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Exclusive Review of the Viridian PC VHS-3HC Windows Home Server 2011 Server


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Last month we told you about the new Viridian PC VHS-3HC Windows Home Server 2011 Server. Here is our exclusive review of this new Windows Home Server.


The new entry-level model is specifically to run Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 and powered by Intel ‘Sandy Bridge’ processors with 4Gb of DDR3 memory as standard. The VHS-3HC, like our other ‘Sandy Bridge’ models, features dual server-class Intel network adapters and a server chipset (Intel C206).

In base specification the VHS-3HC features an Intel Celeron G530T dual-core CPU, 4Gb of DDR3 RAM and160Gb drive for the operating system and three free hot-swap drive bays. Upgrades to the system drive are available including mirrored drives and/or solid state drives

Who are Viridian PC?

From their website:

Viridian PC Systems Ltd. are a new company, based in the North West of England and founded with a mission to deliver the best range of home and small business servers in the world.

We had previously reviewed the Viridian PC VHS-5HC Colorado Edition Windows Home Server 2011.


CPU : Intel Celeron G530T, 2.2GHz, dual core, 64bit, 3MB cache (other processor options available)

Chipset : Intel C206

Memory : 4Gb DDR3 1333MHz, Max 8Gb

Networking : 1 x Intel 82574L Gigabit LAN port, 1 x Intel 82574LM Gigabit LAN port

Storage : 3 x free SATA hot-swap drive bays, 1 x 160 Gb SATA drive

Graphics : Intel Integrated Graphics

USB : 6 x USB 2.0 (2 front & 4 Rear)

Expansion slots : 1 (x16) PCI-Express

Power supply : 200wPhysical dimensions : 9.85” x 7.88” x 11.82” (H x W x D)

2 years return-to-base warranty as standard.

The VHS-3HC Colorado Edition is available now, with prices starting at £441.67 excluding VAT.

What’s in the Box?

Along with the server is a Getting Started guide, power cord, Ethernet cable, Recovery DVDs and a set of screws and drive bay keys.

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Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


  1. I bought the server VHS-4HA in August 2011 for 622 GBP including VAT and flat shipping rate. Pre-sales communication was excellent, I learned everything I needed to. The server arrived and worked until January 2013. Since then, it has failed to start (stopped booting after a while). At first I tried to contact ViridianPC support, which took me 10 days. They had a “problem with DNS”. On the basis of discussion with the support I’ve sent the server to the UK (70 GBP). The server was delivered to repair on 14th February and since then (for more than 50 days) no one is communicating with me. I don’t have the server, I don’t have money. I take the entire investment as lost (692 GBP) and I have to buy another server because I can not wait anymore. I want to very strongly warn everyone who would like to purchase anything from ViridianPC. You can end up like me and lose a lot of time and money.

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