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IBM Server CPU's custom Intel CPU's?

By teegood ·
We have an IBM xSeries 342 Server that currently uses one Intel 1GHz CPU /133MHz with 256KB cache. We need to add a second CPU. Prices for an IBM CPU (which is speced out as above) is over $600. Of course, if we purchase an Intel CPU speced out as above - off the shelf - it is much cheaper. Does Intel really customize chips for IBM? Are we talking apples-apples or apples-oranges? I believe this is IBM's way of raping the consumer..of course I have used Viking RAM in the server and it worksgreat..but IBM says Viking RAM is Ok to use. Any thoughts? I am guessing I would only invalidate the warranty, but not face any technological disaster? Right?

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by TheChas In reply to IBM Server CPU's custom I ...

If there is anything special about the IBM version of the CPU, it is likely "selected".

It is a common practice in the electronics industry to test and select components to tighter tolerances, and to charge a premium for them.

If this is the case, you should find differences in Intel's markings on the CPU.

The question then is, is the savings worth the risk of a crash on your server?
If the new CPU does not meet the timing tolerences, you could have all manner of strange errors and crashes.

Chas

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by PaulP In reply to IBM Server CPU's custom I ...

Another consideration... If you depend on IBM for service on this server, will they service it with parts that are not recommended or supllied by them?

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