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Exploring the Dell PowerEdge R760: Your Next Server Room Upgrade

Updated: Oct 31

If you are familiar with Dell PowerEdge servers, you'll love the R760. It's both a beauty and a beast, serving as the 2U counterpart to the 1U PowerEdge R660. This 16th-generation, 2U rackmount server supports two 4th-generation Intel Xeon processors, with up to 56 cores and 128 threads per CPU. It also accommodates up to 8TB of RAM via 32 DIMM slots. Designed for mixed workloads, databases, and VDI, the server can house up to 24 NVMe drives. Additionally, it supports platforms that are compatible with the new EDSFF E3.S SSDs. Notably, these E3.S SSDs are the only Gen5 form factors supported by this Dell server, as the U.2 slots are limited to Gen4.

Technical Specification


  • Up to two 4th-gen Intel Xeon Scalable chips with up to 56 cores each.

  • Optional: Intel QuickAssist Tech.


  • 32 DDR5 DIMM slots.

  • Supports RDIMM with max 8 TB.

  • Speeds up to 4800 MT/s.

  • Only works with registered ECC DDR5 DIMMs.

Storage Controllers:

  • Internal: PERC H965i, H755, H755N, H355, HBA355i.

  • Boot: BOSS-N1 with HWRAID for 2 x M.2 NVMe SSDs or USB.

  • External: HBA355e.

  • Software RAID: S160.

Drive Bays:

  • Front:

  • Up to 12 x 3.5-inch drives (max 240 TB).

  • Up to 8 x 2.5-inch drives (max 122.88 TB).

  • Up to 16 x 2.5-inch drives (max 245.76 TB).

  • Up to 24 x 2.5-inch drives (max 368.64 TB).

  • Rear:

  • Up to 2 x 2.5-inch drives (max 30.72 TB).

  • Up to 4 x 2.5-inch drives (max 61.44 TB).

Power Supplies:

  • 2800 W Titanium: 200—240 VAC or 240 HVDC, hot swap and redundant

  • 2400 W Platinum: 100—240 VAC or 240 HVDC, hot swap and redundant

  • 1800 W Titanium: 200—240 VAC or 240 HVDC, hot swap and redundant

  • 1400 W Platinum: 100—240 VAC or 240 HVDC, hot swap and redundant

  • 1100 W Titanium: 100—240 VAC or 240 HVDC, hot swap and redundant

  • 1100 W LVDC: -48 — -60 VDC, hot swap and redundant

  • 800 W Platinum: 100—240 VAC or 240 HVDC, hot swap and redundant

  • 700 W Titanium: 200—240 VAC or 240 HVDC, hot swap and redundant

Cooling Options:

  • Air cooling

  • Optional Direct Liquid Cooling (DLC)

Note: DLC is a rack solution and requires rack manifolds and a cooling distribution unit (CDU) to operate.


  • Standard (STD) fans/High performance Silver (HPR) fans/ High performance Gold (VHP) fans

  • Up to 6 hot plug fans


  • Height: 86.8 mm (3.41 inches)

  • Width: 482 mm (18.97 inches)

  • Depth: 772.13 mm (30.39 inches) with bezel, 758.29 mm (29.85 inches) without bezel

Form Factor:

  • 2U rack server

Embedded Management:

  • iDRAC9

  • iDRAC Direct

  • iDRAC RESTful API with Redfish

  • iDRAC Service Module

  • Quick Sync 2 wireless module


  • Optional LCD bezel or security bezel

OpenManage Software:

  • CloudIQ for PowerEdge plug-in

  • OpenManage Enterprise

  • OpenManage Enterprise Integration for VMware vCenter

  • OpenManage Integration for Microsoft System Center

  • OpenManage Integration with Windows Admin Center

  • OpenManage Power Manager plugin

  • OpenManage Service plugin

  • OpenManage Update Manager plugin


  • 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 management)

  • Secure Boot

  • Secure Erase

  • Secured Component Verification (Hardware integrity check)

  • 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:

  • 2 x 1 GbE LOM card (optional)

Network Options:

  • 1 x OCP card 3.0 (optional)

Note: The system allows either LOM card or an OCP card or both to be installed in the system.

GPU Options:

  • Up to 2 x 350 W DW and 6 x 75 W SW


Front Ports

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

  • 1 x USB 2.0

  • 1 x VGA

Rear Ports

  • 1 x Dedicated iDRAC Ethernet port

  • 1 x USB 2.0

  • 1 x USB 3.0

  • 1 x VGA

  • 1 x Serial (optional)

  • 1 x VGA (optional for Direct Liquid Cooling configuration)

Internal Ports

  • 1 x USB 3.0 (optional)


  • Up to eight PCIe slots:

  • Slot 1: Various configurations

  • Slot 2: Various configurations

  • Slot 3: 1 x16 Gen4 Low profile, Half length

  • Slot 4: 1 x8 Gen4 Full height, Half length

  • Slot 5: Various configurations

  • Slot 6: 1 x16 Gen4 Low profile, Half length

  • Slot 7: Various configurations

  • Slot 7 SNAPI: 1 x16 Gen5 Full height, Half length

  • Slot 8: Various configurations

Operating System and Hypervisors:

  • Canonical Ubuntu Server LTS

  • Microsoft Windows Server with Hyper-V

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

  • VMware ESXi

  • Note: For specifications and interoperability details, see

OEM-ready Version:

  • From bezel to BIOS to packaging, your servers can look and feel as if they were designed and built by you. For more information, visit -> Solutions -> OEM Solutions.

A Closer Look at the Build


The Dell PowerEdge R760 is a server designed for 2U rackmount configurations. It measures 3.41 inches in height and 18.97 inches in width. The depth can vary—30.39 inches with the bezel attached and 29.85 inches without it.

Front Features:

The front panel offers various connectivity options, including a Micro-AB USB port dedicated to the iDRAC management controller, a USB 2.0 port, and a VGA video output.

Drive Bays:

The server comes with 24 bays for 2.5-inch drives, occupying the entire front section. Drives can be easily removed by pressing the release buttons and pulling out the caddies. Each drive bay features status and activity LEDs. Additionally, a service tag is located at the lower right corner for quick identification.

Rear Connectivity:

The rear panel includes Ethernet ports for iDRAC remote management, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, and another VGA output.

Additional Rear Features:

Most models also feature NVMe BOSS boot drives at the back, which are externally accessible and come with an integrated RAID controller.

Internal Components:

Inside the server, the PCB is mostly covered by airflow shrouds and risers. Air circulation is facilitated by six 4cm fans.

CPU and Memory:

The server houses dual Xeon CPUs, each equipped with large heatsinks and special extensions that position them close to the cooling fans. Each CPU is accompanied by 16 DIMM slots, allowing the server to support up to 8TB of RAM when fully populated. The system can also be configured with eight PCIe slots.

Power Supply:

The PowerEdge R760 is equipped with two hot-swappable, redundant power supplies. These are rated between 700 and 2,800 watts and come with either 80 Plus Platinum or Titanium certifications.

Cooling Options:

The R760 can be configured for both air and direct liquid cooling (DLC). Some CPU options, like the Intel 8470Q, are exclusively available with DLC. Dell collaborates with several certified partners to offer a range of liquid cooling solutions, depending on your specific needs.

Remote Management

The Dell PowerEdge R760 employs Dell's iDRAC remote management controller. The initial dashboard screen provides a comprehensive view of the system's health, a log of recent activities, and a summary of tasks. In the System section, you'll find various categories, each marked with a status indicator. The Power subsection gives you the current status of each power supply, along with a historical record of power usage. Moving on to the Memory section, it offers status updates for each memory slot and details about the type of memory installed. The Maintenance area includes a lifecycle log that captures major system events. Within Maintenance, the SupportAssist feature allows for easy tracking of service requests, an integration we find quite useful. Lastly, the Storage section delivers an in-depth look at storage configurations and provides an overall summary.

We trust that this article has provided you with a deeper understanding of this exceptional server. If you're in the market for either refurbished or new servers, components, or parts, feel free to reach out to us at

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