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Upgrading from Intel Core i3 370M to Intel Core i7 840 QM on an Acer TravelMate

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February 22, 2013 12:03:51 AM

Hello,

I own an Acer TravelMate 5740G and I intend to upgrade the Intel Core i3 370M CPU in it to a new Intel Core i7 840 QM processor. The machine has an Intel Ibex Peak-M HM55 chipset and a discrete AMD Radeon HD 5650 GPU. The laptop has no support for switchable graphics, just discrete Graphics.

Is this upgrade possible?

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February 22, 2013 1:57:24 AM

According to the specs for this chipset http://ark.intel.com/products/43183/Intel-BD82HM55-PCH the CPU is compatible. http://ark.intel.com/products/codename/29960
You may need to update the BIOS before installing the CPU - http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/drivers
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February 22, 2013 1:06:52 PM

Hey Kenrivers,

Thanks a lot! I'll definitely upgrade!
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February 22, 2013 2:14:10 PM

I would be VERY concerned about CPU cooling. Laptops are infamously undercooled and this will be much worse when substituting an i7 for an undercooled i3.
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February 22, 2013 6:12:35 PM

Best answer selected by Brainiarc7.
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February 22, 2013 6:13:38 PM

ram1009 said:
I would be VERY concerned about CPU cooling. Laptops are infamously undercooled and this will be much worse when substituting an i7 for an undercooled i3.



About that, its' catered for. The laptop comes with a powerful, dual-vent fan and a large H/S/F assembly, that should cater for it.
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