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.
Answer by Compucore · Feb 24, 2013 at 05:20 PM
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.
Answer by Tim Fontana · Feb 25, 2013 at 03:38 AM
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.
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