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Ultimate Geek


#269783 8-Apr-2020 09:08
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Looking for one of the following:

 

i7-3540M
i7-3612QM
i7-3520M
i7-3632QM, L3 6 MB, BGA package, Turbo 3.2 GHz

 

Should all be 35 watt. Going in a Toshiba Satellite C55.

 

Also after a cheap dual-band Mini PCI-E WiFi card. Would be nice to get 5G and bluetooth on this laptop. 

 

 


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Master Geek


  #2457650 8-Apr-2020 18:59
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Tbh I think it might be easier to get those at aliexpress



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Ultimate Geek


  #2457835 8-Apr-2020 21:59
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For the wifi card, been thinking that as well. Just unsure which one to get. Some have been popping up on trademe, but mostly 2.4ghz. 

 

In terms of CPU, unsure. 


 
 
 
 


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Master Geek


  #2458755 10-Apr-2020 08:44
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Wakrak:

For the wifi card, been thinking that as well. Just unsure which one to get. Some have been popping up on trademe, but mostly 2.4ghz. 


In terms of CPU, unsure. 



I definitely recommend an Intel 7260HMW or 8260HMW from AliExpress for wifi.

I have done exactly what you're planning but with a 12.5" HP EliteBook, but instead of a 35W CPU (mine came with an i7-3520M) I followed the instructions of many people on forums with my laptop and found a 45W i7-3840qm and installed that, disabled turbo boost with ThrottleStop and got better performance, lower temperatures and better battery life than with the i7-3520M

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Master Geek


  #2458756 10-Apr-2020 08:47
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For reference, this is the thread I found the relevant information on running 45W CPUs

https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/forums/topic/1982-125-hp-elitebook-2570p-owners-lounge/&

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Ultimate Geek


  #2458766 10-Apr-2020 09:30
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-7260HMW-Dual-band-wireless-AC-7260-867Mbps-802-11ac-Wifi-BT-4-0-PCI-E-Card/132111707697?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

 

 

 

That's the wireless card you'd want. Make sure the notebook has 2 antenna connectors though or it will perform terribly. The 5GHz may not perform great anyway, unsure on the antenna design and how much difference that makes. I would think if you have a decent signal it will be fine, but on the edge of the signal I'd think it might not be that good. 




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Ultimate Geek


  #2458788 10-Apr-2020 10:33
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Interesting. Re: 45W cpu. I did have someone offer me an i7-3630QM 45watt, but turned it down due to concerns with temperatures among other things. Perhaps I'll reconsider after I thoroughly go through that link. I have a PROMATE AIRBASE-1.BLK Laptop Cooling Pad coming as well after lockdown (got it cheap), so that should help significantly. CPU hovers at low 40c. SSD goes between 40-60c. Not too bad after giving everything a dust off and new paste. 

 

Re: wifi card. Only has one antenna unfortunately and have been looking at that 7260 card too. There are some 5G cards that can adapt to one antenna well apparently, such as intel 9461 (quick read through other forums), but I'll have to do a bit more homework. We live in a small apartment so the signal doesn't have to travel far. It's a luxury if anything. Already upgraded to SSD and more ram. Not the greatest laptop, but if I can upgrade it at a cheap price, why not. Get a few more years out of it. 

 


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  #2458841 10-Apr-2020 12:04
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wratterus:

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-7260HMW-Dual-band-wireless-AC-7260-867Mbps-802-11ac-Wifi-BT-4-0-PCI-E-Card/132111707697?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

 

 

 

That's the wireless card you'd want. Make sure the notebook has 2 antenna connectors though or it will perform terribly. The 5GHz may not perform great anyway, unsure on the antenna design and how much difference that makes. I would think if you have a decent signal it will be fine, but on the edge of the signal I'd think it might not be that good. 

 

 

Any reason you aren't recommending something with wifi 6?

Cost difference seems minimal, and it means that laptop is futureproofed for when WiFi 6 goes mainstream over the next couple of years

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/AX200-WiFi-6-PCIe-Wifi-Card-2-4Ghz-5GHz-802-11ax-Bluetooth-5-0-better-intel-7260/392744009326?hash=item5b715dfe6e:g:IFkAAOSwaLxegbu3


 
 
 
 


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Ultimate Geek


  #2458845 10-Apr-2020 12:07
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Are you sure that card is even real? I didn't think there were any Mini PCI-e AX cards around. 

 

 

 

https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/product-briefs/wi-fi-6-ax200-module-brief.pdf

 

 

 

 


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Master Geek


  #2458854 10-Apr-2020 12:11
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wratterus:

Are you sure that card is even real? I didn't think there were any Mini PCI-e AX cards around. 


 


https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/product-briefs/wi-fi-6-ax200-module-brief.pdf


 


 



Intel's site says they only make them in M.2 2230 AND 1216, but you never know

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Ultimate Geek


  #2459163 11-Apr-2020 04:49
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Wakrak:

 

For the wifi card, been thinking that as well. Just unsure which one to get. Some have been popping up on trademe, but mostly 2.4ghz. 

 

In terms of CPU, unsure. 

 

 

If they're new they would probably be drop-shipped from AliExpress.








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Ultimate Geek


  #2459200 11-Apr-2020 09:09
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NPCtom:

 

Wakrak:

 

For the wifi card, been thinking that as well. Just unsure which one to get. Some have been popping up on trademe, but mostly 2.4ghz. 

 

In terms of CPU, unsure. 

 

 

If they're new they would probably be drop-shipped from AliExpress.

 

 

 

 

Got the Intel 7260 HMW From AliExpress for $18 yesterday. I'll probably have to get another internal antenna and hope that the Toshiba bios doesn't block it (no clear-cut answer online), but worse come to worse, sell it. 

 

CPU, pending. Tempted to do the 45w route, but still hesitant. None of the rPGA988B 35w i7 compatible cpus I search for are under $100.


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  #2459203 11-Apr-2020 09:12
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NZD or USD? There are a lot of Wireless-N 7260 cards that are advertised at AC-7260 out there. Got to be careful. 😜




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Ultimate Geek


  #2459206 11-Apr-2020 09:16
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wratterus:

 

NZD or USD? There are a lot of Wireless-N 7260 cards that are advertised at AC-7260 out there. Got to be careful. 😜

 

 

 

 

NZD. 7260 Fenvi Store Chose one from a store that had at least 30 reviews + 4 stars and above. Some of those auto-translated reviews are hilarious.


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  #2459208 11-Apr-2020 09:21
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Hate to break it to you but that is only a Wireless-N card. The '7260' card has both N and AC options. 

 


Edit - I assume the card you linked to is the one you bought? It is still dual band but only wireless N. 




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Ultimate Geek


  #2459213 11-Apr-2020 09:28
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wratterus:

 

Hate to break it to you but that is only a Wireless-N card. The '7260' card has both N and AC options. 

 

 

 

 

That's just a speed difference though yeah? I'm still wrapping my head around this. In terms of future proofing, AC would be better. But in terms of next five years, this card should be alright at up to 300mb speed? I'm on a 100/20 fibre plan, and don't see that changing any time soon. Thoughts? I can easily cancel and get the AC version. 


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