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Paper Tape
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Registered: ‎05-09-2013
Location: Asia
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Lenovo E430 Processor Upgrade

Hello all,


I have a E430 with the following specs:

  • i7-3632QM ( 2.2GHz / 3.2GHz ) with 6MB L3 cache
  • 16GB DDR3-PC12800 RAM
  • Integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics

I'm considering a processor upgrade to the following :

  • i7-3840QM ( 2.8GHz / 3.8GHz ) with 8MB L3 cache
  • i7-3940XM ( 3.0GHz / 3.9GHz ) with 8MB L3 cache

i mainly use this laptop for HD video editing and I've checked the E430 service manual, it seems that the upgrade is doable and I'll just need some replacement thermal paste. I've also checked around and seems that there are stock E430 available with the 3840QM option


My questions are:

  1. are the proposed processors above able to give me a significant real-world boost to my HD video encoding?
  2. any concerns with the additonal TDP load on the E430 ?
  3. has anyone tried performing a processor upgrade, any tips to share ?

Appreciate your feedback/sharing.


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