Dell Poweredge 1400SC - second CPU in the box on top. Still waiting for a second VRM so I can actually use the second CPU...

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George Morris September 12, 2006, 11:10 PM
I know how it is to wait for a VRM... Of course, my poweredge 1400SC is lucky to even work, as it was originally discarded because it was having major problems.
hakan September 13, 2006, 09:16 AM
The VRM actually did arrive not long after I uploaded this image. The server runs well enough but it's too loud to use at home.
George Morris September 14, 2006, 02:23 AM
Here's a tip: If you ever need to replace that rear case fan, you can actually steal one from a defunct Dell Dimension. You see, the only difference between the ones in a dell dimension and the poweredge is that the fans on the poweredge has this 2 piece bracket that fits on both faces of the fan, and it almost looks like it is one unit.

But it isn't. With a small flathead screwdriver and a few minutes, u can get those brackets off and then pop them onto the fan from a dell dimension!

If you cant get them from Dell, I know ebay has them. Also, u could check a local computer repair shop, as they prolly have dead dell carcasses laying around or even the fans pulled out for sale.


JC July 04, 2009, 01:44 PM

I know it was a while ago (2006) with your post but I also have a 1400 and want to insert a second CPU.

I swapped the m/board from an american Optiflex machine and the VRM off the original m/board in the 1400 was thrown - a chip had blown and melted.

Anyway, the place for the VRM on the replacement board was not in existence, so I had this VRM spare. All systems still worked as normal...!!!

I'm still trying to work out what I need to do to add a higher speed second CPU. I thnk it is best to just buy 2 together, matching etc..

Any ideas on the fastest CPU that this board will take..??



hakan July 12, 2009, 09:28 PM
Hi JC,

Yeah it's been a while since I had that computer, but here's what I remember...

There are two submodels of the Poweredge 1400SC: One that will only take Coppermine and Coppermine-T CPU's. That effectively limits the max clock speed to 1100MHz. This is the model I had (pictured).

The other model is not as common, but the motherboard will accept the quite snappy Tualatin series P3 CPU. Those went up to 1400MHz, although I do not know if the Dell BIOS will accept all models of this CPU.

octavius October 06, 2009, 04:58 AM
I have this same system and I have two 888 pIII's, but I have only one VRM. I am willing to trade another part, like the SCSI tape backup that came with it, for the VRM. Any takers?
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