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August 30, 2008 12:12:13 AM

i need to know the xps 420's model of the motherboard if anyone could tell me that would be great


ps i already looked at dells website it wont tell me

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August 30, 2008 12:19:42 AM

it's a dell branded motherboard. you can't just go to newegg and expect to find the same one. all i know about it is that it's an X38 board.
August 30, 2008 12:57:21 AM

Nik_I said:
it's a dell branded motherboard. you can't just go to newegg and expect to find the same one. all i know about it is that it's an X38 board.


Ouch, they put in x38 and then lock the bios so you can't oc. What a waste... :p 
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August 30, 2008 1:14:20 AM

Most all boards from these companies are locked in one way or another. Dont be suprised if the pcie isnt even running at full speed.
August 30, 2008 12:40:23 PM

spathotan said:
Most all boards from these companies are locked in one way or another. Dont be suprised if the pcie isnt even running at full speed.


if i remember right, the pci-e x16 slots are actually locked at x8. what a waste indeed....
August 30, 2008 1:16:25 PM

It's a BTX motherboard, you are truly stuck in a Dell world.

There may be a model number screen printed on the board itself otherwise download CPU-Z and see what it calls it. http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php

What is it you want to do? If it is overclocking you may be limited to software overclocking.





August 30, 2008 1:23:27 PM

i wanted to know cause i was told by a friend that it wont support the 4870x2 cause it has 2gb of mem and it only supports 1.8gb's of mem
August 30, 2008 1:57:16 PM

According to the owner's manual your system can support up to 8gig of memory minus other devices witha 64 bit OS. 4 gig with a 32 bit os.

Your board contrary to this thread does have a x16 slot.

Quote:
Cards
CAUTION: Before you perform any of the procedures in this section, follow the
safety instructions in the Product Information Guide.
NOTICE: To prevent static damage to components inside your computer, discharge
static electricity from your body before you touch any of your computer’s electronic
components. You can do so by touching an unpainted metal surface on the computer.
Your Dell™ computer provides the following slots for PCI and PCI Express cards:
• Three PCI card slots
• One PCI Express x1 card slot
• One PCI Express x16 card slot
• One PCI Express x8 card slot (electrically configured as an x4)



As long as you can confirm that with the odd layout/case setup that the card fits and that you have sufficent power the motherboard shouldn't limit you from putting in that card.

Edit to add: Dell lets you configure it with a 3870x2 so there should be enough space.
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