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HP ProLiant MicroServer N54L – Full Specs Now Available

HP has this week published a documents detailing the full specs of their forthcoming ProLiant MicroServer N54L refresh. Check out what’s new!

The document confirms the expected move to an AMD Turion II Neo N54L processor, running at 2.2 GHz. Two DIMM memory slots are available – 2 and 4 GB models will be available at launch, however the system is upgradable to 8GB RAM. Unfortunately, there is still only the limited offer of RAID 0 or 1 storage management and the USB ports remain at USB 2.0 rather than an update to USB 3,0.

So, an incremental update of the platform, but good news for MicroServer fans all the same.

UK pricing has been set at £269 ex VAT for the 2GB model, and £309 ex VAT for the 4GB version.


  • Processor:
    • AMD Turion™ II Neo N54L (2.2GHz)
    • AMD RS785E/SB820M chipset
  • Memory:
    • Two (2) DIMM slots
    • 2GB (1x2GB) Standard or 4GB (1x4GB)/8GB Maximum, using PC3-10600E DDR3 Unbuffered (UDIMM) ECC memory, operating at max. 800MHz
  • Storage Controller:
    • Embedded AMD SATA controller with RAID 0, 1
    • Embedded AMD eSATA controller for connecting external storage devices via the eSATA connector in the rear of the server
  • Internal Drive Support:
    • 4 Internal HDD Support
    • Maximum internal SATA storage capacity of up to 8.0TB (4 x 2TB 3.5″ SATA drives)
  • Network Controller:
    • Embedded NC107i PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Server Adapter
  • Expansion Slots:
    • Slot 1: PCI-Express Gen 2 x16 connector with x16 link
    • Slot 2: PCI-Express Gen 2 x1 connector with x1 Link
    • Slot 2-2: PCI-Express x4 slot for optional management card
  • USB 2.0 Ports:
    • Seven (7) USB 2.0 ports: 4 front , 2 rear, 1 internal (for tape)
  • Power Supply:
    • 150 Watts Non-Hot Plug, Non Redundant Power Supply
  • Management:
    • Optional MicroServer Remote Access Card
  • Operating System:
    • Supports Windows and Red Hat Linux
  • Form Factor:
    • Ultra Micro tower
  • Warranty:
    • This product is covered by a global limited warranty and supported by HP Services and a worldwide network of HP Authorized Channel Partners. Hardware diagnostic support and repair is available for one year from date of purchase. Support for software and initial setup is available for 90 days from date of purchase. Enhancements to warranty services are available through HP Care Pack services or customized service agreements. Hard drives have either a one year or three year warranty; refer to the specific hard drive QuickSpecs for details.
      NOTE: Server Warranty includes 1 year Next Day Parts replacement, 0-Years Labor, 0-Years Onsite support. Additional information regarding worldwide limited warranty and technical support is available at:

For full details on the new HP ProLiant Microserver N54L, check out HP’s documentation here and here.

(Thanks to Kimo for the tip!)

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  • Jos

    If it supported S3 sleep I’d be the first in line!

  • Amikolajczyk

    The new CPU is pretty much all we’re getting here? That’s not great. The lack of a 2nd GigE NIC really hobbles it. I know I can add one, but it would be nice to save the expansion slot for something more substantive. I hope the BIOS is unlocked to support six full speed drives this time too. I’m sure if it’s not, someone will hack it like last time, but still, it would be nice to see that kind of support out of the box. I hope HP realizes just what a niche market machine they have here and how much this form factor and price-point appeals to the hobbyist and tinkerers out there. Still, it’s good to see that the product line is alive and well and hopefully we’ll see another rev that actually evolves things before too long, so I hope it sells. Unfortunatley, it’s just not enough to make me consider upgrading my N40L.

  • MIke

    A bit underwhelming. My wish list: 16Gb RAM, 3Tb Drives and S3 sleep or even a 8 drive bay model 😛

  • David Balažic

    Yeah, is it missing S3 sleep, 6gen SATA (hello, it is 2012), including the eSATA port, which should be powered and running in AHCI mode, USB 3.0 (as mentioned, it is 2012), and adding a HDMI port to the graphics chip would be welcome (yet again, it is 2012, who has analog monitors???), with sound, while we’re at it. Seems like HP is literally begging for the competition to overtake it.

  • Alter8

    HP doesn’t really make it compelling to upgrade to the new unit. What’s the point?

  • biggysmallz

    What a disappoint. Trinity or e-350 apu would have been nice. hardly worth bothering to refresh.

    • Andy Taylor

      The E-350 APU would actually be slower, though. It’s a somewhat weaker CPU core than the Turion II Neo at equivalent clock speeds.

      Trinity is what I was hoping for, but the more I think about it the more I realise that the price/power/performance ratio isn’t quite right for the Microserver in tis current form. I reckon AMD’s Kabini might be the next real progress we see here.

  • M0zArT

    No difference between the N40L and this one, or unrelevant ones only… I’m happy with my N40L which cost me 160€ 🙂

    • CuriousN40L

      Where did you find it at this price ? Is it including taxes and shipping ?
      Lowest I can find is about 220 €.

      • M0zArT

        There was an offer running until October 2012 which is now finished…

  • Ravi Shanghavi

    I wonder if the BIOS supports PCIE passthrough. ie AMD IOMMU (Intel VT-D). That’s the only reason I didn’t buy the N40L, and have been waiting on this.
    Am annoyed they didn’t bump the RAM, really? ugh.

  • Rick

    The N40L supports 4/5/6 x 4TB HDD and 16GB RAM already so assume the 54 will too. Plenty of people running with way more storage than the specified maximums.

  • Luke. S.

    Ok so im really keen on one of these but i gotta know. With a total of maybe 5 users over 5 pcs would this box handle AD DS?

  • pyrowolf

    We use 16GB DDR3 RAM (2x8GB) from Kingstone KVR1333D3E9SK2/16GB without problem and two 3GB SATA-HDDs as RAID1 in linux software RAID, because is no real hardware raid available (!) Read more about fakeRaid here:

  • pyrowolf

    We use 16GB DDR3 RAM (2x8GB) from Kingstone KVR1333D3E9SK2/16GB without problems and two 3GB SATA-HDDs as RAID1 in linux software RAID, because is no real hardware raid available (!) Read more about fakeRaid here:

  • Catters

    Hello, I am searching all over for help and now I find myself here… I hope someone is listening and can help. I am on the brink of purchasing this ( and want to know if it is easily possible to install Mac OS X Server on it… I want to use it as a media server for my home network.

  • Dugweb

    Hi. Can anyone tell me if the CPU can be upgraded on this NL54 microserver? I dont need more memory, but the CPU is running at 95 – 100% at times.

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