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?
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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.
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.
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.
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.