Asus X401a upgrade to ultrabook status

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by jrs3000, Aug 10, 2012.

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  1. Pendertuga

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    Did it come in? Also, do you think the standard heat sink will be adequate for the i5?
     
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    jrs3000 Notebook Guru

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    Guys I have news...... IT WORKS!!!! I upgraded from pentium b970 to ivy bridge I5-3210M and it works. Booted and is recognized by windows. I'm going to reapply artic silver and seal it up. Ultrabook status achieved. My ssd is getting ordered. I will do further testing to make sure everything stable. The i5 is the same wattage as pentium so it's fine. Do you guys know what this means? When the x301 comes out you can have a true ultra book as it's 13.3" and probably slightly thinner and less weight. After seeing ivy bridge cpu work in this laptop I feel confident a sandbridge i5 should work and will run you less than what I paid for Ivy.
     
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    Just to give the run down because I'm so excited. I paid 270 for this laptop, after $50 giftcard applied at bestbuy and $130 for cpu off ebay. Going to add a $60 ssd so my total for this project is $460 for a 14" ivy bridge i5 laptop that's only a 1" thin and 4lbs has usb 3.0 and wifi with bluetooth 4.0... Tell me you can find a laptop with similar specs for sub 500!! I may just stick to slow 5400 for right now as I only browse web and play SC to save me money for the moment. I'll get pics up of course of cpuz and such just for any who don't believe.
     
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    davidricardo86 Notebook Deity

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    Congrats! So you went from a Sandy Bridge Pentium B970 to an Ivy Bridge I5-3210M? That's pretty cool, all without any BIOS modding or hacking? What chipset is this? How much of an improvement are we talking about here?

    EDIT: Seems like a big upgrade all around. :cool:
     
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    It's the newer 7 series chipset for Ivy and sandy. Hm70 is the one in this laptop. No mods just swap cpu and power on. Huge going from 2 core 2.3ghz to 2 core 2.5ghz with turbo to 3.1 I think, hyperthreading, intel hd2000 to hd4000 graphics, 22nm so better on power and the list goes on when compared to a pentium.
     
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    Pics added to first post
     
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    Just to update things are working fine except for a shuting down after about a hour. I'm looking in event viewer and it's event ID 41 kernel power. I'm looking into the issue as everything seems fine it's not overheating and I can do whatever I like fine until almost a hour and then it shuts. I'm wondering if Turboboost is playing into the issue of this happening or some power limit set somewhere. I'm working on a fix but if this fails I'll downgrade cpu to a i3-3110 and see how that works. I refuse to go back to sandybridge as HD4000 runs starcraft 2 so much better than HD2000 did.
     
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    Thanks for keeping us posted! :)
     
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    Does the i5 draw the same amount of power as the Pentium? If not then that is probably the problem, and there is no way of changing the power to the CPU from the BIOS :\
     
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    It's 35watt. I don't think it's a power issue per say as not enough more like a setting as I said I can use the laptop and run whatever I like. I played 30mins of starcraft 2 online with no issue. Temperature and voltage appear fine. Don't worry I'm working on custom bios right now to enable options and make sure the micro code is in their for the i5. I'll update after I finish and if it works.

    Well this thread will be filled with my ramblings but oh well. Looking into the bios the micro code for ivybridge is in there which is good and explains it working so only thing I need to do is figure out what setting is effecting it power wise. I'm going to unlock all the options in the bios and play around to see if I can fix issue.
     
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