* Asus N61JQ Owners Lounge *

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  1. TRANTUSNY

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    For the heating "problem".
    I configure the driver for maximizing battery life from catalyst control center -> power settings AND I set the maximum processor state to %99, thus disabling turboboost, from windows control panel -> power options. Using the computer without any problems, with all the covers on and no fancontrol software installed.
     
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    So after 5 years of pleasant usage I'm retiring my n61jq, apart from the battery not lasting very long it still runs like a charm (original config + ssd upgrade). Had to replace the hinges and the keyboard manually though after 3 years but the official disassembly guide of Asus (pdf) helped me alot in keeping track of the screws, also gave me the chance to remove all the accumulated dust inside and clean the fan. Hit me up if u wanna take it over (i live in holland).
     
  5. Vlad_The_Unknown

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    Thanks for the offer, I personally decided to keep this notebook for longer and so I went for some upgrades. My HDD was having problems since quite some time, so I had to buy an SSD (Crucial MX300) which noticeably speed up my system. I've put the HDD in a caddy in the DVD slot, while I moved the DVD writer in an external USB box where it works nicely (and also without vibrations which instead it was producing when inside the notebook). Furthermore, since the price dropped down to the 100 EUR level, I bought on ebay a Core i7-940xm processor and a 16 GB RAM kit from Corsair (CMSX16GX3M2B1600C9), so this way the N61JQ is maxed out and should receive a nice performance boost. I hope the cooling system will be enough to handle this more powerful CPU... let's see.

    If anyone is interested, I can do some performance tests with the stock and the new RAM with the i7-720qm and the i7-940xm and also monitor the temperatures.
     
  6. TRANTUSNY

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    It's hard to believe but this thing has still got some juice after all these years and runs like new after SSD + RAM upgrades. It'd be great if you can share those performance tests addition to some comments on temperature and fan noise levels.
     
  7. Vlad_The_Unknown

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    I received all new components (SSD, RAM & CPU) and upgraded my N61JQ laptop. I used this occasion to install a heat sink on each VGA RAM module, since I may try some overclocking of both the i7-940xm CPU and the Ati 5730HD VGA.

    Here are the tests outcomes in four different configurations:
    The new CPU brought a performance increase of 16-25% due to the increased clock frequency, while the RAM has minor impact on performance between 0 and 1%.

    Laptop ASUS N61JQ with Windows 7 SP1
    Config 1 (original): i7-720qm 4GB (RAM frequency 1066 MHz with timings CL7-7-7-20-1T)
    Config 2 (ram upgrade): i7-720qm 16GB (RAM frequency 1333 MHz timings CL8-8-8-20-1T)
    Config 3 (cpu upgrade): i7-940xm 4GB
    Config 4 (cpu+ram upgrade): i7-940xm 16GB

    super pi v1.9
    C1 1M 16,177 s
    C2 1M 16,350 s
    C3 1M 12,927 s
    C4 1M 13,010 s
    C1 2M 36,863 s
    C2 2M 36,700 s
    C3 2M 30,140 s
    C4 2M 29,062 s
    C1 32M 910,204 s
    C2 32M 881,004 s
    C3 32M 714,514 s
    C4 32M 711,739 s

    wprime v2.1
    C1 32M 4 threads 24,602 s 8 threads 17,735 s
    C2 32M 4 threads 24,231 s 8 threads 17,678 s
    C3 32M 4 threads 18,221 s 8 threads 13,151 s
    C4 32M 4 threads 18,347 s 8 threads 13,260 s
    C1 1024M 4 threads 745,465 s 8 threads 524,002 s
    C2 1024M 4 threads 769,887 s 8 threads 522,65 s
    C3 1024M 4 threads 577,544 s 8 threads 391,716 s
    C4 1024M 4 threads 585,359 s 8 threads 392,092 s

    Cinebench R15
    C1 Open GL 31.01 fps CPU 253 cb multi, single 76 cb, speedup 3.36x
    C2 Open GL 31.07 fps CPU 255 cb multi, single 76 cb, speedup 3.34x
    C3 Open GL 31.50 fps CPU 339 cb multi, single 96 cb, speedup 3.53x
    C4 Open GL 31.43 fps CPU 337 cb multi, single 95 cb, speedup 3.54x

    Pcmark 8 v2-7-613
    C1 PCMark 8 Home Conventional 3.0 2390
    C2 PCMark 8 Home Conventional 3.0 2395
    C3 PCMark 8 Home Conventional 3.0 2646
    C4 PCMark 8 Home Conventional 3.0 2662
    C1 PCMark 8 Home Accelerated 3.0 2617
    C2 PCMark 8 Home Accelerated 3.0 2657
    C3 PCMark 8 Home Accelerated 3.0 2814
    C4 PCMark 8 Home Accelerated 3.0 2824

    3DMark v2-1-2973
    C1 Firestrike v1.1 Total 810 Graphics 836 Physics 3904 Combined 335
    C2 Firestrike v1.1 Total 810 Graphics 836 Physics 3904 Combined 335
    C3 Firestrike v1.1 Total 818 Graphics 841 Physics 5004 Combined 333
    C4 Firestrike v1.1 Total 816 Graphics 835 Physics 5277 Combined 335
    C1 Skydiver v1.0 Total 4270 Graphics 4407 Physics 3807 Combined 4068
    C2 Skydiver v1.0 Total 4270 Graphics 4407 Physics 3807 Combined 4068
    C3 Skydiver v1.0 Total 4457 Graphics 4419 Physics 4991 Combined 4073
    C4 Skydiver v1.0 Total 4458 Graphics 4416 Physics 5014 Combined 4072
    C1 Cloudgate v1.1 Total 4951 Graphics 6681 Physics 2598
    C2 Cloudgate v1.1 Total 4930 Graphics 6662 Physics 2582
    C3 Cloudgate v1.1 Total 5575 Graphics 6705 Physics 3508
    C4 Cloudgate v1.1 Total 5588 Graphics 6706 Physics 3530

    Temperatures (I use a Cooler Master U3 cooling pad)
    C1 idle 55 C load 74 C
    C2 idle 55 C load 77 C
    When I replaced the CPU I reapplied the thermal paste (Arctic Silver MX-4)
    C3 idle 55 C load 79 C
    C4 idle 56 C load 84 C

    Storage (SATA2 standard)
    Original HDD Maxtor 500 GB 5400rpm
    Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 64.622 MB/s
    Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 60.371 MB/s
    Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.644 MB/s [ 157.2 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 0.632 MB/s [ 154.3 IOPS]
    Sequential Read (T= 1) : 65.434 MB/s
    Sequential Write (T= 1) : 60.397 MB/s
    Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.250 MB/s [ 61.0 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 0.626 MB/s [ 152.8 IOPS]

    New OS disk SSD Crucial MX300 275 GB
    Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 278.294 MB/s
    Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 239.775 MB/s
    Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 168.999 MB/s [ 41259.5 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 180.243 MB/s [ 44004.6 IOPS]
    Sequential Read (T= 1) : 256.485 MB/s
    Sequential Write (T= 1) : 221.066 MB/s
    Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 14.472 MB/s [ 3533.2 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 22.051 MB/s [ 5383.5 IOPS]

    Windows score (C1 to C4):
    CPU 6.9->7.3
    memory 5.9->7.5
    GPU 6.7
    graphics 6.7
    storage 5.4->7.7

    Edit 2017/08 : after installing the Radeon Crimsom drivers 16.2.1 (non-whql-64bit-nieg-radeon-crimson-16.2.1-win10-win8.1-win7-feb27 from AMD website) and applying the backlight fix from Shpati my Windows score for GPU and graphics increased both to 6.9
     
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  8. NotAnyMoreInMyZone

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    Hello, I have this laptop almost 5 years and sometimes Im nostalgic about preformance (for explame:last year cs:go works great, 40-50 medium. Now, very low with some tweaks, 30-15 fps and there is not much difference between low and very high in fps). I read that you upgrade your laptop's processor, ram and ssd. Can you tell me how you did that and what hardware you upgraded.

    Im still using original system requirements
    i7 1gen Q720 1,60@
    AMD Radeon Mobility HD 5730
    4Gb Ram DDR3
    ST500LM012 HN-M500MMB ATA Device 500Gb (I damaged the original with 1Tb)
    Windows 10 x64 (only because of lastest drivers and black screen problems)

    I tried Fallout 4 with tweaks... min=25 avg= 35 max=55 (bulidngs,rooms)
    Also, one time when I played league of legends, I had 20-10 fps on lowest setting and resolution (1024×576)... much later, something changed. now I get fps150 on very high.
    Same for Borderlands 2. 4 years ago it was running like a hell, now... 30-10fps.
    Same thing with rendering....
     
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  9. Vlad_The_Unknown

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    Hi! Have you checked if you have overheating problems? Thermal throttling could reduce the performance of your laptop. You can clean up the dust from the fan.

    I replaced in my laptop the CPU from the original i7-720qm to a i7-940xm (+16-20% performance circa), the RAM from 4GB (1066 MHz with timings CL7-7-7-20-1T) to 16GB (frequency 1333 MHz timings CL8-8-8-20-1T) (around 1-4% gain) and the HDD with a Crucial MX300 SSD (huge loading time improvement.

    Here you are the guide to disassemble the N61JQ laptop.

    I use Windows 7 and I didn't experience such performance regressions, they may be related either to the OS+drivers or to the games themselves.
     
  10. NotAnyMoreInMyZone

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    What do you recommend to do after 6 years (the best operating system(win7 -win10),drivers,what should I upgrade first...etc)
     
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