by Jimmy Greystone - 11/5/13 6:40 AM
In Reply to: Maybe by S20000
Yeah, no. Laptops generally have very little in the way of upgrade potential, Acer being among the worst of the bunch on that front. Even assuming the OP could replace the CPU, it would have to be from the same generation, so the IGP would be the exact same as any other. It's not like you can just upgrade a second or third gen Core i3/5/7 CPU to a 4th gen just by popping in the new chip. If the BIOS/UEFI doesn't have the microcode needed to bootstrap the CPU, your laptop isn't booting, end of story.
Acer is a company that basically builds a new model unit every 6-8 months, after which it completely abandons the previous model. You're lucky if you can get warranty repair parts on a unit less than a year old, so forget about BIOS/UEFI updates to support newer model CPUs. Even if they did, you'd still run into the problem of how the heatsink and the rest of the laptop thermals are designed around the heat dissipation rates of the CPUs on offer with that model. So if any new CPU you put in generates more heat, it will overwhelm the cooling system on the laptop causing problems. If we were talking about a custom built desktop machine there MIGHT be something to your idea, but in cases like that you'd be better off just popping in an actual video card anyway.
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