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Dell PowerEdge R360 Server Review

by Charles P. Jefferies

The Dell PowerEdge R360 is a 1U, single-socket Intel Xeon E-2400 rack server with DDR5 and PCIe Gen5, for near-edge and SMB applications.

The PowerEdge R360 is a 1U, single-socket rack server for near-edge and SMB applications. It is intended to deliver maximum value and is powered by Intel Xeon E-2400 series processors, DDR5 memory, and PCIe Gen5 support.

Dell PowerEdge R360

The PowerEdge R360 improves over the preceding PowerEdge R350 by offering a more powerful CPU, greater memory bandwidth, superior boot storage (BOSS N-1 versus BOSS S-2), and support for one 40-60W NVIDIA A2 entry data center GPU. (The PowerEdge R350 didn’t support GPUs.)

The PowerEdge R360 supports four 3.5-inch or eight 2.5-inch drives and two PCIe Gen5 slots for storage and expansion. The tower version of this server, 4.5U PowerEdge T360, offers more storage with eight 3.5-inch drives and four PCIe slots (three Gen4 and one Gen5). The PowerEdge R360 also offers two hardware RAID options, leveraging the PERC H355 or H755 through a dedicated riser.

Dell PowerEdge R360 PERC

Dell PowerEdge R360 Specifications

Processor One Intel Xeon E-2400 series processor with up to 8 cores or One Intel Pentium G7400/G7400T processor with 2 cores
  • 4 DDR5 DIMM slots, supports UDIMM 128 GB max, speeds up to 4400 MT/s
  • Supports unregistered ECC DDR5 DIMMs only
Storage Controllers
  • Internal Controllers: HBA355i Adpt, PERC H355 Adpt, PERC H755 Adpt, HBA355i front, H355 front, H755 front
  • Internal Boot: Internal USB 3.0, or Boot Optimized Storage Subsystem (BOSS-N1):
  • HWRAID 2 x M.2 SSDs, USB
  • External HBAs (non-RAID): HBA355e Adpt
  • Software Controller: S160
Drive Bays Front bays:

  • Up to 4 x 3.5-inch SAS/SATA (HDD/SSD) max 64TB
  • Up to 8 x 2.5-inch SAS/SATA (SSD) max 61.44TB
Power Supplies
  • 600 W Platinum 100 — 240 VAC or 240 VDC, hot-swap redundant
  • 700 W Titanium 200 — 240 VAC or 240 VDC, hot-swap redundant
Cooling Options Air cooling
Fans Up to 4 fans
  • Height – 42.8 mm (1.68 inches)
  • Width – 482.0 mm (18.97 inches)
  • Depth – 585.3 mm (23.04 inches) without bezel
  • Depth — 598.9 mm (23.57 inches) with bezel
Form Factor 1U rack server
Embedded Management
  • iDRAC9
  • iDRAC Direct
  • iDRAC RESTful API with Redfish
  • iDRAC Service Manual
Bezel Security bezel
OpenManage Software
  • OpenManage Enterprise
  • OpenManage Power Manager plug-in
  • OpenManage Service plug-in
  • OpenManage Update Manager plug-in
  • CloudIQ for PowerEdge plug-in
  • OpenManage Enterprise Integration for VMware vCenter
  • OpenManage Integration for Microsoft System Center
  • OpenManage Integration with Windows Admin Center
Mobility OpenManage Mobile
OpenManage Integrations
  • BMC Truesight
  • Microsoft System Center
  • OpenManage Integration with ServiceNow
  • Red Hat Ansible Modules
  • Terraform Providers
  • VMware vCenter and vRealize Operations Manager
  • Cryptographically signed firmware
  • Data at Rest Encryption (SEDs with local or external key mgmt)
  • Secure Boot
  • Secured Component Verification (Hardware integrity check)
  • Secure Erase
  • Secured-core server
  • Silicon Root of Trust
  • System Lockdown (requires iDRAC9 Enterprise or Datacenter)
  • TPM 2.0 FIPS, CC-TCG certified, TPM 2.0 China NationZ
Embedded NIC 2x 1GbE LOM
Ports Front Ports

  • 1 x iDRAC Direct (Micro-AB USB) port
  • 1 x USB 2.0

Rear Ports

  • 1 x Dedicated iDRAC Ethernet port
  • 1 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen1
  • 1 x VGA
  • 1 x Serial

Internal Ports:

  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen1
  • Up to two PCIe Gen4 slots on the Gen4 Riser
  • Slot 1: 1 x8 with x8 bandwidth, Half Length, Low Profile
  • Slot 2: 1 x16 with x8 bandwidth, Half Length, Low Profile
  • One dedicated PCIe x8 slot on the system board for internal PERC
Operating System and Hypervisors
  • Canonical Ubuntu Server LTS
  • Microsoft Windows Server with Hyper-V
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
  • VMware ESXi

Dell PowerEdge R360 Design

The PowerEdge R360 is a 1U rack server with standard dimensions (1.68 by 18.97 by 24.57 inches [HWD, with bezel]). Front ports include a Micro-AB USB port for iDRAC Direct and one USB 2.0. A security bezel to prevent access to these ports is optional.

Dell PowerEdge R360 rear

Around the back is a dedicated iDRAC Ethernet jack, another USB 2.0, one USB 3.2 Gen1, and VGA and Serial ports. Internally, the PowerEdge R360 has a single USB 3.2 Gen1 port. Also visible back here is the BOSS-N1 slot for dedicated M.2 boot drives, which means regular storage doesn’t need to be used for this purpose. The server’s twin power supplies are also visible from the rear; it sports a pair of 600W Platinum or 700W Titanium hot-swap redundant units.

Dell PowerEdge R360 BOSS

Looking inside, the PowerEdge R360’s basic layout puts the CPU at the rear; even the top-end Xeon E-2488 makes do with a passive cooler. The CPU has a TDP of just 95 watts. Four DDR5 DIMM slots to its left supports 128GB of RAM (4x 32GB). Registered (ECC) memory is not supported. The twin PCIe expansion slots are next to the CPU heatsink.

Dell PowerEdge R360 top down

Four simple-swap fans along the centerline provide air cooling. The airflow shroud inside the chassis directs air across the CPU, although it does have a single cutout to direct air across installed PCIe hardware.

Dell PowerEdge R360 fans

The drive bays are ahead of these; the PowerEdge R360 accommodates four 3.5-inch or eight 2.5-inch bays. Dell offers several RAID controllers and RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, or 10 configurations from the factory.

Dell PowerEdge R360 Versus PowerEdge R260

The PowerEdge R360 is essentially a full-size version of the short-depth PowerEdge R260. Both these servers are intended for near-edge and SMB applications.

Dell also sells tower versions of these servers; the PowerEdge T360 (for which we’ll have a review soon) is the tower version of the PowerEdge R360 and supports additional storage drives and expansion slots. There’s also the lighter-weight PowerEdge T160. These servers all focus on SMB applications and friendly storage options rather than massive amounts of CPU or memory, with one CPU socket and four DIMM slots.

Dell PowerEdge R360 Management and Maintenance

Check out our PowerEdge R260 review for an in-depth look at Dell’s integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC). iDRAC provides comprehensive remote management capabilities, allowing administrators to monitor, update, and troubleshoot the server regardless of location.

Dell PowerEdge R360 Performance

We tested the PowerEdge R360 configured as follows:

  • Windows Server 2022 Standard
  • Intel Xeon E-2488 (8-core/16-thread)
  • 128GB DDR5-3600 ECC
  • 2x 480GB SSD RAID 1 (OS); 16TB 3.5-inch hard drive
  • Nvidia A2 GPU

Our configuration has the most powerful CPU, the maximum amount of memory, and a GPU, so it’s as capable as it can be. Since storage drive configurations can vary widely, most of our testing will focus on the CPU.

In our performance tests, the PowerEdge R360 will compete with the PowerEdge R260, which we tested with the same CPU but half the RAM (64GB). Our other comparable is the PowerEdge T360 tower, which has a more moderate Xeon E-2414 chip (4-core/4-thread) and 32GB of RAM.

Blender 4.0 CPU

Blender is an open-source 3D modeling application. This benchmark was run using the Blender Benchmark utility. The score is samples per minute, with higher being better. Surprisingly, the PowerEdge R260 showed much better performance than the PowerEdge R360. Predictably, the quad-core PowerEdge T360 wasn’t in contention.

Blender 4.0 (Samples per minute, Higher is better) Dell PowerEdge R360 Dell PowerEdge R260 Dell PowerEdge T360
Monster 79.07 99.64 36.93
Junkshop 53.93 66.65 23.31
Classroom 40.87 51.19 18.75

Blackmagic RAW CPU Speed Test

We have also started running Blackmagic’s RAW speed test, which tests video playback. These servers likely wouldn’t be used for video playback, but the PowerEdge R260 again proved faster than the PowerEdge R360 here.

Blackmagic RAW Speed Test (Higher is better) Dell PowerEdge R360 Dell PowerEdge R260 Dell PowerEdge T360
8K CPU 50 fps 65 fps 23 fps

7-Zip Compression

The built-in memory benchmark in the popular 7-Zip utility shows a closer delta between the PowerEdge R360 and the PowerEdge R260, though the latter still had the edge. The PowerEdge T360 was again nowhere close, with a vastly inferior CPU.

7-Zip Compression Benchmark (Higher is better) Dell PowerEdge R360 Dell PowerEdge R260 Dell PowerEdge T360
Current CPU Usage 1,366% 1,336% 330%
Current Rating/Usage 4.999 GIPS 5.892 GIPS 8.894 GIPS
Current Rating 68.279 GIPS 78.716 GIPS 29.364 GIPS
Resulting CPU Usage 1,361% 1,342% 331%
Resulting Rating/Usage 5.035 GIPS 5.871 GIPS 8.885 GIPS
Resulting Rating 68.504 GIPS 78.809 GIPS 29.430 GIPS
Current CPU Usage 1,597% 1,591% 394%
Current Rating/Usage 4.371 GIPS 5.470 GIPS 7.340 GIPS
Current Rating 69.791 GIPS 87.013 GIPS 28.925 GIPS
Resulting CPU Usage 1,575% 1,569% 397%
Resulting Rating/Usage 4.401 GIPS 5.451 GIPS 7.317 GIPS
Resulting Rating 69.321 GIPS 85.517 GIPS 29.062 GIPS
Total Rating
Total CPU Usage 1,468% 1,456% 364%
Total Rating/Usage 4.718 GIPS 5.661 GIPS 8.101 GIPS
Total Rating 68.912 GIPS 82.163 GIPS 29.246 GIPS

Blackmagic Disk Speed Test

We run the popular Blackmagic Disk Speed Test against the system’s BOSS RAID1 boot SSD.

Dell PowerEdge R360 DiskSpeedTest

UL Procyon AI Computer Vision

UL’s Procyon estimates a workstation’s performance for professional apps. Though this test ideally runs on a GPU, we run it once on the CPU for our server reviews. The PowerEdge R360 did as well as could be expected, perhaps edging ahead of the PowerEdge R260 since it has more RAM.

UL Procyon Average Inference Times (ms, lower is better) Dell PowerEdge R360 Dell PowerEdge R260 Dell PowerEdge T360
MobileNet V3 1.02 1.10 1.46
ResNet 50 13.85 14.90 17.70
Inception V4 39.35 44.42 52.38
DeepLab V3 40.29 46.80 58.16
YOLO V3 106.94 117.50 141.53
Real-ESRGAN 4,280.9 4,617.6 5,740.2
Overall Score 107 97 79


y-cruncher is a multi-threaded and scalable program that can compute Pi and other mathematical constants to trillions of digits. Since its launch in 2009, it has become a popular benchmarking and stress-testing application for overclockers and hardware enthusiasts. These servers aren’t ideal for CPU-heavy applications, but the PowerEdge R360 did respectably enough for its eight-core CPU.

y-cruncher (Total computation time in seconds; lower is better) Dell PowerEdge R360 Dell PowerEdge R260 Dell PowerEdge T360
1 billion digits 40.723 35.118 68.036
2.5 billion 116.892 100.2 192.715
5 billion 259.398 220.128 426.003
10 billion 561.962 N/A N/A
25 billion 1,561 N/A N/A

Geekbench 6

Geekbench 6 is a cross-platform benchmark that measures overall system performance. The Geekbench Browser allows you to compare any system to it. The single-core scores were close between all the units, though the PowerEdge R260 won out in multi-core, as we’ve come to expect.

Geekbench 6 (Higher is better) Dell PowerEdge R360 Dell PowerEdge R260 Dell PowerEdge T360
CPU Single-Core 2,471 2,747 2,314
CPU Multi-Core 12,934 14,384 7,380

Cinebench R23

This benchmark uses all CPU cores and threads to generate an overall score. The outcome here was similar to what we saw in Geekbench 6.

Cinebench R23 (Higher is better) Dell PowerEdge R360 Dell PowerEdge R260 Dell PowerEdge T360
Multi-Core 12,743 16,056 6,525
Single-Core 1,772 2,000 1,669

Cinebench 2024

We also started running the latest Cinebench test. The results here are similar to those in Geekbench 6.

Cinebench R23 (Higher is better) Dell PowerEdge R360 Dell PowerEdge R260 Dell PowerEdge T360
Multi-Core 724 898 380
Single-Core 103 117 98


Dell’s PowerEdge R360 is a promising value for SMB and near-edge applications thanks to its affordable components and versatile configurations. The most significant improvement over the PowerEdge R350 is its ability to house a single NVIDIA A2 GPU, which broadens its appeal to AI applications. It also improves on its predecessor with a faster Xeon CPU, superior memory bandwidth, and a more advanced BOSS N-1 storage drive configuration for the operating system.

As always, Dell includes its popular and easy-to-use iDRAC management software. A short-depth version of this server, the PowerEdge R260, is also available, as is a tower version (PowerEdge T360) that supports more expansion. The PowerEdge R360 offers commendable value for SMBs seeking a lightweight, value-oriented server.

Dell PowerEdge R360 Product Page

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