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Hello everyone!

I'd like to upgrade my Laptop CPU, however I'd first like to determine the chance that the upgrade will actually work.

My plan is to replace the second generation i7-2670QM that I have with a third generation i7-3632QM. Now you might think "haha good luck with that", and you're probably right. But let's quickly walk through it.

As far as I understand I need to check for the following things:
0) CPU replaceable
Yes, I have checked this

1) Socket compatibility:
Both CPUs use FCPGA988 Socket, so this should be ok

2) Memory Compatibility:
i7-2670QM: DDR3-1066/1333
i7-3632QM: DDR3/L/-RS 1333/1600
Since I have installed 1333 RAM that should be fine (I think?)

3) Chipset Compatibility
The board uses Sandy Bridge Revision 09. So in theory this could be compatible. I'm aware that the chipset will severely limit the "nice things about the 3rd gen i7" (e.g. no USB 3.0, SATA III or PCIe 3.0), but I'm more interested in the reduced power consumption.

4) Bios
This is where it get's interesting. There is no bios update available for my board. The bios is developed by "Phoenix Technologies Ltd." from 10/12/2011 (and I wasn't able to find an update - even though some boards might run with an updated version from 11/02/2012).
Updated to the latest BIOS version (11/02/2012) and asked support for a change-log. So this might actually be ok.

Here is a list of CPUs that the motherboard ships with:
http://www.drivermax.com/driver/laptop-rating/selproc/Samsung/300V3A~1300V4A~1300V5A~1200A4B~1200A5B/pag0

My Computer is a Samsung np300v5a.

Chances of support are slim I guess,
what do you think?
Edited by vini - 10/8/13 at 1:57am
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I did a very similar upgrade in my old Sony Viao laptop, from a 2630 to a third generation i7. It worked fine although I had heat issues, the only way to resolve it was removing the back panels and then had it seated to a cooling pad. It was only for fun really as I have my Asus notebook now, if you can keep heat down and the bios supports it, then worth a shot.
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That sounds very promising! Thank you for the reply!

Could you please state the exact laptop and i7 3rd Gen model? I wanna research a bit.
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So I just realized that I have the Southbridge Intel HM65 B2. Hence it will never work :/

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