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Marco Gariboldi
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rx2620 and “Montvale” (e.g. Itanium 9050, SL9PG) processor?

Is it possible to install a “Montvale” type processor in an rx2620?  For example, an Itanium 9050 (model SL9PG) at 1600 MHz (24 MB cache, 533 MHz FSB). 

 

It's all all too clear to me, especially as many of the documentation is outdated and don't even mention the “Montecito” options. 

 

Thanks in advance. 

 

SL9PG
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Robert_Jewell
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Re: rx2620 and “Montvale” (e.g. Itanium 9050, SL9PG) processor?

Couple of things here:

 

First off the rx2620 is a 'zx1' based system.  zx1 will not support Montvale processors, but some systems did support early versions of the Montecito modules.  It is the zx2 based systems that were meant for these processors.  The successor to the rx2620 would be the rx2660 for example.

 

Also, the Montecito are the 9000 series Itanium processors, while the Montvale are the 9100 series.

 

So, to reword your question:  Does the rx2620 support the Itanium 9050 processor (1.6Ghz/24MB)?

 

No, unfortunately for you this is not a supported configuration.  The rx2620 doesnt seem to support anything but the Madison processors.  Here is a link to the specs:

 

http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12141_na/12141_na.html

 

-Bob

 

 

 

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Marco Gariboldi
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Re: rx2620 and “Montvale” (e.g. Itanium 9050, SL9PG) processor?

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That doesn't make sense, the rx4620 (the rx4640 also) is a zx1 system as well and supports the “Montvale” processors.  (In fact, which was one of the reasons I decided to inquire.) How do you explain that? 

 

Even more ‘interesting’ is that you claim that “Montecito” processors won't work in an rx2620.  Then, how do you explain this?  (See below.) 
______________________________________________________________________________________

Shell> info cpu

PROCESSOR MODULE INFORMATION

           # of               L3      L4      Family/
   CPU     Logical            Cache   Cache   Model         Processor
   Module  CPUs     Speed     Size    Size    (hex.)   Rev  State
   ------  -------  --------  ------  ------  -------  ---  ------------
     0        4      1.4 GHz    6 MB    None   20/00    C2        Active
     1        4      1.4 GHz    6 MB    None   20/00    C2        Active

CPU threads are turned on.

______________________________________________________________________________________

$ SHOW CPU

System: [...], HP rx2620  (1.40GHz/6.0MB)

CPU ownership sets:
   Active               0-7
   Configure            0-7

CPU state sets:
   Potential            0-7
   Autostart            0-7
   Powered Down         None
   Not Present          None
   Hard Excluded        None
   Failover             None
______________________________________________________________________________________

System Processor Configuration:
-------------------------------
CPU ID         0                         CPU State    rc,pa,pp,cv,pv,pmv,pl
CPU Type       Dual-Core Itanium  (Intel Itanium 9000  Rev C2)
Halt PC        00000000.00000000         Halt PS      00000000.00000000
Halt code      Bootstrap or Powerfail    Halt Req.    Default, No Action
Slot VA        FFFFFFFF.98CDD000         CPUDB VA     FFFFFFFF.8903C000
Package        0                         Core         0
Thread id      0                         Cothread id  4
FW Usage       00000000.00000000         CPU die      0
ACPI CPU id    00000000.00000000         Serial Num   [...]
LID            00000000.00000000         CFG flags    00000000.00000631  Hardwar
e Initialized Primary Present Reassignable

______________________________________________________________________________________

 

(Quoted from my very own rx2620's EFI, OpenVMS "$ SHOW CPU" and SDA processor information output.) 

 

So, to anyone who has actually read into this: Does this then mean that the Itanium 9050 (SL9PG) is supported on the rx2620?  (Even though I couldn't find any conclusive evidence anywhere, certainly not in the documentation available to me.) 

 

Thanks in advance. 

 

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hvhari
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Re: rx2620 and “Montvale” (e.g. Itanium 9050, SL9PG) processor?

Both rx2620 & rx4640 added support to montecito processors after certain firmware upgrade. However the supported processor list is not the same for these two servers.

 

rx2620 : http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12141_div/12141_div.HTML
Supports upto 1.6GHz 18MB

rx4640 : http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/11847_div/11847_div.HTML
supports upto 1.6GHz 24MB

Probably rx2620 being an entry level server, upgrade of firmware/systemboard was limited due to which the new montecito processor support was not added.

 

Regards,
Hari

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Robert_Jewell
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Re: rx2620 and “Montvale” (e.g. Itanium 9050, SL9PG) processor?

>  That doesn't make sense, the rx4620 (the rx4640 also) is a zx1 system as well and supports the “Montvale” processors.  (In fact, which was one of the reasons I decided to inquire.) How do you explain that? 

 

I would be curious to see an rx4640 (not sure what a rx4620 is?) running a Montvale processor.  As far as I know, zx1 cannot run Montvale (9100 series Itanium).  Maybe you confused your models and meant to type rx7620 and rx7640.  If so, then yes those could run different CPU's since they are sx1000 and sx2000 chipsets (though still not sure that even the rx7620 could run a Montvale CPU).

 

> Even more ‘interesting’ is that you claim that “Montecito” processors won't work in an rx2620.

 

I never made that claim.  I stated that the model 9050 processor was not supported in the rx2620.  All descriptions of this CPU model show it installed in sx2000 and zx2 systems only.

 

So, as Hari also states, refer to the QuickSpecs to see what is actually supported or not.  Its really the best resource for this sort of thing (as long as you have the latest version).

 

-Bob

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Marco Gariboldi
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Re: rx2620 and “Montvale” (e.g. Itanium 9050, SL9PG) processor?

This is what you said: “The rx2620 doesnt seem to support anything but the Madison processors.”  

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Robert_Jewell
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Re: rx2620 and “Montvale” (e.g. Itanium 9050, SL9PG) processor?

Ah, yes...an initial mis-statement on my part.  Hari also provided the correct info in regards to what CPU's are supported in the rx2620 by providing the link to QuickSpecs as was initially provided.

 

Hopefully you got your answer though.

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