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Dell PowerEdge VRTX Rack Chassis (12x3.5)

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Dell PowerEdge VRTX Rack Chassis (12x3.5)

Quick Specs

Form Factor: Tower or 5U rack server
Blade Configurations: 
2 Full Height Blades
2 Half Width + 1 Full Height Blades
4 Half Width Blades
Processor: (PER BLADE)
Memory: (PER BLADE)
12 x 3.5” or 25 x 2.5” NLSAS, SAS or SAS SSD hot-plug drives 
Expander Storage: 
Four MD1200 (12 x 3.5” drives) or
Four MD1220 (24 x 2.5” drives) disk arrays
PCIe Slots: 8 | Gen:  3.0
3 full-height/full-length slots (150W) with DW support (225W)
5 low-profile/half-length slots (25W)
SW and DW GPU (NVIDIA Quadro P4000, K2)

Tower configuration:

  • H: 48.4 cm (19.1 in) with system feet
  • W: 31.0 cm (12.2 in) with system feet opened
  • D: 73.0 cm (28.7in)
  • Weight (empty) = 31.7 kg (69.7 lb)
  • Weight (maximum) = 74.8 kg (164.9 lb)

Rack configuration:

  • H: 21.9 cm (8.6 in)
  • W: 48.2 cm (19.0 in)
  • D: 73.0 cm (28.7 in)
  • Weight (empty) = 24.7 kg (54.5 lb)
  • Weight (maximum) = 68.7 kg (151.5 lb)

Dell EMC PowerEdge VRTX integrates servers, storage, networking and management into a single office-optimized chassis. Increase efficiency by eliminating disparate hardware and multiple management tools with the scalable and easy-to manage VRTX platform.

Adapt and scale with an expandable, versatile platform

The PowerEdge VRTX was designed for remote-office and small-office environments with ”under your desk” dimensions and quiet acoustics. The PowerEdge VRTX is built on a scalable business architecture so you can continually optimize your capacity and performance with future-proof compute, storage and networking options within a single chassis.

  • Scale as you grow, with up to four PowerEdge blade servers and 12 x 3.5” or 25 x 2.5” HDD within its compact chassis.
  • Mix and match the two-socket, half-height PowerEdge M630 and M640 server nodes and four-socket, full-height M830 based on your changing workload requirements.
  • Easily add more storage by connecting to up to four MD1200 (12 x 3.5” drives) or MD1220 (24 x 2.5” drives) disk arrays in redundant or capacity-based configurations.
  • Integrate networking through the 10GbE or 1GbE internal switch module or an optional 1Gb Ethernet pass-through module.
  • Take advantage of flexible, expandable I/O with eight PCIe slots.
  • Keep operating expenses in check with energy efficient Fresh Air validated configurations and standard power requirements.

Safeguard data with integrated security

Every PowerEdge server is made with a cyber-resilient architecture, delivering security into all parts of a server’s life cycle. Dell EMC considers each part of system security, from design to end of life, to ensure trust and deliver worry-free systems.

  • Maintain data safety with cryptographically signed firmware packages and Secure Boot.
  • Prevent unauthorized or malicious change with Server Lockdown.
  • Wipe all data from storage media including hard drives, SSDs and system memory quickly and securely with System Erase.
  • Add another layer of protection with optional FIPS-certified self-encrypting drives (SED).
Enterprise-wide systems management

Dell EMC Chassis Management Controller (CMC) lets you manage server nodes, shared storage, networking and power in a single console. Access CMC through an easy-to-use web interface that works with a variety of Dell EMC OpenManage tools including iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller. Choose to manage your VRTX with embedded agent-free management or inband.

  • Use the OpenManage Mobile app to receive and take action on hardware alerts at the server or from anywhere, at any time.
  • Streamline management in virtualized environments with OpenManage Integrations for VMware vCenter or Microsoft System Center.
  • Get rapid, at-a-glance identification of remote system locations and health status with Geoview.


The system can support both SW and DW GPUs. The main thing to know is that the Riser Cage is different for each. The VRTX has 5 System board PCIe slots and 1 Riser that holds another 3 Slots. This riser can be a Double Wide Riser or a Single Wide Riser.

Please view the Installation Manual for more details about the Expansion slots on the Dell VRTX Modular Server.

Supported Storage Controller Options
Storage Controllers Internal

Your system includes two dedicated expansion card slots on the system board for up to two integrated controller cards that provide the integrated storage subsystem for the internal hard drives in your system.

The storage controllers support SAS hard drives and also enable you to set up the hard drives in RAID configurations as supported by the version of the controllers included with your system.

Storage Controllers External

The Dell Shared PowerEdge RAID Controller (PERC) 8 card allows four server modules to access local storage. Each server module loads a Virtual Function (VF) driver that allows the server module to communicate with the Shared PERC 8 firmware. Virtual disks located on the shared storage can then be mapped to a server module. From a single server module, you can only access the virtual disks that are mapped to that server module.

The PERC card extends storage capacity by allowing access to up to two external MD1200 or MD1220 JBOD through PCIe slots 5 and 6.

VRTX Fabric A, B, and C Options
Fabric A

The VRTX Fabric A is identical to the style of Fabric A found in the M1000e system. Every Sled/Blade servers LOM/bNDC get mapped to the Fabric A Module in the back of the VRTX. Dual Port LOMs get mapped to 1 Fab A port while the Quad Port LOM/bNDC gets mapped to two Fabric A ports at speeds of 1GbE to 10GbE.

You can view a port Mapping image above.

Fabric B and C

The VRTX Fabric B and C are different than the M1000e Fabric B and C.

You can use the CMC to assign PCIe slots to server nodes -up to four PCIe slots to a single server node. Slots can be configured during initial setup so that any PCIe slot may be assigned to any server node, and the assignment may then be reassigned.

This Product Is Compatible With The Following Systems:

Product Specs

Base Standard Capabilities

FeaturePowerEdge VRTX Technical Specifications
Chassis enclosureForm factors:
  • Tower or 5U rack enclosure
Tower configuration:
  • H: 48.4 cm (19.1 in) with system feet
  • W: 31.0 cm (12.2 in) with system feet opened
  • D: 73.0 cm (28.7in)
  • Weight (empty) = 31.7 kg (69.7 lb)
  • Weight (maximum) = 74.8 kg (164.9 lb)

Rack configuration:
  • H: 21.9 cm (8.6 in)
  • W: 48.2 cm (19.0 in)
  • D: 73.0 cm (28.7 in)
  • Weight (empty) = 24.7 kg (54.5 lb)
  • Weight (maximum) = 68.7 kg (151.5 lb)
Server node optionsPowerEdge M640, M630 and M830 server nodes
Power suppliesRedundant power supply units support 2+2 (AC redundancy) and 3+1 (power supply redundancy) modes
  • US/Canada: 110/220V (typical)
  • EU/China: 220-240V
  • Japan: 100V/220V
  • Other: Up to 240V
CoolingPowerEdge VRTX comes standard with 6 hot-pluggable, redundant fan modules and 4 blower modules based on Dell Energy Smart Technologies. The fans and blowers deliver low-power consumption, but also use next-generation fan technologies to ensure the lowest possible amount of fresh air is consumed to cool the enclosure.
Input devicesFront control panel with interactive graphical LCD that supports initial configuration wizard. It also supports local server blade, enclosure and module information and troubleshooting.
Two USB keyboard/mouse connections and one video connection for local front “crash cart” console connections, optional DVD RW available.
RAID controllerSingle shared PERC8
Optional second redundant shared PERC8 available
Drive bays and hard drivesUp to 12 x 3.5” NLSAS, SAS or SAS SSD hot-plug drives
Up to 25 x 2.5” NLSAS, SAS or SAS SSD hot-plug drives
Optional FIPS 140-2 certified self-encrypting drives (SED), up to 25 x 2.5 NLSAS, SAS or SAS SSD
JBOD expansion optionsChassis storage can be expanded even further by connecting up to four MD1200 (12 x 3.5” drives) or MD1220 (24 x 2.5” drives) disk arrays
GPUUp to 2 single-wide actively cooled GPU accelerators (NVIDIA Quadro P4000)
Integrated networking – ethernet
  • Internal 1GbE 8-port pass-through module
  • Internal 1GbE 24-port switch
  • Internal 10GbE switch
I/O slots8 flexible PCIe slots:
  • 3 full-height/full-length slots (150W) with double-wide card support (225W)
  • 5 low-profile/half-length slots (25W)
Systems management
  • Delivers comprehensive functionality yet simple and easy to use:
  • Uses Chassis Management Controller to manage all resources (server nodes, storage, networking and power) with a unified management tool, presented in a single console
  • Monitors up to 9 VRTX chassis from a single, consolidated CMC console
  • Offers both local and remote management
  • Available with either Enterprise or Express CMC licensing
  • Redundant CMC available
  • Server nodes each contain proven iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller for agent-free systems management, fully supported in the OpenManage product portfolio
Rack supportReadyRails™ II sliding rails for 4-post racks with square, round or threaded holes

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ECS Warranty Information

Express Computer Systems (ECS) provides a 1 year parts warranty against defects in material or workmanship that will affect the products functionality. All refurbished items are tested prior to shipping to guarantee up-time upon arrival. If you are having issues with an item we provided please Contact Us and we will do our best to assist you.

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What is not covered by our warranty?
Our warranty does not cover any problem caused by the following conditions:

  1. accidents; misuse; carelessness; electrostatic discharge; shock; temperature or humidity beyond the specifications of the product; improper installation; operation; modification;
  2. any improper use that contravenes the instructions in the user manual;
  3. problems caused by other equipment. Our warranty is void if the product is returned with damaged, removed, counterfeit labels, or any modifications (including any component or external cover removal). Our warranties do not cover data loss or damages to any other equipment. In addition, our warranties do not cover incidental damages, consequential damages, or costs related to data recovery, removal, and installation.

Important notes:

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