Having problems with your Intel Quad Core Xeon X3330, 2.66 GHz ?

I have a Question for upgrading my machine. I havent had the chance to dabble with Dual-Processors.... This will be my first time. Q: Is it possible to utilize a Xeon 2.66GHz x3330 Processor and a Pentium D 2.8 GHz processor at the same time on same mobo? Quad Core + Dual Core?

Answers :

NO. They use two different Front Side Bus, (FSB), frequency rates. (Slang term for Frequency Rate is 'Speed')

They also use WAY different architectural designs, Instruction Sets, Voltages, Stepping changes, and a host of other differences.

1.The Pentium D that operates at 2.8GHz?
Could be one of two models that operate at 2.8GHz.

A.Pentium D 820;
Smithfield Core with a 800MHz FSB (90nm architecture, and also MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, Instruction Sets, plus Intel 64, and XD bit) 1.2 to 1.Volts
Uses the LGA 775 Socket

B.Pentium D 915, and Pentium D 920;
Presler Core, (65Nanometer architecture, the above Instruction Sets, Intel 64, XD bit, Intel VT, and Enhanced Intel SpeedStep)
1.2 to 1.3375 Volts
800MegaHertz FSB.
Uses the LGA 775 Socket.

2.Xeon X3330:
A.Yorkfield Core built on the 45Nanometer architecture.
B.Uses 1.3625 Volts
C.Does use the LGA 775 socket.
D.Has a FSB of 1333MHz
E.MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, Instruction Sets, plus Intel VT, EIST, Intel 64, XD bit, and Enhanced Halt State.

Two different processors all together!
You can only mix the same family processors with different stepping and speed. Pentium D is not in the same family as a Xeon. So no, you can not. For as long as the processors are in the same family, you can mix dual core with quad core and even different speed.
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