Network Server suits general-purpose applications.

Press Release Summary:

Suited for small businesses, xSeries® 205 server utilizes 3.06 GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 processor with 512 KB L2 cache and 533 MHz front-side bus speed. It is also equipped with 256 MB of PC2100 CL2.5 ECC DDR SDRAM UDIMM system memory and comes with integrated dual-channel (ATA-100) EIDE bus-mastering or single-channel Ultra160 controllers. Accommodating 5 PCI slots and 7 bays, product also offers 2 USB ports and Integrated Gigabit Ethernet with RJ-45.

Original Press Release:

IBM eServer xSeries 205 Offers an Affordable, General-Purpose Departmental Network Server

At a glance

Performance, function, and the ease-of-use you need to create a reliable foundation for your small business or workgroup.

o 3.06 GHz1 Pentium 4 with 512 KB L2 cache and 533 MHz front-side bus (FSB) speed

o 256 MB of PC2100 CL2.5 ECC DDR SDRAM UDIMM system memory; 2 GB2 maximum

o Integrated dual-channel (ATA-100) EIDE bus-mastering or single-channel Ultra160 controllers

o Tower model with rack support through a rack conversion kit option

o Five available PCI slots

o Seven bays: Two 5.25-inch, five 3.5-inch

o Bootable 48x-20x3 IDE CD-ROM

o 340-watt, voltage-sensing power supply and two cooling fans

o System-management support for entry server

o I/O ports:

-Two USB

-Integrated Gigabit Ethernet with RJ-45

-Two high-speed NS16550A software-compatible serial ports

-One high-speed parallel port supporting devices using SSP/EPP/ECP protocols adhering to the IEEE 1284 standard

-Integrated ATI Rage XL and 4 MB video memory


An excellent choice for cost-sensitive small business, xSeries® 205 servers are easy to use and set up.

These ultra-affordable uniprocessor servers are available with Intel® Pentium® 4 processors.

Value and performance

o Powerful Intel Pentium 4 microprocessors at 3.06 GHz with 533 MHz front side bus (FSB) and 512 KB L2 cache

o 256 MB of PC2100 CL2.5 ECC double data rate (DDR) SDRAM UDIMM memory standard; 2 GB maximum

o Five full-length, 32-bit/33 MHz PCI expansion slots

o Integrated Broadcom 5702/5 Gigabit Ethernet controller

o Integrated dual-channel ATA-100 EIDE bus mastering controllers or single-channel Ultra160 SCSI controller

o Seven total drive bays

Attractively priced EIDE model standard with 40 GB 7,200 rpm or Ultra160 SCSI models with choice of either open bay hot-swap or a 36.4 GB 10,000 rpm HDD

At your control

Manageability and serviceability features help diagnose problems quickly.

o Alert standard format (ASF), enabling alerts to be sent remotely to the system administrator and a corrective action sent back to the client

o Automatic server restart (ASR) to restart server after operating system failure

o Monitoring of memory, thermal, or voltage faults

o Predictive Failure Analysis® (PFA) on HDDs

o Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE) and support for Wake on LAN®

o IBM Director standard with every xSeries server

At your service

Valuable services, utilities, and systems-management tools help improve productivity and get your server up and running quickly.

o IBM Director to manage xSeries 205 servers and other LAN assets

o ServerGuide(TM) utilities to assist loading of many popular network operating systems

o One-year parts, one-year on-site labor4, limited warranty5; optional warranty service upgrades

Key prerequisites

o Monitor


o Network operating system

Availability date

o September 9, 2003


Solid-performing server subsystems

This uniprocessor entry server delivers solid, economical performance by coupling a 3.06 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor with high-speed, PC2100 CL2.5 ECC DDR SDRAM UDIMM and ATA-100 EIDE storage or Ultra160 SCSI subsystems.

The xSeries 205 server uses the Intel Core chipsets (845E) to optimize throughput from processors to memory and to the 32-bit PCI bus.

Standard xSeries 205 configurations
Model     Processor        Cache   Memory  Interface  HDD

8480-62X 3.06 GHz Pent 4 512 KB 256 MB SCSI 36.4 GB

8480-6AX 3.06 GHz Pent 4 512 KB 256 MB SCSI open bay


8480-63X 3.06 GHz Pent 4 512 KB 256 MB EIDE 40.0 GB

Additional features include:

System board - Supports high-speed 128 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB, and 1 GB PC2100 CL2.5 ECC DDR SDRAM UDIMM

33 MHz PCI bus - Streams data between processor or memory and the I/O subsystems

Full-duplex, Gigabit Ethernet PCI controller - Speeds network communications to LAN clients

Expansion capacity and standard features

The xSeries 205 server is housed in a minitower (optionally rack-mountable) that can handle expansion economically.

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