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I have an Acer 8943G laptop with an i7-720QM processor. I have just recently been looking into the possibility of upgrading the CPU to something more beefy for video editing purposes without buying a whole new laptop, because I enjoy the size for working at home and on the go.

For instance, would it be possible to upgrade to a Intel Core i7-2720QM for example and what else would I need.

Any help would be highly appreciative.
    
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No, the i7 2720QM is a 2nd generation (Sandy bridge) and would not work with your laptop (as it is a different socket) - if you are going to upgrade, you will need something that works with the same socket.

Core i7-920XM is the best processor that is going to work with your laptop socket, though they are ~ 850 - $900, offer a 400mhz upgrade and 2mb extra of cache, not worth it IMO smile.gif
Edited by appleg33k85 - 8/12/11 at 1:04pm
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That's what I was thinking.

Are there any other sort of CPUs that would be compatible with my laptop build that would show any significant boost?
    
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No, again only a handful of mobile processors that will work, best one being 400mhz faster which would help a bit, but isn't going to be worth the $$ - mobile processors are typically very expensive, its usually better just to upgrade to a different laptop rather than trying to replace parts. If the laptop doesn't have one, you could replace the HDD with a SSD which would show some improvements and help with disk intensive activities and of course improve overall feel smile.gif
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Even a few hundred MHz is pretty big deal for a 1.6GHz system.

Some of the second generation mobile i3/5/7 chips are actually the same 988 socket, but he would need BIOS/chipset support, which I am not certain his current system would have. It might be worth contacting ASUS to see what the options are. I wouldn't get my hopes up though.
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Originally Posted by Blameless;14560931 
Even a few hundred MHz is pretty big deal for a 1.6GHz system.

Some of the second generation mobile i3/5/7 chips are actually the same 988 socket, but he would need BIOS/chipset support, which I am not certain his current system would have. It might be worth contacting ASUS to see what the options are. I wouldn't get my hopes up though.

Its Acer, and not that you wouldn't see a difference, but the difference for $850 - 900 isn't going to be worth it smile.gif

I'm not going to say 100% for fact as I haven't personally tried it, but even thought they use the same socket, there are architecture differences between 1st and 2nd generation Core i processors which I'm very certain that would prohibit you from swapping processors from one generation to another, Intel isn't socket friendly like AMD
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85;14560586 
No, the i7 2720QM is a 2nd generation (Sandy bridge) and would not work with your laptop (as it is a different socket) - if you are going to upgrade, you will need something that works with the same socket.

Core i7-920XM is the best processor that is going to work with your laptop socket, though they are ~ 850 - $900, offer a 400mhz upgrade and 2mb extra of cache, not worth it IMO smile.gif

The 940XM is the best @ 2.13GHz. And the XM series of processors are unlocked for overclocking. A 2GHz quad core i7 UNLOCKED mobile processor that runs at 55w sounds pretty dang nice to me. tongue.gif May not be on par with the Sandy successor but still, that's a nice boost.

And you can find the 920XM for as low as $500 if you look around. biggrin.gif
     
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85;14561472 
Its Acer, and not that you wouldn't see a difference, but the difference for $850 - 900 isn't going to be worth it smile.gif

Only the extreme editions are that expensive and only if they are new.

The (i7-840QM) 1.83GHz 8M L3 Mobile i7 Quads just below them go for about 250 used. Since he could get at least half that for his current chip, it may very well be worthwhile.
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Intel isn't socket friendly like AMD

Intel's mobile sockets are very different from their desktop ones.

Also, Intel and AMD have similar long term track records regarding socket compatibility.
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Originally Posted by Imglidinhere;14561515 
The 940XM is the best @ 2.13GHz. And the XM series of processors are unlocked for overclocking. A 2GHz quad core i7 UNLOCKED mobile processor that runs at 55w sounds pretty dang nice to me. tongue.gif May not be on par with the Sandy successor but still, that's a nice boost.

And you can find the 920XM for as low as $500 if you look around. biggrin.gif

I'd be slightly wary of putting a 55w CPU in a board meant for 45w ones.
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Did some more searching and discovered that the first gen Core i mobile processors use Socket G1, while the second gen use Socket G2. They have the same number of pins, but are not compatible.
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I've found I can get either the i7-840QM or the 920XM for the same price below $250, but like what has been mentioned, it's 55w.

I understand it would be a risk and could burn out in some way, but how high or serious is that risk? Would it be possible to sustain it properly without a high chance of fail?
    
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