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Asrock X58 Supercomputer new CPU issue

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Tried this thread over in the Intel CPU's section, figured I'd try it here to hopefully I'll get some more input on my issue.

I have an Asrock X58 Supercomputer motherboard with 6gb (3x2gb Corsair Dominator DDR3). I have been running an Intel i7 920 in this system but have been getting a small upgrade itch lately. After some research I found that the Xeon X5650 was an option that I liked; 6 cores, faster QPI, excellent overclocking potential, and only $70, I couldn't resist. This processor isn't "officially" supported on the Asrock site but I have found other pages and people using this processor in my board. Apparently Asrock just never updated their supported CPU list so I went ahead and ordered it. After receiving it and ensuring I had the latest BIOS, I installed the new CPU. Upon first boot, nothing. After fiddling around for over an hour trying sequential BIOS updates (weirder things have happened), swapping memory, and reseating more times than the socket is probably good for, I finally got it to boot. It recognized the CPU and booted just fine so I thought I had it. I shut down, reassembled everything, and turned it back on. Nothing. So I spent another hour trying to get it going to no avail so I'm at the end of my whits.

Does anyone have any idea what could be going on or what I could try to get this thing up and running? Any help would be appreciated as I'm about to just go back to the i7 920 and give up.
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If the CPU isn't officially supported, it may be very hit and miss to get it working with your board.

If you want a real upgrade, anyways, you should look into a Skylake or Haswell E i7 IMO. 6 cores are not all equal. A 5820K would obliterate that Xeon you have.
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Originally Posted by mistersprinkles View Post

If the CPU isn't officially supported, it may be very hit and miss to get it working with your board.

If you want a real upgrade, anyways, you should look into a Skylake or Haswell E i7 IMO. 6 cores are not all equal. A 5820K would obliterate that Xeon you have.

While the upgrades you mentioned might be great, it isn't something someone looking to spend $70 for an upgrade is likely to try.

As for the OP's issue, it does sound like there is a problem with the CPU not being seated correctly. If the CPU did boot and was recognized, it doesn't tend to then not boot the next time if incompatible. But it sounds like the CPU was re-seated multiple times, and I'm assuming the original CPU was installed to change to different bios. Sometimes over tightening the heatsink on the CPU can cause issues. I would suggest you visually inspect the socket, and see how much the board is bending when securing the heatsink to the CPU in the socket.

But from I've seen on other forums, your motherboard should run a Xeon X5650. Maybe it is a bad chip?
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