Server Pricing Report – October 2021

Welcome to the ninth installment of our monthly server price reporting for 2021.

If you were following along, last year we’ve been tracking changing parts prices for RAM, SSDs, Hard Drives, CPUs, and a couple of GPUs. Typically this is done monthly, and then shared on our blog.

Currently, all listed prices are from eBay, for used hardware. I may start tracking more new hardware as well if there is a demand for it.

Prices as of October 15th, 2021

+ or – indicates if the price has gone up or down since last month

Price Low* / Price High** / Part Name

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SSDs

$45(-) / $99() / 480gb Intel DC S3500
$99(+) / $135(+) / 800gb Intel DC S3500
$150() / $250() / 1.6TB Intel DC S3500

$199() / $299() / 1.6TB Intel P3605 NVMe
$339(-) / $699() / 1.6TB Intel P3605 NVMe (U.2)
$579(-) / $885(+) / 3.84TB Samsung PM983 NVMe

$95(-) / $286(-) / 480gb Intel D3-S4610
$235() / $385() / 960gb Intel D3-S4610
$650(+) / $735() / 1.92tb Intel D3-S4610
$650(-) / $997() / 3.84tb Intel D3-S4610

Hard Drives

40() / $70() / 3TB HGST SATA
$150(-) / $210(-) / 8TB HGST SATA
$200() / $335() / 10TB HGST SATA
$274() / $370() / 12TB HGST SATA
$590(-) / $595(-) / 14TB HGST SATA

DDR3 RAM

$30() / $55() / 16GB DDR3 (a)
$25() / $45() / 16GB DDR3 (b)
$59() / $109() / 32GB DDR3 (c)
$119(-) / $300() / 64GB DDR3 (g)

DDR4 RAM

$50() / $70() / 16GB DDR4 (d)
$50(-) / $95() / 16GB DDR4 (e)
$74() / $139() / 16GB DDR4 (f)
$80(-) / $140(-) / 32GB DDR4 (d)
$119(-) / $155(-) / 32GB DDR4 (e)
$140(-) / $195(-) / 32GB DDR4 (f)

E5v2 CPUs

$34() / $70() / E5-2660v2
$49(+) / $99() / E5-2680v2
$120(-) / $325(+) / E5-2697v2

E5v3 CPUs

$110(-) / $199(+) / E5-2680v3

E5v4 CPUs

$132(-) / $160(-) / E5-2680v4
$249(-) / $294(-) / E5-2690v4
$599(-) / $1350(-) / E5-2699v4

New CPU’s

$980() / $1400() / Xeon Platinum 8160

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To compare with the last report, here are the September 15th, 2021 prices:

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SSDs

$55(+) / $99() / 480gb Intel DC S3500
$47(-) / $110() / 800gb Intel DC S3500
$150() / $250() / 1.6TB Intel DC S3500

$199() / $299() / 1.6TB Intel P3605 NVMe
$480() / $699(+) / 1.6TB Intel P3605 NVMe (U.2)
$599(-) / $850() / 3.84TB Samsung PM983 NVMe

$98(+) / $287(-) / 480gb Intel D3-S4610
$235() / $385() / 960gb Intel D3-S4610
$500(+) / $650() / 1.92tb Intel D3-S4610
$680(-) / $997() / 3.84tb Intel D3-S4610

Hard Drives

$40(+) / $70() / 3TB HGST SATA
$180() / $278(-) / 8TB HGST SATA
$200(-) / $335() / 10TB HGST SATA
$274(+) / $370(-) / 12TB HGST SATA
$585(+) / $631() / 14TB HGST SATA

DDR3 RAM

$30() / $55() / 16GB DDR3 (a)
$25() / $45() / 16GB DDR3 (b)
$59() / $109() / 32GB DDR3 (c)
$130(-) / $300() / 64GB DDR3 (g)

DDR4 RAM

$50(+) / $70() / 16GB DDR4 (d)
$59() / $95() / 16GB DDR4 (e)
$74(-) / $139(-) / 16GB DDR4 (f)
$64(-) / $179() / 32GB DDR4 (d)
$155() / $199(+) / 32GB DDR4 (e)
$185(+) / $215() / 32GB DDR4 (f)

E5v2 CPUs

$34() / $70() / E5-2660v2
$48(-) / $99() / E5-2680v2
$146() / $160(-) / E5-2697v2

E5v3 CPUs

$116() / $148() / E5-2680v3

E5v4 CPUs

$141(-) / $195(-) / E5-2680v4
$279(+) / $340(+) / E5-2690v4
$899(+) / $1954() / E5-2699v4

New CPU’s

$980() / $1400() / Xeon Platinum 8160

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Some noteworthy changes from last month:

  • Make sure you check our blog! We recently published an article full of helpful tips to help you navigate the second hand server hardware market on eBay! You can read our Buyer Be Aware post here!
  • We have also recently published a post discussing the Base Clock, Max Turbo, and All Cores Turbo to help break through some of the confusion around CPU core performances. You can read about our All Cores Turbo post here.
  • For the most part, pricing has been pretty stable this past month. Though there has been some changes here and there, there’s been nothing truly exciting.
  • Availability of drives is still a little hit and miss. Some drives are definitely showing increased availability, but others are still definitely hard to get.
  • As noted in our ‘Safe Buying Practices’ blog post, this would probably be a really good time to exercise caution when it comes to buying used SSD’s, particularly if you don’t know their origins as crypto mining has been known to cause excessive wear in particular in SSD’s.
  • All in all, most parts across the board are starting to get back to where we would have expected them to be, pre crypto-mania.
  • This is our third month of tracking the Xeon Platinum 8160 CPU. The reason we’ve opted to add this CPU to our list is because at 24 cores and 150w TDP we felt this CPU provides a reasonable upgrade point from the E5v4 CPU without using too much additional power.
  • If you’d like to see more parts added to the list, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

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Definition of terms / fine print: 

  • Price Low — The lowest price to buy this part from a reputable seller in a moderate quantity, price as shipped to the US
  • Price High — There is a reasonably large quantity of this part available from multiple reputable sellers for this price or lower, price as shipped to the US
  • Price for the lowest priced drive of this size, matching this model number or better in the same class. “Same class” would mean sata (S) or nvme (P), as applicable. “Better” means a higher model number than listed. Ranked from worst to best, Intel model numbers are 3500, 3510, 3600, 3610, 3700, 3710

(a) — 2Rx4 PC3L-10600R ECC REG
(b) — 2Rx4 PC3L-12800R ECC REG
(c) — 4Rx4 PC3L-12800L ECC REG LRDIMM
(d) DDR4 PC4-2133P ECC Registered
(e) DDR4 PC4-2400T ECC Registered
(f) DDR4 PC4-2666V ECC Registered

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As always, let me know if you’ve got any feedback, how I can make this more useful, etc.