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Tony_T
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ThinkPad 11e Upgrade Processor?

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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Re: ThinkPad 11e Upgrade Processor?

Hi Tony_T,


Welcome to Lenovo Community! And happy to have you here.

 

Unforunately processor is soldered to Systemboard so it's not possible.

 

I hope the above information helped you.

Please feel free to post in Lenovo Community Forums if you have any further queries!

 

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Re: ThinkPad 11e Upgrade Processor?

Thank you.

 

So...could I get a new system board with a faster processor?  What would an i5 cost?

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Re: ThinkPad 11e Upgrade Processor?

Can I have your laptop Machine Type Model as ThinkPad 11e comes in several variants.

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Re: ThinkPad 11e Upgrade Processor?

Yes.  It is a ThinkPad Yoga 11e 3rd Gen Signature Edition with an Intel (R) Celeron(R) CPU N3160 @ 1.60GHz 1.60GHz.  8.00 GB RAM.  64-bit Operaating System, x64-based processor.

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Re: ThinkPad 11e Upgrade Processor?

Good day.

 

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.

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Re: ThinkPad 11e Upgrade Processor?

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.

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Re: ThinkPad 11e Upgrade Processor?

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

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Re: ThinkPad 11e Upgrade Processor?

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

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Re: ThinkPad 11e Upgrade Processor?

Here are the numbers. Using Novabench, I went from a score of 502 to a score of 736, almost a 50% increase

NovaBench.jpg

 

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