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May 26th, 2024 15:16

Aurora R5, Xeon compatibility?

Hello, I have an alienware Aurora r5 with an i5 6400 and I was wondering if it is possible to upgrade to a xeon e3 v5 processor of some sorts since they use the same socket. Has anyone tried this upgrade?

7 Technologist


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May 26th, 2024 16:27

google search confirms Vanadiel and Chino are correct, but hope is not lost to overcome the Intel ME. “starting with Skylake Intel locked the Xeons to server and workstation chipsets like C232 and C236, they won't work on consumer chipsets like Z170. Intel did this because the Xeons were cutting into the i7 sales as people were using the Xeons as a cheap alternative to the i7”. In order to use Xeon on Z170 mobo of R5, user needs to apply a patch to bios. If you do not know what you are doing this could potentially brick the R5 board, and the community is not responsible for it. Do it only when you fully understand the risk and also have the tool to do it.  “to get an E3 V5 going on Z170, you have to patch and disable Intel Management Engine”


6 Professor


6.2K Posts

May 26th, 2024 15:51

They might have the same sockets, but they are not the same product.

It supports the following CPU's only: Aurora R5 CPU support

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