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Upgrade from 5500 to 5600 series

Is it possible to upgrade just the processor from 5500 series to a 5600 series in a IBM 3550M2 rack server. It seems such a waste to throw away the old entire server-- 1 year old-- just to upgrade the processor

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The core chipset can support it, but whether or not that specific server can is up to IBM. Did you check their website already?

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Have seen the IBM website but it does not talk about any upgrade. The review of the processor indicates that it should be possible http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/03/31/amd-opteron-6174-vs-intel-xeon-x5650-review/3 http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/03/31/amd-opteron-6174-vs-intel-xeon-x5650-review/3

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Right. The processor doesn't care, and the chipset doesn't care. But the board itself, and the BIOS IBM is using, may not support it, is the thing.

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