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Intel HM65 Express Chipset. CPU Upgrade from Sandy to Ivy Bridge

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May 28, 2014 9:07:22 AM

I have an Asus X54H(Intel HM65 Express Chipset) with an Intel Pentium B940 processor. I would like to upgrade it. I already checked for compatible processors with my chipset on Intel's website. What I would like to know is if there is someone who tried to do an upgrade to this model of laptop/chipset/processor with an ivy bridge processor. Is there a bios upgrade necessary? Thanks in advance.

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May 28, 2014 9:23:33 AM

I have a similar laptop the X54L and it really isn't worth the hassle. To start with these laptops have a limited upgrade list and what ever you upgrade to won't make a huge difference in performance. On top of that there is no easy way to upgrade these laptops. I'm pretty sure the X54H is similar to the X54L and you are going to have to tear the whole laptop apart to upgrade it. If the performance is really that bad you are better of just getting a new laptop it really isn't worth the headache for such a small performance gain.
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May 29, 2014 6:24:46 AM

The bios only supports the chips listed as options for that laptop. What the chipset supports is irrelevant if the bios doesn't support the CPU. My laptop, for instance, had an i7 2630qm as an option, and therefore, is supported as it will have the necessary bios support.
May 29, 2014 6:52:34 AM

logainofhades said:
The bios only supports the chips listed as options for that laptop. What the chipset supports is irrelevant if the bios doesn't support the CPU. My laptop, for instance, had an i7 2630qm as an option, and therefore, is supported as it will have the necessary bios support.


Wouldn't a BIOS update or rewrite solve that problem?
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May 29, 2014 6:54:09 AM

Bios update would require Asus giving you one that would work with the upgraded chips. The chances of that are pretty slim. Like all laptop makers, they would prefer you to go out and get a new laptop.
June 18, 2014 10:25:03 AM

As a matter of fact, I just installed a core i5-2410M on my wife's asus X54hr - sx065d and it's flawless. The last bios for this model - 205 - has the microcode required for all CPU ID's until Q1 2012. I replaced the stock B950 with a Core I5-2410M. Also I know for a fact that a core i5-2520m also works on a K54HR MB with bios 205 (Installed on a friend's K54HR). many CPU's work on this model, but keep in mind that maximum TDP has to be 35W. I will try a more powerful Core i5-2540M, Core i7-2640M, and a Core i7-2630QM (although I doubt the quad core I7 will actually work, or if it will, i'ts gonna be a liithe hot in there.)

June 18, 2014 1:14:03 PM

Bogdan Busila said:
As a matter of fact, I just installed a core i5-2410M on my wife's asus X54hr - sx065d and it's flawless. The last bios for this model - 205 - has the microcode required for all CPU ID's until Q1 2012. I replaced the stock B950 with a Core I5-2410M. Also I know for a fact that a core i5-2520m also works on a K54HR MB with bios 205 (Installed on a friend's K54HR). many CPU's work on this model, but keep in mind that maximum TDP has to be 35W. I will try a more powerful Core i5-2540M, Core i7-2640M, and a Core i7-2630QM (although I doubt the quad core I7 will actually work, or if it will, i'ts gonna be a liithe hot in there.)



Thank you for your answer. Yours is X54HR. Mine is simply X54H, but the difference appears to be the graphic card. My BIOS seems to be 208. Does the upgrade improve laptop's performance in a visible manner? For now, I chose to buy a SSD over a CPU upgrade. I looked for a Core i5-2540M at the time, but I am more interested of the results of putting a quad inside.
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