PowerEdge server – 2 ways to identify generation of your server

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PowerEdge is a server line by Dell, following the naming convention for other Dell products: the PowerVault (data storage) and the PowerConnect (data transfer & switches).

Finding model and generation of Dell server is needed when you want to update firmware, get support from Dell, etc. You might have come across Dell PowerEdge servers being referred to by their generation to cover a range of models. For example 11G, 12G or 13G, or latest generation of servers, the 14G (14th generation).

Here we will discover 2 simple ways to identify which generation of a Dell server you have.

1. Looking into name of server model

Before the 10th generation of PowerEdge servers

Naming convention used 4 digits (ex: PowerEdge 2950) where the digits represent:

  • First digit – Height of the server in rack units
  • Second digit – Generation of server (up to 9th generation)
  • Third digit – Server type (5 for rack server, 0 for tower server)
  • Fourth digit – Indicated whether blade or independent box (5 for blade, 0 for normal independent box)

So, for example, the 2950 model is a 2U system from the 9th generation of servers in Rack format in an independent box.

From the 10th Generation of PowerEdge servers

Dell has changed the naming for the server models since 10th generation in 2007. The names now generally consist of a letter followed by three numbers (ex: PowerEdge R730).

The letter indicates the type (form factor) of the server:

C = Cloud – Modular server nodes for hyper-scale environments
F = Flexible – Hybrid rack-based sleds for rack-based FX2/FX2s enclosure
M = Modular – Blade servers and other items for the M1000e and/or VRTX enclosure
R = Rack-mountable servers
T = Tower Servers

  1. The first number after the letter indicates the specifications of the system with
    • 1-3 being 1 CPU systems
    • 4 – 7 are 2 CPU systems
    • 8 can be 2 or 4 CPU’s
    • 9 is 4 CPU.
  2. The second number indicates the generation with
    • 0 for 10th generation
    • 1 for 11th generation
    • 2 for 12th generation
    • 3 for 13th generation
    • and so on.
  3. The third number indicates the make of the CPU, 0 for Intel and 5 for AMD.

So, for example, the R730 model is a Rack 2 CPU system from the 13th generation of servers with Intel Processors.

Generation14G13G12G11G10G
Cloud ModelsC4140
C6420
C4130
C6320
C6220
C6220 II
C8000
C8220
C8220X
C8220XD
C410x
C1100
C2100
C5000
C5125
C5220
C6100
C6105
C6145
Modular ModelsFC640
M640
M640 (for PE VRTX)
FC430
FC630
FC830
FD332
FM120
M630
M630 (for PE VRTX)
M830
M830 (for PE VRTX)
M420
M520
M520 (for PE VRTX)
M620
M620 (for PE VRTX)
M820
M820 (for PE VRTX)
M610
M610x
M710
M710HD
M910
M915
M600
M605
M805
M905
Rack ModelsR440
R540
R640
R6415
R740
R740xd
R7415
R7425
R940
R230
R330
R430
R530
R630
R730
R730xd
R830
R930
R220
R320
R420
R420xr
R520
R620
R720
R720xd
R820
R920
R210
R210 II
R310
R410
R415
R510
R515
R610
R710
R715
R810
R815
R910
R200
R300
R805
R900
R905
Tower ModelsT440
T640
T30
T130
T330
T430
T630
T20
T320
T420
T620
T110
T110 II
T310
T410
T610
T710
T100
T105
T300
T605

2. Looking into List of PowerEdge Models and Generation

PowerEdge ModelGeneration
13003
1400SC4
1500SC5
15505
1600SC6
16506
1655MC6
17507
18008
18508
18558
19009
19509
19559
21001
22002
23003
24004
24504
25005
2500SC5
25505
26006
26506
28008
28508
29009
29509
29709
3003
300SC3
3250Itanium
3503
400SC4
41001
43003
43503
44004
46006
500SC5
600SC6
61001
63003
63503
64004
64504
6506
66006
66506
68008
68508
69509
7007
7150Itanium
7250Itanium
7507
8008
8308
8408
84504
8509
8609
C110011
C210011
C410X11
C413013
C414014
C500011
C512511
C522011
C5230
C610011
C610511
C614511
C622012
C6220 II12
C630013
C632013
C6320p13
C640014
C642014
C800012
C822012
C8220 II12
C8220x12
C8220xd12
FC43013
FC63013
FC64014
FC83013
FD33213
FM120x4 (for PE FX2/FX2s)13
M42012
M52012
M520 (for PE VRTX)12
M60010
M60510
M61011
M610x11
M62012
M620 (for PE VRTX)12
M63013
M630 (for PE VRTX)13
M64014
M640 (for PE VRTX)14
M71011
M710HD11
M80510
M82012
M820 (for PE VRTX)12
M83013
M830 (for PE VRTX)13
M90510
M91011
M91511
R20010
R21011
R210 II11
R22012
R23013
R30010
R31011
R32012
R33013
R41011
R41511
R42012
R420xr12
R43013
R44014
R51011
R51511
R52012
R53013
R530xd13
R54014
R61011
R62012
R63013
R64014
R641514
R71011
R71511
R72012
R720xd12
R73013
R730xd13
R74014
R740xd14
R741514
R742514
R80510
R81011
R81511
R82012
R83013
R90010
R90510
R91011
R92012
R93013
R94014
SC 4007
SC 4208
SC 4309
SC 4409
SC14208
SC14258
SC14309
SC14359
T10010
T10510
T11011
T110 II11
T13013
T2012
T3013
T30010
T31011
T32012
T33013
T41011
T42012
T43013
T44014
T60510
T61011
T62012
T63013
T64014
T71011

Exceptions:

PowerEdge M1000E

The PowerEdge M1000e was introduced during the 10th Generation range. The M1000e enclosure includes up to 16 half-height server modules, eight full-height server modules, eight sleeves with quarter-height server modules, or a mix of the three server module types. The supported server module types are designated as Mxxx.

PowerEdge VRTX

The PowerEdge VRTX was introduced during the 12th Generation range. The VRTX enclosure includes up to four half-height server modules, two full-height server modules, or a mix of the server module types. The supported server module types are designated as Mxxx (for PE VRTX).

PowerEdge FX2 / FX2s

The PowerEdge FX2/FX2s was introduced during the 13th Generation range. The FX2 enclosure supports up to four half-width compute sleds, up to eight quarter-width compute sleds, up to two full-width compute sleds, or a mix of compute sled types. The PowerEdge FX2s enclosure also supports half-width storage sleds mapped to the compute sleds. The supported compute sleds are designated as FCxxx and FMxxx. The supported storage sleds are designated as FDxxx.

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