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Upgrading Dell Inspiron 530 (Intel® Core™2 Duo Desktop Processor E7400 @2.80GHz)

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I purchased a Dell Inspiron D530 with Intel® Core™2 Duo Desktop Processor E7400 @2.80GHz in March 2009 - 6GB RAM with Vista Premium 64bit. and BIOS version 1.0.18.  

I have just found out that the E7400 processor is not VT enabled and does not have hardware assisted virtualisation capability. I am therefore unable to run WS08 Hyper-V.

The processor spec is as follows:

sSpec Number:   SLB9Y
CPU Speed:   2.80 GHz
PCG:   06
Bus Speed:   1066 MHz
Bus/Core Ratio:   10.5
L2 Cache Size:   3 MB
L2 Cache Speed:   2.8 GHz

Package Type:   LGA775
Manufacturing Technology:   45 nm
Core Stepping:   R0
CPUID String:   1067Ah
Thermal Design Power:   65W
Thermal Specification:   74.1°C
VID Voltage Range:   0.85V – 1.3625V

I checked Intel website and found the E7500 @2.93GHz and the E7600 @3.06GHz processors that have VT capability and are similar to the E7400.

The E7500 is the SLGTE and the E7600 is the SLGTD.
Can any of these processors be used to upgrade the E7400? And where would I get it?

Please suggest what is my best option to upgrade the E7400 to a VT enabled processor, possibly using the same motherboard and power supply?
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  • I did some further research and the Inspiron 530 with the E7400 processor can be upgraded to the E8000 series that have VT capability and the E7600.

  • What did you end up going with?

    I've got a Inspiron 530 running an Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 4300 @ 1.80GHz. From what I can tell... PC Wizard says- Mainboard is Dell ORY007; Chipset Intel P31/P35 So- no quad for me, but shouldn't I be able to run a E8600 or E8500 replacement (3.33 GHz and 3.16 GHz respectively).

    Wondering what you got.

    And- hey- I'll take your 2.8Ghz E7400 off your hands- look at me, I'm only at 1.8Ghz. :)

  • I went with the E8400 @3.0GHz, 6M L2 cache, 1333 FSB  (SLB9J). Running quite well, just took out the E7400 and drop in the E8400, checked the BIOS and VT was enabled by default.

    I could have gone with the E8600 or E8500 but the E8400 was on discount. All I really wanted was VT capability - not speed so I could run WS08 and Hyper-V with Microsoft 2010 Server beta releases (Sharepoint Server 2010, Project Server 2010 etc. on a WS08 AD domain).

    I did not want to spend too much as the 530 I currently have, has max 8GB RAM capability but I really need up to 16GB RAM to run all the 2010 virtual servers I need at once, which possibly means a new machine sometime next year. I had bought the 530 as a reasonable priced server to do test installation / deployment / setup of MS 2007 server products with WS03 as host OS using virtual PC 2005 or SUN Virtualbox. The MS 2010 server products are more demanding on memory and requires minimum WS08, which in turn requires VT processor capabilty to run virtual machines on HyperV.

    My motherboard is a DELL 0FM586 A00. I checked with Dell (short chat session) to verify my upgrade options. You should be able to upgrade but make sure your cooling is good. 

    Someone else beat you to the E7400.


  • Thanks for the quick reply!

    I, too, think I will benefit from the VT abilities of the CPU as I start to do more virtualization. Getting rid of old machines and virtualizing them is definately the way to go!