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Overview - IBM System x3550 (Type 7978)

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Overview of what comes standard in the IBM System x3550


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IBM System x3550 (Type 7978) server is designed to deliver the highest performance per watt with four processor cores and ultradense memory, advanced application performance with new chip architecture, and optimized power management with new integrated tools. This highly manageable, ultrathin, 1 U high, rack-optimized server features ultimate application density for power managed datacenters.

Features and specifications
  • Powerful quad-core 3.0 GHz/1333 MHz E5450 Xeon (tm) processor with 12 MB L2 cache delivering up to 10.6 Gb/s data transfer rate
  • 1333 MHz FSB processors
  • Integrated systems management processor
  • Snoop filters to boost processor performance
  • 8 DIMM slots enables customers to deploy up to 32 GB of fully buffered DDR2 PC2-5300 memory, with 2 GB (2 x 1 GB) of memory standard
  • Memory mirroring and hot spare memory configurable using BIOS setup
Hard drive (HD)
  • Integrated SAS or SATA HDs with RAID support
  • Support for hot-swap SAS, simple-swap SATA, and hot-swap SATA HDs
  • High-performance hot-swap SAS HDDs
  • Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) on selected components that warns of problems before they occur
CD and DVD drive
  • IDE controller supporting 12.7 mm CD-RW/DVD Combo V drive
  • Two PCI-Express x8 slots (full height, half length); one slot convertible to PCI-X via riser card option 64-bit/133 MHz (full height, half length)
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet controllers for high I/O capacity, plus failover capability
  • TCP-IP Offload Engine standard for optimized system performance by offloading protocol processing
  • Optional support for PCI-X adapters
  • ATI 7000M controller with 16 MB of video memory
Power supply
  • 670-watt, auto-ranging power supply
  • Power Executive 2.0 for advanced data center power notification and management to achieve lower heat output and reduced cooling needs
  • Four USB ports
  • Two video ports (front and rear)
  • One serial port (16550A-compatible),
  • Ultrathin, high-availability, rack-optimized, 1 U servers
Raid support
  • Integrated single channel SAS controller with RAID-0, -1, and -10 on SAS models to help safeguard your data at no additional cost
  • RAID support for simple-swap SATA models via HostRAID (integrated firmware support) and software drivers for Windows, and Linux operating systems
  • Memory mirroring and hot spare memory configurable using BIOS setup
Detailed specifications
  • All specifications for the IBM System x3550

Note: Specifications are dependent on the machine type and model


Customer Replaceable Unit ("CRU") Service and IBM On-Site Repair (IOR), 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, next business day response:

  • Three-year on-site limited warranty

For warranty service upgrades and maintenance service, refer to Warranty service upgrades and maintenance services.

Hardware compatibility
For detailed information about IBM and non-IBM devices, adapters, software, and network operating systems supported with System x servers, visit the ServerProven compatibility Web site at

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System x:Operating system independent / None

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Modified date:
24 January 2019