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Is it possible at all to place either a t520/w520 fan inside a standard t420? Has it ever been done before?

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Is it possible at all to place either a t520/w520 fan inside a standard t420? Has it ever been done before?

#1 Post by jlee » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:21 am

I have a t420 that i upgraded to a 2960xm. It's pretty cool under linux, but gets throttled on windows 10. Just wondering if it was possible to add a bigger fan

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Re: Is it possible at all to place either a t520/w520 fan inside a standard t420? Has it ever been done before?

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:39 am

Just looking at pictures of both, I'd say no.
The screwhole locations are different.
Has your machine iGPU or dGPU?
Your best bet is a "double-pipe" T420 fan (04W0407-iGPU or 04W0408-dGPU) and use the best thermal paste (Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut).
Then see this: https://www.reddit.com/r/thinkpad/comme ... _possible/
Also check the last youtube entry there.
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