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DL360 G3 Processor Upgrade

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Ed Meadows
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DL360 G3 Processor Upgrade

I can acquire two matched 3.2 GHz 533 MHz FSB 1M Cache CPUs very cheaply and want to replace my 3.06 GHz 533 MHz FSB 512K Cache CPUs currently installed in my DL360 G3.

I have a few concerns after studying the HP doc on swapping processors.

1) The DL360 G3 support docs I've reviewed don't mention the 3.2 GHz CPUs as an option. Other docs just say that the G3 supports 2.4+ GHz 533 FSB CPUs. Will the DL360 G3 support these 3.2 GHz CPUs?

2) The docs insisted that I use new heatsinks since new thermal transfer material is supplied on them. I'm experienced in CPU replacement procedures - why can't I just reuse my existing heatsinks after cleaning them and replacing the thermal transfer compound myself? Is there something here that I'm missing?

3) Will my existing VRMs work ok with the replacement 3.2 GHz CPUs?

Thanks,
Ed
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KarloChacon
Honored Contributor
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Re: DL360 G3 Processor Upgrade

hi

according with quickspecs
3.2 can work

Intel Xeon 3.2GHz/533MHz-2MB Processor Option Kit
353831-B21

Intel Xeon Processor X3.2 GHz-1MB/533MHz Processor Option Kit
345103-B21

source:
http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/11504_NA/11504_NA.HTML#Options

and what you can do is order new thermal grease instead of new heatsink
thermal grease used by HP - 395532-001

and yes PPM or VRM will work OK

bye

Didn't your momma teach you to say thanks!
Ed Meadows
Advisor

Re: DL360 G3 Processor Upgrade

Karlo,

Thank you! You've answered all my questions and I can now proceed.

I'm very pleased with the help I've received in these forums.

Ed
Ed Meadows
Advisor

Re: DL360 G3 Processor Upgrade

Karlo kindly recommended HP part number 395532-001 for the HP thermal grease.

However, it turns out that this part number is for a thermal kit (heatsinks with thermal grease already applied) and it would cost me $46 plus shipping, minimum, for two.

HP doesn't have any part numbers listed for thermal grease only for this CPU and heatsink combination. They just want to sell complete kits.

I googled "HP thermal grease" and found this:

http://tinyurl.com/cu8rcv

This is "NEW OEM HP Thermal Grease Kit PF2423BHS001 6043B002040" which is just a tube of grease only for $6.98.

Should I use this or something like Arctic Silver?
KarloChacon
Honored Contributor

Re: DL360 G3 Processor Upgrade

can you send me an email to

karlochacon@gmail.com

to send you something some info or you can add me if you have msn or gmail
Didn't your momma teach you to say thanks!
Gfuss
Trusted Contributor

Re: DL360 G3 Processor Upgrade

Ed,
At this point I would use any thermal paste I had. You are replacing HP parts with used/spare parts and I'm assuming this will void the warranty. In my opinion, there is no sense in getting HP thermal paste over the past you have.

-Gfuss
Ed Meadows
Advisor

Re: DL360 G3 Processor Upgrade

Gfuss,

Thanks for your response. The server is definitely OUT OF WARRANTY already so no worries there! Good to know that there's nothing really that special about the HP variety of thermal paste.
Ed Meadows
Advisor

Re: DL360 G3 Processor Upgrade

Thank you to all who responded.
don hardaway
Occasional Visitor

Re: DL360 G3 Processor Upgrade

Could someone please tell if i can upgrade the processor in my dl360 G3 to a modern processor with VT in it?
Ed Meadows
Advisor

Re: DL360 G3 Processor Upgrade

Don,

You should open a new thread with your question. I've closed this thread and your question might not be seen.

Ed