Dell manufactured two generations of the PowerEdge R710 server model and therefore two different revisions of the PowerEdge R710 system board. It is important to understand the differences between the system boards prior to upgrading or replacing system components.
All system boards support either PC3-8500 (1066MHz) or PC3-10600 (1333MHz) DDR3 memory DIMMS. All system boards feature eighteen (18) slots; nine (9) for each processor and will accommodate up for a maximum of 288GB of RAM.
Generation I system boards (motherboards) support Intel Xeon 5500/5600 series dual and quad-core processors up to 95W. They will NOT work with any of the quad or six-core 130W CPUs in the Intel Xeon X5600 series. Part numbers for generation I system boards include YDJK3, N047H, 7THW3, VWN1R and 0W9X3.
Generation II system boards added support for Intel Xeon X5600 series 130W processors such as the X5680 and X5690 CPUs. If the front of your PowerEdge R710 has a Roman numeral "II", it likely has a generation II system board. Part numbers for generation II system boards include XDX06, 0NH4P and YMXG9.
If you're replacing a generation I system board in your PowerEdge R710, consider upgrading to a generation II. Doing so now will allow you to install faster CPUs in the future, thereby adding more processing power and extending the life of your system.
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