44
Chassis weight..................................................................................................................................................................44
Power supply specifications .......................................................................................................................................... 45
Environmental specifications ........................................................................................................................................ 45
Video specifications ........................................................................................................................................................46
Rack rail specifications ................................................................................................................................................... 47
USB peripherals................................................................................................................................................................ 47
Appendix B. Standards compliance .............................................................................................................................48
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Appendix C. Additional resources.................................................................................................................................49
Appendix D. System board block diagram...................................................................................................................51
Table 1. New technologies ................................................................................................................................................ 6
Table 2. Comparing the PowerEdge R510 to PowerEdge R520..................................................................................7
Table 3. Technical specifications...................................................................................................................................... 8
Table 4. Chassis features...................................................................................................................................................12
Table 5. Security features..................................................................................................................................................13
Table 6. Supported processors ........................................................................................................................................16
Table 7. Memory technologies supported.....................................................................................................................17
Table 8. DIMMs supported................................................................................................................................................18
Table 9. Memory speed capabilities................................................................................................................................19
Table 10. Memory RAS features .........................................................................................................................................19
Table 11. Supported hard drives ........................................................................................................................................21
Table 12. Supported RAID controllers.............................................................................................................................. 22
Table 13. PCIe slot configurations.................................................................................................................................... 24
Table 14. Supported NICs and HBAs................................................................................................................................ 25
Table 15. Power tools and technologies......................................................................................................................... 26
Table 16. Power supply efficiency .................................................................................................................................... 28
Table 17. Acoustical performance....................................................................................................................................30
Table 18. Supported rack types......................................................................................................................................... 32
Table 19. Primary operating system support.................................................................................................................. 34
Table 20. Virtualization support ........................................................................................................................................ 35
Table 21. iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller functions and benefits........................................................................... 37
Table 22. Feature comparison for basic management, iDRAC7 Express, and iDRAC7 Enterprise....................... 38
Table 23. One-to-one and one-to-many operations .................................................................................................. 43
Table 24. Power supply specifications............................................................................................................................. 45
Table 25. Environmental specifications ........................................................................................................................... 45
Table 26. Supported video modes....................................................................................................................................46
Table 27. Rail adjustability range....................................................................................................................................... 47
Table 28. Industry standard documents ..........................................................................................................................48
Table 29. Additional resources ..........................................................................................................................................49
Figure 1. Front view without bezel .................................................................................................................................. 10
Figure 2. Front view with bezel......................................................................................................................................... 10
Figure 3. Back view..............................................................................................................................................................11
Figure 4. Internal view.........................................................................................................................................................11
Figure 5. LCD control panel...............................................................................................................................................13
Figure 6. QRL location ........................................................................................................................................................13
Figure 7. 750W power supply unit ................................................................................................................................... 28
Figure 8. Sliding rails with optional CMA .........................................................................................................................31
Figure 9. Static rails............................................................................................................................................................. 32
Figure 10. Dell systems management solutions.............................................................................................................. 36
Figure 11. Systems management server lifecycle ........................................................................................................... 42
Figure 12. System dimensions ............................................................................................................................................44
Figure 13. R520 system board block diagram ..................................................................................................................51
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The Dell™ PowerEdge™ R520 is a 2-socket, 2U rack-mount server offering an excellent balance of
processing power, storage capacity, and redundancy. The R520’s price per performance,
configuration flexibility, and headroom for growth make it highly appealing for consolidation and
virtualization, web serving and hosting, departmental database applications such as Business
Analytics, and a wide range of general purpose collaboration and productivity applications.
The extensive memory, storage, and I/O capacities of the R520 make it ideal for consolidation and
virtualization. Delivering the performance of two Intel®
Xeon®
E5-2400 processors and
complemented by up to twelve DIMMs, up to four PCI Express®
(PCIe) 3.0-enabled slots, and up to
eight internal hard drives, the R520 delivers powerful, balanced performance. With built-in
redundancy features, the R520 is a trustworthy platform for your business-critical databases and
applications. The dense rack form factor and innovative systems management of the R520 allow you
to save space and to use your IT administrator’s time efficiently.
Features that protect your business data and keep the server running are essential. The extensive
storage capacity of the R520 can be protected with both hardware RAID controllers and software
solutions to protect your data and ensure that it is readily available. Built-in reliability, availability, and
serviceability (RAS) features such as hot-pluggable hard drives and power supplies minimize the
need to disrupt production work to take a server offline in the event of a component failure.
Redundant, failsafe hypervisors also add an additional layer of protection for virtualized
environments.
The PowerEdge family is engineered with the right combination of features and performance
scalability to handle tough workloads for both large and small data center environments.
The Dell OpenManage™ systems management portfolio includes Integrated Dell Remote Access
Controller 7 (iDRAC7) with Lifecycle Controller. This embedded feature helps IT administrators
manage Dell servers in physical, virtual, local and remote environments, operating in-band or out-
of-band, with or without a systems management software agent. OpenManage also integrates and
connects to leading third-party systems management solutions you may already own, so you can
maintain your single point of control and capitalize on your existing investment. OpenManage
simplifies the lifecycle of deploying, updating, monitoring, and maintaining your Dell PowerEdge
servers.
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Table 1 summarizes the newest technologies used in the Dell PowerEdge R520 rack server.
New technologies Detailed descriptions
Intel Xeon processor
E5-2400 product family
This new family of Intel processors has embedded PCIe lanes for improved I/O
performance. See the Processor section for details.
Intel C600 series chipset The Intel Platform Controller Hub (PCH) chip is implemented on the R520 server.
1600MT/s DDR3
memory
Certain models of the Intel Xeon processor E5-2400 product family support
1600MT/s memory. The R520 supports two DIMMs per channel at 1600MT/s with
certain models. See the Memory section for details.
Next generation PERC
options
The R520 supports the new PERC controller cards with improved functionality and
faster performance. See the Storage section for details.
PERC S110 software
RAID Solution
This new software RAID solution supports RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10, and supports a
maximum of four hot-plug SATA hard drives or SATA solid-state drives. See the
Storage section for details.
iDRAC7 with Lifecycle
Controller
The new embedded system management solution for Dell servers features
hardware and firmware inventory and alerting, in-depth memory alerting, faster
performance, a dedicated gigabit port, and many more features. See the Dell
OpenManage systems management section for details.
DC power supply
A new 1100W DC power supply option is available for the R520. See the Power,
thermal, and acoustics section for details.
Advanced power
management
The R520 supports advanced power monitoring and power capping tools that can
help manage power consumption. See the Power, thermal, and acoustics section
for details.
Fresh Air cooling
Dell has tested and validated an integrated data center solution that enables you
to operate at higher temperatures or even chiller-less. See the Power, thermal, and
acoustics section for details.
Failsafe hypervisors
The internal dual SD module enables Dell's unique Failsafe Virtualization
architecture, ensuring uptime by providing failover capability for embedded
hypervisors, such as VMware
®
VSphere™ ESXi
®
. See the Supported virtualization
section.
Fan fault tolerance
Failure of one fan motor is tolerated with degradation in performance through
active throttling and increased fan speeds. The feature helps reduce downtime by
allowing you to schedule a fan replacement within 360 hours of a fan failure.
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Compared to its predecessor, the R520 supports more PCIe slots, PCIe 3.0, more memory, and
advanced systems management. Table 2 compares some of the features of the R520 to its R510
predecessor. Table 3 lists all of the R520’s specifications.
The R520 is the new generation PowerEdge server replacing the R510. Table 2 compares some of
the R520 features to the R510 features.
Feature PowerEdge R510 PowerEdge R520
Chassis 2U rack 2U rack
Processors
IntelXeonprocessors 5500 and
5600 series
Intel Xeon processor E5-2400 product
family
Internal interconnect Intel QuickPath Interconnect Intel QuickPath Interconnect
Memory
1 8 x DDR3 RDIMM and UDIMM
Up to 128GB
12 x DDR3 RDIMM and UDIMM
Up to 192GB
Hard drive bays
(hot-plug)
Up to 12 x 3.5” or 2.5” SAS/SATA
SSD
Up to 8 x 3.5” or 2.5” SAS/SATA SSD
RAID controller PERC H200, H700, H800 PERC H310, H710, H710P, H810
PCI slots 3 PCIe 2.0 slots 4 PCIe 3.0 slots (with two processors)
Embedded NIC 1 x 1GbE Dual Port LOM 1 x 1GbE Dual Port LOM
Power supplies
Non-redundant 480W AC
Hot-plug, redundant and
non-redundant 750W AC
Cabled 550W AC
Hot-plug, redundant 495W AC, 750W AC,
1100W AC, 1100W DC
Dell OpenManage
Systems Management
Dell OpenManage
Dell Management Console (DMC)
Lifecycle Controller 1.x
iDRAC6 (Express or Enterprise) with
Lifecycle Controller
OpenManage Essentials
Dell Management Console
IT Assistant
OMSA Agent
OpenManage Power Center (requires
iDRAC7 Enterprise with Lifecycle
Controller)
OpenManage Integrations and
Connections
Basic management (standard option)
Power efficiency Gold Platinum
Availability
Hot-plug drives
Hot-plug redundant cooling on
12-hard drive configuration
Hot-plug redundant power supply
units
Hot-plug drives
Fan fault tolerance
Hot-plug redundant power supply units
Internal dual SD module
1
GB means 1 billion bytes and TB equals 1 trillion bytes; actual capacity varies with preloaded material and operating environment and will
be less.
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Table 3 summarizes the specifications for each of the PowerEdge R520 features. For the latest
information on supported features for the PowerEdge R520, visit Dell.com.
Feature PowerEdge R520 technical specification
Form factor 2U rack
Processors Intel Xeon processor E5-2400 product family
Processor sockets 2 sockets
Internal interconnect 1 Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) link: 6.4GT/s, 7.2GT/s, 8.0GT/s
Cache 2.5MB per core with core options of 4, 6, or 8
Chipset Intel C600
Memory
1
Up to 192GB (12 DIMM slots): 2GB/4GB/8GB/16GB DDR3 up to 1600MT/s
PCIe slots
3 PCIe slots + 1 storage slot for mini type PERC:
With 2 processors:
 1 x16 slot with x16 bandwidth, 3.0, half-height, half-length
 1 x16 slot with x8 bandwidth, 3.0, full-height, full-length
 2 x16 slots with x8 bandwidth, 3.0, full-height, half-length
With 1 processor:
 1 x8 slot with x4 bandwidth, 2.0, half-height, half-length
 1 x16 slot with x8 bandwidth, 3.0, full-height, full-length
 2 x8 slots with x4 bandwidth, 3.0, full-height, half-length
RAID controller
Internal controllers:
PERC S110 (SW RAID)
PERC H310
PERC H710
PERC H710P
External HBAs (RAID):
PERC H810
External HBAs (non-RAID):
6Gbps SAS HBA
Hard drives
(hot-plug)
Drive bay options:
Up to 8 x 3.5-inch hot-plug drive bays
Hard drive options:
3.5-inch SAS (15K), nearline SAS (7.2K), SATA (7.2K)
2.5-inch SAS (15K, 10K), SAS SSD (SLC), SATA SSD (MLC); requires 3.5-inch hybrid tray
Self-encrypting drives (SEDs) available
Embedded NIC Broadcom
®
5720 Dual Port 1GbE
Power supply
Auto-ranging, Platinum efficiency, hot-plug redundant 495W or 750W AC PSU
Silver efficiency, cabled 550W AC PSU
Gold efficiency, hot-plug redundant 1100W DC PSU
Availability
High-efficiency, hot-plug, redundant power supplies; DC power supply, hot-plug hard
drives; TPM; dual internal SD support; fan fault tolerance; optional bezel; information
tag; ECC memory; interactive LCD screen; extended power range; ENERGY STAR
®
compliant; switch independent partitioning
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Feature PowerEdge R520 technical specification
Dell OpenManage
Systems Management
(Agent-free or with
OpenManage Server
Administrator [OMSA]
Agent)
 OpenManage Essentials
 Dell Management Console
 IT Assistant
 OMSA Agent
 OpenManage Power Center (requires iDRAC7 Enterprise with Lifecycle
Controller)
 OpenManage Integrations and Connections:
- OpenManage Integration Suite for Microsoft
®
System Center
- Dell Management Plug-in for VMware
®
vCenter™
- Connections for HP
®
Operations Manager, IBM
®
Tivoli
®
Netcool
®
and CA
Network and Systems Management
 Basic management (standard option)
- Upgrade to iDRAC7 (Express or Enterprise) with Lifecycle Controller
- Upgrade to 8GB vFlash media or 16GB vFlash media for iDRAC7 Enterprise
with Lifecycle Controller
- Trial evaluations available for IDRAC7 (Express and Enterprise) with Lifecycle
Controller
Rack support
 ReadyRails™ II sliding rails for tool-less mounting in 4-post racks with square or
unthreaded round holes or tooled mounting in 4-post threaded hole racks, with
support for optional tool-less cable management arm
 ReadyRails static rails for tool-less mounting in 4-post racks with square or
unthreaded round holes or tooled mounting in 4-post threaded and 2-post (Telco)
racks
Operating systems
Microsoft Windows Server
®
2008 R2 SP1, x64 (includes Hyper-V
®
v2)
Microsoft Windows
®
Small Business Server 2011
SUSE
®
Linux
®
Enterprise Server
Red Hat
®
Enterprise Linux
®
Optional embedded hypervisors:
Citrix
®
XenServer™
VMware vSphere™
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization
®
For more information on the specific versions and additions, visit
Dell.com/OSsupport.
1
GB means 1 billion bytes and TB equals 1 trillion bytes; actual capacity varies with preloaded material and operating environment and will
be less.
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The Dell PowerEdge R520 is a 2U, 2-socket rack server. For additional system views and features,
see the Dell PowerEdge R520 Systems Owner’s Manual on Support.Dell.com/Manuals.
Figure 1 shows the features on the front of the R520 chassis including eight 3.5-inch hard drives,
front control panel, USB connectors, and many other components and features described in this
guide.
Figure 2 shows the optional lockable bezel on the front of the R520 chassis.
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Figure 3 shows the features on the back panel of the R520 including USB connectors, Ethernet
connectors, serial connector, video connector, PCIe slots, power supplies, and many other
components and features described in this guide.
The chassis design of the R520 is optimized for easy access to components and for airflow for
effective and efficient cooling. The R520 supports up to 12 DIMMs, 2 processors, hot-plug
redundant power supplies, and many other components and features described in this guide.
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Table 4 lists the features on the R520 chassis. For additional information, see the Dell PowerEdge
R520 Systems Owner’s Manual on Support.Dell.com/Manuals.
Feature Description
Power button ACPI-compliant power button with an integrated green power LED
Front bezel Covers the system’s front-loading hard drives and locks for security
NMI button
Used to troubleshoot software and device driver errors; use only if directed
to do so by qualified support personnel or by the operating system's
documentation
System identification button
Buttons on the back and front of a system to help identify the unit in a data
center environment
Hard drives Up to eight 3.5-inch drives
USB connectors Connects USB devices to the server
Information tag Slide-out label panel for recording system information
Video connector Connects a monitor to the server
LCD panel and buttons
Displays system ID, status information, and system error messages; two
navigation buttons to scroll through the menu on the LCD and one select
button
Optical drive Optional slim DVD or DVD+RW drive
Power supply units Supplies power to the server
Power supply indicators Indicates whether server has power
NIC indicators Indicates network activity and status
PCIe slots Connects PCIe expansion cards to the server
Ethernet connectors Connects integrated 10/100/1000 NICs to the server
Serial connector Connects a serial device to the server
iDRAC7 Enterprise port Dedicated management port for optional iDRAC card
The R520 control panel is located on the front of the chassis as shown in Figure 5. For more
information about the LCD control panel, see the Dell PowerEdge R520 Systems Owner’s Manual on
Support.Dell.com/Manuals.
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A useful feature included with Dell PowerEdge 12th
generation servers is the Quick Resource Locator
(QRL)—a model-specific Quick Response (QR) code that is located inside the R520 chassis cover
(see Figure 6). Use your smartphone to access the Dell QRL app to learn more about the server.
This QRL code allows you to:
 View step-by-step videos, including overviews of system internals and externals, as well as
detailed, concise, task-oriented videos and installation wizards
 Locate reference materials, including searchable owner’s manual content, LCD diagnostics, and
an electrical overview
 Look up your service tag so you can quickly gain access to your specific hardware configuration
info and warranty information
 Contact Dell directly (by link) to get in touch with technical support and sales teams and provide
feedback to Dell
These codes provide an easy way to retrieve the critical support information you need when you
need it, making you more efficient and effective in managing your hardware.
The latest generation of PowerEdge servers has the features listed in Table 5 to help ensure the
security of your data center.
Security feature Description
Cover latch
A tooled latch is integrated on the top cover with a coin key lock to secure the
system.
Bezel
An optional metal bezel is mounted to the chassis front to provide the Dell ID. A
lock on the bezel is used to protect un-authorized access to hard drives. System
status is viewable on the LCD screen when the bezel is installed.
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Security feature Description
TPM
The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is used to generate/store keys,
protect/authenticate passwords, and create/store digital certificates. It also
supports the Intel Xeon TXT functionality. TPM can also be used to enable the
BitLocker™ hard drive encryption feature in Windows Server 2008. TPM 1.2 is
supported. No TPM version is available for China or Russia.
Power-off security BIOS has the ability to disable the power button function.
Intrusion alert An internal switch is used to detect chassis intrusion.
Secure mode
BIOS has the ability to enter a secure boot mode through system setup. This
mode includes the option to lock out the power and NMI switches on the
control panel or set up a system password.
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The Dell PowerEdge R520 features the Intel Xeon processor E5-2400 product family, which offers
an ideal combination of performance, power efficiency, and cost. These processors provide high
performance no matter what your constraint is—floor space, power, or budget—and on workloads
that range from the most complicated scientific exploration to crucial web-serving and
infrastructure applications. In addition to providing raw performance gains, improved I/O is also
made possible with Intel Integrated I/O, which can reduce latency by adding more lanes and
doubling bandwidth. This helps to reduce network and storage bottlenecks, unleashing the
processor’s performance capabilities.
The new Intel Xeon processor E5-2400 product family provides the following features:
 2-socket processor design with power and dimensions optimized for density
 Up to 8 execution cores per processor
 Intel Hyper-Threading technology enables up to 16 computational threads
 Micro-architecture on 32nm process for greater performance per watt
 Support for more memory—4 additional DIMMs (up to 12 DIMM slots) and support for up to
16GB DIMMs increasing the memory capacity from 128GB to 192GB
 Integrated memory controller with 3 channels of DDR3 and 46-bit physical addressing facilitate
greater memory capacity
 Intel Integrated I/O has support for up to 48 lanes (24 lanes per socket) of PCIe 3.0 links capable
of 8.0GT/s
 Faster connections throughout the system with support for DDR3 1600MT/s memory and
8.0GT/s QPI
 Intel Data Direct I/O (DDIO) allows I/O traffic to skip the main system memory and be directed
straight to the processor cache, which can provide a significant reduction in latency as well as
allowing memory to remain in a low-power state
 High bandwidth, low latency, bidirectional ring interconnect allows faster access to the 20MB
multi-banked last level cache
 Intel Advanced Vector Extensions offer up to double the floating point operations per clock
cycle by doubling the length of registers, which can be useful for addressing very complex
problems or dealing with large-number calculations, which are integral to many technical,
financial, and scientific computing problems
 Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, which allows processor cores to run faster than the base
operating frequency if it's operating below power, current, and temperature specification limits,
delivers up to double the boost than the previous generation
 Continued improvements to both Intel TXT and AES-NI help to better protect systems and data
For more information on the Intel Xeon processor E5-2400 product family, visit Intel.com.
Table 6 lists the Intel Xeon processors supported by the PowerEdge R520. For the latest information
on supported processors, visit Dell.com/PowerEdge.
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Model Speed TDP Cache
Cores/
threads
QPI Turbo
E5-2470 2.3GHz 95W 20MB 8/16 8.0GT/s Yes
E5-2450L 1.8GHz 70W 20MB 8/16 8.0GT/s Yes
E5-2450 2.1GHz 95W 20MB 8/16 8.0GT/s Yes
E5-2440 2.4GHz 95W 15MB 6/12 7.2GT/s Yes
E5-2430L 2.0GHz 60W 15MB 6/12 7.2GT/s Yes
E5-2430 2.2GHz 95W 15MB 6/12 7.2GT/s Yes
E5-2420 1.9GHz 95W 15MB 6/12 7.2GT/s Yes
E5-2407 2.2GHz 80W 10MB 4/8 6.4GT/s No
E5-2403 1.8GHz 80W 10MB 4/8 6.4GT/s No
For information on processor installation and configuration, see the Dell PowerEdge R520 Systems
Owner’s Manual on Support.Dell.com/Manuals.
The Intel C600 chipset is implemented on the PowerEdge R520. For more information, visit
Intel.com.
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More options are available for the Dell PowerEdge 12th
generation servers than in previous
generations—more capacity choices and more frequency choices. The PowerEdge R520 supports
up to 192GB of memory with speeds of up to 1600MT/s, providing high performance in a variety of
applications. The new reliability, availability, serviceability (RAS) features like memory mirroring and
sparing help you increase your uptime and reduce data loss. RAS aids in the rapid and accurate
diagnosis of faults that require service, increasing your memory reliability.
The R520 supports the memory technologies shown in Table 7.
Feature UDIMM RDIMM
Register No Yes
Buffer No No
Frequencies 800, 1066, or 1333MT/s 800, 1066, 1333, or 1600 MT/s
Ranks supported 1 or 2 1, 2, or 4
Capacity per DIMM 2 or 4 GB 2, 4, 8, or 16 GB
Maximum DIMMS per channel 2 3
DRAM technology x8 x4 or x8
Temperature sensor Yes Yes
ECC Yes Yes
SDDC Yes (with advanced ECC mode) Yes
Address parity Yes Yes
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The R520 supports the DIMMs listed in Table 8. For the latest information on supported memory,
visit Dell.com.
Capacity
(GB)
Speed
(MT/s)
Type Ranks per
DIMM
Data
width
SDDC support Voltage
2 1333 RDIMM 1 x8 Advanced ECC 1.35
2 1333 UDIMM 1 x8 Advanced ECC 1.35
2 1600 RDIMM 1 x8 Advanced ECC 1.5
4 1333 RDIMM 2 x8 Advanced ECC 1.35
4 1333 RDIMM 1 x4 All modes 1.35
4 1333 UDIMM 2 x8 Advanced ECC 1.35
4 1600 RDIMM 2 x8 Advanced ECC 1.5
8 1333 RDIMM 2 x4 All modes 1.35
8 1600 RDIMM 2 x4 All modes 1.5
16 1333 RDIMM 2 x4 All modes 1.35
16 1600 RDIMM 2 x4 All modes 1.5
Flexible memory configurations are supported on the R520, ranging from capacities of 2 GB to
192 GB. The system supports up to 6 DIMMs per processor (up to 12 DIMMs in a 2-processor
configuration). The R520 has 3 memory channels per processor, with each channel supporting up to
2 DIMMs.
The R520 supports a flexible memory configuration according to these basic rules:
 Speed: If DIMMs of different speeds are mixed, all channels across all processors operate at the
slowest DIMM’s common frequency.
 DIMM type: Only one type of DIMM can be used in a system. UDIMMs and RDIMMs cannot be
mixed.
The following additional memory population guidelines apply to the R520:
 Up to two quad-rank (QR), dual-rank (DR), or single-rank (SR) DIMMs may be populated per
channel.
 DIMMs must be installed in each channel, starting with the DIMM farthest from the processor.
 DIMMs should be installed with largest rank count to smallest. For example, if DR DIMMS are
mixed with SR DIMMs, DR DIMMS should be placed in the lowest DIMM slots, followed by the SR
DIMMs.
For more information on memory configuration, see the Dell PowerEdge R520 Systems Owner’s
Manual on Support.Dell.com/Manuals.
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The R520 supports memory speeds of 1600 MT/s, 1333 MT/s, 1066 MT/s, and 800 MT/s depending
on the DIMM types installed and the configuration. All memory on all processors and channels run
at the same speed and voltage. By default, the systems run at the highest speed for the channel with
the lowest DIMM voltage and speed. The operating speed of the memory is also determined by the
maximum speed supported by the processor, the speed settings in the BIOS, and the operating
voltage of the system.
Table 9 lists memory configuration and performance details for the R520 based on the population of
the number and type of DIMMs per memory channel.
DIMM
type
DIMM 0 DIMM 1
Number
of
DIMMs
Speed (MT/s)
800 1066 1333 1600
UDIMM
SR 1 ∞ ∞ ∞
DR 1 ∞ ∞ ∞
SR SR 2 ∞ ∞ ∞
SR DR 2 ∞ ∞ ∞
DR DR 2 ∞ ∞ ∞
RDIMM
SR 1 ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞
DR 1 ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞
QR 1 ∞ ∞
SR SR 2 ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞
SR DR 2 ∞ ∞ ∞
DR DR 2 ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞
QR SR 2 ∞
QR DR 2 ∞
QR QR 2 ∞
Reliability, availability, serviceability (RAS) features help keep the system online and operational
without significant impact to performance, and can decrease data loss and crashing due to errors.
RAS aids in rapid, accurate diagnosis of faults that require service. Table 10 describes the RAS
features supported on the R520.
Feature Description
Dense configuration
optimized profile
Increased memory reliability can be a result from this selectable platform profile
that adjusts parameters to reduce faults regarding refresh rates, speed,
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Feature Description
temperature and voltage
Memory demand and
patrol scrubbing
Demand scrubbing is the ability to write corrected data back to the memory once
a correctable error is detected on a read transaction.
Patrol scrubbing proactively searches the system memory, repairing correctable
errors.
Recovery from single
DRAM device failure
Recovery from Single DRAM Device Failure (SDDC) provides error checking and
correction that protects against any single memory chip failure as well as multi-bit
errors from any portion of a single memory chip.
Failed DIMM isolation This feature provides the ability to identify a specific failing DIMM channel pair,
thereby enabling the user to replace only the failed DIMM pair.
Memory mirroring:
intra-socket
Memory mirroring is a method of keeping a duplicate (secondary or mirrored)
copy of the contents of memory as a redundant backup for use if the primary
memory fails. The mirrored copy of the memory is stored in memory of the same
processor socket.
Memory address parity
protection
This feature provides the ability to detect transient errors on the address lines of
the DDR channel.
Memory sparing (rank) Memory sparing allocates one rank per channel as a spare. If excessive correctable
errors occur in a rank or channel, it is moved to the spare area while the operating
system is running to prevent the error from causing an uncorrectable failure.
Memory thermal
throttling
This feature helps to optimize power/performance and can also be used to
prevent DIMMs from overheating.
For information on memory mirroring and sparing configurations, see the Dell PowerEdge R520
Systems Owner’s Manual on Support.Dell.com/Manuals.
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The Dell PowerEdge R520 supports comprehensive storage options, including different internal and
external storage options.
The R520 has one chassis that supports two different drive-bay options:
 4 x 3.5-inch hot-plug drive option
- Drive controllers: embedded SATA, PERC S110
- Non-hot-plug with embedded SATA; hard drive LED on the hard drive tray is disabled
- Hot-pluggable with PERC S110; hard drive LED on the hard drive tray is enabled
 8 x 3.5-inch hot-plug drive option
- Drive controllers: PERC H310, PERC H710, PERC H710P
Both drive-bay options support 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard drives and solid-state drives.
The R520 supports up to eight 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch hard drives or solid-state drives.
Self-encrypting drives (SED) are available. All 2.5-inch drives require the 3.5-inch hybrid tray. Table
11 lists more information about these drives. For additional information, see Dell.com/PowerEdge.
Form
factor
Type Speed
(rpm)
Capacities
SAS (6Gb) 10K 300GB, 600GB, 900GB
SAS (6Gb) 15K 146GB, 300GB
SAS SSD (SLC, 6Gb) N/A 200GB, 400GB
SATA SSD (MLC, 3Gb) N/A 100GB, 200GB
SATA (3Gb) 7.2K 500GB, 1TB, 2TB
SAS (6Gb) 15K 300GB, 600GB
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External storage for the R520 is available through optional HBAs for SAS, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel.
For more information, see Dell.com/Storage.
Dell provides highly capable RAID options for you to ensure that your data remains safe. Dell’s RAID
controller options offer impressive performance improvements, including the following features:
 FastPath™ I/O: This feature can help accelerate performance when operating on SSDs.
 Split mirror: This function allows you to break mirrored disk connection in order to quickly
replace a drive.
 Physical disk power management (Dimmer Switch™): This feature allows for power control of
spare or idle drives, which can save energy and operating expenses.
The newest line of PERC (PowerEdge RAID Controller) cards offer high I/O performance for
database applications and streaming digital media environments. The internal RAID controllers have
a dedicated connection to the system board. The R520 supports the new PERC 8 family of
controllers with improved functionality and faster performance.
The default PERC for the R520 is a mini-type PERC. The R520 also supports the new software RAID
solution that supports RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10. The R520 supports the PERC cards listed in Table 12. For
more information about the latest PERC offerings, see Dell.com/PERC.
Controller Description Features
RAID
modes
supported
Form
factor
Usage
model
PERC H810
External
Eight-port,
external 6Gb/s
PCIe RAID
controller
Includes 1GB NV DDR3
cache, premium
performance and feature set,
security SED/EKMS, and SSD
as cache
0, 1, 10, 5,
50, 6, 60
Adapter
Premium
performance
PERC
H710P
Internal
Eight-port,
internal 6Gb/s
PCIe RAID
controller
Includes 1GB NV DDR3
cache, premium
performance and feature set,
security SED/EKMS, and SSD
as cache
0, 1, 10, 5,
50, 6, 60
Integrated
mini-type
Premium
performance
PERC H710
Internal
Eight-port,
internal 6Gb/s
PCIe RAID
controller
Includes 512MB NV DDR3
cache, advanced feature set,
security SED/EKMS
0, 1, 10, 5,
50, 6, 60
Integrated
mini-type
Performance
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Controller Description Features
RAID
modes
supported
Form
factor
Usage
model
PERC H310
Internal
Eight-port,
internal 6Gb/s
PCIe RAID
Supports hot-plug drives,
expansion, pass-through
0, 1, 10, 5,
50
Integrated
mini-type
Value
PERC S110
Software
RAID
3Gb/s SATA
software RAID
controller that
supports up to 4
physical disks or 8
virtual disks
Supports up to 4 hot-plug
SATA drives, no expansion,
Microsoft Windows only
0, 1, 5, 10
System
board-
embedded
SATA
Entry-level
CacheCade is a technology that provides automated storage tiering on SSDs with the PERC H810
and H710P. It works by detecting the most often accessed data and copying it over time to the
CacheCade SSD(s) where that cached data is accessed directly, instead of accessing the hard disk
drives. This can dramatically increase how your applications respond when they are under peak
traffic times and how they perform when response time is critical.
CacheCade provides cost-effective performance scaling for database-type applications that
perform lots of random reads, and saves the cost of adding extra drives.
The R520 supports one slim, 12.7mm, internal optical drive on the system board embedded SATA.
The R520 supports DVD-ROM and DVD+/-RW.
The R520 does not support internal tape drives.
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The Dell PowerEdge R520 offers balanced, scalable I/O capabilities, including integrated PCIe 3.0
capable expansion slots.
The R520 system board has one embedded NIC controller. The Broadcom 5720 Gigabit NIC chip is
connected to the platform controller hub through a PCIe 2.0 x2 link.
The Broadcom 5720 is a 14th
generation 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet LAN controller solution
suitable for high-performance server applications. The Broadcom 5720 combines dual triple-speed
IEEE 802.3 compliant Media Access Controllers (MACs) with dual 10/100/1000 Ethernet transceivers
(PHYs), selectable individually per port, a network controller-sideband interface (NC-SI) and on-chip
memory buffer in a single device. The device provides a PCIe 2.1-compliant interface, which
operates at 5GT/s or 2.5GT/s x2 link width.
The R520 provides expanded PCIe slot capability over the previous servers. This is made possible by
the 24 PCIe lanes available from each processor in the system. Dell designed the R520 to be PCIe
3.0-compliant in order to take full advantage of the processor capabilities.
The R520 supports up to four PCIe slots. PCIe connectivity is integrated with the processor in that
the number of processors in a system impacts the number of PCIe slots and the bandwidth of each
PCIe slot. Table 13 lists the slot configurations for the R520.
One processor Two processors
PCIe Slot 1 PCIe x8 connector with x4 bandwidth;
half-length, half-height, 2.0
(from PCH)
PCIe x16 connector with x16 bandwidth;
half-length, half-height, 3.0
(from CPU2)
PCIe Slot 2 PCIe x16 connector with x8 bandwidth;
full-length, full-height, 3.0
(from CPU1)
PCIe x16 connector with x8 bandwidth;
full-length, full-height, 3.0
(from CPU1)
PCIe Slot 3 PCIe x8 connector with x4 bandwidth;
half-length, full-height, 3.0
(from CPU1)
PCIe x16 connector with x8 bandwidth;
half-length, full-height, 3.0
(from CPU1)
PCIe Slot 4 PCIe x8 connector with x4 bandwidth;
half-length, full-height, 3.0
(from CPU1)
PCIe x16 connector with x8 bandwidth;
half-length, full-height, 3.0
(from CPU2)
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The R520 supports a variety of PCIe expansion cards. Table 14 lists the supported add-in NICs and
HBAs for the R520.
Type Adapter
1Gb/10Gb NICs
Broadcom 5720 2x1Gb Base-T
Broadcom 5719 4x1Gb Base-T
Intel I350 2x1Gb Base-T
Intel I350 4x1Gb Base-T
Broadcom 57810S 2x10Gb SFP+
Broadcom 57810S 2x10Gb Base-T
Intel X520 2x10Gb SFP+
Intel X540 2x10Gb Base-T
QLogic
®
QLE8262 2x10Gb SFP+
Brocade
®
BR1020 2x10Gb SFP+
FC4/FC8 HBAs
QLogic QLE2460 4Gb
QLogic QLE2462 4Gb
QLogic QLE2560 8Gb
QLogic QLE2562 8Gb
Emulex LPe12000 8Gb
Emulex LPe12002 8Gb
Brocade BR815 8Gb
Brocade BR825 8Gb
For the latest information on all supported add-in PCIe expansion cards for the R520, visit Dell.com.
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Lower overall system-level power draw is a result of breakthrough system design. The Dell
PowerEdge R520 server maximizes performance per watt through a combination of power and
cooling, energy efficient technologies, and tools. Additionally, the PowerEdge R520 has an extensive
collection of sensors that automatically track thermal activity, which helps regulate temperature
thereby reducing server noise and power consumption.
With the rise in the cost of energy coupled with increasing data center density, Dell provides tools
and technologies to help you realize greater performance with less energy cost and waste. More
efficient data center usage can reduce costs by slowing the need for additional center space.
Table 15 lists the tools and technologies Dell offers to help you achieve your data center goals by
lowering power consumption and increasing energy efficiency.
Feature Description
Power supply units (PSU)
portfolio
(redundant PSU only)
Dell’s PSU portfolio includes intelligent features such as dynamically
optimizing efficiency while maintaining availability and redundancy. Find
additional information in the Power supply units section.
Tools for right-sizing
Dell Energy Smart Solution Advisor (ESSA) is a tool that helps you determine
the most efficient configuration possible. With ESSA, you can calculate the
power consumption of your hardware, power infrastructure, and storage.
ESSA can help you determine exactly how much power your server will use
at a given workload, and the PSU Advisor can help you choose the best,
most efficient PSU for your workload. Learn more at Dell.com/calc.
Energy Smart Data Center Assessment is a Dell Services offering that uses
infrastructure and thermal analysis to help maximize system efficiency. Learn
more at Dell.com/EnergySmart.
Industry compliance
Dell’s servers are compliant with all relevant industry certifications and
guidelines, including 80 PLUS, Climate Savers, and ENERGY STAR.
Power monitoring
accuracy
(redundant PSU only)
PSU power monitoring improvements include:
 Dell’s power monitoring accuracy is currently 1%, whereas the industry
standard is 5%
 More accurate reporting of power
 Better performance under a power cap
Power capping
(redundant PSU only)
Use Dell’s systems management to set the power cap limit for your systems
to limit the output of a PSU and reduce system power consumption. Dell is
the first hardware vendor to leverage Intel Node Manager for
circuit-breaker fast capping.
Systems management
(redundant PSU only)
iDRAC7 Enterprise provides server-level management that monitors,
reports, and controls power consumption at the processor, memory, and
system level.
Dell OpenManage Power Center delivers group power management at the
rack, row, and data center level for servers, power distribution units, and
uninterruptible power supplies.
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Feature Description
Active power management
(redundant PSU only)
Intel Node Manager is an embedded technology that provides individual
server-level power reporting and power limiting functionality. Dell offers a
complete power management solution comprised of Intel Node Manager
accessed through Dell iDRAC Enterprise and OpenManage Power Center
that allows policy-based management of power and thermals at the
individual server, rack and data center level.
Hot spare reduces power consumption of redundant power supplies.
Thermal control of fan speed optimizes the thermal settings for your
environment to reduce fan consumption and lower system power
consumption.
Idle power enables Dell servers to run as efficiently when idle as when at full
workload.
Fresh Air cooling
(redundant PSU only)
With the thermal design and reliability of Dell products, you can have the
capability to operate at excursion-based temperatures beyond the industry
standard of 35°C (95°F) without impacting your availability model. This
solution takes into account servers, networking, storage, and other
infrastructure. Find additional information at Dell.com/FreshAir.
Rack infrastructure
Dell offers some of the industry’s highest-efficiency power infrastructure
solutions, including:
 Power distribution units (PDUs)
 Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS)
 Energy Smart containment rack enclosures
Find additional information at http://content.dell.com/us/en/enterprise/
power-and-cooling-technologies-components-rack-infrastructure.aspx.
Find additional information at Dell.com/PowerAndCooling and Power.com/PowerCenter.
Energy Smart power supplies (redundant PSUs only) have intelligent features, such as the ability to
dynamically optimize efficiency while maintaining availability and redundancy. Also featured are
enhanced power-consumption reduction technologies, such as high-efficiency power conversion
and advanced thermal-management techniques, and embedded power-management features,
including high-accuracy power monitoring.
The R520 supports a power supply subsystem that consists of either a single (non-redundant) power
supply or up to two AC-DC/DC-DC, hot-plug, redundant power supplies. The power supply
provides +3.3V/5V/12V and +12Vaux for non-redundant design and provides 12V and 12Vaux for
redundant design. There are several voltage regulators in the system to supply different voltage
levels needed by different logic devices. A redundant system, which is managed through a PMBus
interface, consists of two power supplies with 1 + 1 redundancy, auto-sensing, and auto-switching
capability.
The following power supply options are available for the R520:
 495W AC, hot-plug redundant
 550W AC, non-redundant
 750W AC, hot-plug redundant
 1100W AC, hot-plug redundant
 1100W DC, hot-plug redundant
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Figure 7 shows a 750W power supply unit extended from the R520 chassis.
Dell PSUs have achieved Platinum efficiency levels as shown in Table 16.
Form factor Output Class
Efficiency targets by load
10% 20% 50% 100%
Redundant 86mm
495W AC Platinum 82.0% 90.0% 94.0% 91.0%
750W AC Platinum 82.0% 90.0% 94.0% 91.0%
1100W AC Platinum 89.0% 93.0% 94.5% 92.0%
1100W DC N/A 80.0% 88.0% 91.0% 88.0%
Cabled 550W AC Silver N/A 85.0% 88.0% 85.0%
Optimized thermal management makes the PowerEdge R520 cool and quiet. Benefiting from smart
cooling fan speed control, the R520 can keep both high performance and good acoustics across a
wide range of ambient temperatures from 10°C to 35°C (50°F to 95°F) and to extended ambient
temperature ranges (see Table 25). Operating environments for the R520 can vary from the data
center to general-use spaces. In a typical configuration, the R520 is suitable for an open office
environment.
The thermal design of the PowerEdge R520 reflects the following:
 Multiple sensors are monitored for thermal feedback control: The PowerEdge R520
dynamically controls system cooling fan speed based on responses from all component
temperature sensors, including processors, hard disk drives, DIMMs, storage cards, and the inlet
ambient temperature. Thermal control detects and responds to hardware configuration. Thermal
management adjusts cooling according to what the system really needs, and draws lower fan
power draw and generates lower acoustical noise levels than servers without such controls.
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 User-configurable settings: An R520 thermal control design target is to minimize the
contribution of fan power to overall system power. However, with the understanding and
realization that every customer has a unique set of circumstances or expectations of the system,
in this generation of servers, we are introducing limited user-configurable settings in the iDRAC7
BIOS setup screen. For more information, see the Dell PowerEdge R520 Systems Owner’s
Manual on Support.Dell.com/Manuals and “Advanced Thermal Control: Optimizing across
Environments and Power Goals” on Dell.com.
 Fan fault tolerance: Continuous operation with one motor failure in the system. The R520 base
configuration has four fans. An additional fan (Fan 1) is required if redundant power supplies are
used, and another fan is required if a second processor is used (Fan 6). R520 supports fan fault
tolerance for all six fans. The fault tolerance feature allows one motor fan to fail at a time
allowing a fan replacement within 360 hours of a fan failure.
 Cooling redundancy: The R520 allows continuous operation with a fan failure in the system. The
base configuration of the R520 has four fans. Additional fans are needed when using redundant
power supplies and a second processor. The R520 supports fault-tolerant cooling for all six fans.
 Environmental specifications: The optimized thermal management makes the R520 reliable
under a wide range of operating environments as shown in the environmental specifications in
Table 25. Many configurations are also compliant under expanded operating temperature
environments, but a few are not.
The acoustical design of the PowerEdge R520 reflects the following:
 Versatility: The PowerEdge R520 saves you power draw in the data center, but it also is quiet
enough for the office environment in typical and minimum configurations. Compare the values
for LpA in Table 17 for these configurations, and note that they are lower than ambient
measurements of typical office environments.
 Adherence to Dell’s high sound quality standards: Sound quality is different from sound power
level and sound pressure level in that it describes how humans respond to annoyances in sound,
like whistles and hums. One of the sound quality metrics in the Dell specification is prominence
ratio of a tone, which is listed in Table 17.
 Noise ramp and descent during bootup from power off: Fan speeds and noise levels ramp
during the boot process (from power off to power on) in order to add a layer of protection for
component cooling in the case that the system were not to boot properly. To keep bootup as
quiet as possible, the fan speed reached during bootup is limited to about half of full speed.
 Noise level dependencies: If acoustics is important to you, you may want to make the following
configuration choices and settings for the PowerEdge R520 for quieter operation:
- In the BIOS, select the power-optimized DAPC rather than performance-optimized for the
system thermal profile
- Turn hot spare feature off in PSU
- Since hard drive noise is highly dependent on spindle speed, the 7200-rpm SATA hard drive
will have the quietest hard drive operation
However, some components cause significant but not necessarily intuitive increases in loudness
when they are installed in the R520. Contributors to acoustical output can include:
- More than one processor
- Number of DIMMs
- PERC H710 mini, PERC H710P mini, or PERC H810
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Table 17 details the acoustical performance for the R520.
Configuration
(23 ± 2°C
ambient)
CPUs
Hard
drives
Power
supply
unit
Memory
PCI
card/HDD
controller
Operating
mode
LWA-UL
1
(bels)
LpA
2
(dBA)
Prominent
tones
3
Typical 2
6 x 2.5“
600GB
SAS
(10K)
2 x
750W
6 x 4GB
1333Hz
1 x Dual
Port 1GbE
NIC
1 x PERC
H710 mini
Idle
4
5.4 34 None
Stress
5
5.4 34 None
Maximum 2
8 x 3.5“
600GB
SAS
(15K)
2 x
750W
12 x
32GB
1333Hz
2 x Quad
Port 1GbE
NIC
1 x FC8
1 x PERC
H710P mini
1 x PERC
H810
Idle
4
5.8 39 None
Stress
5
5.9 41 None
1
LWA-UL is the upper limit sound power levels (LWA) calculated per section 4.4.1 of ISO 9296 (1988) and measured in
accordance to ISO 7779 (2010).
2
LpA is A-weighted sound pressure level at front bystander position measured by binaural head in accordance with ISO7779
(2010) Section 8.6.2. The system is placed inside rack in 75 cm height.
3
Prominent tone: Criteria of D.6 and D.11 of ECMA-74 11th ed. (2010) are followed to determine if discrete tones are
prominent. The system is placed inside rack in 75 cm height and acoustic transducer, binaural head, is at front bystander
position, ref ISO7779 (2010) Section 8.6.2.
4
Idle: Reference ISO 7779 (2010) definition 3.1.7; system is running in its operating system but no other specific activity.
5
Stress: An operating mode per ISO 7779 (2010) definition 3.1.6. The software SPECPower at 50% is activated to stress the
processors and DIMM.
For more information on Dell’s acoustical design, see the Dell Enterprise Acoustics white paper.
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The sliding and static rail systems for the Dell PowerEdge R520 provide tool-less support for 4-post
racks with square or unthreaded round mounting holes. Both rail systems also support tooled
mounting in 4-post threaded racks, and the static rails support tooled mounting in 2-post (Telco)
racks as well for added versatility.
Compared to the R510 sliding rails that required the use of adapter brackets, the sliding rails for the
R520 now offer support for threaded hole racks with the ReadyRails II mounting interface. The
optional cable management arm (CMA) can be mounted on either the left or right side of the sliding
rails without the use of tools for fast and easy deployment. The R520 is backward compatible with
the R510 rails and CMA.
The R520 supports both sliding rails and static rails. Both rails have a new slim rail design that
supports the wide system chassis. The rails ship in the tool-less mounting configuration, but can be
converted to the tooled configuration very quickly and easily.
Sliding rails include a self-adjusting feature to allow the rails to be shared across multiple systems
and accommodate various chassis depths. The sliding rail system allows you to fully extend the
server out the rack for easy access for service. The sliding rails are available with or without the
optional CMA. Figure 8 shows the sliding rails with the CMA.
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The static rails (shown in Figure 9) support a wider variety of racks than the sliding rails but do not
support serviceability in the rack and are therefore are not compatible with the CMA.
One key factor in selecting the proper rails is identifying the type of rack in which they will be
installed. Both the sliding rails and the static rails support tool-less mounting in 19”-wide, EIA-310-E
compliant square hole and unthreaded round hole 4-post racks. Both also support tooled
mounting in threaded hole 4-post racks, but only the static rails, as the more universal solution,
support mounting in 2-post (Telco) racks.
Table 18 lists the rack types that the R520 supports.
Product
Rail
Identifier
Mounting Interface Rail Type
Rack Types Supported
4-Post 2-Post
Square Round Thread Flush Center
R520
B6 ReadyRails II Sliding    X X
B4 ReadyRails Static     
Screws are not included in either kit due to the fact that threaded racks are offered with a variety of
thread designations. You must provide your own screws when mounting the rails in threaded racks
Screw head diameter for the sliding rails must be 10 mm or less.
Other key factors governing proper rail selection include the spacing between the front and rear
mounting flanges of the rack, the type and location of any equipment mounted in the back of the
rack such as power distribution units (PDUs), and the overall depth of the rack. Due to their reduced
complexity and lack of need for CMA support, the static rails offer a greater adjustability range and a
smaller overall mounting footprint than the sliding rails.
For detailed information about static and sliding rails, see the Rack rail specifications section in
Appendix A. For more information on installing the R520 in a rack, see the Rack Installation
Instructions on Support.Dell.com/Manuals.
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The optional CMA organizes and secures the cords and cables exiting the back of the server and
unfolds to allow the server to extend out of the rack without having to detach the cables. Some key
features of the R520 CMA include:
 Large U-shaped baskets to support dense cable loads
 Open vent pattern for optimal airflow
 Ability to be mounted on either side
 Use of hook-and-loop straps rather than plastic tie wraps to eliminate the risk of cable damage
during cycling
 Low-profile fixed tray to both support and retain the CMA in its fully closed position
 Ability to mount the CMA and tray without the use of tools, due to snap-in designs
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The Dell PowerEdge R520 supports a wide range of industry-standard operating systems and
virtualization software.
Table 19 lists the primary operating systems supported on the R520. For the latest information on
supported operating systems, see Dell.com/OSsupport.
Operating System Platform Edition
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8
1 x32
x64
N/A
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2
2
x64 N/A
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2 x64 N/A
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP4 x64 N/A
Microsoft Windows Server 2008
R2 with SP1
x64
(with Hyper-V
role enabled)
Web
Standard
Enterprise
Datacenter
Microsoft Windows Small Business
Server 2011
x64
Standard
Premium Add-on
1
RHEL 5.7 is the minimum supported version. Current drop in box option is RHEL 5.8.
2
RHEL 6.1 is the minimum supported version. Current factory install is RHEL 6.2.
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One of the key features for virtualization on the PowerEdge R520 is the support for a fail-safe
hypervisor. By running a hypervisor on an optional SD card and installing a backup copy on the
other mirrored SD card, you can protect against hardware failure and maximize virtualization uptime.
Table 20 highlights the virtualization support for the R520.
Operating systems Version Options
Vmware
1
vSphere v4.1 U2 ESX Classic DIB
vSphere v4.1 U2 ESXi Installable DIB
vSphere v4.1 U2 ESXi Embedded FI
vSphere v5.0 ESXi (one version) FI/DIB
vSphere v5.0 U1 ESXi (one version) FI/DIB
Citrix XenServer 6.0 N/A DIB
Red Hat
2 Enterprise
Virtualization 3.0
N/A DIB
FI = factory install; DIB = drop in box
1
vSphere Fault Tolerance is supported with these versions
2
No OpenManage support; drop in box license registration card only.
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Whether your IT environment consists of a few servers or a few thousand servers,
Dell OpenManage systems management solutions provide comprehensive management for
evolving IT environments. OpenManage is based on open standards and provides agent-based and
agent-free server lifecycle management functionality for Dell PowerEdge servers. OpenManage
solutions help you automate and streamline essential hardware management tasks.
The advanced management capabilities of Dell OpenManage also integrates into offerings from
other popular systems management solutions that you may already use, making Dell platforms easy
to manage and deploy in any IT environment. This ensures your IT services are available when your
business needs them. If you have already standardized on offerings from industry leaders, such as
BMC Software, Microsoft, Symantec™, VMware, or other vendors, you can leverage OpenManage
integration and connections developed to use with your existing systems management framework
to efficiently manage Dell servers, storage, business-client PCs, and network devices.
Start with a firm foundation for efficient hardware management using OpenManage tools, utilities,
and management consoles. OpenManage systems management solutions consist of a combination
of embedded management features and software products that help you automate and simplify the
entire server lifecycle: deploy, update, monitor, and maintain. OpenManage solutions are
innovatively designed for simplicity and ease of use to help you reduce complexity, save time,
achieve efficiency, control costs, and empower productivity.
Dell systems management solutions include a wide variety of tools, products, and services that
enable you to leverage an existing systems management framework. As shown in Figure 10, Dell
systems management solutions are centered around OpenManage server management, featuring
iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller.
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The Dell OpenManage systems management portfolio includes powerful hardware and software
management tools and consoles. OpenManage simplifies the lifecycle of deploying, updating,
monitoring, and maintaining your Dell PowerEdge servers.
The Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 7 (iDRAC7) with Lifecycle Controller is the heart of the
second generation of Dell PowerEdge server embedded management functionality. In addition to
enabling agent-free management, iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller provides remote access to the
system—whether or not there is a functioning operating system running on the server. These
embedded features improve all aspects of a typical server lifecycle. Table 21 describes the functions
and benefits of iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller.
Feature Function Benefit
Out of band
(OOB)
iDRAC7 offers real-time OOB
discovery, inventory, deployment
monitoring, alerting and updates for
servers and internal storage
Manage servers independent of the OS type
or status—even if an OS is not installed
Single code base
All server types have the same
embedded management hardware
and firmware
Simplified and consistent maintenance
across server platforms
Dedicated
GigE port
(PowerEdge
rack and tower
systems)
Gigabit Ethernet replaces 10/100 on
predecessor iDRAC6
Fast throughput for better performance;
compatibility with setup for switches
Email alerts
Simplified, more informative, and
expanded coverage than previous
versions of iDRAC
More detail allows IT administrators to be
more efficient in diagnosing and remediating
an issue; alerts include a direct, embedded
URL in the email notification to further speed
resolution
vFlash media Enabled with iDRAC7 Enterprise Allows for use of a non-Dell SD card
Enhanced power
management
Integration with Intel Node Manager
provides data center level power
monitoring and capping
(requires iDRAC7 Enterprise)
Fine tune data center power policies,
capping, and usage; report on historical
power usage by rack, row or room using
Power Center Manager (new)
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Feature Function Benefit
Electronic
licensing
Upgrades to iDRAC7 Express or
iDRAC7 Enterprise by software
licensing key and license portal (may
require installation of hardware option
for 200-500 series servers)
If iDRAC7 Express or iDRAC7 Enterprise is
ordered during initial point of sale, license
key is installed. If Basic Management is
ordered during initial point of sale, customer
must request a license key through the Dell
Licensing Portal.
For most server models, embedded server
management and electronic licensing
enables feature enhancements that do not
require installation of additional hardware or
system downtime.
The systems management default for the R520 is basic management with an upgrade option for
iDRAC7 Express or iDRAC7 Enterprise. A detailed feature comparison of basic management, iDRAC7
Express, and iDRAC7 Enterprise is shown in Table 22.
Basic
management
iDRAC7
Express
iDRAC7
Enterprise
Local configuration with Lifecycle Controller GUI ∞ ∞ ∞
IPMI 2.0 ∞ ∞ ∞
Embedded diagnostics ∞ ∞ ∞
Local OS install ∞ ∞ ∞
Local updates ∞ ∞ ∞
Driver pack ∞ ∞ ∞
Shared NIC (LOM)
1
∞ ∞ ∞
Remote update ∞
2
∞ ∞
Power control ∞
2
∞ ∞
Power monitoring ∞ ∞
Encryption ∞ ∞
IPv6 ∞ ∞
Auto-discovery ∞ ∞
Auto-recovery ∞ ∞
Web GUI ∞ ∞
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Basic
management
iDRAC7
Express
iDRAC7
Enterprise
Remote CLI ∞ ∞
Local/SSH CLI ∞ ∞
Serial redirection ∞ ∞
Remote config ∞ ∞
Email alerts ∞ ∞
SNMP alerts ∞ ∞
Comprehensive monitoring ∞ ∞
Crash screen capture
3
∞ ∞
Dedicated NIC 1Gbps (100MB in iDRAC6) ∞
4
Part replacement ∞
Backup and restore configurations ∞
Virtual console (4 user) ∞
Virtual console chat ∞
Support for customer supplied SD cards for vFlash
media
∞
Virtual flash partitions ∞
Virtual media ∞
Virtual folders ∞
Remote file share ∞
Crash video playback ∞
Boot record/playback ∞
Power capping ∞
Enterprise group power management ∞
Directory services (AD, LDAP) ∞
PK authentication ∞
Two-factor authentication
4
∞
1
Rack and tower systems only
2
Feature available with IPMI, not web GUI
3
Requires OMSA agent on target server
4
Uses Microsoft
®
ActiveX
®
on Internet Explorer
®
only
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Most systems management solutions require pieces of software, called agents, to be installed on
each node in order to be managed within the IT environment. Additionally, the same agent is often
used as a local interface into the hardware health and may be accessed remotely as a management
interface, typically referred to as a one-to-one interface. For customers that continue to use
agent-based solutions, Dell provides OpenManage Server Administrator.
The Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) agent gives you a comprehensive, one-to-one
systems management solution for both local and remote servers and their storage. OMSA can help
simplify single-server monitoring with a secure command-line interface (CLI) or Web-based
management graphical user interface (GUI). It can also be used to view system configuration,
inventory, health, and performance.
Because Dell PowerEdge servers have embedded server lifecycle management, in many cases, there
is no need to install an OpenManage systems management software agent into the operating
system of a Dell PowerEdge server. This greatly simplifies and streamlines the management footprint.
The central console in a systems management solution is often referred to as the one-to-many
console. The central console provides a rapid view and insight into the overall health of all systems
in the IT environment. The Dell systems management portfolio includes several powerful consoles,
depending upon your needs, including the following:
 Dell OpenManage Essentials—OpenManage Essentials (OME) is a recently released systems
management console that provides a comprehensive view of Dell systems, devices, and
components in an enterprise network. It is used to monitor Dell PowerEdge servers,
EqualLogic™ and PowerVault™ storage, and PowerConnect™ switches; to update and configure
Dell servers; and to create asset reports. OpenManage Essentials also communicates health
status alerts for Dell servers, storage, and network devices to the Dell KACE™ K1000 service desk.
OpenManage Essentials is available as a no-charge software download from Support.Dell.com.
 Dell Management Console—Dell Management Console (DMC) offers sophisticated data center
management capabilities with comprehensive reporting features. DMC can perform basic
hardware management and can manage operating systems and applications using various
plug-ins from Symantec.
 Dell IT Assistant—Dell IT Assistant (ITA) is a console for managing Dell servers, storage arrays,
and other components distributed throughout a network. Dell IT Assistant allows for easy
identification of system issues through alerts, helping to reduce system downtime. Systems
administrators can easily monitor systems anywhere within their network using ITA. ITA is
supported on the R520, however, enhanced functionality is now available with OpenManage
Essentials.
Dell OpenManage systems management tools and utilities consist of the following:
 Dell Repository Manager—The Dell Repository Manager (RM) is a standalone GUI-based
productivity tool that helps simplify the process of managing downloads and baseline BIOS,
firmware, and driver updates. Repository Manager can create deployment disks as well as create
and manage customized repositories.
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 Dell OpenManage Server Update Utility—The Dell Server Update Utility (SUU) is a DVD-based
application for identifying and applying BIOS and firmware updates to your Dell PowerEdge
servers.
 Dell OpenManage Systems Build and Update Utility—The Dell System Build and Update Utility
(SBUU) provides one-to-one and one-to-many deployment and single-server update
capabilities in the pre-operating system environment.
 Dell Update Packages—The Dell Update Packages (DUP) is a self-contained executable in a
standard package format that updates a software element on a Dell server such as the BIOS, a
driver, firmware and other software updates.
 Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit—The Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit (DTK) is a
CLI-based tool that includes a set of utilities for configuring and deploying Dell PowerEdge
systems, and can be used to build scripted, unattended OS installations to deploy large numbers
of servers in a reliable fashion.
 RACADM—The RACADM command-line utility provides a scriptable interface that allows you to
locally or remotely configure iDRAC7.
 IPMITool—IPMITool includes scriptable console application programs used to control and
manage remote systems using the IPMI version 1.5 and later protocol.
Dell OpenManage easily integrates with several leading third-party consoles, including:
 Dell Server Management Pack Suite for Microsoft System Center Operations
Manager (SCOM)—This suite of server management packs enables several functions through
System Center Operations Manager, including in-band discovery and monitoring of racks and
towers, out-of-band discovery and monitoring through iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller, as well
as performance and advanced monitoring.
 Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration (DLCI) for Microsoft System Center Configuration
Manager (SCCM)—This pack contains Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration (DLCI), which
integrates OpenManage functions in SCCM to manage the Dell PowerEdge servers, including
auto-discovery, operating system deployment and configuration of hardware elements, (RAID,
NIC, BIOS, iDRAC), OS and hypervisor agnostic updates, firmware management, and system
viewer utilities.
 Dell Server PRO Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine
Manager (SCVMM)—This pack manages Dell physical servers and hosts of virtual machines (VMs)
by using Microsoft System Center Operations Manager/System Center Essentials (SCOM/SCE)
and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). It provides guidance for remedial actions
based on alerts to best manage virtual machines and handle the impacts appropriately.
 Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter—This plug-in allows IT administrators to monitor,
provision, and manage the physical PowerEdge server hardware and firmware from a dedicated
Dell menu accessed through the VMware vCenter console using the same role-based access
control model as vCenter, combining physical server management.
 BMC Software—Dell and BMC Software work together to simplify IT by ensuring tight integration
between Dell server, storage, and network management functionality and the BMC Software
process and data center automation products.
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Dell OpenManage provides connections with many third-party consoles, including:
 Dell OpenManage Connection for Computer Associates Network and
Systems Management—This connection allows you to monitor PowerEdge servers and
PowerVault storage arrays from within the Computer Associates Network and Systems
Management (CA NSM) console.
 Dell OpenManage Connection for HP Operations Manager—This connection enables several
functions through HP Operations Manager, including auto-grouping, SNMP trap reception,
global health monitoring, and a context-sensitive launch of OpenManage Server Administrator.
 Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIBus—This connection provides
event monitoring capabilities to monitor Dell PowerEdge servers and Dell EqualLogic systems. It
allows event monitoring, automatic event correlation, and launching device consoles from the
Netcool/OMNIbus console.
Dell OpenManage systems management is centered on automating the server management
lifecycle—deploy, update, monitor, and maintain. To manage an infrastructure properly and
efficiently, you must perform all of these functions easily and quickly. iDRAC7 with Lifecycle
Controller technology provides you with these intelligent capabilities embedded within the server
infrastructure. This allows you to invest more time and energy on business improvements and less
on maintenance. Figure 11 illustrates the various operations that can be performed during the
server’s lifecycle.
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Table 23 lists the products that are available for one-to-one and one-to-many operations, and
when they are used in the server’s lifecycle.
Operation One-to-one One-to-many
Deploy
 Lifecycle Controller GUI
 DTK
 SBUU
 Symantec Deployment Server
 Dell Management Plug-in for
VMware vCenter
 KACE K1000 Appliance
 Lifecycle Controller Remote
Services
 BMC BladeLogic integration
with Lifecycle Controller
 Dell Server Deployment Pack
(DSDP) for Microsoft System
Center Configuration Manager and
Dell Lifecycle Controller
Integration (DLCI) for Microsoft
System Center Configuration
Manager
Update
 iDRAC7 with LifeCycle
Controller
 Lifecycle Controller GUI
 Repository Manager
 DUP
 SUU
 SBUU
 Dell Management
Plug-in for VMware
vCenter
 Dell OpenManage Essentials
 Dell OpenManage ITA
 Dell Management Console
 Lifecycle Controller Remote
Services
 Dell Update Catalogs for Microsoft
System Center Configuration
Manager
 Dell Lifecycle Controller
Integration (DLCI) for Microsoft
System Center Configuration
Manager
Monitor
 iDRAC7
 OMSA
 Dell OpenManage Essentials
 Dell OpenManage ITA
 BMC ProactiveNet
Performance Management
 Dell OpenManage Power
Center
 Dell Management Console
 Dell Management Plug-in for
VMware vCenter
 BMC ProactiveNet
 Dell Server Management Pack Suite
for Microsoft System Center
Operations Manager (SCOM)
Maintain
 IPMI
 iDRAC7
 Lifecycle Controller GUI
 Lifecycle Controller Remote
Services
Remediate:
 Dell Server PRO Management Pack
for Microsoft System Center Virtual
Machine Manager (SCVMM)
Replace parts:
 Dell Lifecycle Controller
Integration (DLCI) for Microsoft
System Center Configuration
Manager

For additional detailed information on Dell’s systems management portfolio, see the Dell Systems
Management Overview Guide on Support.Dell.com/Manuals.
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Figure 12 details the dimensions of the Dell PowerEdge R520 chassis.
Xa Xb Y
Za with
bezel
Za without
bezel
Zb
1
Zc
482.4mm 434.0mm 86.8mm 35mm 20.1mm 611.1mm
631.7mm with
cabled PSU
649.1mm with
redundant PSU
1
Zb goes to the nominal back wall external surface where the system board I/O connectors are located.
The R520 chassis at maximum configuration is 28.2 kg (62 lb).
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Table 24 lists power supply specifications for the PowerEdge R520.
Specification 495W AC 550W AC 750W AC 1100W AC 1100W DC
Current
consumption
6.5A–3A 7.4A–3.7A 10A–5A 12A–6.5A 32A (X2)
Supply voltage
100–240
VAC
1
100–240
VAC
1
100–240
VAC
1
100–240
VAC
1
-48V to -60
VDC
Frequency 50/60Hz 50/60Hz 50/60Hz 50/60Hz N/A
Heat dissipation
(BTU/hr max)
1908 2315 2891 4100 4416
1
Auto-ranging
Table 25 details the environmental specifications for the R520. For additional information about
environmental measurements for specific system configurations, see
Dell.com/environmental_datasheets.
Fresh Air: temperature, humidity, altitude de-rating
Continuous
operation
10°C to 35°C (50°F to 95°F) at 10% to 80% relative humidity with 26°C (78.8°F) maximum
dew point (maximum wet bulb temperature). De-rate maximum allowable dry bulb
temperature at 1°C per 300m above 950m (1°F per 547 ft above 3117 ft).
Expanded
operation
When operating in the expanded temperature range, system performance may be impacted,
and ambient temperature warnings may be reported on the LCD and in the System Event
Log.
≤ 10% of annual operating hours: 5°C to 10°C and 35°C to 40°C (with no direct sunlight on
the equipment) at 5% to 85% relative humidity with 26°C dew point (maximum wet bulb
temperature). Outside the standard operating temperature (10°C to 35°C), the system can
operate down to 5°C or up to 40°C for a maximum of 10% of its annual operating hours. For
temperatures between 35°C and 40°C (95°F to 104°F), de-rate maximum allowable dry bulb
temperature by 1°C per 175m above 950m (1°F per 319 ft above 3117 ft).
≤ 1% of annual operating hours: –5°C to 5°C and 40°C to 45°C (with no direct sunlight on
the equipment) at 5% to 90% relative humidity with 26°C dew point (maximum wet bulb
temperature). Outside the standard operating temperature (10°C to 35°C), the system can
operate down to –5°C or up to 45°C for a maximum of 1% of its annual operating hours. For
temperatures between 40°C and 45°C (104°F to 113°F), de-rate maximum allowable dry bulb
temperature by 1°C per 125m above 950m (1°F per 228 ft above 3117 ft).
Expanded operation restrictions:
 System must have six fans
 Processors not supported: 130W, 4-core processors, 135W processors, Intel Core
processors
 Non-redundant power supplies not supported
 Non Dell-qualified peripheral cards and/or cards greater than 25W are not supported
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Temperature
Operating See Fresh Air for temperature information
Storage –40
o
C to 65
o
C (-40
o
F to 149
o
F) with a maximum temperature gradation of 20
o
C per hour
Relative humidity
Operating See Fresh Air for relative humidity information
Storage 5% to 95% at a maximum wet bulb temperature of 33°C (91°F); atmosphere must be
condensing at all times
Maximum vibration
Operating 0.26 Grms at 5Hz to 350Hz in all orientations
Storage 1.87 Grms at 10Hz to 500Hz for 15 minutes (all six sides tested)
Maximum shock
Operating Half sine shock in all operational orientations of 31G +/– 5% with a pulse duration of 2.6ms
+/– 10%
Storage Half sine shock on all six sides of 71G +/– 5% with a pulse duration of 2ms +/–10%; square
wave shock on all six sides of 27G with velocity change at 235 in/sec or greater
Altitude
Operating –15.2m to 3048m (–50 ft to 10,000 ft)
Storage –15.2m to 12,000m (–50 ft to 39,370 ft)
Airborne contaminant level
Class G1 or lower as defined by ISA-S71.04-1985
The Dell PowerEdge R520 iDRAC incorporates an integrated video subsystem. The graphics
controller is the 2D Matrox®
G200. The video frame buffer (16MB) is contained within the iDRAC
RAM (256MB) device.
The R520 system supports the 2D graphics video modes listed in Table 26.
Resolution Refresh Rate (Hz) Color Depth (bit)
640 x 480 60, 70 8, 16, 32
800 x 600 60, 75, 85 8, 16, 32
1024 x 768 60, 75, 85 8, 16, 32
1152 x 864 60, 75, 85 8, 16, 32
1280 x 1024 60, 75 8, 16, 32
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Table 27 lists the spacing dimensions for the R520 sliding and static rails.
Product
Rail
identifier
Rail type
Rail adjustability range (mm) Rail depth (mm)
Square Round Threaded
without
CMA
with
CMA
Min Max Min Max Min Max
R520
B6 Sliding 676 868 662 861 676 883 714 845
B4 Static 608 879 594 872 604 890 622 —
The adjustment range of the rails is a function of the type of rack in which they are being mounted.
The min-max values listed above represent the allowable distance between the front and rear
mounting flanges in the rack. Rail depth without the CMA represents the minimum depth of the rails
with the outer CMA brackets removed (if applicable) as measured from the front mounting flanges
of the rack.
USB peripherals are supported through the front and back USB ports on the R520. These ports are
USB 2.0 compliant.
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The Dell PowerEdge R520 conforms to the industry standards listed in Table 28.
Standard URL for information and specifications
ACPI
Advance Configuration and Power
Interface Specification, v2.0c
www.acpi.info
Ethernet
IEEE 802.3-2005
standards.ieee.org/getieee802/802.3.html
HDG
Hardware Design Guide Version 3.0
for Microsoft Windows Server
www.microsoft.com/whdc/system/platform/pcdesign/desguide/serverd
g.mspx
IPMI
Intelligent Platform Management
Interface, v2.0
www.intel.com/design/servers/ipmi
DDR3 Memory
DDR3 SDRAM Specification,
Rev. 3A
www.jedec.org/download/search/JESD79-3C.pdf
LPC
Low Pin Count Interface
Specification, Rev. 1.1
developer.intel.com/design/chipsets/industry/lpc.htm
PCI Express
PCI Express Base Specification Rev.
2.0 and 3.0
www.pcisig.com/specifications/pciexpress
PMBus
Power System Management
Protocol Specification, v1.2
pmbus.info/specs.html
SAS
Serial Attached SCSI, v1.1
www.t10.org
SATA
Serial ATA Rev. 2.6; SATA II, SATA
1.0a Extensions, Rev. 1.2
www.sata-io.org
SMBIOS
System Management BIOS
Reference Specification, v2.7
www.dmtf.org/standards/smbios/
TPM
Trusted Platform Module
Specification, v1.2
www.trustedcomputinggroup.org
UEFI
Unified Extensible Firmware
Interface Specification, v2.1
www.uefi.org/specs
USB
Universal Serial Bus Specification,
Rev. 2.0
www.usb.org/developers/docs
Windows Logo
Windows Logo Program System and
Device Requirements, v3.10
www.microsoft.com/whdc/winlogo/hwrequirements.mspx
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Table 29 provides a list of documents and websites that provide for more information on the Dell
PowerEdge R520.
Resource Description of contents Location
This manual is provided in HTML format on the CD
provided with the R520 system, and also in HTML and
PDF format at the Dell support site. A printed version is
available in Asian languages as a customer-orderable
option. This manual provides information on the
following:
 Chassis features
 System Setup program
 System messages
 System codes and indicators
 System BIOS
 Remove and replace procedures
 Troubleshooting
 Diagnostics
 Jumpers and connectors
Support.Dell.com/Manuals
This guide is printed and shipped with the system, and is
also available in PDF format on the Dell support site. This
guide provides information on the following:
 Initial setup steps
 Key system features
 Technical specifications
Support.Dell.com/Manuals
This printed document is provided with the rack kits. The
document provides the instructions for installing the
server in a rack.
Support.Dell.com/Manuals
This printed document is provided with the CMA kits. The
document provides the instructions for installing the
cable management arm on the rails.
Support.Dell.com/Manuals
This document is printed and shipped with the system,
and is also available in PDF format on the Dell support
site. This document provides information on system
updates.
Support.Dell.com/Manuals
The system information label documents the system
board layout and system jumper settings. Text is
minimized due to space limitations and translation
considerations. The label size is standardized across
platforms.
Inside the system chassis
cover
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Resource Description of contents Location
This code on the chassis can be scanned by a phone
application to access additional information and
resources for the server, including videos, reference
materials, service tag information, and Dell contact
information.
Inside the system chassis
cover
This tool uses infrastructure and thermal analysis to help
maximize system efficiency.
Dell.com/EnergySmart
The Dell Energy Smart Solution Advisor (ESSA) enables
easier and more meaningful estimates to help you
determine the most efficient configuration possible. Use
ESSA to calculate the power consumption of your
hardware, power infrastructure, and storage.
Dell.com/ESSA
Provides details for improving energy efficiency in the
data center.
Dell.com/PNC
Provides information on Dell’s Fresh Air cooling solutions. Dell.com/FreshAir
Provides updated information on which operating
systems are available on which PowerEdge systems.
Dell.com/OSsupport
Provides more information about the R520 processors
and chipset.
Intel.com
Provides more information about Dell PERCs. Dell.com/PERC
Provides help selecting a rack-based power distribution
unit.
DellPDU.com
Provides help selecting an uninterruptible power supply
model.
DellUPS.com
Contact your Dell sales representative. Dell.com
White paper that explores the mechanisms of, people’s
reaction to, language of, and Dell’s work to control noise
from Enterprise products.
www.dell.com/downloads/g
lobal/products/pedge/en/ac
oustical-education-dell-
enterprise-white-paper.pdf
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Coin
Cell
South
Bridge
PCIE
GEN
2
x1
PCIE x1
LPC
SATA
CPU2
CPU1
USB 2.0
(2 Rear)
USB
x2
BroadCom
1GbE x 2
USB
x2 USB
USB
SATA (1)
Power Supply 1 Power Supply 2
System
Power
Conn.
DDR3 Memory
(1066/1333/1600 MHz)
QPI
QPI
DMI
PCIe x4
USB
QPI
8.0
GT/s
QPI
8.0
GT/s
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PCIe
Gen2
x4
2GB/s
DMI
PCIe Gen3 x16 16GB/s
x16
SATA
SATA
in mini-
SAS(4)
USB 2.0
IDSDM
USB 2.0
(2 Front)
Vflash
SD Conn.
Int. USB
2.0
iDRAC
Video
LPC
PCIe
USB
SPI
SD2
MGMT
MAC
LPC
Front
Panel
TPM
RJ45
(w/
PHY)
BP
Power
Conn.
DVD/
TBU
Power
Conn.
UART
Rear Video
Serial Port
RJ45
D
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1
D
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D
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D
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USB
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USB
x1
x4 DMI 2GB/s
PCIe Gen3 x8 8GB/s
x8
PCIe Gen3 x8 8GB/s
PCIe x8 Conn.
for int. PERC
PCIe Gen3 x8 8GB/s
x8
x16
PCIe Gen2 x2 1GB/s
DVD
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PDB+PIB for RDNT PSU
Right* PCIe x8 Conn.
Slot 4
Left* PCIe x16 Conn.
Slot 1
Right* PCIe
x16 Conn.
Slot 3
x8
FRU
iDRAC Port Card
Power Supply
System
Power
Conn.
BP
Power
Conn.
DVD/
TBU
Power
Conn.
Non-RDNT PSU
Left* PCIe
x8 Conn.(x4)
Slot1
Front Video
Right* PCIe
x16 Conn.
Slot 2
PCIe Gen3 x8 8GB/s
x8

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