Upgrading a Dell XPS 210

vincent at cojot.name vincent at cojot.name
Mon Jul 7 16:10:53 CDT 2008

Disclaimer: I know this isn't supported, voids my warranty, etc..

 	Just a quick follow-up to this thread. I obtained a cheap Q6600 a 
few days ago and I installed it into my XPS 210. Luckily, it was the Q6600 
with the SLACR G0 stepping (95W thermal max instead of 105W). Installing 
it in place of my E6600 was a snap and the 2.4.0 XPS 210 BIOS recognized 
it just fine. Thereafter, Windows XP (32bit) and RHEL4.6 (32bit) booted 
just fine.

 	I ran a few load tests under XP since I cannot seem to be able to 
monitor cpu temperature under RHEL4 and the cpu cores barely reached 
60-61C and went back to 49-51C once idled.. So far so good, I'm running 
SETI, two active VMWare VM's (Solaris & Linux) and there's still enough 
punch left to run ioq3. :)

Conclusion: The XPS 210 can be upgraded from an E6600 to a Q6600 just fine 
if you are careful with cpu temperature (running at full throttle - 95W - 
the four cores for extended periods of time might prove too much for the 
heat inside the case but I'll see). Under RHEL4, I'll be using cpuspeed 
and I enabled SpeedStep in the BIOS.

Just my 2c,

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On Wed, 4 Apr 2007, vincent at cojot.name wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> I'm much at loss regarding recent cpus and chipsets (The Intel Core Family) 
> so I'm asking here for help. :)
> I have a Dell XPS 210 with an E6600 Core 2 Duo cpu (2.4GHz).
> I'd like to know if this system could be upgraded to a Q6700 Core 2 Quad-core 
> CPU (Kentsfield). One big advantage seems to be that the Q6700 would be 
> 64bit, thereby allowing me to move to the x86_64 version of RHEL4.
> According to wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Core_2_Duo), the 
> E6x00 and Q6x00 looks pin-compatible and use the same rating of DDR memory 
> and FSB. They also appear to have a 'similar' thermal enveloppe. One thing I 
> do not know is wether the XPS 210 BIOS would recognize the Kentsfield 
> quad-core cpu..
> Any comments/ideas/etc welcomed! :)
> Thanks for reading,

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