01-31-2018 09:13 AM
Is it possible to upgrade the Celeron processor in a ThinkPad Yoga 11e to an Intel i5? My laptop is very slow and I already upgraded the RAM to 8GB. Thanks!
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01-31-2018 10:59 PM
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Unforunately processor is soldered to Systemboard so it's not possible.
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02-01-2018 09:05 PM
Can I have your laptop Machine Type Model as ThinkPad 11e comes in several variants.
02-04-2018 12:07 PM
For the 3rd generation, it looks like there are four machine 'types': 20G8 & 20GA are the Yoga 11e, and 20G9 & 20GB are the non-Yoga 11e.
Here is the HMM that covers all four Gen3 machine types: https://download.lenovo.com/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/11e_yoga11e_gen3_hmm_en_sp40k22727.pdf
If you have the Yoga 11e (20G8 & 20GA) check out page 1 of: https://download.lenovo.com/parts/ThinkPad/tp_yoga11e_mt_20g8-20ga_20160229.pdf for applicable system boards.
If you have the non-Yoga 11e (10G9 &20GB) check out page 1 of: https://download.lenovo.com/parts/ThinkPad/tp_11e_mt_20g9-20gb_20160229.pdf for applicable system boards.
In either case, it looks like the best you can do in the i Core CPUs is an i3-6100U. Nothing in the i5.
If you'd like to price the i3 system boards, you might visit: https://lenovo.encompass.com/ and search on the appropriate FRU P/Ns from the links above. At quick glance, you're looking at ~$500 to upgrdade to an i3 system board.
Hope this helps to clarify.
05-09-2018 09:12 PM
Rather than mess with the processor is it possible to overclock the current processor a bit to speed it up? There should only be a couple of caps that would need to be replaced to increase the overall clock speed a bit. It would be much easier than replacing a processor and if they are fairly easy to access; much easier than replacing the main board.
09-26-2018 03:42 PM
Okay, I have gone with the motherboard replacement option. I had broken the RJ45 socket by trying to put the power cord in there, so having a replacement for that will be an extra benefit. I ordered and received a board from China via AliExpress with an I3-6100U processor.
As I come to replace the board, I discover that the footprint for the heat sink connected to the fan is larger than the current one - faster processor=hotter, I guess, but no mention was made of needing this part. Everything else looks okay.
I have just emailed the company asking what the solution to this is - presumably a replacement fan exists but, if not, then it's going back!
I will post updates as they occur
10-10-2018 08:54 PM
Okay, that took a while. After identifying the fan I needed, I had the option of buying a used one through eBay for $19 or a new one through Aliexpress for $32. Since the motherboard was used anyway, I went with the cheaper option. I also ordered a full set of replacement screws, since I had mutilated one holding the bottom panel by tightening it too much and then having to Dremel the head to take a regular screwdriver; that was the only one I needed.
The fan fit, so I attached it with thermal paste and started going backwards through the instructions. The only issue I had was with the locking mechanism on some of the ribbon cables; they were just too fiddly if they detached, but with perseverance everything went back together.
It booted first time! I now have a model 20AC0018US with the Intel i3-6100U processor, 8GB of memory and a 1TB SSD. It seems a lot faster to boot. My next task is to run some test programs to see exactly how much faster it is.
Let me know if you want part numbers, etc