Swapping a Xeon 3060 with Q9550

Hello,

I have this IBM x3250 (4365BU) with a dual-core Xeon 3060 that I want to replace with Q9550 to get a bit more performance out of the box. Based on what I found, the two use the same socket so theoretically, it should work. Can you think of a reason this wouldn't work?

Thanks all
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  1. Hello and welcome to the forums :)
    http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/hardware/rack/x3250m2/index.html
    "Intel® Xeon® 3300 (quad-core) (up to 2.83 GHz/12 MB/1333 MHz) or Intel® Xeon® 3100 (dual-core) (up to 3.16 GHz/6 MB/1333 MHz) or Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E7200 (up to 2.53 GHz/1 GB/800 MHz) or Intel® Celeron® (up to 2.0 GHz/512 KB/800 MHz)"
    Its a little bit confusing because it says it supports Xeon X3300 but doesn't talk about any Core2Quad CPUs.
    But i think you can use a Q9550 on it since its the same as Xeon 3300
  2. Hi Maziar,

    Yes, confusing indeed. According to the link below, IBM x3250 was released in 2006 about the same release date as core 2 line. I could grab a Q9550 from the local store and try it but I won't be able to return it if it doesn't work unfortunately. I do have a x3320 so I'll try it out before buying the Q9550. I'll keep you posted.

    Regards
  3. The X3320 CPU is no go. I can't get the box to post. So perhaps Q9550 won't work either.
  4. It's really strange because it should work,well try updating your BIOS because sometimes a new BIOS lets you use new CPUs on it
  5. I can't find anything online on this motherboard. Ironically, it's "Kentsfield" in its model name. Anyway, I give up on trying for now.

    Regards
  6. According to IBM, the only CPU available with that model is the Xeon 3060: http://www-304.ibm.com/shop/americas/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/default/ProductDisplay?productId=4611686018425291620&storeId=1&langId=-1&categoryId=4611686018425116957&dualCurrId=73&catalogId=-840 They probably don't support any other CPU.
  7. I understand that's what IBM recommends but the motherboard is from a third party. So my hope was to get a BIOS update so the quad core can be used. Oh well :)
  8. You'd have to figure out who makes the motherboard (CPU-Z might display that info) and a compatible BIOS for it. If it's like HP systems, you're probably out of luck.
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