Server Pricing Report – November 2021

Welcome to the tenth 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 4th November, 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

$49(+) / $89(-) / 480gb Intel DC S3500
$99() / $135() / 800gb Intel DC S3500
$179(+) / $250() / 1.6TB Intel DC S3500

$199() / $299() / 1.6TB Intel P3605 NVMe
$339() / $699() / 1.6TB Intel P3605 NVMe (U.2)
$579() / $849(-) / 3.84TB Samsung PM983 NVMe

$160() / $299() / Samsung PM863 1.92TB SATA
$399() / $775() / 3.84TB Samsung PM1633A 12Gbps 2.5″ SAS SSD
$189() / $475() / HGST Ultrastar SSD1600MM 1.6TB SSD SAS 12Gb/s

Hard Drives

$40() / $70() / 3TB HGST SATA
$120(-) / $180(-) / 8TB HGST SATA
$180(-) / $300() / 10TB HGST SATA
$274() / $388() / 12TB HGST SATA
$250(-) / $479(-) / 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)
$89(-) / $155() / 32GB DDR4 (e)
$120(-) / $195() / 32GB DDR4 (f)

E5v2 CPUs

$35(+) / $70() / E5-2660v2
$49() / $99() / E5-2680v2
$99(-) / $325() / E5-2697v2

E5v3 CPUs

$79() / $199() / E5-2680v3

E5v4 CPUs

$131(-) / $169(-) / E5-2680v4
$255(+) / $299(+) / E5-2690v4
$750(+) / $999(-) / E5-2699v4

New CPU’s

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

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

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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 CPUs

$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 BeAware 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.
  • We have made the decision to remove all Intel D3-S4610 because we don’t believe that these ssds provide good value on the used parts market compared to older Intel SATA drives or newer NVMe or SAS 12G options.
  • We have added the Samsung PM863 1.92TB SATA and the 3.84TB Samsung PM1633A 12Gbps 2.5″ SAS SSD due to demand for better representation of Samsung drives, with this model having good availability and price.
  • We have also added the HGST Ultrastar SSD1600MM 1.6TB SSD SAS 12Gb/s which offers 2x the speed of Intel SATA drives while still being compatible with SAS raid cards and SAS drive bays. Also due to long term good supply and price, as well as extremely good drive-writes-per-day durability.
  • 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.
  • There hasn’t been a lot of price movement over the past month. A lot of parts are remaining stable price wise, but there has been increased availability in most parts which is good to see.
  • 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
(g) — 8RX4 PC3L-10600L

(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.