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Dell 1501 Upgrade...

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by asje1, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. asje1

    asje1 Byte Poster

    Hey guys.

    Been thinking for a while now if to upgrade my laptop...AMD Turion TL-50 Processor and RAM...

    I have already got some new RAM on order, x2 1GB sticks...

    Been looking into upgrading my processor now... I cannot find the dell motherboard manual... ive looked on the net for some advice etc...

    What im wanting to know is a list of processors my lappy can have, if any.

    Ive managed to find this forum site: http://forum.notebookreview.com/archive/index.php/t-169394.html but they only discuss an upgrade for an acer? 5102... mine is a Dell Inspiron 1501.

    What the the main features i need to look for when looking to upgrade my processor? Like, socket type etc... would be great if anyone could help me out alittle.

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  2. fortch

    fortch Kilobyte Poster

    Well, here's the Service Manual

    Of course, they don't link directly to replacement parts. So, here's your two official options

    As far as info on the proc, they normally are ZIF socketed 638pin S1 series in mobile implementations. However, buying through Dell yields 10x the price as fleBay, so be careful what and where you buy. Apparently, you might be able to use the TL-58/60, since they share the same socket design and were available on the 1501, but there may be other limiting factors (BIOS, etc). Although you may slide the TK-55 1.8 in, the performance gain might not be worth it. My opinion is to just max the RAM out (2GB) and let it eat.

    The specs:
    • Dual AMD64 core
    • L1 cache: 64 + 64 KiB (data + instructions) per core
    • L2 cache: 512 KiB per core, fullspeed
    • Memory controller: dual channel DDR2-800 MHz (12.8 GB/s full-duplex CPU/RAM bandwidth)
    • 100 MHz granularity (Dynamic P-state Transitions)
    • MMX, Extended 3DNow!, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, AMD64, PowerNow!, NX Bit, AMD-V
    • Socket S1, HyperTransport (800 MHz / 1600 MT/s)
    • Power consumption (TDP): 31, 35 watt max.
    • First release: 2007
    • Clock rate: 1700, 1800, 1900, 2000, 2200, 2300, 2400 MHz
      • 31W TDP:
        • TK-53 1700 MHz (256 KiB L2-Cache per core)
        • TK-55 1800 MHz (256 KiB L2-Cache per core)
        • TL-56 1800 MHz (512 KiB L2-Cache per core)
        • TK-57 1900 MHz (256 KiB L2-Cache per core)
        • TL-58 1900 MHz (512 KiB L2-Cache per core)
        • TL-60 2000 MHz (512 KiB L2-Cache per core)
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  3. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

    My view is that laptops are not easy to upgrade. It may be *possible* to change some items, but you need to consider heat output and power-supplies as well. It may also affect battery life!

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  4. asje1

    asje1 Byte Poster

    Hey thanks both.

    Been looking around and it seems that you can actually upgrade beyond the TL-60 listed above^

    The manual also states you can only have a max of 2GB RAM, however a number of people have 4GB's in and its running like a dream... Think im going to upgrade the RAM first, then see what happens.

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