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cylent77
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upgrading the poweredge t110 cpu

hello all.

i've went out and bought a core i5-760, 2.80 Ghz, 8MB cache, LGA1156 cpu to replace the old pentium dual core cpu it currently has.

has anyone done this?

i believe this should work since its the same socket?

any advise?

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Re: upgrading the poweredge t110 cpu

Just because it fits doesn't mean it will work.  Both the BIOS and the chipset must support that particular processor.

According to these, i3 (500-series) is as good as the support gets:

i.dell.com/.../PowerEdge-T110-II-Technical-Guide.pdf

www.dell.com/.../pd

However, BIOS version 1.5.2 mentions the i5 ... "Updated Intel(R) Xeon(R) Processor i3 and i5 series C2 stepping microcode."  This doesn't necessarily mean that it will work, but is somewhat promising ... although, the i7-760 uses B1 stepping and the update addressed C2 stepping, which probably more than negates the "promise" of the release notes mentioning i5.  

If you can return the CPU if it doesn't work, then try it.  If you can't return it, then do some more homework ... check the chipset specs (although features may be different with Dell BIOS implementation) and call Dell support (always free in US/Canada, regardless of warranty status) to inquire if there are any i5 procs listed in their list of parts for the T110.

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cylent77
6 Indium

Re: upgrading the poweredge t110 cpu

thanks for that.

so first i need to upgrade the bios to 1.5.2... cause currently its at 1.1.x i forgot. ...

and then i'll attempt the cpu upgrade. of course this means downtime cause this is my domain controller.

and this is why i kick myself in the foot for not building my own server ... oh well 😞

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8 Krypton

Re: upgrading the poweredge t110 cpu

Update the BIOS to the latest (1.5.2 is not the latest, but the only version that mentioned processor support).

Building a server is an option, but doing a little bit of homework on the systems might be a good idea in the future (not that building your own won't require substantial homework as well) - asking here is a great way to do that - the T110 is a bargain-basement, low-end, almost-not-considered-a-server machine, whose upgradeability and performance will obviously be limited.

Good luck.  Let us know if it works.

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cylent77
6 Indium

Re: upgrading the poweredge t110 cpu

perhaps you can help me figure this out. i clicked on the downlaod link and it download the dell driver download manager. when i start it up it says "There are no files to download. please goto drivers and download to select files". but thats what i did...

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Re: upgrading the poweredge t110 cpu

Friendly advice ... never use the Download Manager.  Delete any Dell cookies stored on  your system (or use another browser for this), then select Download Via Internet Browser.

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cylent77
6 Indium

Re: upgrading the poweredge t110 cpu

i figured it out got the download working.

yet another hurdle. the windows bios installer is a 32bit program and i have server 64bit.

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8 Krypton

Re: upgrading the poweredge t110 cpu

Try running it as Administrator ... the BIOS update packages will work on either architecture.  Are you using Server 2008 or 2008 R2?  Make sure you are using this file:

 

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cylent77
6 Indium

Re: upgrading the poweredge t110 cpu

ok i got the bios update installed. it was 1.8.4 or something like that.

anyhow my next question is about the heatsink / fan.

as you know the cpu dell opted for has a heatsink on it and the heatsink has a plate on the back to hold it ... its nice and easy.

now. the core i5 comes with a stock fan intel bundles.

if i remove the "old" cpu can i use the heatsink with the i5 ? will the i5 survive with the heatsink? because taking the board apart and installing the new fan will mean completely removing the motherboard. something very time consuming.

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Re: upgrading the poweredge t110 cpu

I would suspect that the i5 would need a better cooling solution that a Dual Core proc, but you'd probably have to compare the specs of the two procs you have for a better idea.

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