Upgrade i3-3120 to i7-4700mq in Laptop

  1.    20 Apr 2018 #1

    Upgrade i3-3120 to i7-4700mq in Laptop

    I have a laptop that is running an i3-3120 chip right now. Can I upgrade it to an i7-4700mq chip?

    Thanks in advance,

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  2.    20 Apr 2018 #2

    No. They use different sockets (G2 vs G3) so the i7 won't fit. Not to mention the PCH and other motherboard components that would be incompatible.
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  3.    20 Apr 2018 #3

    i3 3120M is a processor from the Ivy Bridge architecture while the i7 4700MQ is a processor from the Haswell architecture.

    And no you cannot upgrade as there is no upgrade path for it.
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       20 Apr 2018 #4

    The most powerful CPU listed as provided with the Lenovo E531 was the i7-3632QM. (Socket G2.)

    Whether the swap would be possible, I have no idea.
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  5.    20 Apr 2018 #5

    The real questions are; if you find a cpu that is upgradable, will the performance increase/gain be significant enough to warranty the upgrade and will it be cost effective to do so. Meaning, would it be cheaper to purchase a new laptop with the latest cpu.
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