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July 22, 2012 6:40:31 PM

Hi,

I recently got a Packard Bell laptop as a gift and it comes with an i3 2310M, 4ghz Ram, 500gb Hard disk and a Nvidia 540M gpu. I'm very pleased with it as I can play all latest games and do several things at the same time e.g. working with a huge Java applet, listening to music, browsing the web with more than 30 tabs opened on Firefox etc. However, I want to upgrade its cpu and get an i7 and more precisely the 2670QM.

All Packard Bell Easynote TS 11HR series, no matter if they have an i3, i5 or i7 cpu, have the same bios (I have flashed mine to the latest version), and also have the same motherboard, the SJV50_HR. So here comes the hard or easy part... Will I be able to upgrade the cpu easily or are there any compatibility problems that I'm not aware of?

For instance, I'm aware of the different TDP statuses between the i3 (max TDP 35W) I currently have and the i7 (max TDP 45W) but we're talking for a mere 10 points more when it comes to i7, which I believe my laptop can handle and I'm willing to risk that. However, I'm not sure if my system is compatible with the i7 cpu when it comes to sockets and chipsets. My system has the HM65 chipset and the 988 B rPGA socket (also know as G2) and after conducting a little research on the web, some sources say that the 2670QM is for 988 A rPGA sockets (also known as G1) only and not compatible with the G2 while some others say that it is compatible with both sockets.

If that helps, according to Intel's website my current cpu has the following "package size": 37.5mm x 37.5mm *rPGA988B) AND/OR 31mm x 24mm (BGA1023), while the i7 2670's is 37.5mm x 37.5 (rPGA998).

I'm so confused... Can someone please enlighten me? Thanks in advance and please excuse my English.

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July 27, 2012 4:48:46 PM

Thanks for that link. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any info on what I'm looking for.

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July 27, 2012 4:51:25 PM

The i3 can either be soldered to the board or it can use pins.
July 27, 2012 5:03:07 PM

The i3 I currently have uses pins but the problem is I can't find out if the i7 2670QM is compatible with my 988 B rPGA socket. What do you reckon?
July 27, 2012 6:15:30 PM

Do you know form first hand that the i7 2630QM would work even though it says its package size is 37.5mm x 37.5 rPGA998 aka G1? Cause mine is rPGA998 "B" aka G2. And this is exactly what worries me...
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July 27, 2012 6:19:34 PM

The package size for removable (PGA) cpus are the same size, only the soldered version is a different size.

This site is in a different language but look under description from merchant-
http://skinflint.co.uk/eu/775737
July 27, 2012 6:39:11 PM

jay_nar2012 said:
The package size for removable (PGA) cpus are the same size, only the soldered version is a different size.

This site is in a different language but look under description from merchant-
http://skinflint.co.uk/eu/775737


So Jay, do you believe that the 2670QM (http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/processor-compar...) would also fit on the socket/chipset/motherboard?

I'm positive that the BIOS will recognize the cpu, because my laptop came even with Turbo Boost drivers installed, but you see I want to be sure that the new cpu will fit in the lpatop. I guess this my only concern.
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July 27, 2012 6:43:51 PM

Wait, read my last post.
July 27, 2012 7:07:46 PM

Ok I read it. But according to the Intel's site the 2670QM package size specifications is rPGA998 A only. Sorry, I'm not too tech savvy and this is exactly what I can't understand. I.e. how come Intel says the 2670QM is for G1 sockets (rPGA998 "A") and others say that is also compatible with G2 (rPGA998 "B")?
July 27, 2012 9:28:49 PM

I agree, it's so confusing. And in that list that you found anyone can see that G2 socket is compatible with all i7 cpus! I just don't get it...
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July 27, 2012 9:32:11 PM

Well your, our, CPUs are in their and so is the i7 you wanted so...
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