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T530 CPU Upgrade

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T530 CPU Upgrade

#1 Post by eMBe17 » Sun Nov 24, 2019 10:33 am

My TP T530 has an Intel I5-2520m processor. Which models of I5 and i7 can I replace that CPU ?
I read that 2520m and other CPUs have different sockets, so I don't know if every model will fit into my model.
Please help and regards, MB

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Re: T530 CPU Upgrade

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sun Nov 24, 2019 12:03 pm

Download this PDF and see the list of T530 CPUs: https://download.lenovo.com/parts/Think ... 131007.pdf
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Re: T530 CPU Upgrade

#3 Post by kfzhu1229 » Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:26 pm

First, make sure you are actually working with a T530, not a T520 with a T530 badge as both supports i5-2520m CPU but only the latter supports 3rd gen I series processors as well.
Depending on the price and the amount of heat and battery you are comfortable working with, the recommendations are different. I upgraded my T530i from a 2nd gen i3 to i7-3720qm engineering sample and I have no regrets with this upgrade, though I ended up using liquid metal to keep the i7-3720qm cool when the NVS 5400m is also stressed. The best solution is to get a new cooler that is designed for 45W CPUs (and with or without dedicated graphics cooling is up to your current motherboard ofc).
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Re: T530 CPU Upgrade

#4 Post by wrybread » Mon Jan 06, 2020 7:20 pm

Did you notice a big speed improvement with the upgraded CPU?

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Re: T530 CPU Upgrade

#5 Post by Brandon0623 » Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:30 am

When I did the upgrade from a Core I5-3230M to i7-3940xm, there was a speed increase however, the power consumption of the extreme edition caused me to upgrade both my power supply and my battery (90W power with 9-Cell battery).

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