AnimalThiel
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Best processor for Poweredge 2600?

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I have an old Poweredge 2600 server with two single-core Xeons (604 socket, 3.06 GHz, 512K Cache, 533 MHz FSB). I'd like to upgrade to better processors. Is it OK to get the hottest Xeon they made for that socket, like the six-core X7460 or are there other pitfalls that I need to be aware of? If the X7460 is not compatible, what is the best model of processor for this machine?

Sorry for asking about old technology... My project has a very tight budget so I have to be creative.

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Re: Best processor for Poweredge 2600?

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Hi,

Please send a private message with your service tag to ensure we have all appropriate information on your system.

Thank you,

Jim Plumlee
Dell EMC, Enterprise Engineer

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AnimalThiel
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Re: Best processor for Poweredge 2600?

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As per your request I have sent you the service tag. Thanks very much for taking the time to help me on this!

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Re: Best processor for Poweredge 2600?

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Thank you for the service tag, Andrew.

From the spec sheet: Up to two Intel® XEON™ III processors at 2.4GHz, 2.8GHz, 3.06GHz and 3.20GHz

https://www.dell.com/downloads/global/products/pedge/en/2600_specs.pdf

Jim Plumlee
Dell EMC, Enterprise Engineer

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AnimalThiel
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Re: Best processor for Poweredge 2600?

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OK, sorry, but just to be clear... You're saying 3.2GHz is the limiting factor? Does that mean I can use two 3.2GHz, 64-bit Xeon 7130M?

Sorry if it's a dumb question - I like to think I'm pretty good at technical stuff, but swapping server processors is a little outside of my comfort zone.

Thanks again for your help!

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Re: Best processor for Poweredge 2600?

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Hi,

You can use 2 64-bit Intel® Xeon® Processor 3.20 GHz, 1M Cache, 800 MHz FSB. Another factor that affects the processor is the BIOS. The BIOS on the 2600 came out in 2005 with the latest update 2011. 

Hope that helps.

Jim Plumlee
Dell EMC, Enterprise Engineer

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AnimalThiel
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Re: Best processor for Poweredge 2600?

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I've got the A14 BIOS, which looks like the most recent version, so it looks like that much is good to go.

OK - one last confirmation and then I'll be out of your hair, I promise 

According to my research, you're referring to part number...

RK80546KG0881M

...am I right?

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Re: Best processor for Poweredge 2600?

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Hi,

Not a problem. You are correct, that would be the RK80546KG0881M.

Thanks, 

Jim Plumlee
Dell EMC, Enterprise Engineer

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AnimalThiel
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Re: Best processor for Poweredge 2600?

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Awesome, thanks for your help!

Not as many cores as I was hoping for, but it fits the (lack of) budget nicely!

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