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T440p CPU Upgrade suggestions

#1 Post by Whitieiii » Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:22 am

I've put it off for too long but I'm in need of a faster CPU for the T440p it's my gaming machine and want to know what I can use for the CPU? I've got an i5-4300m in it now but when gaming I'm pegging out at 95-100% usage all the time even with 12GB ram and GPU usage only at around 30% it's lagging quite bad most of the time but still quite playable.... I'm only playing older games like GTA V right now so no worry but what should I get? should I go with an i5 or i7 dual core with a high clock speed or should I just go with an i7 Quad Core with a low clock speed? I want to spend as little as possible... I'm thinking of going with a i7-4610M, i7-4700MQ, i7-4702MQ or i7-4712MQ.... what's going to be the best of the bunch or What others should I consider? I'm trying to stay at 37W TDP if possible as well but I may have to go with a 47W TDP.... I just don't want the machine to heat up any more than it is and throttle putting all the extra performance in the trash

suggestions or comments? i'm ready to buy something now
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Re: T440p CPU Upgrade suggestions

#2 Post by Dragunov » Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:59 pm

I did the i7-4700mq upgrade. It works superbly. Also, 16gb/RAM.

The i7-4700mq, is the most common CPU in it's class. There is a good reason for this... It's a fantastic CPU, and it more than handles a variety of games. You can pick up one off Ebay fairly cheaply. Mine came out of a broken Y410p with a bad MB. I recommend the upgrade. You don't need to upgrade the fan either.

Use good thermal paste, and you should have ZERO throttling issues. Some T440p models came with that processor, a 1600x900 display, and a backlit keyboard..... ALL good upgrades for your T440p. All are easy to do.

Mine has all of these upgrades, it works perfectly, gives me no trouble, and is my daily driver.

One other recommendation... Use Win8.1, and "Classic Shell". it works best with it. I've used Win7, AND Win10 both, on this computer, and 8.1 just works best with it. I believe Win8.1, was the native O/S for most T440p's anyways.

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Re: T440p CPU Upgrade suggestions

#3 Post by Scottfish » Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:59 am

I am considering the CPU upgrade as well now. Currently, have the i5 4300.

For those that have done it, I see the biggest bang being going from 4300 to the 4700 at about $65. Is the 4900 worth it for another $60-ish on top of that, or is it diminishing returns?

*** Edit *** Went with the 4700mq. Figured that almost falls into "impulse purchase" range and will give a nice performance boost.
T440P - 250GB SSD (2.5") - 240GB SSD (M.2) - Backlit Keyboard Mod - 3 Button Trackpad Mod - 128GB (2.5")SSD in Optical Drive Bay -Running Debian

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