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R400 CPU Upgrading options

2014-05-06, 2:18 AM

I have an old Thinkpad R400 that currently has a T6570 CPU and I'm thinking of upgrading it.

It uses Socket P So I was thinking of upgrading it to a intel Q9100.. Maybe even a QX9300.

I know it will fit into the socket, my question tho is will the motherboard bios support any of the CPUs?

 

is there maybe a list somewhere what kind of CPUs are supported? or are maybe all Socket P CPUs supported?

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Re: R400 CPU Upgrading options

2014-05-06, 2:23 AM
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Re: R400 CPU Upgrading options

2014-05-06, 17:31 PM

nevermind.. none answered so I bought a T9600 instead. I bet the Q9100 wouldnt work anyway

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Re: R400 CPU Upgrading options

2014-05-07, 16:13 PM

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nevermind.. none answered so I bought a T9600 instead. I bet the Q9100 wouldnt work anyway


Correct. No support for quad cores on that platform.

 

X9100 would, though, but it would be quite hot.

 

You made the smart choice with the T9600. Enjoy!

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Re: R400 CPU Upgrading options

2014-05-07, 19:52 PM

Okay I made a good choice then :) I got the T9600 very very cheap on ebay. 3 times cheaper than T9900 or Q9100. So that is why I didnt bought the T9900.

Yeah I thought about the X9100 but I think my bios doesnt support overclocking. which makes it pointless to get that one :)

 

I think the heat wouldnt be a problem. because this computer has always been very very cold. I did a stresstest recently on my CPU and it doesnt go over 55C. The fan doesnt even sound anything (honestly for the first years I didnt actually think I had a fan in it) And I have never cleaned the fan. I have applied new thermal paste tho :) MX-4

 

 

I want to ask a new question also: When I was in the bios I saw a display option where I could choose either to use the internal graphics or PCI express graphics for my display. This is very strange I think because I do not find anything on the internet saying I can install a graphics card. But can I?

That would be awesome if I could since the graphics I have is really bad (intel mobile 4 series). I love my laptop and I try to upgrade it now to keep up with the technology without having to buy a new laptop. That is why I now bought a T9600 and have installed an old SSD from my desktop PC and also upgraded the RAM.

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Re: R400 CPU Upgrading options

2014-05-08, 0:42 AM

You'd need to use the advanced dock (2503) in order to add a graphics card. That's what the BIOS option is referring to.

 

I agree that these machines run very cool and quiet and definitely represent excellent value for money in this day and age.

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Re: R400 CPU Upgrading options

2014-05-09, 0:21 AM

Okay thanks alot for your help and your time. I have one more question tho:

 

The docking solution isn't something for me, but I researched a bit and looks like some thinkpad models motherboards are compatible with other thinkpad motherboards. So I was thinking about buying one from another thinkpad model with much better integrated graphics and therefor getting a better graphics chip in my computer :) and maybe also a bios which can be overclocked (X9100) or one that supports quad cores (Q9100).

 

So my question is if you know of any thinkpad models motherboards with are compitable with mine?

 

I understand if you do not but if you have any knowledge of it, please share :)

 

I do not care if I have to mod a little bit or if I have to get another heatsink etc.

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Re: R400 CPU Upgrading options

2014-05-10, 3:47 AM

Well, you could (I *think*) put in a board from T400 with switchable graphics, but that's about it.

 

Enabling QC CPUs requires major BIOS hacks and I'm not aware of any for the *00 generation...

 

Good luck.

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Re: R400 CPU Upgrading options

2019-08-08, 18:30 PM

Hi, I don't have deep knowledge of Processers and CPU and GPU upgrading info. But I have A Lenovo R400 series which I want to upgrade to do some coding and gaming on. Is there any possible way it could hold up if I upgrade it? What are the options of upgrading them? Like what type of Processers, GPU and ram capacity...etc it can hold.

 

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