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GL960 Chipset Processor Upgradability

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by michacerboy, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. michacerboy

    michacerboy Notebook Consultant

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    Laptop in questions: Acer Aspire 4315. Gl960 chipset with a 1.86ghz Smell-er-on processor, 2gb RAM (self upgraded) and 80gb HD. X3100 integrated graphics.

    What can I upgrade the processor to? Will a T5300 or a T5450 work?
     
  2. Commander Wolf

    Commander Wolf can i haz broadwell? Super Moderator

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    Hard to say here. Officially the Intel site claims that the GL960 should only support Celerons, but there's quite a few reports of people using C2D on a GL960, so I'm not really sure of the best way to go around this one...

    Barring chipset limitations, you're mechanically good through a T7800 since it's Socket P; a T5500 will definitely not work since that's Socket M.
     
  3. michacerboy

    michacerboy Notebook Consultant

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    What other processors will work? Do I need to be concerned about the FSB speed as well?
     
  4. Commander Wolf

    Commander Wolf can i haz broadwell? Super Moderator

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    The processors that for sure will work are:

    Celeron M 530 1733 1024 533
    Celeron M 540 1866 1024 533
    Celeron M 550 2000 1024 533
    Celeron M 560 2133 1024 533

    I like I said before, officially the GL960 only supports these Celerons on a 533MHz FSB. This post reports someone successfully using a T5450 on a 667MHz FSB on the GL960:

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=210436

    So my point is it is hard to say what processors are compatible because of the discrepancy between official and practical limitations; I'm not sure of ALL GL960 chipsets will actually support a 667MHz or even 800MHz FSB or just a few special ones that might be like downgraded GM965 chips.
     
  5. michacerboy

    michacerboy Notebook Consultant

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    Kthx. I think Im going to go with a T5450. That will definately be an upgrade over the Smell-er-on :D
     
  6. Commander Wolf

    Commander Wolf can i haz broadwell? Super Moderator

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    Good luck on the upgrade; it'll be interesting to see if these C2D upgrades work consistently.
     
  7. Exodemia

    Exodemia Notebook Evangelist

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    Did you manage the upgrade? :)
     
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    I got Gateway with GL960 chipset and T2310 and upgraded to T5450 successfully. I also upgraded RAM to 3GB even though the spec said that It can be maxed out at 2GB only.
     
  9. Exodemia

    Exodemia Notebook Evangelist

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    Ah well I have an HP Compaq 6720s with a Celeron M 540 and wanted to upgrade to a T7100 I won on eBay for an amazing £41! Unfortunately I've found out that the chipset is the GL960 (I assumed that the laptop was using GM965). I don't know if the laptop would recognize the T7100 at all, it might run at 533 FSB instead of 800MHz (if that's possible) but probably won't work at all. I could always attempt it but I have to disassemble my laptop and if there are no guarantees then is there a point?

    This confirms GL960 and 667MHz Core 2 Duos are compatible:

    https://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=NB-VR601WO
     
  10. Exodemia

    Exodemia Notebook Evangelist

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    OK, here's the moment of the truth the T5250 has arrived. Hopefully the next time I reply it'll be with a T5250 in :p
     
  11. Andreas129

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    How did it go? =)
     
  12. Exodemia

    Exodemia Notebook Evangelist

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    It works completely, fully functional :D I did cause some quite minor damage to the laptop in taking apart but nothing serious :p works like a beauty. So it seems the GL960 can achieve 667MHz FSB easily :D
     
  13. Commander Wolf

    Commander Wolf can i haz broadwell? Super Moderator

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    Heh heh, another strike for the GL960 and another victory for the consumer :D

    Congrats on the upgrade.
     
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    Exodemia Notebook Evangelist

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    Thanks Wolf :D have to say it's a nice performance boost hehe. GL960 obviously does have support so hopefully future upgraders will have no hesitation :D I've got a healthy 4.6 in Vista WEI lol.
     
  15. vranash

    vranash Newbie

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    Okay, having just picked up a Presario C709NR myself I want to verify a couple of things: Each SODIMM slot can support 2gigs of ram? For a total of 4 gigs? (This was my original interest in buying the bottom line 965 laptop, make it look cheap and with the money saved pump up the internal specs.

    Also Is it only the 667 FSB Mobile C2Ds that work, or will the newer 800mhz ones work as well just in reduces FSB mode?

    Any help would be appreciated, thanks :)

    Additionally: Does speedstep work properly? This is probably the biggest hindrance to the Celeron 530 IMO.
     
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    Only 667FSB processors will work. 800FSB ones will not fit.
     
  17. Exodemia

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    Yes Speedstep does work.
     
  18. vranash

    vranash Newbie

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    Exodemia: Thanks, good to know.

    In regards to the C709NR I myself have, I'm planning to pick up a 4 gig sodimm kit today to find out if my particular laptop will handle the extra memory.

    In regards to the 667 FSB only, it *MAY* depend. Having done some extra research online it appears there are both Socket M (What I assume you have), and Socket P Celeron 5x0 series cpus (Excluding the 520 which was M only), and the Socket P ones SUPPOSEDLY swap with the Socket P T7500(?) although I couldn't find any information on if the processor was running at 533, 667, or 800 mhz FSB, and it's possible it's bogus information (anyone with the time and money to burn finding out?)

    Update: Picked up a 4 gig SODIMM kit. At least some if not all C709NR's are in fact limited to 3 gigs or less memory (2 gigs if you want functioning dual-channel!). One 2 gig chip in either slot will work okay, and a 2 gig and a 1 gig should work fine, however as soon as you try addressing something just above 3 gigs, you get screen corruption, data corruption, or a lockup. I'm assuming *THIS* is what differentiates the GL960 from the 965GMs, failure to address >3 gigs of memory without rather serious stability problems. The only other possibility, swap the cpu and see if it's stable at 'Real C2D' speeds would require someone to desolder the cpu and either drop a replacement or socket the motherboard, neither of which would be cheap, or prudent, and likely wouldn't help in this particular instance anyhow.

    Good luck to others who were lulled into buying one of these, as a cheap portable computer they're not horrible, but as an unplugged laptop, they leave much to be desired.
     
  19. Exodemia

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    No my CPU socket is Socket P. And the Socket P T5250 that's I've installed work perfectly at full speed and functionality. So it is a totally worthwhile upgrade if you need it :)
     
  20. vranash

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    Exodemia, could you do me a favor and list off the SLxxx sSpec code off your cpu and northbridge (if possible?)

    Mine are SLA48 and SLASV, and I want to verify if they're Socket P (Which they appear to be, given that they're almost entirely undocumented ATM), in order to choose which C2D to order.

    Thanks in advance.
     

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