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Experiments with different Intel Processors in a HPE ProLiant Microserver Gen8 – Part 1

I’ve recently managed to get hold of a server, to test and maybe eventually replace my aging HP ProLiant Microserver N36L’s see here. I cannot believe it’s been almost 5 years since, I purchased my cluster of N36L to run VMware vSphere.

The HPE ProLiant Microserver Gen8 has been around for some time now, and represents good value for money, and is closer specification to the original ProLiant range than the previous Microserver offerings, e.g. iLo4 support, dual network interfaces, ECC ram support, and a socketed Intel 1155 processor socket.

Four different processor models of the HPE ProLiant Microserver Gen8 are available direct from HP resellers. See the quick specs here.

Intel® Celeron® G1610T (2.3Hz/2-core/2MB/35W) Processor

Stock G1610T

Stock

Intel® Pentium® G2020T (2.5GHz/2-core/3MB/35W) Processor

Intel® Core™ i3-3240 (3.4GHz/2-core/3MB/65W) Processor

Intel Core i3-3240

Intel Core

Intel® Xeon® E3-1220Lv2 (2.3GHz/2-core/3MB/17W) Processor

The first two models are commonly available, the Xeon version is not as common, and the Intel® Core™ i3-3240 (3.4GHz/2-core/3MB/65W) Processor version seems a new addition, after noticing this in a recent BIOS update – which states Added support for Intel i3-2130 and i3-3240 processors.

It’s often much cheaper to purchase and fit an aftermarket Intel CPU, than purchasing the HPE model of the Gen8. Let the testing commence…

Stock 35 watt heatsink in Gen8

Heatsink removed on Gen8 G1610T

G1610T nicely cleaned

New Xeon E3-1220LV2 installed

added the thermal grease silver cross

Update – See Part 2 – Experiments with different Intel Processors in a HPE ProLiant Microserver Gen8 – Part 2

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