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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi, i have a Lenovo thinkpad carbon x1 tablet 2nd gen. It a 2 in 1 device and it's a i5 machine with 8Ram. I saw motherboards with I7 and 16GB ram for sale, so i want to know if it's possible to change an i5 motherboard with an i7 one with more ram. If its possible, please let me know. I need these specs for my creative work and i don't have the budget to buy a completely new machine.

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Not following. First, you can't just switch out a laptop motherboard. They're pretty much proprietary. Second, i5 vs i7 has nothing to do with the motherboard. Different generations of processors have different socket types, and not all generations will work with every motherboard based on the socket it has, but an i5 and and i7 in the same gen would use the same socket. That said, laptop mobos generally have the CPUs soldered directly on, so even socket type doesn't really come into play at that point.

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5 minutes ago, Chris Pratt said:

First, you can't just switch out a laptop motherboard.

if it's from the same model, i dont see why not if he has steady hands, and if that laptop isnt glued together


but generally not recommended anyways, sometimes the cooling config is different

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