Never let it be said that HP like to boast about their ProLiant MicroServers – indeed, they’ve sneaked out a new generation of hardware, called Gen8, without so much as a peep.

Two new models with a full design and specification refresh are now available in the marketplace. First off, the cheaper ($449) HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 G1610T sees HP move away from AMD chips with an Intel Celeron G1610T processor (2 core, 2.3 GHz, 2MB, 35W) supported by 2GB RAM. Those seeking a little more grunt will want to take a look at the $529 HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 G2020T which boosts processing power with an Intel Pentium G2020T (2 core, 2.5 GHz, 3MB, 35W) and the same 2GB RAM.

Specs wise, the new MicroServers will accept up to 16GB RAM across two DIMM slots, a Dynamic Smart Array B120i/ZM storage controller and Gigabit Ethernet controller with dual ports. The MicroServers get a little more serious from a features perspective in this revision with support for HP’s iLO (Integrated Lights Out) server administration feature, offering quicker and easier setup., remote management and health monitoring.

You”ll still need to add your own operating system, and the retail price is a little more than you paid last time around, but it’s great to see HP continue to give the MicroServer a little love.

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