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Lenovo ThinkPad W510 - 4319-24G: worth upgrading CPU?

2016-10-16, 8:54 AM

Hi,

 

I have a Lenovo ThinkPad W510 - 4319-24G and was wandering if upgrading the CPU is usefull.

We only use it for simple things, no gaming or CPU intensive tasks.

 

If so, what CPU can i put in without having to buy other heatsinks, coolers, adapters, etc etc ?

The total cost i am looking to spend is about a good 50 dollar.

 

The current processor is a i7-720QM (4x 1,6 GHz).

 

Thank you very much and kind regards,

Tom

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Re: Lenovo ThinkPad W510 - 4319-24G: worth upgrading CPU?

2016-10-17, 6:17 AM

Hello,

 

I've seen Intel Core i7 820QM CPUs (1.73 GHz)  go for $50 and up on eBay, and 920XM's (2.0 GHz) go for $90 and up.

 

Unless you are running applications which are being constrained by the 720QM's 1.6 GHz speed, I would suggest looking at adding a SSD or increasing the RAM first before replacing the CPU.

 

I have a W510 with a 820QM, 24GB RAM (2×8GB + 2×4GB RAM) and a 500GB Samsung 840 SSD in it, and it is quite usable for daily tasks.  I may upgrade it to 32GB of RAM at some point in the future if the price of DDR3 SO-DIMMs goes down even further, but beyond that it may be better to look for newer laptops as the W510 was released six years ago in 2010.

 

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Re: Lenovo ThinkPad W510 - 4319-24G: worth upgrading CPU?

2016-10-17, 18:32 PM

I have already installed an SSD and i think i maxed out on RAM :-)

 

Hmm, so if i look at the price then a 820QM would be an option.

If i would install one, how would the performance gain be?

In what scenarios would a difference be noticeable?

 

Thank you very much for the reply.

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2016-10-18, 1:11 AM

The CPU you are using is 5 generations old.  As you say that your current CPU generally meets your needs, I doubt you will notice any difference.  If you were running the kinds of things where you would notice the difference, you would be complaining about your current setup.


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Re: Lenovo ThinkPad W510 - 4319-24G: worth upgrading CPU?

2016-10-19, 0:39 AM

Hello,


You would probably notice a 3-5% performance improvement in some synthetic benchmark tests.  As for for real-world performance gains, it would be limited to uses which max out the CPU (writing software, running CPU-bound applications such as encryption/decryption that didn't use a GPU assist, etc.) and would be difficult to notice.

 

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Re: Lenovo ThinkPad W510 - 4319-24G: worth upgrading CPU?

2016-10-19, 19:01 PM

Hmm, so all in all. 

It is not worth the effort upgrading :)

 

Ok, arctic paste ordered.

I will stick with the old CPU.

 

Thank you,

Tom.

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