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IBM ZPRO 9228 Quad core, which processor?

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September 22, 2012 10:45:41 PM

Hello,
I'm looking to upgrade my two processors from a 2.66 dual core to a 3.0GHz quad core. Is this possible?It's a LGA771 Socket with a clock speed of 1333 MHz
Thank you for all your help.
David-
September 22, 2012 10:53:52 PM

davidshammer said:
Hello,
I'm looking to upgrade my two processors from a 2.66 dual core to a 3.0GHz quad core. Is this possible?It's a LGA771 Socket with a clock speed of 1333 MHz
Thank you for all your help.
David-


Sorry, What I'm asking is this the right chip set and would I see a doubling in proformance?
thank you,
David-
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September 22, 2012 11:00:21 PM

What CPU's do you currently have ?
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September 22, 2012 11:05:27 PM

Basically if you multi task a lot, then go for the Quad Core but you will need to provide your PC spec to give me a rough idea of what you are really dealing with.

Forget about chipset and performance for now, lets hear the Specs please :) 
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September 23, 2012 1:08:42 PM

Nedal0 said:
Basically if you multi task a lot, then go for the Quad Core but you will need to provide your PC spec to give me a rough idea of what you are really dealing with.

Forget about chipset and performance for now, lets hear the Specs please :) 

Good morning,
My PC is a IBM ZPRO 9228:

Two, dual core Intel Xenon (5150)2.66GHz processors clocking at 1333,LGA771 Socket

One 500GB HD 7200rpm
12GB DDR2 ram
NVIDIA Quadro FX 3500
815watt power supply

Besides the estimating program in excel, MS Word 2010, Photoshop CS6 and my CAD program Chief Architect X4 and Pro Kitchen(another CAD cabinet program for 3D viewing) is what my designer runs on this machine.( of course Firefox,

I was asking if those are the correct chips sets that will work for my machine, if not, I would like to know what would work. http://www.ebay.com/itm/130771253898?ssPageName=STRK:ME...

Thank you,
David
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September 24, 2012 3:08:06 PM

Thank you, how would I find the right Quad core that will support this machine?
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October 2, 2012 11:32:32 AM

Yes, I see that under IBM, but I saw another thread that someone installed quad core chips and it worked even though it's not mentioned on the IBM site.
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October 4, 2012 1:33:38 PM

It may be possible, but the only way to really find out is to install the quad-cores and cross your fingers that it works.
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December 23, 2012 4:49:07 AM

It will work. I've got the same machine, a Z-Pro 9228, and I'm responding to your question with two Xeon X5365 (SLAED) quad-cores running right now. I upgraded the machine from a pair of X5160 Woodcrest dual-cores, and it was a simple matter of popping the old ones out and installing the new ones - no big deal. The BIOS will complain that it doesn't support the Clovertown stepping, but Windows 7 64-Bit Ultimate shows all 8 processors, at the proper speed and the proper amount of cache for the Xeons.

You will, however, generate more heat with the extra cores. Depending on the multi-threaded apps you may run, it could get pretty warm in that case. I run Adobe Master Collection CS6, and it will make use of all 8 cores. The stock heatsinks and fans will work ok, albeit pretty loudly. I went with a Koolance Exos water-cooling system just to keep the noise down, myself.
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December 30, 2012 2:06:11 PM

Hello Gewehr: Thank you for your info. It warms my heart to see that of all the others that said"it couldn't be done or work" you speak up and proved them wrong. I'm the same way.
I would like to know where you purchases yoru chips and the model number I that will be looking for.
Thank you very much, and I love your set up as I will be copying you on it.
David- :hello: 

Gewehr98 said:
It will work. I've got the same machine, a Z-Pro 9228, and I'm responding to your question with two Xeon X5365 (SLAED) quad-cores running right now. I upgraded the machine from a pair of X5160 Woodcrest dual-cores, and it was a simple matter of popping the old ones out and installing the new ones - no big deal. The BIOS will complain that it doesn't support the Clovertown stepping, but Windows 7 64-Bit Ultimate shows all 8 processors, at the proper speed and the proper amount of cache for the Xeons.

You will, however, generate more heat with the extra cores. Depending on the multi-threaded apps you may run, it could get pretty warm in that case. I run Adobe Master Collection CS6, and it will make use of all 8 cores. The stock heatsinks and fans will work ok, albeit pretty loudly. I went with a Koolance Exos water-cooling system just to keep the noise down, myself.

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December 31, 2012 2:55:02 PM

Like I said in my previous post, you're looking for the Xeon model 5365 3.0Ghz Quad-Core processor, stepping code SLAED.

These were known in the industry as Clovertown processors, and were basically two Woodcrest 5100-series dual cores combined into one LGA771 package for a total of four cores. Just like the Woodcrest, there was no hyperthreading.

I bought mine on eBay for $150.00 each. The prices have come down considerably on Clovertown CPUs since I bought mine, but they're still not exactly giving them away.

This current eBay auction has a matched *pair* of 5365 SLAED processors starting at $175.00:

http://www.ebay.com/soc/itm/32104691505

Your conversion on the IBM 9228 is a very simple thing.

1. Check that your IBM BIOS is the latest version 1.45. If not, you'll need to download the IBM utility to flash it to v1.45.

2. Remove the two 5150 processors and replace them with the two 5365 processors. Make certain you have clean heatsink/fan units, and that you have an appropriate amount of good (Arctic Silver 5 or better) thermal compound in place.

3. If you're running Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate, you may have to enter MSCONFIG.EXE after rebooting and set the number of processors to 8 under Boot/Advanced Options to make use of the additional 4 cores you added.

That's it! Multi-task, multithread (or both!), to your heart's content!

I'm running the dual Xeon 5365 Quad Cores, 16Gb memory, a 240Gb SSD OS drive, 1.0Tb files drive, 64Gb SSD Pagefile drive, and a Radeon HD6870 in my IBM 9228 Z-Pro, all under Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate. I will eventually go to 32Gb memory for a total of 4Gb/core.

While not a gaming rig, it does rather well at the task, as long as you understand that most games aren't multithreaded (yet). Where it shines is post-processing of large RAW images under Adobe Photoshop CS6 64-bit and Adobe Illustrator CS6 64-bit. As a professional photography student, I'm now working with my Nikon DSLR and HDR images, combining 5 frames from a given composition for best dynamic effect. Adobe will use all 8 cores, plus the video card, to process these images. It's a hoot!

http://mauser98.com/dualclovertowns.jpg


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January 1, 2013 2:11:05 PM

Good morning and happy new year Gewehr! Thank you for that long reply. I will purchase on ebay and update this when I install. Thank you again for all your help, explanations etc.
David-
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January 1, 2013 2:56:57 PM

BTW, great photo of the locomotive, your pic?
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March 4, 2013 3:26:53 AM

No, somebody else's that worked perfectly as a desktop theme until I installed Dreamscene video wallpapers later.

How's your upgrade going?
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September 12, 2013 1:10:16 PM

davidshammer said:
Hello,
I'm looking to upgrade my two processors from a 2.66 dual core to a 3.0GHz quad core. Is this possible?It's a LGA771 Socket with a clock speed of 1333 MHz
Thank you for all your help.
David-



Hi, I am thinking in doing the same thing with my 9228. The motherboard uses intel 5000 chipset, 771 socket, so the possible processors supported are listed here: http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/server/sb/CS-...

I guess that the X53xx series is a good option. The 52xx and 54xx are not supported in all systems, but you may try.

Did your upgrade work? Which processor did you used?

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