hi,does anybody know if a 2.3 GHz AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile Processor M520 will fit and work in inspiron 1501?
looking to upgrade a friends laptop and trying to find the best(and cheapest) way to give it a boost.
Below are the processors shipped and compatible with the Inspiron 1501:
Processor type AMD Turion 64 Processors
AMD Sempron Processors
The above processors are tested and compatible with Inspiron 1501.
Please reply for further questions.
My 1501 came from Dell with a Turion 64 X2 TL-58 (1.9 GHz ) and 2 GB DDR2 so if TL-60 is the fastest cpu available for it then I don't see much of a reason to bother upgrading mine. I doubt that 0.1 Ghz increase will make any difference.
In your case though I would quickly upgrade to TL-60 over a sempron and the good news is they only cost around $20
I did a little research & it looks like the CPU upgrade is a simple drop-in upgrade. That being said one thing you should absolutely do first is to make sure you have your BIOS updated as this will ensure you've got CPU compatibility. Be sure to do this before you do any disassembly to the computer.
Also, another critically important step is to make sure you've got thermal grease to apply to the new CPU. Artic Silver is generally considered the best from the enthusiasts I know & it's pretty cheap.
Hope this helps!
I agree that you have to update the bios for newer cpu compatibility. However, be warned that tl-64 and tl-68 or any similar cpu above tl-60 has a high thermal design power. Inspiron 1501 may overheat and shutdown when this new cpu is installed because it will be too hot for pc.