I would like to upgrade the processor in my Inspiron 15 3520 from i3-2350M to max. I read online the i5-3230M was best for this machine. Is this correct? It does have the same G2 socket. Also, any chance of upgrading to i7 with this machine? I assume quad core is out of the question? Thanks much!
I have successfully upgraded my Inspiron 15 3520 processor from i3-2350M to i5-3210M (less than $30. at online auction). Maybe it's just me but i find Firefox web pages load and switch much faster/smoother. My photo application loads a folder of hundreds of pics in about the same time as before, but cropping is also much faster/smoother. It was def worth the price/work/learning experience. Unfortunately i introduced another problem (for which i will seek resolution in another thread) by my own error/impatience.
Thanks for posting.
Unfortunately, no, that would not be possible, as the processor is soldered to the motherboard.
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On the 3520, the CPU is socketed -- not soldered (it is soldered on most subsequent models).
The second (sandy bridge) and third (ivy bridge) CPUs should work - up to 35W max power required.
For the information of anyone who sees this answer and has the same question, I can report that the i5-3380M also works successfully in an Inspiron 3520. I installed one in an old 3520 last week and am using the machine to type this answer.
Any chance of upgrading to an i7?
It was never shipped with an i7 - and given the other limitations of the system, it's likely not worth trying. All the i7 would do is emphasize the real limit of the system - the hard drive (assuming it hasn't been upgraded to a solid state drive) and the weak GPU (which will be the same on an i7 as on an i5).