Although the system is offered with an i7 option, it's not a guaranteed to work upgrade - it's not uncommon these days for systems to ship with different boards for the i7 CPUs. So - it'll wind up an experiment (that will void your warranty if that's a consideration).
Are they plug in processors, or are they soldered to the board? Seems ideal if they are plug in
They are socketed, not soldered.
That sounds easy enough upgrade. Thanks for the feedback.
So what abour your upgrade yet?
It'll have to wait till we are a bit quieter here at work, as I use it for business. I'm planning to upgrade from an I5 to an I7 variant if I can - straight processor swap.
I use it for Labview and FPGA compiling a fair bit, so clock speed / thoughput per core is the most important for me (FPGA compiler is a single core process on Labview :( ).
Curious to see if you were able to simply change CPU without changing the motherboard. I want to do the same thing as you with my Dell Vostro 3550 i5 2430m. Would like a plug-and-play solution. LOL.
I have to be honest, I havent had time yet due to work loads. Sorry.
From the feedback on here it seems possible. I guess the first thing would be to open it up and check the socket type. Find a processor to suit, and then check to see if the bios supports it?
Let me know if you try it before I get round to it.