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I have several Dell Latitude E6530's with i5-3340M (rPGA) processors that primarily tackle AutoCAD and other drawings for some technicians on the road. Currently, they're running with 8GB of ram, 1TB WD Black drives and NVS 5200M graphics.

Would there be a feasible upgrade path to keep these in service a little bit longer? They've been total tanks in terms of durability, but there have been complaints of them not handling the latest files with the speeds they were accustomed to.

My plan is to upgrade the systems to 16GB of ram, 512GB Samsung 850 PRO SSDs, and look at i7-3720/3820QM processor.

Primary question is...is there a big (real-world) jump in upgrading the i5-3340M to a i7-3720/3820QM? In terms of difficulty, it should be relatively easy as the HSF unit is directly under the back plate and comes undone with 5 or 6 screws.

Thanks in advance.
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I have several Dell Latitude E6530's with i5-3340M (rPGA) processors that primarily tackle AutoCAD and other drawings for some technicians on the road. Currently, they're running with 8GB of ram, 1TB WD Black drives and NVS 5200M graphics.

Would there be a feasible upgrade path to keep these in service a little bit longer? They've been total tanks in terms of durability, but there have been complaints of them not handling the latest files with the speeds they were accustomed to.

My plan is to upgrade the systems to 16GB of ram, 512GB Samsung 850 PRO SSDs, and look at i7-3720/3820QM processor.

Primary question is...is there a big (real-world) jump in upgrading the i5-3340M to a i7-3720/3820QM? In terms of difficulty, it should be relatively easy as the HSF unit is directly under the back plate and comes undone with 5 or 6 screws.

Thanks in advance.
If you do all of that, it should make a big difference. Extra RAM, SSD's and going for 2c/4t to 4c/8t are all helpful upgrades.

The only thing is, are you sure those machines can take the quad-core CPU's? They all have a higher TDP (45W vs. 35W), and they may not have BIOS support in the first place, and even if they do, the hardware may not be capable of handling the requirements of the new CPU. I know my older Dell laptop can physically take, and will occasionally boot, a 45W quad if one is installed, but 90 percent of the time, it won't even boot because of the higher power requirements.

Even if you can't do the CPU upgrade, just the added RAM and SSD's will improve performance a ton. The biggest handicap in laptops is when they have slow mechanical HDD's installed.
     
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Kingston V300 Toshiba 2.5" laptop HDD, 1TB Micron C300 SSD Generic 2TB HDD WL2000GSA1672 (external) 
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