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Dell PowerEdge 2600 32 or 64?

Posted on 2011-09-15
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I'm looking into purchasing a used Dell PowerEdge 2600, but I'm getting conflicting reports as to whether or not it is 64-bit OS capable?
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all Xeon processors are 64 bit.

But as all 64 bit machines it will run a 32 bit OS.
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Fantastic, thank you!
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I f you have a servicetag of the machine you can check the orginal system delivery status of the machine when it was delivered by DELL

http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/my_systems_info/details?c=us&l=en&s=gen

If I look at the site from Dell by the Driver department than you can download drivers for win 2008 x86 and win 2008 x64 serie..

Why should Dell create 64 bits drivers if the system couldn't support it ???

Just my 2 cents
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> all Xeon processors are 64 bit.
FALSE.  

All CURRENT Xeon processors and processors for the last 5 years or so (maybe a couple years earlier) are 64 bit.

The 2600 was released in 2004 (maybe earlier) - I remember specifically because I had ordered a few back when I worked for a large company... And were definitely NOT 64 bit capable.
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> all Xeon processors are 64 bit.
FALSE.  

All CURRENT Xeon processors and processors for the last 5 years or so (maybe a couple years earlier) are 64 bit.

The 2600 was released in 2004 (maybe earlier) - I remember specifically because I had ordered a few back when I worked for a large company... And were definitely NOT 64 bit capable.
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Well the machine he is looking at is way newer than five years :)

All current Xeon processors are most definitely 64 bit.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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The 2600? Are you serious?  That machine is OLD - and Dell doesn't change the capabilities significantly (especially the motherboards) without changing the model number.  

The minimum processor (and if he posted the service tag we'd know exactly what it had) is this:
http://ark.intel.com/products/27263/Intel-Xeon-Processor-1_80-GHz-512K-Cache-400-MHz-FSB

You'll note the Instruction Set (under essentials) is 32-bit.

Very simple way to find out by the way - CALL DELL.  Unlike HP, they'll answer specifications on an out of warranty machine for no fee.  (One reason I HATE HP).
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Dell 2600 Specifications:
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/pe2600/en/ug/5j718aa0.htm#1039239

As per Wikipedia, the first Xeons to support 64 bit were Noconia class Xeons, which weren't released until June of 2004.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Xeon_microprocessors

The Dell User Guide for this model was released NEARLY 10 YEARS AGO!
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/pe2600/en/ug/index.htm (note Initial release: 18 Feb 02 near the bottom left of the System Manual index page)
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Okay, this machine shipped in 2004, and in the "original configuration" this processor is listed:
1      U0622      Processor, 80532K, 3.06GHz, 512K 533, DECISION ONE...
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Which if you look at the link I posted (specifically the wikipedia link, 80532K is part of the part number for the fastest Prestonia processor released - which links back to Intel's site below:
http://ark.intel.com/products/27278/Intel-Xeon-Processor-3_06-GHz-512K-Cache-533-MHz-FSB

Which clearly states:
Instruction Set: 32-bit

So if you're not inclined to trust Wikipedia (I don't blame you) you can trust Intel.

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