Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works
Photo

XPS710 Upgrade


  • Please log in to reply

#1
brettt777

brettt777

    Member

  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 166 posts
I want to upgrade my XPS710 that has served me well for several years. It has an E6420 CPU and I saw on the Dell forum that as long as the BIOS is up to date I can upgrade it to a Core 2 Extreme QX6700. I am wondering if the OEM motherboard will allow all four cores of the CPU to be used?
  • 0

Advertisements


#2
Digerati

Digerati

    Grumpy Ol' MSgt (Ret.)

  • Retired Staff
  • 3,997 posts
  • MVP
If the motherboard/Chipset support the CPU, then it is up the operating system after that to utilize all four cores. So if you are certain it will support the quad (and this review suggests you are right) then you should have no problem. But do note replacing the CPU is generally low on the list for improving performance - 3rd after increasing RAM and upgrading the graphics card.
  • 0

#3
brettt777

brettt777

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 166 posts

If the motherboard/Chipset support the CPU, then it is up the operating system after that to utilize all four cores. So if you are certain it will support the quad (and this review suggests you are right) then you should have no problem. But do note replacing the CPU is generally low on the list for improving performance - 3rd after increasing RAM and upgrading the graphics card.


Thanks for the info. Actualy a graphics card update is first on my list. I thought I might go with a CPU as well because I can get get a QX6700 for about $150. I can also get RAM for about $25 for 2GB. I believe the motherboard in the 710 is designed for PCI-E 16 video cards. I have been told that I can run a PCI-E 16 2.0 card on it but I just won't have all the functionality of 2.0. Is this true? I only ask because I have seen some really good deals on PCI-E 16 2.0 cards.
  • 0

#4
Digerati

Digerati

    Grumpy Ol' MSgt (Ret.)

  • Retired Staff
  • 3,997 posts
  • MVP

I have been told that I can run a PCI-E 16 2.0 card on it but I just won't have all the functionality of 2.0. Is this true?

Yes. 2.0 cards are backwards compatible, and why almost all cards sold today are 2.0.
  • 0

#5
brettt777

brettt777

    Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 166 posts
What does a PCI-E 16 2.0 do that a non 2.0 won't do? Or I guess the better question is, what would I be missing using a 2.0 video card on a MB that doesn't support 2.0?
  • 0

#6
Digerati

Digerati

    Grumpy Ol' MSgt (Ret.)

  • Retired Staff
  • 3,997 posts
  • MVP
http://en.wikipedia....iki/PCI_Express
  • 0






Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP