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X230 Quad Core i7 mod?

#1 Post by apojoga » Thu Sep 01, 2016 3:57 pm

This Korean modder has installed a quad-core i7 3612QE in place of the i5 in his X230:

http://forum.51nb.com/thread-1602437-1-1.html

So this is just a drop-in replacement?

I thought the X230 CPU was soldered to the board?
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Re: X230 Quad Core i7 mod?

#2 Post by brchan » Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:55 pm

X-series laptops all have soldered cpus on their motherboards. You would have to desolder and then resolder a different cpu. Specialized shops can certainly do this, but its not cheap.

Remember that the QC cpus use more power and generate more heat. Even with a successful swap, the motherboard power circuitry may not be able to handle it reliably.
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Re: X230 Quad Core i7 mod?

#3 Post by hhhd1 » Fri Sep 02, 2016 6:18 am

brchan wrote:Remember that the QC cpus use more power and generate more heat. Even with a successful swap, the motherboard power circuitry may not be able to handle it reliably.
The 3612qm is still a 35w cpu, just like dual cores models, so it should run fine.
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