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 Post Posted: Sat May 04, 2013 10:58 pm 
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I have acquired a Dell PowerEdge 2850 Server

http://www.dell.com/support/troubleshoo ... ag/6TC4BB1

It supports "Up to two single-core 64-bit Intel® Xeon™ processors at up to 3.8GHz
or up to two dual-core 64-bit Intel Xeon processors at 2.8GHz according to the spec sheet:

http://www.dell.com/downloads/global/pr ... _specs.pdf

Per the Dell link above containing the Service Tag, the following processor is currently installed: PROCESSOR..., 80546K, 2.8G, 2M, XEON IRWINDALE..., 800. DPN: XD360 which links to:

http://www.serversupply.com/MFGR/DELL/P ... /XD360.htm for $30, I could get an identical 2nd processor. According to the PDF spec sheet, I am assuming this is the 64-bit, dual core processor, because that is the one the spec sheet lists at 2.8 GHz.

I bought this to practice with Server Hardware and Operating Systems. I want to practice with all sorts of things, and bought it on E-Bay, kind of got shafted in the process, but, that is another story.

I am going to make the assumption that 2 dual-core 2.8 CPU's are going to provide more speed than 2 single core 3.8 CPU's? Generally? I suppose the RAM and hard drives might play a factor too.

It does have a RAID key and a RAID RAM Stick installed. It is currently missing ALL Drives, even though the seller said it had them, so I have to buy some drives.

I am currently trying to decide how many and how big....

Thanks in advance for the CPU questions....


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 Post subject: Re: Want to add 2nd CPU or upgrade both...
 Post Posted: Sat May 04, 2013 11:32 pm 
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I have acquired a Dell PowerEdge 2850 Server...

That sounds like a good machine to play and gain some experience with.

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...for $30, I could get an identical 2nd processor.

For the relatively low cost I think that would be worthwhile.

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According to the PDF spec sheet, I am assuming this is the 64-bit, dual core processor, because that is the one the spec sheet lists at 2.8 GHz.

Irwindale is a single core CPU, the 2.8GHz version specs are here.

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I am going to make the assumption that 2 dual-core 2.8 CPU's are going to provide more speed than 2 single core 3.8 CPU's? Generally?

A faster CPU generally makes the system faster under lighter loads, more cores help to maintain performance as more processes and/or applications are run simultaneously. Scott.


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Hello Scott, and others.....

Will adding a 2nd CPU such as this one that is specified by Dell:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/220976200511?ss ... 1436.l2649

DPN: XD360

Which matches the current CPU in slot one be beneficial? I am currently running the 180 day trial version of Windows Server 2012.

Will this take advantage of the 2nd CPU?

I am considering trying Red Had Linux on it once my trial has expired as well as buying the Standard Tech Net subscription that will allow me to install and test Server 2003, and 2008.

I just don't want to throw $$$ to the wind, even though it is only $30. I didn't win the recent Powerball of 600+ million, so, (I didn't play either) I have to pick and choose! :) <g>

Thanks in advance.


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Any modern OS will take advantage of the 2nd CPU. For that price I think it would be worthwhile, especially as a learning experience. Scott.


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