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Options to upgrade motherboard in Dell Precision 390 Workstations circa 2006-7

Posted on 2009-05-03
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My tech checked a while ago and said Dell support told him we had no options to upgrade our Dell's, because they don't use a standard ATX form factor. Anyone know for sure what they use? They all have 1st generation Core-2 Duo 2.4 Ghz or 2.93 Extreme, w/4GB DDR2. I like the chassis ok, as well as the look, but would like to pop in either some more recent CPUs or even some i7. I have 6 of them and would really like not to have to totally replace them.

What are my options?
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It's a BTX form factor board built by Intel for Dell - unfortunately it is seriously customised for Dell the front panel pin plug is almost unique.
One of the options would be a micro-ATX but you may have to modify the case :(
 
The Dell P/N for the board supplied is GH911.  Dell did supply a replacemnt board, the Core 2 Planar Main System Board P/N DN075) but this only has a 775 socket.  Nothing else seems to fit the case. Intel don't even list the board as one of theirs!
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Eep, so Dell left me without an upgrade path once again! :(

Thanks for confirming.
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