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Hi all,
Has anyone tried upgrading the CPU ?
Any words of advice? What's the fastest it can get?
Is it a plug and play or plug and pray ?

Thanks

ZoulouTango
 

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As I know the maximum CPU is the i7-2960XM, a little less is the i7-2860QM. You can google all the CPUs. Its the 2. Generation "Sandy Bridge" Socket 1155. 

I hope someone can confirm my posting ;)

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HI guys,
thanks for the feedback.
With a quick research , 2960XM seems to be the most powerful CPU.
MY question is, (assuming that I can get it) : Is it a plug and play or requires extra work ?
Has anyone tried it?

Thanks!

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Which CPU is installed now. There could be a problem with the heat. I am not an expert, but the TDP is 10W higher than an 2630qm or 2670qm. Maybe you need a additional heatpipe? 
You can try and check temperature, while gaming. Its easy plug and play when temp is ok.

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Good point!
I do use the original processor 2720  and yes the TDP is 10W higher.
I wonder if anyone has tried that without any additional heatpipes and if that caused any smoke and fires :)
I don't have the 2960xm handy but I found it in Ebay for a reasonable price 




 

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Yes these 2960xm are on eBay from some Chinese sellers. Don’t know if they are authentic. 
I also don’t find a spare part with 3 heatpipes. I think you have to try and let us know. Be sure you take great care for using the thermal paste! This will be crucial.

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I don't have a good experience when purchasing things like that from China tbh.
I found a seller based in the US and I am proper tempted to give it a go.
Will keep you posted!

Many thanks

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I don't believe a 3-pipe CPU heatsink was ever available for the R3 and R4. It's possible that someone has made an aftermarket one but you may be stuck with the 2-pipe. The only real reason to go for the XM over the QM is overclocking ability. If you don't want to overclock then just go for the top end QM processor. 

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Hi MattyB
points taken. Given that I have the 2720QM currently, you reckon that 2860QM will offer any noticeable improvement ?
If it adds an extra 5% for example, I'll be happy.
Funny enough, there is one up for sale relatively close where I live and I am tempted.

 

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Hey, Sorry about the late reply, I didn't see your post until now. 

The 2860QM has a higher base and turbo clock and also more L3 cache so you should notice a little more performance. They are basically the only real differences. 

You'd see a bigger difference if you had an i5 but it's still a decent upgrade for the right price. 

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