That’s because higher numbered models usually consume more power (despite identical TDP ratings) and generate more heat.
Those of you who have been following our Missing Remote Podcast are familiar with the dilemma I have been facing for the last few months--do I dare take the plunge on my one and only Windows Home Server system, based off of an HP Media Smart EX495, and upgrade to the new and "improved" WHS 2011?
After much deliberation and non-stop harassment from, well everyone, I decided it was time.
But alas, these parts never made it into retail distribution because of OEM demand, and while you can find them occasionally online, they often cost over $100—well outside the price range for the other options on this chart.
If you do find one or think you’ve found one, make sure the first three letters in the on-chip part number read "ADD"—only these models are truly 35 W parts.
Before the step-by-step instructions, however, I’ll introduce the CPU options and present my benchmarking results.
CPU Options Table 3 provides information about various processors that may work in your EX47* unit.
If you want the EX47* Media Smart to recognize a non-Sempron processor or you wish to use a dual-core CPU, please remember that you must first hack the BIOS before replacing the CPU chip.
You can’t hack the BIOS if the machine won’t boot, and that’s exactly what will happen if you try these steps out of order.
Or you can replace the single-core CPU with a dual-core device, but then you must first hack the BIOS before the server will recognize the processor.