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Can I put a T9300 in a Dell Inspiron E1720?

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June 19, 2009 6:05:02 PM

Hello.

Can I put a T9300 processor at 2.5 GHz in a Dell Inspiron E1720?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My understanding is that both the T9300 and my existing T7300 (at 2.0 GHz) have 800 MHz Front Side Busses.

I would like to put a T9600 at 2.8 GHz in there, but it has a 1066 MHz Front Side Bus. Am I correct in assuming that I cannot put a 1066 FSB processor in a Dell Laptop that was built for an 800 MHz FSB processor? Or is it possible? (I talked with Dell Tech Support, and they told me that it was not possible to upgrade the processor at all.)

I need to run a specialty video capture application (Cineform Neo HD), and it requires a minimum of a 2.4 GHz processor, and preferably 2.6 or above, so I need to get the fastest CPU I can.

Thank you very much for your help.

Norman
June 19, 2009 6:33:08 PM

I called Dell again, and they are telling me that I need a different motherboard in order to run faster than 2.0 GHz, as that particular mobo is limited to a 2.0 GHz processor.

I am on the phone with them now.
June 19, 2009 6:49:36 PM

Do you mean Vostro E1720? It looks like it has the 4500M chipset which should support 1066fsb cpus. Dell even sells this laptop with a T9550 cpu.
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June 19, 2009 6:57:31 PM

Um, no, I mean Inspiron, but what is the difference between an Inspiron E1720 and a Vostro E1720?
And how could I know if it would support a 1066 FSB?
June 19, 2009 6:58:32 PM

I called Dell all the way back to the guy who handles replacement mobos. He said that this is the only mobo available for this chassis.

I am not sure what to do.
June 19, 2009 7:16:08 PM

On Dell's website, they only have up to 15xx Inspirions. But they do have a 1720 Vostro. So, it's either discontinued, or you're mistaken.
June 19, 2009 7:20:53 PM

Um, dude, why would you assume that it must be a model that is being currently sold?

The laptop in question is about two years old. Dell discontinues models after a while.
June 19, 2009 7:27:23 PM

Ok, I googled and did find info on the inspirion 1720 and I'm pretty sure I know the answer to your question. But with the attitude of your last post, I'll let you figure it out on your own.
June 19, 2009 7:32:52 PM

>>So, it's either discontinued, or you're mistaken.

Please forgive me if I allowed your statement to get me a little flustrated. I am still not sure what I said that led you to believe that either the model was new, or I was mistaken.

My apologies if I did not understand you. Please forgive me.
June 19, 2009 7:38:00 PM

>>So, it's either discontinued, or you're mistaken.

Perhaps I should have just said, "It's discontinued"?

But I did not know it was discontinued. All I know is that the model says "Inspiron 1720".

Whether you decide to help me or not, please accept my apologies for upsetting you. It was not my intent. I just simply did not know why you assumed it would be a current model.
June 19, 2009 7:52:17 PM

Alright. No problem. It looks like the inspirion 1720 uses the 965 chipset, like my laptop. I'm pretty sure the fastest cpu it supports is the T7700 2.4ghz. I researched this quite a bit when upgrading mine from a t2330 to at t7500.
June 19, 2009 7:54:51 PM

Well, thank you for your forgiveness. I hope in the future I will have the maturity just to say, "it's discontinued." Again my apologies.

So it is the chipset that limits the processor speed?
June 19, 2009 7:56:27 PM

Let me chat with Dell, and ask what chipset
June 19, 2009 7:58:40 PM

I am number 50 in queue, which probably means a half an hour.

Next time I am definitely getting Dell Gold (priority) tech support!
June 19, 2009 8:48:35 PM

>>It looks like the inspirion 1720 uses the 965 chipset, like my laptop. I'm pretty sure the fastest cpu it supports is the T7700 2.4ghz. I researched this quite a bit when upgrading mine from a t2330 to at t7500.

So if I understand you, then since I also have the 965 chipset, I should at least theoretically be able to use a T7700 at 2.4 GHz?

But then I wonder why Dell told me my motherboard maxes out at 2.0 GHz?

July 7, 2009 2:36:57 PM

because dell wants you to buy stuff from them. looking around, you should be able to put the t9300 in your system, as it supports the 965 chipset, socket p.
July 7, 2009 2:48:54 PM

stetsonaw said:
because dell wants you to buy stuff from them. looking around, you should be able to put the t9300 in your system, as it supports the 965 chipset, socket p.


In other words, Dell says it won't work, when actually it will?

I guess my main concern right now is overheating. My reason for upgrading would be to use the machine for video editing. However, yesterday I was previewing a bunch of photos for about an hour, and the machine got really hot (stuttering, missing key commands), and then after I shut it down for a half an hour, it stayed warm the rest of the day.

Is there any realistic way to keep an E1720 cool? I already have it on a laptop cooling pad, but if I use it hard, the thing just gets hot. I drilled holes in the cover for D:\, but it just does not ventilate properly enough to use it hard.

Or is there any laptop that one can really use hard for video editing, and have it stay cool?

Thanks.

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