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May 2, 2012 2:13:24 PM

Hi,
I have an Acer Aspire Timeline 3810T notebook. It has a BGA956 socket works with a Core 2 Duo SU9600 processor (10 watts).
I would like a faster processor. I heard that Core 2 Duo SL9600 (17 watts) would work but I'm not sure. Core 2 Duo SP9600 would be my ideal choice but it requires 25 watts. So, I need some help with the compatibility of these processors with my notebook. All of the processors I've mentioned uses the same socket BGA956, same size and the same VID Voltage Range. They just have different Max TDPs. If there are any other factors in changing/swapping a processor or other processor choices please do share them also. Thanks :) 
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May 2, 2012 2:52:54 PM

When swapping a processor in a notebook (or other prtable device) you will need some kind of TIM; Thermal compound, and thermal pads. The notebooks I have disassembled (2 Acers included), have all utilized thermal pads and thermal paste. You can attempt to reuse the thermal pads (I have had no luck doing so but I am told that if you are careful...) but will need something like Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound for the new cpu. I would also recommend new thermal pads since you will be adding heat. A piece like this can be cut down and used for about 7-10 HSF or CPU replacements (do not use pads for the CPU itself!)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13409/thr-114/Phobya_...
Just an additional consideration for the swap.
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May 2, 2012 3:56:39 PM

olugia0 said:
Hi,
I have an Acer Aspire Timeline 3810T notebook. It has a BGA956 socket works with a Core 2 Duo SU9600 processor (10 watts).
I would like a faster processor. I heard that Core 2 Duo SL9600 (17 watts) would work but I'm not sure. Core 2 Duo SP9600 would be my ideal choice but it requires 25 watts. So, I need some help with the compatibility of these processors with my notebook. All of the processors I've mentioned uses the same socket BGA956, same size and the same VID Voltage Range. They just have different Max TDPs. If there are any other factors in changing/swapping a processor or other processor choices please do share them also. Thanks :) 



Is the processor currently bottlenecking you? I am not sure you will get significant improvements changing within that class of processor:


SU9600:

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Core-2-Duo-SU9600-No...

SL9600:

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Core-2-Duo-SL9600-No....

SP9600:

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Core-2-Duo-SP9600-No...

Make sure that it is worth the upgrade/investment when weighed against the reduction of battery life and increase in heat.
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May 3, 2012 6:09:31 AM

Thanks for the replies.
I don't mind the extra heat and shorted battery life :) 
I just want to make sure that the processors would work when installed correctly in the notebook.
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