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Dell EMC PowerEdge R540 Server - System Overview


Featuring a blend of performance and affordability, the new and improved Dell EMC PowerEdge R540 server can easily adapt to a variety of standard and mission critical workloads. Intelligent automation features ensure Administrators spend more time driving business goals than maintaining the network with one-button tuning and agent-free management features offered by the updated iDRAC 9.0 with LifeCycle Controller. The system can be ordered with a security bezel or one with an optional LED display so you don’t have to remove the bezel for system status.

Dell PowerEdge R540 Server front view


Intel Xeon Scalable processors provide up to 50% more bandwidth and 27% more processing cores than the previous generation E5-2600 v4 processors. It can support one or two Intel Xeon Scalable processors from either the first or second generation with up to 20 cores each. This platform will support a variety of different workloads depending on your need for performance, storage or both. The system can be outfitted with either Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum processors.


The system supports up to 16 DDR4 memory modules in a two-processor configuration. It will support a maximum of 1TB of memory using Load Reduced (LRDIMM) memory modules operating at speeds of up to 2666MT/s using Gen 2 Intel Scalable processors. Registered (RDIMM) memory modules will provide up to 512GB of memory.


12 x 3.5-inch storage bays up front, support a maximum of 120TB. The previous generation R530 server supported only 8 x 3.5-inch storage bays. An optional rear-mounted drive cage supports two additional 3.5-inch drives and an optional Boot Optimized Storage (BOSS) device utilizing M.2 SSDs. The BOSS can be used to support the operating system along with faster boot times leaving your front mounted storage devices open. SAS and SATA HDDs and SSDs are supported. The system comes with an integrated S140 software RAID controller but depending on your needs for more RAID options or additional cache Administrators can choose from several PERC 9.0 controllers and two new PERC series 10.0 controllers, including the embedded S140. There’s also an optional external 12Gb/s SAS HBA and an external PERC H840P controller with RAID. And internal Dual SD Card module offers failsafe hypervisor support and an additional vFlash card for use with iDRAC. Additional storage can be added with up to four PCIe SSD PCIe cards.

Dell EMC R540 rear ports


Depending on the number of processors installed and the choice of riser and storage options, the Dell PowerEdge R540 Server will support up to 5 PCIe slots along with a dedicated slot for a network daughter card and one for a PERC RAID controller. With the rear storage cage there are only four expansion slots available. Options for a network daughter card (NDC) include 2 x 1GE, 2 x 1GE LOM, or 2 x 10GE SFP or BaseT.


Updated iDRAC 9.0 with lifecycle controller is integrated with the system, plus you can also download OpenManage Essentials console and the OpenManage Mobile app for accessing system status using an android or iOS device.


The Dell EMC PowerEdge R540 Server represents a vast improvement in storage and memory capacity over the previous generation R530. With the addition of the rear-mounted storage cage the system will support a maximum of 14 x 3.5-inch storage devices compared to only 8 x 3.5-inch storage devices supported on the R530. Not only that, but throughput has also been enhanced with the addition or Intel’s Scalable processors which support offer faster interconnect speeds with the Ultra Path Interconnect (UPI) operating at 10.6 GT/s compared to only 9.6 GT/s using the Quick Path Interconnect architecture. This system is highly adaptable and scalable and designed to support your business needs for years to come.

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Dell EMC PowerEdge R540 Server - Specifications

Processor - 2 Socket
  • Up to two 1st Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, up to 20 cores per processor
  • Up to two 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, up to 20 cores per processor
    Memory Type

  • Registered (RDIMM)
  • Load-Reduced (LRDIMM)
  • Memory Speed

  • Gen 1 Intel Xeon Scalable Processors - 16 DDR4 DIMM slots, Supports RDIMM /LRDIMM, speeds up to 2666MT/s, 512GB max
  • Gen 2 Intel Xeon Scalable Processors - 16 DDR4 DIMM slots, Supports RDIMM /LRDIMM, speeds up to 2933MT/s
  • Maximum Capacity Memory

  • Gen 1 Intel Xeon Scalable Processors
    • RDIMM: 768GB
    • LRDIMM: 1.5TB
  • Gen 2 Intel Xeon Scalable Processors
    • RDIMM: 1TB
    • LRDIMM: 2TB

    768GB max memory is recommended for performance optimized configurations
Storage controllers
    Internal controllers:

  • PERC H330
  • PERC H730p
  • PERC H740p
  • PERC HBA330
  • Software RAID (SWRAID) S140
  • Boot Optimized Storage Subsystem:

  • HWRAID 2 x M.2 SSDs 120GB, 240 GB
  • External PERC (RAID):

  • H840
  • External HBAs (non-RAID):

  • 12 Gbps SAS HBA
Drive bays
    Front drive bays:

  • Up to 12 x 3.5" SAS/SATA HDD max 120TB
  • Rear drive bays:

  • Up to 2 x 3.5" SAS/SATA HDD
  • Optional DVD-ROM, DVD+RW
I/O & Ports
    Network daughter card options:

  • 2 x 1GE LOM (optional) OCP 2 x 10GE SFP+ or BaseT or 2 x 1GE
  • Front ports:

  • Video
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
  • IDRAC Direct USB
  • Rear ports:

  • Video
  • Serial
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • iDRAC network port
  • With Optional Riser:

  • Non rear storage config
    • 1xFH/FL + 1xHH/HL (2U Right riser) slots + 3 HH/HL slots
  • Rear storage config
    • 1xHH/HL (1U Left Riser) + 1xHH/HL (1U Right risers) slot
    • 1xHH/HL (1U Left Riser) + 1x FH/HL (1U Right riser)
Operating System
  • Canonical® Ubuntu® LTS
  • Citrix® XenServer®
  • Microsoft Windows Server® with Hyper-V
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux
  • SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server
  • VMware® ESXi
    OpenManage integrations:

  • Microsoft® System Center
  • VMware® vCenter™
  • BMC Software
  • Nagios & Nagios XI
  • HP Operations Manager i (OMi)
Power supplies
  • Titanium 750W
  • Platinum 495W
  • Platinum 750W
  • Platinum 1100W
  • 240HVDC 750W
    Hot plug power supplies with full redundancy option
    Form factor:

  • Rack (2U)
  • Chassis max depth:

  • 693.81 mm (without bezel)
  • Max depth:

  • 707.74 mm (with bezel)
    Optional LCD or security bezel
Embedded / At-Server
  • iDRAC9 with Lifecycle Controller
  • iDRAC Direct
  • iDRAC REST API with Redfish
  • Quick Sync 2 BLE/wireless module
Consoles & Mobile
  • OpenManage Enterprise (available soon)
  • OpenManage Essentials
  • OpenManage Mobile
  • OpenManage Power Center
  • Dell EMC Repository Manager
  • Dell EMC Update Package
  • Dell EMC System Update
  • Dell EMC Server Update Utility
  • iDRAC Service Module
  • OpenManage Server Administrator
  • OpenManage Storage Services
  • TPM 1.2/2.0 optional
  • Cryptographically signed firmware
  • Silicon Root of Trust
  • Secure Boot
  • System Lockdown
  • System Erase

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