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Precision 490 processor upgrade

  • We have a Precision 490 with two Intel Xeon 5160 (Dual Core, 3.0GHz,1333MHz).
     
    Can it be upgraded with more powerful processors?
     
    e.g. Xeon X5460 (Quad-Core, 3.16 GHz, 1333MHz)
  • Processors supported:

    Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® 5110 1.60GHz, 1066 FSB, 4M L2 Cache, 65 watts
    Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® 5120 1.86GHz, 1066 FSB, 4M L2 Cache 65 watts
    Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® 5130 2.0GHz, 1333 FSB, 4MB L2 Cache, 65 watts
    Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® 5140 2.33GHz, 1333 FSB, 4MB L2 Cache, 65 watts
    Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® 5150 2.66GHz, 1333 FSB, 4MB L2 Cache, 65 watts
    Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® 5160 3.0GHz, 1333 FSB, 4MB L2 Cache, 80 watts
    Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® E5320 1.86GHz, 1066 FSB, 2 X 4MB L2 cache, 80 watts
    Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® E5345 2.33GHz, 1333 FSB, 2 X 4MB L2 cache, 80 watts
    Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® X5355 2.66GHz, 1333 FSB, 2 X 4MB L2 cache, 120 watts
  • Thanks for your answer.
     
    I do however have some additional questions.
     
    What is the basis/source of this list?
     
    I think the processor I mentioned is quite new.
    How can one know if a new processor can be used in an older system?
     
  • The list is Dell's list of supported CPUs. It's not impossible that a newer CPU might work, but neither is it a supported CPU if it's not on that list.
  • How long before Dell gets in gear to support the 5400 series Xeon processors?
  • Hi,
     
    I have received a confirmation from Dell that X5460 can be installed in Precision 490.
     
     
    Processors are ordered, but not yet tested.
     
  • Do you know if the BIOS just needs updating to take the 5400 xeons?
  • According to the answer from Dell it should be possible to replace the processors without any other changes.
  • Do you know what BIOS you are running currently? I found another thread that talked about support of the quad cores when they first came out and Dell had to upgrade the BIOS so the chipset had the proper stepping. The newest BIOS is the A06 which should support the newer processors.

    I'm going to buy a 5100 xeon so that I can get my 490 working to upgrade the BIOS so it can run the newer processors. That just is annoying and is a waste of money.
  • Hi, Is there any update to this, did the x5460 work in the Precision 490? Thanks.
  • There is a delay in delivery of the processors and the computer is moved to South Corea (we are in Norway).
     
    I do not know when we will be able to install the upgrade, but I will inform you when it happens.
     
  • I didn't have any luck with my 5405. Even updating the BIOS didn't have any luck. The only thing I can think of is that my processor is defective.
  • We were finally able to try to install the two Xeon X5460 into the Precision 490 Workstation.

     

    They did NOT fit.

     

  •      I know Precision 490 use 5000x chip set. I checked other brand name motherboard with 5000v chip set. And find they can support 54XX sequence CPU. So it is not hardware issue. I hope DELL will release a new BIOS upgrade to support the new quad core. Or if someone can find what's the motherboard maker and download bios update from the factory.

     

         Let's keep working.

  • I know this is an old thread but does anyone have anymore information on this?

    Was someone able to take a factory dual dual core model and throw quads into it?

    Thanks!