Dell PowerEdge MX840C: Blade Server Product Overview and Insight

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Bottom Line:

Those looking for a beefy blade that includes vast amounts of compute, memory and storage need look no further. It can handle most any demanding data center workload, and it's fully expandable in case you need to bulk it up still more.

Most significant, the PowerEdge MX840c is known for its ease of use, so enterprises that may need to stretch their IT staff further can make good use of this unit; it won't require a team of experts.

However, some users may prefer a more compact design, lower priced blades, or the large enterprise features of a blade such as the HPE Synergy 660. Still, this unit is worth a look for most high-end uses.

Product Description:

The Dell PowerEdge MX840C is part of the PowerEdge MX kinetic infrastructure ecosystem. With dense compute, a whole lot of large memory, and an expandable storage subsystem, it delivers the flexibility and agility needed by demanding, shared-resource environments.

It is a double-width unit with up to four sleds inhabiting one PowerEdge MX7000 chassis. With either two or four Xeon Scalable processors per sled, that equates to up to 448 cores per chassis. In addition, it has up to 48 DDR4 DIMMs slots and up to eight 2.5” drive bays for SAS/SATA (HDD/SDD). It also has NVMe PCIe SSD support plus optional M.2 boot. Storage expansion is available from the PowerEdge MX5016s which accommodates up to sixteen 2.5-inch hot-pluggable SAS drives.

The PowerEdge MX architecture can disaggregate and granularly reassign resources. This enables system managers to maximize utilization, and avoid overprovisioning or stranded infrastructure. It has automated deployment and provisioning, as well as agent-free lifecycle management. The Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise Modular Edition inside the MX7000 chassis makes it possible to unify and simplify management of compute, storage, and networking. Basic server setup can be done using Android or Apple mobile devices with Quick Sync 2.

“The PowerEdge M series has reduced complexity, it is easy to manage and we can spend valuable time on other IT issues,” said an IT consultant in the government sector.

Max Processors/Cores:

4 Intel Xeon Scalable/112 cores.

Maximum Memory:

11.5 TB.

Form Factor:

Double width.

Key Markets and Use Cases:

  • Mission-critical workloads.
  • Performance intensive workloads.
  • Database-driven workloads.

“This Dell blade was budget friendly and good value for money,” said an IT manager in telecommunications.


Starting at $9,049


Dell PowerEdge MX480C

Max Processors

4 Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs

Max Cores


Max Memory

11.5 TB

Form Factor

Double width

Starting Price


Key Differentiator

High end, high performance

This article was originally published on March 28, 2019
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