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Replacing i3 CPU in E520 with i7 2630QM or 2820QM are this is possible ?

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Hello to all,

 

I have in plan to buy ThinkPad Edge E520 NZ3K3SC http://www.ventex.hr/pd/0753385/pg/793/Prijenosna-racunala-NB-Lenovo-E520-NZ3K3SC-i3-2-30-15-6--4-50...

and I have question:

 

Can its i3 CPU be replaced with i7 Quad Core  2630QM or 2820QM?!

 

I will use this computer for gaming and study and Dual Core i3 is too weak.

 

I know that for gaming is better to buying notebook from ASUS, HP, DELL but I like ThinkPads!!Smiley Wink

 

I haves 2 ThinkPads R60 & SL510 in last 6 years (with upgraded CPUs T7200 and P9500) and I be very pleased with Lenovo quality and these notebooks never made me hardware problems like Compaq and MSI notebooks which I have before ThinkPads.

 

My option is that Radeon 6630M with 2 GB is quite good GPU if it have support from Quad Core CPU.Smiley Happy

 

Ahoy

I Have this Lenovo Computers
1. Think Centre M58 from 2008 an it is still good (Intel Q9550, 8GB DDR3, Radeon 6970, Intel SSD)
2. ThinkPad E540
3 ThinkPad Tab 2 (with it I have many problems)
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Re: Replacing i3 CPU in E520 with i7 2630QM or 2820QM are this is possible ?

it is hard to say, as this cpu option is never available in the E320, E420 or E520 machines. It may or may not work, and as far no one have tried to do it.
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Re: Replacing i3 CPU in E520 with i7 2630QM or 2820QM are this is possible ?

Even if you could, the Quad Core would draw more power and may need to clock itself down to deal with the increased heat output. Are you sure you need the Quad Core? Games tend to benefit from higher clocks over cores, once you have two cores. If you puchase one of the E520s with the i5, then you can get turboboost for high clocks.


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Re: Replacing i3 CPU in E520 with i7 2630QM or 2820QM are this is possible ?

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Yes I think about i5 2540M as second solution.

 

I agree with you Mate that MOST games have bigger benefit from speed rather the more cores.

But some number of games have beneficent benefit Quad Cores like Civilization 5 due the AI needs on huge maps with thousand unis for which it must made calculations.

 

Other games which can have benefit from quad cores is games for which CPU must made calculations from physics or it use nVidia PhysX and you don't have GeForce GPU in notebook so CPU must work on physics.

 

Battery autonomy isn't important to me so bigger power consumption of i7 don't be problem.

I Have this Lenovo Computers
1. Think Centre M58 from 2008 an it is still good (Intel Q9550, 8GB DDR3, Radeon 6970, Intel SSD)
2. ThinkPad E540
3 ThinkPad Tab 2 (with it I have many problems)
4. Lenovo Vibe Z2
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Re: Replacing i3 CPU in E520 with i7 2630QM or 2820QM are this is possible ?

Hey there.

 

You definitely need to keep us updated if you're upgrading the CPU by yourself. I mean pictures, before, after models and etc. I'm sure a lot of Edgers would like to see how difficult or easy is this.

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Re: Replacing i3 CPU in E520 with i7 2630QM or 2820QM are this is possible ?

Sure Mate I can inform Community how pass my CPU changing in E530. Smiley Happy

 

You see I finally find a buyer for my Thinkpad SL510 (CPU P9500, 4GB RAM, Intel Turbo Memory 2GB, 500GB HDD - which I will replace with smaller 320GB HDD and Radeon 4570 with 256MB) I will sell it in days after weekend and then I buy E520 + Arctic Silver 5 Thermal grease in shop and 2820QM on eBay.

 

So I think that I can be back here with news about SUCCESS/FAIL in next 3 weeks. If I fail I will return 2820QM to seller and replace it with i5 2540M or i7 2640M + small refund. (I hope that I will made a agreement with eBay seller about this)

 

Cheers!

I Have this Lenovo Computers
1. Think Centre M58 from 2008 an it is still good (Intel Q9550, 8GB DDR3, Radeon 6970, Intel SSD)
2. ThinkPad E540
3 ThinkPad Tab 2 (with it I have many problems)
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Re: Replacing i3 CPU in E520 with i7 2630QM or 2820QM are this is possible ?

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Don't buy 2820QM. It has different socket and higher wattage (45W).

Go for 2640M, it's top of the line Sandy Bridge BGA-1023 model.

Check this out.  Wikipedia - List of Sandy Bridge CPUs

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Re: Replacing i3 CPU in E520 with i7 2630QM or 2820QM are this is possible ?

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In last two days I searched on there on community & net and learn that 3 guys changes i3/i5 CPUs with 2670QM in L520 and T420 with 2720QM  there is pages about that:

 

1. Topic on community with same question

http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-Edge/CPU-upgrade-for-Thinkpad-Edge-e520-1143/td-p/662377

2. Topics on notebookreview

http://forum.notebookreview.com/lenovo-ibm/624256-t420-upgrade-i7-2720qm-es-q154-successful.html

http://forum.notebookreview.com/thinkpad-edge-x1-x100e-x120e-sl-l/669826-l520-cpu-upgrade-quad-core-...

 

After I read all this things I continues with study, made search in Lenovo system parts of T420 & E520 & L520 and find that FRU Numbers of CPUs which is approved for use in both notebooks and it is SAME! :

 

example:

i3-2450M FRU 04W1892

i5-2430M FRU 04W1893

i7-2620M FRU 04W0494

 

page T420/T420i

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-and-parts/detail.page?DocID=PD008442

 

page E520/E525

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-and-parts/detail.page?&LegacyDocID=MIGR-77246

 

page L420/L520

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/product-and-parts/detail.page?DocID=PD011513

 

So I think that 2630QM/2820QM will work on E520 and I will order 2820QM (on eBay) and try!

 

I will keep all in touch!

Ahoy  Smiley Very Happy

I Have this Lenovo Computers
1. Think Centre M58 from 2008 an it is still good (Intel Q9550, 8GB DDR3, Radeon 6970, Intel SSD)
2. ThinkPad E540
3 ThinkPad Tab 2 (with it I have many problems)
4. Lenovo Vibe Z2
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Re: Replacing i3 CPU in E520 with i7 2630QM or 2820QM are this is possible ?

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Hello I Installed 2820QM Successfully.

 

Link to picture

 

Everything work OK. Only I have high temperature of CPU during stress test 86-90C during idle 42-46C

 

I my room during day is very hot, Today I read 34C on thermometer so this also can be reason for higher temperature.

 

I will buy cooling pad.

 

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I Have this Lenovo Computers
1. Think Centre M58 from 2008 an it is still good (Intel Q9550, 8GB DDR3, Radeon 6970, Intel SSD)
2. ThinkPad E540
3 ThinkPad Tab 2 (with it I have many problems)
4. Lenovo Vibe Z2
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Re: Replacing i3 CPU in E520 with i7 2630QM or 2820QM are this is possible ?

Thanks for reporting back.
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Jin Li

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I am a volunteer, and not a paid staff of Lenovo or Microsoft
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