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Studio XPS 435T/9000, upgrade capabilities beyond design

Hello All,

I have a legacy Studio XPS 435T/9000 computer that kicks serious ! Not to mention the case is way cool, but this thing just keeps going and going. If you have one, here are some tips on how to make it completely BOSS!

First off, you don't have to buy that Extreme Edition CPU to get those numbers. That's right! This beast takes Xeon chips as well. Not to mention, the Xeon chips unleash MORE RAM! I upgraded my machine to the X5690 and it completely screams! Added a PCIe x4 M.2 SSD (500GB), a 1050 ti GPU, 1.5TB HHD in RAID 0, a BluRay quad and an EVGA 650w Bronze PSU. Talk about future proof, this thing rules in gaming and heavy processing. I'll upgrade the MoBo before anything else to a 2011v3 eventually. RAM prices are so high right now that it's not worth it. 

Tell me a story how you BOSSed your XPS.

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Re: XPS 435T/9000, upgrade capabilities beyond design

Hi,I upgraded my graphix card and power supply, I am also considering upgrading the cpu to a xeon x5690 and i am wondering what are the step that needs to be done for this upgrading the bios and risk that come with it. also how much ram total can you put in the machine and what kind ddr3 or ddr4.

Thank for letting me know.

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Re: XPS 435T/9000, upgrade capabilities beyond design

The Xeon x5690 allows up to 288GB of 1333Mhz ECC DDR3 ram. I was able to get 192GB working just fine. I recommend 48GB 1333Mhz ECC DDR3 RAM. It costs a lot less and is completely modern. I'm also running an EVGA 650w PSU. So, there's plenty of juice to boot. The 6.4GT/s bus is best achieved through a SSD. I recommend a PCIe x8 adapter to get the SATA III speeds. Although, the previous posts are genius in recommending the NVMe with the legacy boot capability. Nothing is faster than NVMe. Good luck!

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Well I started by upgrading the CUP to a Xeon W3690...  I later ran into a bad BIOS flash which <Profanity removed> so I ended up finding a 9100 motherboard. Once that came I found out Dell rotated the CPU slot on that board so it wouldn't fit. So I cut the case to make it fit. 

The 9100 board is pretty much same but with USB 3.0 

Later I would run into weird quarks with memory. It would never see the full capacity of what was installed. & even tried to go RAID 0.with SSD drives. The onboard RAID controller has bad latency which is probably due to bottlenecking .

 

Now currently....  

I went and got the Asus Sabertooth x58 board & moved the parts to a new case. The Dell PSU won't power the Asus Board well so you will need a better PSU.

I tried it out first & it struggled to start and when it did only saw 8gb of memory (12 total) but putting in the better PSU boom all 12 seen and running triple channel. 

This made me think though that possibly the Dell system always needed a better PSU from the start.  I will test how the RAID 0 runs later to see if the latency still exists with this board.  Only thing I noticed with the board is the MCH temp seems high to me. Just a thought...   I may try to put a fan on it idk...

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Re: XPS 435T/9000, upgrade capabilities beyond design

DO NOT USE THE XEON WITH THE "W" MONIKER. It will not work. ONLY the "X" series 1356 will work. Also, if you wish to increase the RAM, one must get UDIMM ECC RAM. The RAM controller is on the CPU, not the X58 chipset. YES! One should upgrade the PSU on this computer if they no nothing else. The original PSU is so crappy, it is not compatible with any UPS. I had mine replaced several times before DELL just got me an EVGA PSU. Now, I use an EVGA 650 Bronze. With 3 HDDs running RAID 0, this machine uses some juice.

 

 

GOOD POST! KEEP 'em COMING!

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Re: XPS 435T/9000, upgrade capabilities beyond design

@MasterX767 What BIOS did you use that worked with the X5690?

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Re: XPS 435T/9000, upgrade capabilities beyond design

Not working with my XPS 9000 with A16 BOIS and XPS 9100 with A4 BIOS.
And XEON X5687 CPUs, for both...
No ECC rams are working.
Beeping sound without any screen pop...
No good, sorry...

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Re: Studio XPS 435T/9000, upgrade capabilities beyond design

Can you describe the exact model number of 192 GB ECC RAM you have?

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Re: Studio XPS 435T/9000, upgrade capabilities beyond design

Which PSU did you use?

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