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Thinkpad X301 CPU upgrade

2017-01-05, 11:22 AM

Hello,

 

I have a Lenovo X301 and I love with all my heart. I've just recently upgraded my SSD and RAM. Read a lot of material about upgrading this model and found some rumors from 2009 that it should support SL9600 and SP9600 CPU's. I've consulted with Intel and they suggested I should contact Lenovo support to clarify whether there is a BIOS support for these CPU's because both SL9600 and SP9600 fit the socket (BGA956).

 

So is there a BIOS that supports these CPU's for X301?

I have read some korean forums and some people have successfully upgraded X301 to SP9600, yet it is unclear if they made any software/hardware modifications beforehand to make that possible.

 

This is not a rational but sentimental decision, I know it is not worth the money. SU9600 is an official option, but it is such a minor upgrade I would not bother. Thank you in advance:)

 
 Offtopic - after I installed Lenovo service bridge on my thinkpad, I am getting an internal server error every time I try to go to lenovo support page. Several people have reported this too, since Nov 30, 2016. Someone should look into that code:)
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Re: Thinkpad X301 CPU upgrade

2017-01-05, 13:05 PM

Welcome to the forum!

 

The CPU is soldered to the mainboard, so you can't swap/install one unless you have soldering/desoldering equipment and know exactly what you're doing.

 

Those mods on the Asian sites are very impressive but quite hardcore...  :smileyhappy:

 

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Re: Thinkpad X301 CPU upgrade

2017-01-05, 13:26 PM

That is quite disappointing, but thank you for a quick answer:)

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2017-01-05, 14:16 PM

If, however, I would pay for a professional to solder it, would there be any compatibility problems? That was my initial question.

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Re: Thinkpad X301 CPU upgrade

2017-01-05, 16:53 PM

I'm not sure... My guess is in worst case scenario the BIOS will need some modding to accept the new CPU.

 

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Re: Thinkpad X301 CPU upgrade

2017-01-05, 17:37 PM
That is my biggest concern. No idea how that's done. I already have a custom BIOS that let's me OC my poor little SU9400 by 200 MHz, but a new CPU would be the real deal. Thank's for the help
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Re: Thinkpad X301 CPU upgrade

2017-01-05, 20:36 PM

You're welcome! :smileyhappy:

 

Some of those sites offer sometimes modded models for sale, although they're difficult to get out of China/Corea...

 

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