Upgraded Acer 3680 Celeron CPU to a T5300!

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  1. krazyphire

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    I successfully upgraded my 3680-2633 from a Celeron M 520 to a Core 2 Duo T5300 @1.73 Ghz. I might be the first to report a successful upgrade to this chip. The more popular one to use is the T5200@ 1.6Ghz. This thing is quiet and cool. When I first started it up I wondered if it was broken because the fan wasn’t as loud as usual :eek:. The computer idles at 45.7 degrees celesius which is better than the celeron's 53-60 degrees celsius.

    Everything booted great and now it is bearable to have it on my lap. The T5300 only cost me $75 on ebay.

    The battery still last 3+ hrs which is way better than the 1hr and 46min I had on the celeron. Now using the Power Saver mode in Vista keeps the computer in a useable state because 800Mhz on the RMclock far outclasses the Celeron in the same mode.

    The performance is amazing and my friends/family are all intrigued by this sub $500 fully upgraded Acer 3680. Packing 1.5 gigs of ram and a Core 2 Duo processor. I can even play Halo with a stable FPS of 30. The GMA 950 is not so bad anymore for older games :D.

    Ran a 32m Benchmark w/ wPrime and it finished in 42 seconds. Celeron M 520 ran the same benchmark in 125 seconds. I'll let you people be the judges of performance.


    If anyone wants any tips, help, or comments on Performance/Upgrading I'm here. :)


    Savings and Costs:
    Total Cost for a Core 2 Duo system with a T5300 and 2 Gigabytes of Ram on average: $956 USD+ (HP dv6000t)
    Total Cost of Acer Aspire 3680 ($399.99) upgraded with Core 2 Duo: $479.99 USD (Increased Performance)
    Total Cost of Acer Aspire 3680 with T5300 and 2 Gigabytes of PC-5300 Ram: $545.91 USD (Optimal Performance)

    Memory from: www.memory-up.com
    Cost for 2x1Gig PC-5300 is $32.96 USD

    Helpful Links for 3680 Users:
    http://paulsiu.wordpress.com/2007/09/03/is-it-worth-upgrading-the-cpu-on-acer-3680-2833/ Blog that started it All :D
    http://www.acerpanam.com/synapse/data/7117/documents/AS3680_3505.zip v1.3505 bios needed
    >>*UPDATE*: link for the newest Aspire 3680 bios ftp://ftp.support.acer-euro.com/notebook/aspire_3680/bios/3508.zip
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=155958 Info for those who have the 940GML
    http://www.cpuid.com/download/pcw2008_v184.exe Link to PC Wizard for checking the chipset
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Core_2_microprocessors Near the Bottom are the Mobile Core 2 CPUs
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=77860 Guide for Adding Artic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=3339276&postcount=1 Alternate Guide for adding AS5
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=60416 Windows Updates for Upgrades to C2D Processors
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=pPdw-pkS88k Acer Notebok Disassembly Guide (Not of a 3680, but Basic Idea)

    Helpful Links for 5315 Users provided by BigOzone:
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=251130 Upgrade Guide for 5315 Users! :D

    Working Chipsets for the Core 2 Duo Upgrade:
    Intel 943GML Chipset/i943 Calistoga
    Intel 945GML Chipset

    Working Chipsets for the Core Solo Upgrade:
    Intel 940GML Chipset

    How To Identify Your Chipset:
    If the Cover for the RAM bay is pulled off on the Ram Bay there is a sticker. The code on the stick identifies your laptop chipset.
    Here they are:
    MB.TEB06.003... If it starts with that it is a 940GML
    MB.AZL06.... If it starts with that it is a 943GML
    MB.TDX06.... If it starts with that it is a 945GML


    Working Models for the Core 2 Duo upgrade:
    Acer Aspire 3680-2633
    Acer Aspire 3680-2682

    Working Models the Core Solo Upgrade:
    Acer Aspire 3680-2574


    UPDATE
    You can in fact upgrade to The Merom T7200 & T7600 that came out before the Santa Rosa Refresh.

    Current Facts known:
    • Motherboard Model can be found on the Sticker above the RAM bay. (Find Courtesy of Hoggie)
    • Core 2 Duos out perform most Core Duos in performance. They also have newer Speedstepping technology to optimize battery life.
    • Dual-Core is Supported only by the 943GML Chipset and Above
    • Only works with v1.3505 bios and Above
    • The T5200, T5300, T5600, T7200 Are Known to Work
    • Socket M Celerons can switch to the above C2Ds
    • PC Wizard can be used for identifying your chipset
    • The C2Ds are easily purchased through ebay, but I recommend staying away from bids and using "Buy it now function" as long as it is under $80 USD.
    • Of Course if your looking to save money you can go with n4r4k's idea and get a T2080 Core Duo, which is reported to work on the Aspire 3690

    PS: We are always here to help!

    Thank You to:
    Dedicated to the Acer Team: Hoggie, Andy, BigOzone, TeeJay44, Krazyphire

    Featured News Bit: http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=4242 Credit to Chaz (NBR MOD) and Theo (TeeJay 44)
     
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  2. BLACKMAMBA123

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    amazing man .....wat a luck u hve........congratz.......
     
  3. krazyphire

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    Thank You. It was a tense moment when I started it up because the bios took a longer amount of time to load than usual. I knew it would work because the FSB were compatible. The only worry was the mulitplier which increased to 13x and the CPU speed.
     
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    Is this what you installed?
    http://item.express.ebay.com/__CPUs...QihZ022QQptdnZCPUsQQptdiZ259QQcmdZExpressItem

    Boy do I feel dumb though!! I just bought a Celeron 1.73ghz off ebay for $20 and was excited about that :rolleyes:

    Im going to buy the 1.73ghz duo-core tonite!!!! THIS IS AWESOME! I am so sick of this $*$^@ing crappy 1.6ghz Celeron in my 3680-2633. It sucks.
     
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    Krazyphire how long did it take to receive the processor after you paid for it?
     
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    skywalker Business Notebook FTW!!

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    Nice job....congrats....:notworthy:
     
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    The ebay store I purchased mine from took a few days because I bought it before christmas on the 20 or 21st. I recieved it on the 26th of December. You however should recieve by the end of the week or on monday next week.

    Thank You very much.
     
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    Thanks for the article - lots of good reading. I bookmarked it.
     

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