Adding a second Quad Core L5420 CPU to a 1950 III

Bond Masuda bond.masuda at
Thu Feb 18 16:21:05 CST 2010

Yes, I believe the only issue is the heatsink which is often specific to the
server model. You can buy them 2nd hand for cheaper than you can probably
get them directly from Dell. Here's a place I often use for 2nd hand Dell




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Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2010 1:57 PM
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Subject: Re: Adding a second Quad Core L5420 CPU to a 1950 III


Actually I tried this for some of our SC1435's, the cpu doesn't matter but
it's the 1U heatsink that needs to be Dell to mount properly. There is
almost 0 market for the heatsinks. Did you find a Dell heatsink? 


If it is, that's probably all you need. I've seen it replaced before and
it's part-less and tool-less. 



On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 11:19 AM, PJF <sec-alert at> wrote:

I currently have a 1950 III with a single Quad Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU
L5420 @ 2.50GHz, I'd like to add an additional one.

Street price for the L5420 with Heatsink and Fan included is $424.99

Dell wants to charge me $795.00 for the CPU and $49.99 for the Heatsink and
install kit, this is even with "special" pricing discounts applied.

$844.99 vs $424.99

I cant justify the markup.

Am I missing something? Are they including some other special dell only
parts I need to install this?

If I buy the CPU on my own is there any special parts I may need to install

Anyone here who has added second CPU's on their own to their 1950 III's
kindly let me know.

Thanks in advance.


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