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Changing the motherboard and cpu

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Hp z800 workstation
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)


    I have a question about, can I change my hp z800 workstation motherboard to some new gaming motherboards, idk why I want to change that but i just want to know that can I ?? It doesn't have USB 3.0 and can I change cpu to i7 or i5 ??


Specs :- cpu :- dual xeon x5660 both 2.80

Graphic card :- 10603gb

Storage :- 1tb HDD ,256 GB SSD

Ram :- 48gb

Windows 10 64 bit



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HP workstations like most major OEM workstation makers do not follow/use the industry standards that most 3rd party motherboard /case/power supply makers follow


your z800 is unique to itself, nothing except for cpu/ram/hard drives/pci-e cards will interchange


this is not a bad thing the z800 was designed to be reliable and class leading when designed/released and even today it holds it's own against newer systems


you can install USB 3.0 cards that use a "PLX" chip to give you 4 usb3.0 ports which are able to run at full usb 3.0 speeds on each port at the same time, however these cards are about 100.00 used on ebay (highpoint makes one)


as for SATA 6GBps, speeds you can buy a adaptec ASR-71605 card for about 70.00 off ebay and 10.00 for a forward breakout SAS/SATA cable and 4 MALE TO MALE sata adapters off ebay for about 25.00 this will allow you to install the card, and using the male adapters connect the asr card to the 4 internal drive bays and still have free ports for ssd's or other drives


doing both will make your z800 ver close in features/performance to the z820


last, i would use a nvme boot loader to allow your system to boot from any of the m.2 PCI-e ssd's using a pci-e x4 card

this will give you much faster drive speeds than any other solution  although still not as fast as pcie 3.0 due to the z800's pci-e 2.0 bus it nonetheless is about 2-3 times faster than a z820's onboard sata III 6GB  ports


check this forum as i've posted how to do this

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