SLACR / SLU9x Question


I'm trying to update an aging XPS 710. It's currently got an Intel Duo Core E6600 2.4GHz . I was looking on the Dell website/forum and found a list of compatible CPUs with the XPS motherboard/BIOS.

2 in particular, a Q6600 and a QX6700 seem like decent choices, but as listed on the Dell site/forum, they include the suffix "B3" (as in the stepping SLU9x).

I've found alot of affordable Q6600's but they're listed as G0 (SLACR). I'm wondering - can I go ahead and install a G0 CPU? Or must I stick with the B3 (SLU9x) CPU?

Also, lastly, is SLU9L and SLU9M pretty much the same thing, or is one B3 and the other not?

Here are how the CPU's are listed on the Dell site/forum:

HU585 Kentsfield Quad Core Q6600, 2.4GHz, 8MB, 1066FSB, B3
UP673 Kentsfield Quad Core QX6700, 2.66GHz, 8MB, 1066FSB, B3

Thank you for your time, I'd be grateful for any help.
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  1. Even an educated guess would be a great help. :( I've posted in a bunch of places and got nothing, and I'd really like to avoid guessing with a hundred quid.
  2. If you can get a G0 Q6600, go for it.

    They are interchangeable:

    The G0 is a little more efficient and can run at a slightly higher temp.

    Although it's also a slightly better overclocker, you will not be able to overclock it in a Dell.
  3. That is exactly the kind of reply I was looking for - thank you!! :D
  4. Last update -

    I installed the Q6600 SLACR (updated BIOS to 1.4.1 beforehand) and it works without any problem :)

    Thanks again.
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