I am planning on moving up to an extreme version processor for my xps laptop since I struck out on the third generation. These are both Sandy Bridge processors and seem to have a pretty good comparison. Has anyone else done this? Any problems I should look out for? thanks:
|Product Name||Intel® Core™ i7-2960XM Processor Extreme Edition (8M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz)||Intel® Core™ i7-2670QM Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz)|
|Code Name||Sandy Bridge||Sandy Bridge|
|# of Cores||4||4|
|# of Threads||8||8|
|Clock Speed||2.7 GHz||2.2 GHz|
|Max Turbo Frequency||3.7 GHz||3.1 GHz|
|Cache||8 MB Intel® Smart Cache||6 MB Intel® Smart Cache|
|System Bus||5 GT/s||5 GT/s|
|Instruction Set Extensions||AVX||AVX|
|Embedded Options Available||No||No|
|Lithography||32 nm||32 nm|
|Max TDP||55 W||45 W|
|Recommended Customer Price||TRAY: $1096||TRAY: $378|
|Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)||32 GB||32 GB|
|# of Memory Channels||2||2|
|Max Memory Bandwidth||25.6 GB/s||21.3 GB/s|
|ECC Memory Supported||No||No|
|Graphics Model||Intel® HD Graphics 3000||Intel® HD Graphics 3000|
|Graphics Base Frequency||650 MHz||650 MHz|
|Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency||1.3 GHz||1.1 GHz|
|Intel® Quick Sync Video||Yes||Yes|
|Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology||Yes||Yes|
|Intel® Wireless Display||Yes||Yes|
|Intel® Flexible Display Interface (Intel® FDI)||Yes||Yes|
|Intel® Clear Video HD Technology||Yes||Yes|
|Dual Display Capable||Yes||Yes|
|Macrovision* License Required||No||No|
|# of Displays Supported||2||2|
|PCI Express Revision||2.0||2.0|
|PCI Express Configurations||1x16, 2x8, 1x8 2x4||1x16, 2x8, 1x8 2x4|
|# of PCI Express Ports||1||1|
|Max CPU Configuration||1||1|
|TJUNCTION||100 C||100 C|
|Package Size||37.5mm x 37.5mm (rPGA998)||37.5mm x 37.5 (rPGA998)|
|Graphics and IMC Lithography||32 nm||32 nm|
|Low Halogen Options Available||See MDDS||See MDDS|
|Intel® Turbo Boost Technology||2.0||2.0|
|Intel® vPro Technology||Yes||No|
|Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology||Yes||Yes|
|Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)||Yes||Yes|
|Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)||Yes||No|
|Intel® Trusted Execution Technology||Yes||No|
|AES New Instructions||Yes||Yes|
|Intel® Anti-Theft Technology||Yes||Yes|
|Intel® My WiFi Technology||Yes||Yes|
|4G WiMAX Wireless Technology||Yes||Yes|
|Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology||Yes||Yes|
|Intel® Demand Based Switching||No||No|
|Thermal Monitoring Technologies||Yes||Yes|
|Intel® Fast Memory Access||Yes||Yes|
|Intel® Flex Memory Access||Yes||Yes|
|Execute Disable Bit||Yes||Yes|
|Intel® VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)||Yes|
There are no guarantees it'll work - but you're asking for trouble given that the system isn't designed to handle a CPU that draws this much power.
Thanks for your reply. If i go ahead I'll need to monitor the board temperature and see if there is a way to get more ccopper in the heat sink.
i doubt there will be space but i havent looked inside yet. if i go ahead i will post my results or a photo of the damage.
any other ideas?
The $1100 you'd spend on that CPU would build a very nice, very fast desktop system, unhindered by the relatively weak video in the notebook you have.
From a value/price standpoint, the CPU upgrade makes no sense at all.
I have the same XPS laptop and I had the same idea to upgrade it (bought mine in april 2012). I think the money you spend for a processor upgrade is not well spend since everything is updated (also the graphics card is not that fast in our XPS). The best thing you should do (If you didn't do some upgrade yet) is to get a Solid State Drive (SSD). That's by far the cheapest and also the biggest speed boost you will get if you don't have one atm. I will get my XPS upgraded with a Samsung EVO 1Tb or a Crucial M500 960 Gb (probably this one, it's slower and smaller in capacity, BUT it's a MLC drive and not a TLC drive (2 bits instead of 3 bits) and it has a better protection system.
Also, I think the new processors are way too power consuming (thus getting too hot on heavy workloads). Check comparisons on www.cpuboss.com.
I hope you are helped a bit with this information.