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XPS 15 L502X UPGRADE FROM I7-2670QM TO i7-2960XM SR02F

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
Status Launched Launched
Launch Date Q4'11 Q4'11
Processor Number i7-2960XM i7-2670QM
# 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
Bus/Core Ratio 27 22
Bus Type DMI DMI
System Bus 5 GT/s 5 GT/s
Instruction Set 64-bit 64-bit
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
Memory Specifications
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) 32 GB 32 GB
Memory Types DDR3-1066/1333/1600 DDR3-1066/1333
# of Memory Channels 2 2
Max Memory Bandwidth 25.6 GB/s 21.3 GB/s
ECC Memory Supported No No
Graphics Specifications
Processor Graphics Yes Yes
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® Insider™ 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
Expansion Options
PCI Express Revision 2.0 2.0
PCI Express Configurations 1x16, 2x8, 1x8 2x4 1x16, 2x8, 1x8 2x4
# of PCI Express Ports 1 1
Package Specifications
Max CPU Configuration 1 1
Package Size 37.5mm x 37.5mm (rPGA998) 37.5mm x 37.5 (rPGA998)
Graphics and IMC Lithography 32 nm     32 nm    
Sockets Supported FCPGA988 FCPGA988
Low Halogen Options Available See MDDS See MDDS
Advanced Technologies
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® 64 Yes Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology Yes Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology Yes Yes
4G WiMAX Wireless Technology Yes Yes
Idle States 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
8 Krypton

Re: XPS 15 L502X UPGRADE FROM I7-2670QM TO i7-2960XM SR02F

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.

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1 Copper

Re: XPS 15 L502X UPGRADE FROM I7-2670QM TO i7-2960XM SR02F

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?

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8 Krypton

Re: XPS 15 L502X UPGRADE FROM I7-2670QM TO i7-2960XM SR02F

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.

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RE: XPS 15 L502X UPGRADE FROM I7-2670QM TO i7-2960XM SR02F


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

I hope you are helped a bit with this information. 



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