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I have an Aspire 5551-2036:

  • AMD Athlon II P320(25W 3200 MHz sys bus)
  • ATI mobility Radeon HD 4250 GPU & AMD M880G chipset
  • DDR3 3 GB 1066 RAM

I've seen an Aspire 5552-7803. Everything on it is pretty much the same including battery and AC adapter. The only difference is that it has 1 GB more RAM and the N970 CPU.

It runs 400 MHz bus higher and 10W higher (3600 MHz 35W) than my P320.

Should the N970 work on my laptop? I need a second opinion from a more experienced PC user. I've tried many forums, and not one will respond. :(

Here is the Aspire 5552-7803. The only difference in the frame compared to mine is that it has a card reader to the front left; mine is front right. Everything else is the same, and most wouldn't notice any other differences just by looking at them.

Thanks.

asked Feb 24 '13 at 15:06

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edited Feb 25 '13 at 19:31

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The only time that I would actually suggest to upgrade the CPU if it is capable of doing so to a faster processor. i don't think off hand this particular aspire can be upgrade. I have seen one from MSI laptop that was able to upgrade the cpu itself since there was a section on the bottom of the laptop to access CPU itself. I have worked on some acer aspire as for upgrading memory and hard drives. But there is no room or access to do so. Did you take a look in the particular model.

answered Feb 24 '13 at 15:20

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Yes.The cpu is turn locked(turn <-Unlocks cpu, ->Locks in cpu),not soldered(permanently attached).I strip it down,clean it,& put new thermal on every 3-6 months.Even spray the cpu's pins with compressed air lol."MSI laptop that was able to upgrade the cpu itself since there was a section on the bottom of the laptop to access CPU itself."I have to strip it down to the motherboard to acces the cpu,I don't think it makes a difference.The N970 has exact pins/socket,dimension,& dye dimension as my P320.

If you're talking about the asipre 5552-7803,the screw mounts are the same spots as mine.Position of the hdd,ram,wifi,fan/heatsink,dvd drive,usbs,hdmi,vga,LAN jack,& headphone/mic jacks are the same too.I can get a N970 brand new for $40.Seen it & it caught my interest :)

(Feb 24 '13 at 15:52) Rainwalker Rainwalker's gravatar image

Yeah I remember the MSI were the one that you could because of the easy access to do the upgrade. On the Aspire if you have already done it once before. They go for it. So long as it can handle it on the Acer Aspire. Usually I would only suggest ones that are capable of doing so like the MSI models. Other ones like the Aspire where your basically disassembling half the laptop. I would just no thanks due to the amount of taking apart of the laptop itself for it.

(Feb 24 '13 at 16:36) Compucore Compucore's gravatar image

Having read your conversation with Compucore, I need to let you know that if you wish to upgrade the CPU, you need to first make sure of a couple of things:

Firstly, does your laptop support that CPU? While it may fit physically, if Acer have not given support for the CPU, it will not POST when you've installed it.

Secondly, is the cooling system capable? If you're getting a CPU with a higher TDP, then it might run very hot in the laptop, AMD CPUs in laptops run hot even with good cooling, you'll need to make sure your cooling system is okay.

Finally, in conjunction with my previous point, if you're buying a CPU that needs more power, will your laptop be able to provide it with this power? This sort of ties in with point one, but it's a separate factor that you will need to take into account.

answered Feb 25 '13 at 01:38

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"Firstly, does your laptop support that CPU? While it may fit physically, if Acer have not given support for the CPU, it will not POST when you've installed it."

From researching some more,it seems since my 5551-2036 has the same chipset & S1G4 socket as others running the N970,it should post.I checked the bios/SMbios of the Acer aspire 5552-7803.I'm running the same bios/SMbios,this has made me a little more confident the N970 is compatible with my model.

"Secondly, is the cooling system capable? If you're getting a CPU with a higher TDP, then it might run very hot in the laptop, AMD CPUs in laptops run hot even with good cooling, you'll need to make sure your cooling system is okay."

I checked the heatsinks,they are the same pretty much(one is bent out 2-3mm more on the copper neck).I checked the factory stock fans.Same V/A,Watt,size,& rpm.I'd say my 5551-2036 has just as good cooling as the 5552-7803.

"If you're buying a CPU that needs more power, will your laptop be able to provide it with this power?"

I believe so.Mine runs the same volt/size battery & 65W/3.42A ac adapter as the 5552-7803.So I believe it is capable of handling a N970 just as the 5552 is.Maybe their is more to it idk.But since the battery & ac adapter is the power source,i'm going off that.

Sorry I keep comparing mine to another notebook,but they are so close to each other it is worth comparing.I seen other laptops that use a N970 & use a 95w psu.But they had different gpu,more usb ports etc.The 5552-7803 is one of the few that has almost a complete match to my notebook,minus the N970.

(Feb 25 '13 at 20:08) Rainwalker Rainwalker's gravatar image

If it's almost a complete match then it'd pretty much sure to work. The heatsink shouldn't be too much of an issue but that size could make a difference so do some temperature load testing to see if it works.

The last thing I would do to make sure would be to phone Acer and ask if your model supports the N970, this will make it a definate, they will trying teiing you that you will void your warranty, but ignore all this and get them to give you a straight, yes or no answer.

(Feb 26 '13 at 09:20) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image
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