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Can I upgrade i5-3230M processor in Inspiron 15R SE 7520

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Hi all,

I'm not sure if this is possible, as i'm not sure if the I7 sockets are compatible, but is there any way of upgrading the processor in my laptop to a faster one? preferably with more cores as at the moment its just a dual core.

The processor I currently have is the Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3230M CPU @ 2.60GHz. It's adequate, but I do a lot of audio editing, and would greatly benefit from an upgrade.

Is this possible and is the socket compatible with any  faster models?

Many Thanks,

Tommy Burn

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RE: Can I upgrade i5-3230M processor in Inspiron 15R SE 7520

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The system did ship with the i7-3612QM.  They're around but it's not always easy to find mobile CPUs for sale.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Brand-New-OEM-Intel-Core-i7-3612QM-2-1-GHz-Dual-Core-AW8063801130504-Process...

Be careful with the format - your system is one of the last notebooks to use a socketed, replaceable processor - the market was shifting toward soldered CPUs as most are now at the time it was built.  These cpus come in both PGA (socket) and BGA (Soldered) format -- you can only use the PGA format.

You won't see $300 worth of performance out of a CPU upgrade though.  If your system has a conventional hard drive, a solid state drive will make far more of a performance impact than any CPU upgrade will.

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tburn1
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RE: Can I upgrade i5-3230M processor in Inspiron 15R SE 7520

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Thanks for the reply.

I already upgraded to an SSD. Am i right in thinking that it will need to be a G2 socket? Any G2 socket?

Is the i7-3612QM better than this or my current one?

As far as I can see on wikepedia, the  i5-3380M is as high as I can go on this socket, though that might be incorrect. 

Thanks again

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RE: Can I upgrade i5-3230M processor in Inspiron 15R SE 7520

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The i7-3612QM Is the same socket - but a quad-core i7.  It was an option on this model at purchase.

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tburn1
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RE: Can I upgrade i5-3230M processor in Inspiron 15R SE 7520

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Would there be a significant performance increase? Or am I better off just sticking with what I have?

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tburn1
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RE: Can I upgrade i5-3230M processor in Inspiron 15R SE 7520

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Also that ebay page says Dual core? Is it wrong?

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RE: Can I upgrade i5-3230M processor in Inspiron 15R SE 7520

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As above, CPU upgrades rarely make sense -- you won't see $300 worth of performance boost.  The i7-3612QM is a quad-core CPU, not dual core.

http://ark.intel.com/products/67356/Intel-Core-i7-3612QM-Processor-6M-Cache-up-to-3_10-GHz-rPGA

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tburn1
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RE: Can I upgrade i5-3230M processor in Inspiron 15R SE 7520

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Many thanks for your help.

I think Ill leave it for now.

Regards

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