Originally Posted by CynicalUnicorn
The only problem I foresee is that there is a square piece of plastic and a symbol next to it that looks a bit like a battery, implying there is some sort of port there, but I don't know what it would be since the Ethernet port is on the other side.
Turns out that's just a spacer so this same shell can be used with a different feature-set. I spent the afternoon slicing open all of the vents and in one case accidently cutting and tearing a piece of mesh. Oops. Electrical tape fixed that easily. In addition to Arctic Silver and a very exposed radiator, temperatures dropped by about 5 or 8 degrees. Not too bad.
I asked this in another thread (twice, actually), but I'll ask it here anyway: My laptop is using socket S1G4. I'd like, at worst, a 35W TDP CPU to replace the 25W TDP CPU I have, a Turion II P540. It's a derivative of either a Phenom II or Athlon II but specialized for laptops. Is it worth upgrading? I'm looking at these:Phenom II N870
(or N850 depending on price and heat)Phenom II N950
(or N930 depending on the price)
I figured out how the model names work: "P" CPUs are the lower-clocked ones, and they increase in performance with higher numbers. "N" is a step up from P in power usage, heat output (10W more), and performance, and they too increase with higher numbers. I'd prefer to have an "N" model CPU because they support DDR3 1333MHz (which I have) in addition to closer to 2.4GHz clockspeeds, but they're all 35W, and my stock CPU is 25W. None of the 25W CPUs support faster than 1066MHz and the quad-cores go up only to 1.8GHz and tri-cores to 2GHz. I'm leaning towards the "N" tri-core mostly because of lower heat output (vs. quad-core) and clockspeed (slightly lower than stock). Would a higher wattage possibly damage the motherboard or battery? That's my only question before I buy.