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 HPE ProLiant Microserver Gen8, 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™ i3-3240 (3.4GHz/2-core/3MB/65W) Processor - Costa Rica

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

Intel® Celeron® Processor G1610T (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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