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Suppose we have a problem with a processor or would like to replace to a more powerful one. Is it possible? I found one article that explain the process for DL385 but not sure if this is only for a new server defective processor replacement.

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Which model and generation of server are you interested in upgrading? –  ewwhite Feb 24 '12 at 2:56
    
DL380 G6 and DL380 G7 –  Alex Feb 24 '12 at 10:27
    
My answer has been updated... –  ewwhite Feb 24 '12 at 12:41

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It depends on the model of server. However, each HP server model has option and upgrade parts available. For instance, if you had an HP ProLiant DL380 G6, you'd be able to install any of the processors listed in the option parts list. I've done this in the past where I'd have a 4-core CPU and needed to move to dual 6-core CPUs. It's entirely supported.

Edit: Since you mentioned the ProLiant DL380 G6 and DL380 G7, you have a lot of options. Many of the CPUs are interchangeable between the models.

Here's what I'd recommend. For the DL380 G7, the following CPUs are compatible. The models in bold are also compatible as upgrades for the DL380 G6.

Six-Core Processors

HP DL380 G7 Intel® Xeon® X5690 (3.46GHz/6-core/12MB/130W) Processor Kit 633410-B21
HP DL380 G7 Intel® Xeon® X5680 (3.33GHz/6-core/12MB/130W) Processor Kit 587498-B21
HP DL380 G7 Intel® Xeon® X5675 (3.06GHz/6-core/12MB/95W) Processor Kit 633414-B21
HP DL380 G7 Intel® Xeon® X5670 (2.93GHz/6-core/12MB/95W) Processor Kit 587493-B21
HP DL380 G7 Intel® Xeon® X5660 (2.80GHz/6-core/12MB/95W) Processor Kit 587491-B21
HP DL380 G7 Intel® Xeon® X5650 (2.66GHz/6-core/12MB/95W) Processor Kit 587482-B21
HP DL380 G7 Intel® Xeon® E5649 (2.53GHz/6-core/12MB/80W) Processor Kit 633418-B21
HP DL380 G7 Intel® Xeon® E5645 (2.40GHz/6-core/12MB/80W) Processor Kit 633420-B21
HP DL380 G7 Intel® Xeon® L5640 (2.26GHz/6-core/12MB/60W) Processor Kit 587507-B21

Quad-Core Processors

HP DL380 G7 Intel® Xeon® X5687 (3.60GHz/4-core/12MB/130W) Processor Kit 633412-B21
HP DL380 G7 Intel® Xeon® X5672 (3.20GHz/4-core/12MB/95W) Processor Kit 633416-B21
HP DL380 G7 Intel® Xeon® E5640 (2.66GHz/4-core/12MB/80W) Processor Kit 587480-B21
HP DL380 G7 Intel® Xeon® E5630 (2.53GHz/4-core/12MB/80W) Processor Kit 587478-B21
HP DL380 G7 Intel® Xeon® E5620 (2.40GHz/4-core/12MB/80W) Processor Kit 587476-B21
HP DL380 G7 Intel® Xeon® E5606 (2.13GHz/4-core/8MB/80W) Processor Kit 633442-B21
HP DL380 G7 Intel® Xeon® E5603 (1.60GHz/4-core/4MB/80W) Processor Kit 633444-B21
HP DL380 G7 Intel® Xeon® L5630 (2.13GHz/4-core/12MB/40W) Processor Kit 587505-B21

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Yes they are replaceable... The QuickSpecs detail the processors available for each server.

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