When it comes to supporting Intel’s server products, one of the first questions we get from the support technician when we start troubleshooting a problem is, “What type of memory is in the system?”
If that memory is not on the tested memory products list for that particular server board then we will be asked to install Intel Validated memory products.
Up to now there have been two 8GB sticks available for the Intel Server Board S3420GP(RX), one by Hynix and the other by Samsung (though not listed now), listed as validated for this series of server boards and the server systems based on them.
That has finally changed!
We now have two new Intel Validated Kingston parts:
- Cost: ~$350/Stick
- Cost: ~$200/Stick
The catch for us here in Canada is that there is lots of stock for the 1333 MHz part while the 1066 MHz parts are in short supply at the moment. There are also kits of 2 (16GB) for each part number as well.
- Kingston’s site for the Intel Server Board S3420GPRX
- Intel’s Server Configurator
- Start with Server Boards –> 3000 Series.
Why is this so important?
Because the Hynix and Micron parts have only been available via resellers in the US. So, any warranty issues were questionable since that list of resellers is very small and they are relatively unknown to us. RMA processes can be painful with some manufacturers and their resellers so we are cautious when it comes to new points of product supply.
We have had a lot of success with Kingston’s memory parts and when there have been times where we have needed to call them they have always been very helpful.
So, this news is a definite plus for us!
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