The Precision T7810 has a ton of potential to be used for high end computing.  Whether you plan to game, edit videos, or run cad software, there is always a push for more performance.  The issue that we have run in to is that the high clock speed processors are hard to find and they are very Expensive!

Update: 8/11/2018

** We do not recommend installing engineering sample processors.  After 1 year of testing we found that they cause the system to randomly overheat and shut down the computer.**

For Example (2018):

Intel QC E5-2637 V3 3.5Ghz 15MB 9.6GTs Processor SR202 (3.7Ghz Turbo Frequency) $800-$1200 each

Intel 6C E5-2643 V3 3.4Ghz 20MB 9.6GTs Processor SR204 (3.7Ghz Turbo Frequency) $1200-1800 each

Obviously the pricing on these processors will eventually drop.  However, we want speed now!

We recently tested 2 x E5-2643 V3 Engineering Sample Processors on a Precision T7810 and T7910.  It was a big upgrade from 2 x E5-2603 V3 1.6GHz 15MB 6.40GTs Processors.

The Specs:Concerns:

  • Will the system board even support the processors and give us video?
  • Will the system be stable during high stress situations?
  • Will the processors cause the system to overheat and idle high?
  • Will the factory heatsinks/fans be able to keep the processors cool?
  • Will the processors work smoothly with my DDR4 Memory?
  • Will windows recognize the processors in the device manager?

It is safe to say that after 3 months of testing in a strong gaming environment that our concerns that we had above were all debunked.  We tested the processors for 4-6 hour gaming sessions with games like The Division, PubG, CSGO, Dota 2, Fortnite, Overwatch, and Call of Duty WWII.  After we installed the upgraded processors we enjoyed higher FPS and smoother game play compared to the factory processors.  It was a pleasant surprise and we plan to continue testing engineering sample processors as we have the budget to do so.

Update 8/11/2018:

** We do not recommend installing engineering sample processors.  After 1 year of testing we found that they cause the system to randomly overheat and shut down the computer.**

Device Manager:

Task Manager:

Where did we get the Processors?

We purchased 2 x E5-2643 V3 processors on Ebay for $250 each.  The processors took about 2 weeks to arrive because they shipped from Japan.  The wait was worth it!

Watch us Install the Processors:

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Tests Confirmed:

Precision T7810

Precision T7910