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    Question xeon 1230v2 on a ASrock H61M U3/S3

    Hi there

    on the cpu support list it says that my mobo supports this cpu with stepping E0.
    But everywhere where i can buy this Xeon is version E1, and i cant find any information on this subject here or in google.

    So the question is:

    Does Asrock H61M U3/S3 supports Xeon 1230V2(E1) ?

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: xeon 1230v2 on a ASrock H61M U3/S3

    I can't locate the differences between E0 and E1. Not that I would expect placing an E1 on that board with the latest BIOS to be problem.

    That said, I still think it'd be best if you contacted ASRock Tech Support HERE to confirm it beforehand.
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    Default Re: xeon 1230v2 on a ASrock H61M U3/S3

    ok, thanks for the link
    i'll do it

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    Default Re: xeon 1230v2 on a ASrock H61M U3/S3

    I doubt the difference between an E0 and E1 stepping will make a difference with compatibility. ASRock simply has not tested that version of the processor, not that it is really a different version. In Intel's own information about this processor, they do not have separate listings for different steppings, or even list the stepping:

    ARK | Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1230 v2 (8M Cache, 3.30 GHz)

    This is a short explanation about CPU stepping that I found:

    Over course of its life, each microprocessor core could be refined or tweaked multiple times without changing or adding any major processor features. The purpose of the tweaks is to eliminate existing errata (errors in microprocessor logic), improve processor's stability or reliability, and/or enhance some electrical, thermal or other processor characteristics. Each new core revision with these changes are referred to as a core stepping, and the changes never affect CPU performance. In this aspect the core steppings are different from new core generations, which always affect CPU performance. In modern x86 microprocessors core steppings are represented as one or more letters followed by a digit, for example B0, D1, etc. Core steppings are usually reset when a new core or new micro-architecture is introduced. Depending on the manufacturer, a processor with specific part number may be produced with one stepping (AMD K8 and K10-based CPUs), or multiple core steppings (AMD K7 and older, and Intel CPUs).

    You must of course have the Ivy Bridge compatible BIOS version (1.70) in your board to use this CPU. Any idea what version your board has now?

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    Default Re: xeon 1230v2 on a ASrock H61M U3/S3

    My BIOS is 2.20
    I also doubt that there is some difference big enough to be incompatible, but have to be sure, because can't return it after buying.
    Thanks for the info




    Quote Originally Posted by parsec View Post
    I doubt the difference between an E0 and E1 stepping will make a difference with compatibility. ASRock simply has not tested that version of the processor, not that it is really a different version. In Intel's own information about this processor, they do not have separate listings for different steppings, or even list the stepping:

    ARK | Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1230 v2 (8M Cache, 3.30 GHz)

    This is a short explanation about CPU stepping that I found:

    Over course of its life, each microprocessor core could be refined or tweaked multiple times without changing or adding any major processor features. The purpose of the tweaks is to eliminate existing errata (errors in microprocessor logic), improve processor's stability or reliability, and/or enhance some electrical, thermal or other processor characteristics. Each new core revision with these changes are referred to as a core stepping, and the changes never affect CPU performance. In this aspect the core steppings are different from new core generations, which always affect CPU performance. In modern x86 microprocessors core steppings are represented as one or more letters followed by a digit, for example B0, D1, etc. Core steppings are usually reset when a new core or new micro-architecture is introduced. Depending on the manufacturer, a processor with specific part number may be produced with one stepping (AMD K8 and K10-based CPUs), or multiple core steppings (AMD K7 and older, and Intel CPUs).

    You must of course have the Ivy Bridge compatible BIOS version (1.70) in your board to use this CPU. Any idea what version your board has now?

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