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HP ProLiant DL160 Gen8 Server Series

The HP ProLiant DL160 Gen8 is a dual-socket, high-performance, dense rack server with enhanced manageability and scalability suited for High Performance Computing (HPC) environments, web serving and other hyperscale environments

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One of the following depending on Model
Eight -Core Processors
Intel® Xeon® E5-2680 (2.7GHz/8-core/20MB/8GT-s QPI/130W, DDR3-1600, HT, Turbo2- 4/4/5/5/5/7/8/8)
Intel® Xeon® E5-2670 (2.6GHz/8-core/20MB/8GT-s QPI/115W, DDR3-1600, HT, Turbo2- 4/4/5/5/6/6/7/7)
Intel® Xeon® E5-2665 (2.4GHz/8-core/20MB/8GT-s QPI/115W, DDR3-1600, HT, Turbo2- 4/4/5/5/6/6/7/7)
Intel® Xeon® E5-2660 (2.2GHz/8-core/20MB/8GT-s QPI/95W, DDR3-1600, HT, Turbo2- 5/5/6/6/7/7/8/8)
Intel® Xeon® E5-2650 (2.0GHz/8-core/20MB/8GT-s QPI/95W, DDR3-1600, HT, Turbo2- 4/4/5/5/5/7/8/8)
Intel® Xeon® E5-2650L (1.8GHz/8-core/20MB/8.0 GT-s QPI/70W, DDR3-1600, HT, Turbo2- 2/2/3/3/4/4/5/5)
Six-Core Processors
Intel® Xeon® E5-2667 (2.9GHz/6-core/15MB/8GT-s QPI/130W, DDR3-1600, HT, Turbo2- 3/3/3/4/5/6)
Intel® Xeon® E5-2640 (2.5GHz/6-core/15MB/7.2GT-s QPI/95W, DDR3-1333, HT, Turbo2- 3/3/4/4/5/5)
Intel® Xeon® E5-2630 (2.3GHz/6-core/15MB/7.2GT-s QPI/95W, DDR3-1333, HT, Turbo2- 3/3/4/4/5/5)
Intel® Xeon® E5-2630L (2.0GHz/6-core/15MB/8.0GT-s QPI/60W, DDR3-1333, HT, Turbo2- 3/3/4/4/5/5)
Intel® Xeon® E5-2620 (2.0GHz/6-core/15MB/7.2GT-s QPI/95W, DDR3-1333, HT, Turbo2- 3/3/4/4/5/5)
Quad- Core Processors
Intel® Xeon® E5-2609 (2.4GHz/4-core/10MB/6.4GT-s QPI/80W)
Intel® Xeon® E5-2603 (1.8GHz/4-core/10MB/6.4GT-s QPI/80W)
Dual- Core Processors
Intel® Xeon® E5-2637 (3.0GHz/2-core/5MB/8.0GT-s QPI/80W, DDR3-1600, HT, Turbo2- 5/5)
NOTE: Up to 2 processors supported.
NOTE: HT indicates that the processor model supports Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology.
NOTE: Turbo 2 indicates the maximum potential bin increments when using Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, with 8, 7,6,5,4,3,2 and 1 cores active DDR3 speed is the maximum memory speed of the processor. Actual memory speed may depend on the quantity and type of DIMMs installed (options for 1600, 1333, 1066MHz).
NOTE: For the Intel® C600 Chipset E5-2600 Series, the letter preceding the model number indicates the Product Line (E3, E5, E7); 2600x v#, 2 = number of CPUs in a Node, 6 is socket/segment designation, 00 = Processor SKU, x = L for low power SKUs and v# (not yet designated) = version number.

Cache Memory
One of the following depending on Model
20MB (1x20MB) Level 3
NOTE: For Eight-core processors.
15MB (1x15MB) Level 3
 For Six-core processors.
10MB (1x10MB) Level 3
 For Quad-core processors.
5MB (1x5MB) Level 3
 For Dual-core processors.
NOTE: All processor models above list the L3 Cache associated with that particular processor.

Chipset Intel® C600 Chipset
Intel® E5-2600 processor Family
NOTE: For more information regarding Intel® chipsets, please see the following URL:

Upgradeability Upgradeable to two processors (16 Cores)
Up to 24 DIMM slots available for higher Memory capacity
Up to 8 SFF Hard Drive Bays; Or 4 LFF Drive Bay
2 PCIe Generation 3 IO slots for additional communications and storage expansion
Optical Drive Bay

On System Management Chipset HP iLO (Firmware: HP iLO 4)
NOTE: For more information, visit:

Memory Protection Advanced memory protection
Lockstep Mode

Type HP SmartMemory 
PC3-10600R Registered DDR3 (1333MHz)
DIMM Slots Available 24 DIMM slots
Standard (Entry Models) 4 GB (1 x 4 GB) RDIMM
Standard (Base Models) 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) RDIMM
Standard (Performance / Energy Star Models) 16 GB (4 x 4 GB) RDIMM
Maximum (RDIMM) 384 GB (24 x 16 GB)
Maximum (LRDIMM) 768 GB (24 x 32 GB)
Maximum (UDIMM) 128 GB (16 x 8 GB)
NOTE: HP memory from previous generation servers are not qualified or warranted with this HP ProLiant Server. HP SmartMemory is required to realize the memory performance improvements and enhanced functionality listed in this document for Gen8. For additional information, please see the HP SmartMemory QuickSpecs at:
NOTE: LRDIMM, RDIMM and UDIMMs are all distinct memory technologies and cannot be mixed within a server. The majority of ProLiant Gen8 servers support RDIMM, UDIMM and LRDIMM.
NOTE: If only one processor is installed, only 12 DIMM slots are available. When populating with two processors 24 DIMM slots are available. For maximum speed on some memory options on 16 DIMM slots may be populated. 
NOTE: Depending on the memory configuration and processor model, the memory speed may run at 1600MHz, 1333MHz, or 1066MHz. Please see Memory Population Table or the Online Memory Configuration Tool at:

Network Controller HP NC361i Integrated Dual Port Gigabit Server Adapter

Expansion Slots #
Bus Width
Connector Width*
Form Factor
PCIe 3.0
Half length, full height or Full length, full height
2 PCIe 3.0 X8 x8 Low Profile Internal only
  NOTE: *Indicates the number of physical electrical lanes running to the connector.
NOTE: In order to access expansion slot #2 (the low profile internal only slot), expansion slot #1 may only be populated with a half length, full height form factor card. If full length card is installed on the slot #1, low profile internal only slot will be inaccessible.

HP Server ROM HP ROM (Read Only Memory) is now digitally signed using HP's Corporate Signing Service. This signature is verified before the flash process starts, reducing accidental programming and preventing malicious efforts to corrupt system ROM.

HP ROM provides for essential initialization and validation of hardware components before control is passed to the customer-installed operating system. The ROM also provides the capability of booting from various fixed media (HDD, CD-ROM) and removable media (USB), to continue operation to the operating system. 
HP ROM performs very early configuration of the video controller, to allow monitoring of initialization progress via an attached monitor. If configuration or hardware errors are discovered during this early phase of hardware initialization, suitable messages are now displayed on the connected monitor. Additionally, these configuration or hardware errors are logged to the Integrated Management Log (IML) to assist in diagnosis.
HP's ProLiant ROM is used to configure the following:

  • Processor and chipset status registers 
  • System memory, memory map, and memory initialization 
  • System hardware configuration (Integrated PCI devices and optional PCIe cards). 
  • Customer-specific BIOS configuration (using the HP ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

NOTE: For further information, please refer to HP's RBSU (ROM based setup utility) user guide:

Storage Controller
One of the following depending on Model
Entry Models HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i controller
Base Models HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i controller
Performance Models HP Smart Array P420/1GB FBWC controller
NOTE: Available upgrades: 512MB FBWC for B120i, 2GB FBWC for P420 Controller/ 1GB FBWC controller
NOTE: HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i controller supports up to 3Gb/s speed in HP ProLiant DL160 Gen8. HP Smart Array controller is required in PCIe slot to achieve 6Gb/s.

Internal Storage Devices Diskette Drives Via USB only
Optical Drives Optional SATA 9.5mm DVD-ROM Optical Drive
Optional SATA 9.5mm DVD RW Optical Drive
Drive Bays
One of the following depending on Model
Up to 4 Hot plug SAS/SATA 3.5" drives
Up to 8 Hot plug SAS/SATA 2.5" drives

Maximum Internal Storage
One of the following depending on Model
Hot Plug LFF SATA 12.0TB 4 x 3TB
Hot Plug LFF SATA SSD 1.6TB 4 x 400GB
Hot Plug LFF SAS 12.0TB 4 x 3TB
Hot Plug SFF SATA 8.0TB 8 x 1TB
Hot Plug SFF SATA SSD 3.2TB 8 x 400GB
Hot Plug SFF SAS 8.0TB 8 x 1TB
Hot Plug SAS SSD 6.4TB 8 x 800GB
Non-Hot Plug LFF SATA 12.0TB 4 x 3TB
Non-Hot Plug LFF SAS 2.4TB 4 x 600GB

Interfaces Network RJ-45(Ethernet) 2 NIC ports, 1 dedicated iLO port
Serial 1 (Rear)
Pointing Device (Mouse) 0 (via USB only)
Graphics 2 VGA ports(1 rear, 1 front)
Keyboard 0 (via USB only)
USB 2.0 Ports 7 (two front, one internal, four rear)
NOTE: In order to use internal USB port, the internal USB Cable Gen8 Kit (P/N: 662961-B21) is required. Please note that this is a Factory installable Only (FIO) option and cannot be bought standalone.
NOTE: Front Video Graphic Adapter Kit (PN 655915-B21) is required for enabling front VGA port.

Industry Standard Compliance ACPI 2.0 Compliant
PCIe 3.0 Compliant
PXE Support
WOL Support
Microsoft® Logo certifications
IPMI 2.0, SMASH CLP, DCMI 1.0 compliant
USB 2.0 Support

Server Power Cords One 6' Highline (IEC-IEC) power cord ships standard 
NOTE: HP ProLiant DL servers no longer ship standard with a 12-foot NEMA 5-15P to C13 power cords that allow connection to 110V US wall outlets in a home or office. HP ProLiant DL servers are primarily connected to PDU's in data center racks and now ship standard with only a PDU 6-foot C-14 to C13 power cord (142258-001). If a user wishes to power a ProLiant DL server using a110V receptacle (NEMA-15), the 12-foot NEMA 5-15 to C13 power cord. 
If customers require a local power cord, they can check the power cord matrix for the appropriate cord. Please see the following power cord matrix:

To review typical system power ratings, use the HP Power Advisor tool available at URL: or
NOTE: Power Specification and Technical Content for supported power supplies can be found at:

HP's Common Slot (CS) power supplies allow for commonality of power supplies across a wide range of ProLiant and Integrity servers, as well as HP Storage solutions, and are designed to provide the highest power supply efficiency without degrading system performance. HP CS power supplies are tested by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and certified through the ECOS 80 Plus power supply program. HP CS power supply options provide efficiency ratings of up to 94% and are available in three power output options - 460W, 750W and 1200W - allowing the customer to "right-size" a power supply for their specific server configuration. All HP Common Slot power sources are UL, CE Mark Compliant, hot-plug and support redundant configurations.

HP CS Platinum Plus power supplies are required when enabling HP's Intelligent Power Discovery (IPD) solution. IPD is the first technology to create an automated, energy-aware network between IT systems and facilities. This allows your company to reclaim millions of dollars in wasted power capacity and downtime costs across data centers. For more information on HP's IPD solution, go to

NOTE: It is highly recommended that you use the HP Power Advisor in defining the "Right-Size" power supply for your needs. HP Power Advisor can be accessed

NOTE: The 80 PLUS program is a unique forum that unites electric utilities, the computer industry, and consumers in an effort to bring energy efficient technology solutions to the marketplace. 80 Plus independently tests power supply efficiency and publicly posts the results on

NOTE: Common Slot power supplies require a new power backplane kit (p/n: 662959-B21) for installation. The Common Slot power supply and power backplane kits must be factory installed - neither should be bought as a standalone option for HP ProLiant DL160 Gen8.

NOTE: 10GbE FlexibleLOM mandatorily need common slot power supply and are not supported with 500W multi-output power supply. These FlexibleLOM options require Aux power connector that comes with the common slot power supply. Please see the options section for specific details.

NOTE: Since DL160 Gen8 only has only one power supply slot, above mentioned power supplies will not be Hot Plug in case of DL160 Gen8.

NOTE: Power Specification and Technical Content for supported power supplies can be found at:

System Fans
One of the following depending on Model
5 non-hot plug redundant fans ship standard in 1P models
7 non-hot plug redundant fans ship standard in 2P models
NOTE: The processor option kit contains two additional fan modules when upgrading from one processor to two processor models.

Required Cabling For required cabling information, refer to the Web site at: Gen8

Operating Systems and Virtualization Software Support for ProLiant Servers

Microsoft Windows Server
Oracle Solaris 
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES)

NOTE: For more information on HP's Certified and Supported ProLiant Servers for OS and Virtualization Software and latest listing of software drivers available for your server, please visit our Support Matrix at: and our driver download page


Integrated Matrox G200 video standard

  • 1280 x 1024 (32 bpp)
  • 1920 x 1200 (16 bpp)

Form Factor
One of the following depending on Model
Rack (1U), (1.75 in/4.45 cm)
8 SFF Models 
1.7" (43.2mm) Height x 17.1" (434.6mm) Width x 27.5" (699mm) Length
4 LFF Models 
1.7" (43.18mm) Height x 17.11" (434.6mm) Width x 29.5" (750mm) Length

On System Management

HP iLO Management Engine

HP iLO Management Engine is a complete set of embedded management features supporting the complete lifecycle of the server, from initial deployment, through ongoing management, to service alerting and remote support. HP iLO Management Engine comes standard on all HP ProLiant Gen8 Servers. HP iLO Management Engine portfolio includes:

  • HP iLO: The HP iLO management processor is the core foundation for HP iLO Management Engine. HP iLO for HP ProLiant servers simplify server setup, engage health monitoring and power and thermal control, and promote remote administration for HP ProLiant ML, DL, BL and SL servers. Furthermore with the new HP iLO is the ability to access, deploy, and manage your server anytime from anywhere with your Smartphone device. 
  • HP Agentless Management: With HP iLO Management Engine in every HP ProLiant Gen8 server, the base hardware monitoring and alerting capability is built into the system (running on the HP iLO chipset) and starts working the moment that a power cord and an Ethernet cable is connected to the server. 
  • HP Active Health System: HP Active Health System is an essential component of the HP iLO Management Engine. It provides: Diagnostics tools/scanners wrapped into one; Always on, continuous monitoring for increased stability and shorter downtimes; Rich configuration history; Health and service alerts; Easy export and upload to Service and Support. 
  • HP Active Health System: HP Active Health System is an essential component of the HP iLO Management Engine. It provides customers with: Diagnostics tools/scanners wrapped into one; Always on, continuous monitoring for increased stability and shorter downtimes; Rich configuration history; Health and service alerts; Easy export and upload to Service and Support. 
  • HP Intelligent Provisioning: (previously known as SmartStart): HP Intelligent Provisioning offers the ability for out-of-the box single-server deployment and configuration without the need for media. 

NOTE: For more information, visit:

HP Insight management software

HP Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP)

HP Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) and HP Smart Update Manager (HP SUM) version 5 provide a new, comprehensive approach to firmware and system software maintenance. Together they provide better operating stability and ensure maximum uptime. The SPP will be updated at a predictable cadence, typically coinciding with new HP server hardware launches. By enabling all firmware to be updated online and integrating firmware and system software updates in one operation HP SUM and the SPP offer faster updates of individual servers and dramatically faster updates of entire BladeSystem enclosures. Further improving system uptime and stability is the fact that HP provides 12 months of support on each Service Pack for ProLiant.

The user experience around HP SUM and the SPP has been improved in several ways, starting with the web download. A single web page provides access to a single download containing both the latest version of HP SUM version 5 and the latest SPP. Optional smaller subsets with only specific types of servers or specific operating systems are offered to save on download time. The HP SUM application has been re-written to provide a more straightforward, intuitive user interface that guides the user through the steps of discovery, analyses and update, providing comprehensive information on available updates, criticality and interdependencies. This information is also available in reports. By providing the option of multiple local or shared repositories which can be easily updated from, HP SUM provides the tools to optimize stability and consistency throughout the company. While HP SUM and the SPP will recommend the combinations of firmware and system software that HP has found to be the best practice, the application gives customers the flexibility to set their own specific baseline.

The Service Pack for ProLiant has been rigorously tested with specific attention for interaction between firmware, drivers and agents both within the server as well as in interaction with the BladeSystem enclosure components (Onboard Administrator and Virtual Connect). This testing ensures the highest quality as well as providing the input for HP SUM to deploy updates taking into account all interdepencies, when determining the correct updates and order of update deployment.

NOTE: The Service Pack for ProLiant (which includes HP SUM 5) can be downloaded from More information can be found: and

Security Power-on password
Setup password
Diskette boot control
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
Secure Shell (SSH)

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 parts replacement is available for three years 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 3 year Next Day Parts replacement, 0-Years Labor, 0-Years Onsite support (3-1-1 warranty in APJ). Additional information regarding worldwide limited warranty and technical support is available at: