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Why do Xeon Processors say they're for HP, Dell, etc. specifically?

I don't know why it labels some manufacturer.

 

But, I have tried Dell Xeon on a random board and it worked before. (I think this was X99 or X79. LGA 2011)

 

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I've noticed when shopping for Xeon processors that they reference being for a certain brand of system such as Dell, Lenovo, HP, etc. I've also noticed that prices vary depending on which they indicate they're for. My question is, can Intel really lock their processor to a particular manufacturer of motherboard? Why are they listed on retailer sites with such descriptions?

 

Any insight into this would be appreciated.

 

Thanks in advance!

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I'm not aware that a CPU can be locked to a certain motherboard brand.

 

Usually most people buy Xeons through Ebay anyway.

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Any examples? Usually they can't, instead board vendors can limit their boards to run only certain CPUs.


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3 minutes ago, Arnimated said:

I've also noticed that prices vary depending on which they indicate they're for.

Are you sure that you're looking at the right generation and variation of the processor? Also it's not unusual for vendors to compete against each other to try and offer you the best deal.

3 minutes ago, Arnimated said:

My question is, can Intel really lock their processor to a particular manufacturer of motherboard?

Usually the OEM/system builder would restrict what processors are used in what system.

 

I'm sure Intel could (or may even have in the past) impose such a restriction.

3 minutes ago, Arnimated said:

Why are they listed on retailer sites with such descriptions?

If I had to guess it's to cover themselves. Imagine you had a HP server and you bought a "Dell CPU" and it didn't work. The seller would hold you accountable.

 

That's what I think anyway.


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Might just be for SEO purposes, so people looking for "y type of Xeon for HP server" would find it more easily.

Unless it is a separate SKU that doesn't work with most motherboards, so do check if that Xeon is compatible with your board


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Perhaps it is just a marketing ploy? Some are hundreds of dollars different though so I thought I would check in the one place I knew people would be willing to help. Thanks again for feedback!!

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1 minute ago, Arnimated said:

Perhaps it is just a marketing ploy?

Might also have to do with where the CPU came from.

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8 minutes ago, Arnimated said:

Thanks for the quick replies. Here is an example on Amazon off the top of my head: https://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-Xeon-Silver-4210-Fan/dp/B07R43PJZK/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=xeon+4210+lenovo&qid=1579821189&sr=8-1

7 minutes ago, Arnimated said:

Perhaps it is just a marketing ploy? Some are hundreds of dollars different though so I thought I would check in the one place I knew people would be willing to help. Thanks again for feedback!!

If this is a new CPU, it could be a 'reference GPU'/'stock cooler GPU' thing, where Nvidia/AMD makes the card, but MSI/Asus/Gigabyte/etc. supplies it so the consumer, so they (MSI/Asus/Gigabyte) provides any additional support to the consumer.

Looks like that CPU has its own SKU (which apparently costs a sum of money too, so they wouldn't 'just' do that), compared to a regular Xeon 4210.

 

I can't find anything for sure that suggests a Lenovo Xeon wouldn't work in a HP server, or vice versa.. or whatever combo.


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