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

So, I’ve managed to get my hands on some new Intel Processors to test in the , now supported and the microcode has been updated in the latest BIOS as reported in this blog here, I’ve got two of the following

Intel® Core™ i3-3240 (3.4GHz/2-core/3MB/65W) Processor packaged in Costa Rica and Malaysia. I’ve been to Costa Rica here, didn’t notice any Intel fabs, whilst I was there!

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

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

Intel® Celeron® Processor (2M Cache, 2.30 GHz)

collection of procs for Gen8

HPE Gen8 POST with i3-3240 installed

HPE Gen8 POST with i3-3240 installed

Intel Core i3-3240

Intel Core i3-3240

The HPE ProLiant Microserver can be purchased with an Intel® Core™ i3-3240 (3.4GHz/2-core/3MB/65W) Processor see here , but oddly it’s supplied with NON-ECC RAM, and here is the weirdness, if you inspect the “Intel Ark” for the processor it’s displayed as not supporting ECC RAM.

WOT NO ECC support ?

WOT NO ECC support ?

Is this an Intel conspiracy, the Intel ARK used to show it as supported, but later it has now been changed, to No. Is this to encourage people to purchase a Xeon which supports ECC, or did Intel find a support issue?

Anyway proof of the pudding the Intel® Core™ i3-3240 (3.4GHz/2-core/3MB/65W) Processor supports ECC RAM, and is a very inexpensive upgrade for a HPE ProLiant Microserver Gen8 from the stock Intel® Celeron® G1610T (2.3Hz/2-core/2MB/35W) Processor. So Andy says, upgrade your Gen8 today with a Intel® Core™ i3-3240 (3.4GHz/2-core/3MB/65W) Processor! what are you waiting for!

It works! and a very cost effective upgrade with 6784.63 bogomips!!! compared to 4589.69 which the G1610T has!

You may have concerns that the Intel® Core™ i3-3240 (3.4GHz/2-core/3MB/65W) Processor has a TDP of 55 or 65 watts, and the stock heatsink in the HPE ProLiant Microserver Gen8 for the Intel® Celeron® G1610T (2.3Hz/2-core/2MB/35W) Processor is 35 watt. If you purchase a HPE ProLiant Microserver Gen8 with a Intel® Core™ i3-3240 (3.4GHz/2-core/3MB/65W) Processor it’s supplied with an uprated and different 65 watt heatsink.

so we will test that to in my next blog, and see if I can melt a HPE ProLiant Microserver Gen8!

I’m now testing which performs best the Costa Rica or Malaysia package ? Blog soon!

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