intel Xeon (Harpertown 771 to 775 mod) support

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skylinestar
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intel Xeon (Harpertown 771 to 775 mod) support

Post by skylinestar » Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:52 am

I'm planning to replace my Pentium E5200 cpu with a Xeon L5408 CPU.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/INTEL-X ... 20845.html

A few people have no problem booting up their PC on older Windows Vista but having boot issue on newer OS such as Windows 7/8.
Not sure about Linux though. Will Linux Mint support?

My current PC spec:
* intel Pentium E5200
* Biostar G31-M+ v6
* 1GB x2 DDR2-800
* onboard graphics
* Linux Mint 19 Mate 64bit

Another question:
How much performance lost will I suffer if I go from 1GB+1GB (dual channel) ram to 2GB+1GB (single channel) ram?
Intel Pentium E5800, Biostar G31M+ v6.1, Kingston 2x2GB DDR2-800, Galaxy GeForce GT440, WD 80GB HDD, D-Link DFE-520TX, TP-LINK TL-WN422G v2.0, Corsair VS550, Aigo Blade 2, Dell E190S, Linux Mint 19 Mate

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Re: intel Xeon (Harpertown 771 to 775 mod) support

Post by catweazel » Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:47 am

skylinestar wrote:
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:52 am
I'm planning to replace my Pentium E5200 cpu with a Xeon L5408 CPU.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/INTEL-X ... 20845.html

A few people have no problem booting up their PC on older Windows Vista but having boot issue on newer OS such as Windows 7/8.
Not sure about Linux though. Will Linux Mint support?

My current PC spec:
* intel Pentium E5200
* Biostar G31-M+ v6
* 1GB x2 DDR2-800
* onboard graphics
* Linux Mint 19 Mate 64bit
It should work. Some very old machines can't run the newer kernel. If that turns out to be the case for your system then the worst case scenario is you'll have to consider Mint 18.3, which still has about 3yrs of support life left in it, or another distro that runs an earlier kernel.
Another question:
How much performance lost will I suffer if I go from 1GB+1GB (dual channel) ram to 2GB+1GB (single channel) ram?
Theoretically you could lose up to 50% of your memory bandwidth but in practice, expect around 25%. Given that the HDD is the main bottleneck in most systems, you won't notice too much difference between single and dual channel RAM. See this article for example. Most people will not see a difference.

That said, if you want to get the best out of that CPU, plug in another 2GB stick of matched RAM and take it to 4GB rather than 3. Next to investing in a SSD, extra RAM is the biggest boost you can get.
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