Upgrading My Laptop With A Core i5 9400 Desktop CPU!
Now this laptop cost me six hundred and forty four US dollars: that's the lowest. It was selling for right now. I think it's about 700 u.s.. It has one big weakness, so it's really bottleneck is the CPU. It has an Intel, Pentium, Gold, g54, 20 and that's an oaf Jun CPU. But the great thing about this particular laptop and something we don't see anymore really is it has an upgradeable CPU and, in fact is a desktop soccer. That'S got in there it's the LGA 1151 that you'll see and lots of this top motherboards, of course, with Intel. So what I decided to get I'm taking a bit of a risk here, I don't even know if it's going to work but we'll find out in this. Video, of course, is a core i5 9400. Now this model has the CPU six cores, so we're gon na go from two cores to six cores. Will the power supply handle it? Will we run into thermal throttling power limit throttling? Will it overheat? Will it even post? Will it even boot I don't know, but the supply said to me that, yes, it will take ninth gene, CPUs and 8th gen ones, so let's find out this video. Hopefully this is going to have a great outcome. I'M really looking forward to this. So if you don't see that first video again, I did remove the rear cover and showed the internals I quickly and briefly show it right here.
So you've got six screws on the inner cover which I have already removed so they're just all around here and this simply just prized up there's a little point right here. We can get your finger in and then you just pull it straight up and clip around the edges to here, and that comes off and you get really good access to all your upgradable components. So that is the wireless card that we can upgrade to an intel. Gigabit one, I highly recommend the Intel wireless AC 90 to 60, with Bluetooth, 5 it's, a very fast card. You can add another PCIe SSD or set a 3 1 right here, 20 to 80 in size. There are the two Ram slots, so you can see right here, but what we're going to be focusing on, of course in this video is the CPU here so here's the slot, so the LGA, the one one five one and what I've done is already undone all The screws right here so they have been removed. Now I thought this might have been soldered on and because it's under the plastic here, but I'm gon na have to remove this outer plastic. But it turns out that I could just see now. A thermal pad is right here connecting and transferring some of the heat from the GPU also to the CPU. So with two copper thermal transfer heat pipes – here they are very large ones, as you can see, and the larger fan is L.
Cpu fan too here so there's two screws done both undone both of those right here and remove them, so in theory, hopefully, if I'm, not forgetting about a screw or this one hidden. This should now lift up. So we've got the thermal pads here and this. Hopefully I can pull okay there. We go that right out and you can see the thermal paste that they have used does seem to be pretty good and they've done a good job there too, with pasting that and they haven't gone overboard as well. Okay, so I've just quickly, given this a wipe, I've got rid of all the thermal paste that's on there, because I just don't want to get it over my hands, otherwise it'll end up all over the plastic and everywhere. So if you work on desktop PCs, this is all gon na, be pretty much straightforward to you. You'Ve got this clip right here. You could say like a spring. This is applying the pressure here, keeping the CPU in place. So you just simply need to pull this out from one side, and then that goes it should just pull up and there we go. We now have access to that CPU, so you can see there's a tiny little arrow here that aligns with the motherboard. Of course that's what we're going to have to look at when we install the new CPU, the core i5. So this we can simply take out quite easily make sure you're, not touching your cat, your dog or anything like that static electricity will kill these components that are around here.
So make sure you earth yourself as well. If you can so here, we have the new CPU so it's, the core i5 9400, as mentioned so just gon na, take it out of this and make sure they're aligned that little arrow in that corner and slot that in place. You can't actually put this in the wrong way, so there we go, that is fine it's in place, and you simply need to just repeat this process here of getting that make sure that is underneath that screw there and then push this right down. And then we have that CPU installed in place very easy to do now. We'Re gon na have put some thermal paste on okay, so now I'm, just cleaning up now the old thermal paste, so I've just put some Arctic clean on here you can use various other different cleaning products and that's just to remove all the residues left from the Old pace there behind some when we put the new paste on that cry or not now to apply the thermal paste so use whatever method that works for you, I normally just put it on there and spread it out evenly and that has always worked for me. I'Ve been doing this for years of being building pcs for years, but everyone is an expert when it comes to this I mean just look at the comments. Just read some comments right now, but with the cryo, not the from thermal grizzly, they do recommend that you spread it out so I'm just going to put a little bit the middle.
So you straight away people going to say you're, not using it now, if you're using too much. I think that much to start with I'll spread that out and see how I go now. I think that's going to be enough, so this is the little spreader that they give you so you're supposed to just spread it out evenly and it doesn't actually spread as good as I'd hope so I'm. Actually, gon na need a lot more thermal paste. As you can see, this is not looking pretty and I can see people in the comments screaming already you're doing it wrong. In fact, it's most of it's getting stuck on this so I'm. Definitely gon na need a little bit more thermal paste. Okay, so I'll put about half a tube on there, which is probably way too much, but a little bit of excess that'll just spill out to the sides anyway, won't matter and I'd rather put on more than not enough, also applied a little bit on the top. Here Finley using the spreader doesn't spread out quite as good as I'd want, but, as mentioned use, your own method, if you want to just put a pea sized dollop in the middle, then do that so time to fit the cooler back so make sure you've got The cable not trapped, underneath the fan or anything silly like that, so you want to slot this in first, the cooler, the fan, okay and then just drop this down in place right here, so we've got the screws they are numbered, which ones you need to screw In first and you do it in that order, so that is the heatsink and the copper pipes and the fan all back in place.
Everything'S screwed back the repai ston there when well. I think I can't see huge amounts using out the side or anything. In fact, I can't see anything coming out the sides of it just taking a peek. I think oh yeah, I might have gone overboard a little bit with the paste, but it's gon na have good coverage on the top of that. So now we're going to test and see if it's going to boot, that's, not my biggest concern. My biggest concern is wool. This color and the two large copper transfer pipes here be enough to cool a desktop CPU in a laptop let's find out. Okay, let's! Do this, I must admit I'm nervous. I don't want to have to go back in there and buy another CPU like a core i3 input in this. Otherwise, this video is gon na, be a bit of disaster, so powering on oh that's, a good time logos come out, whoa all right, okay, it's working all right, so the fan is on quite a bit. You can hear it. The fan is working harder than it did with just the two cause before. As expected, we've got four additional calls here, but look at the temperatures sings very good it's stabilizing around the mid sort of late 60s, which is good. I think the highest it's got up to is 69 degrees, which i think is excellent and you can see it's holding across all six cause three point: seven, nine gigahertz, so it's three point eight, and that is really good.
There is no thermal throttling or anything like that that has been triggered, or even power limit throttling, but I'm gon na have to stress, of course, both the GPU and CPU, which I will do next. Okay, so there's a massive improvement here. The fan noise is as it was before, gets a little loud. Gaming, no changes there, but look at this performance increase so that's the old score, and this is the new score. Geekbench four have a look at that huge change. Absolutely massive, of course, going from the two cores the four threads to now. Six cause is a massive step up there and the the turbo as well is quite a bit higher at the 1.4, and we take a look now at fire strike. So that's the original score there. The 7180 six is now graphics, scores. 9180. Six is now 10000 graphics score because I overclocked the GPU a little bit as well, but take a look at that physics score, which was over double it's. Now, twelve thousand two hundred and eighty six giving us a score thereof, close to nine thousand, which is really really good, considering what this originally was getting. So that is super quick and for those interested times by a score of almost three thousand nine hundred graphics, cortez 3726 cpu score is 5222 really solid score, so thermals and power limit throttling. This is over the last hour or so that I've been gaming, pushing it hard, and you can see that no power limit throttling no thermal throttling starts handing it really well maximum temperatures.
According to HW info, which I have been running as I always do in my reviews is 76 – is a core max really really good. I do believe that you could probably get away with putting an i7 9700 in this, not the cave version. You want the 65 watt one and in the GPUs maximum, if I scroll right down, where is it GPU is actually being very cool as well 64 degrees. You can see there so very good temperatures. Those NVIDIA GPUs tend to run quite cool, so no problems with that that's why? I think there is Headroom just a little bit for an even faster CPU in this, which would be crazy now, there's also as you'd expect a massive huge difference in the Cinebench r15 score. So the original CPU that came with 351 C be nothing amazing, rather low, and now it is close to 1000, as you can see here, posting 931 C B. So a really good improvement. There I'm really happy with the results I'm. Taking a look here at Witcher 3 again, if you saw the first video, I ran into the same exact area, same settings at 1080p, medium settings, it dipped down to 54 frames per second, the lowest it just got then was 81. Now I have overclocked the GPU a little bit here, so I've got about 120 on the core clock and the RAM I have boosted up 950 megahertz, so that also is making a big difference.
So this is now the maximum performance that we can squeeze out of the 1650 in its current state. Of course, with the new six core, CPU has made a huge improvement here to gaming, just making that framerate just so much more stable, dipping down only really about 10 frames per second, and instead of dipping down about 30 as it did before, because it would go Down to 54 – and it was averaging around about 80s – so I say on average we're gaining probably about 10 frames per second more here from both that overclock and the new CPU, so GTA, 5 1080p absolute maximum settings that I have set here. If you take a look at the graphics, I have all the population density varieties, scaling, distance, very high, high reflection. Actually, this is could be on right here. Absolute max kind of settings and you'll see that it's running really quite well, considering the GPU we're getting around 50 frames per second average and of course the graphics does look very good there's a little bit of screen tearing here. There are poor to turn on vsync, but these kind of games, aren't gon na, be able to take advantage of that 144 Hertz you're gon na have to play older titles like Counter Strike global Offensive for that let's take a look at how it performs. So this is Counter Strike on the maximum settings and it's running. You can see an average of about what a hundred and sixty frames per second it's over the 144 refresh rate, so this game just looks super smooth and it's running really well, however, let's see what happens when I start the new round, if it's gon na actually Dip below 144 well so far it hasn't.
So look I mean it's just hitting this perfectly now with that upgraded CPU. So if I set the vsync on that'll be ideal, keep it at the solid 144 Hertz matching the refresh rate, alright guys. The results speak for themselves, don't, they it worked out. I did not expect to have this outcome. I didn't expect me to be sitting here with a heavy face smiling. I thought it would probably be the end result being hey guys. I had to put the a Pentium Gold CPU back in there because it didn't post it didn't bode or it didn't handle it. Just got too hot, ran into problems. Now, I've done a lot of stress testing on it. So far, I will continue if I do run into any problems. I will pen a comment at the top of this video. If it does just completely die on me, I don't expect it because the manufacturer said that, yes, it can handle the ninth gen CPUs. It does have the H 700, a sorry 370 chipset in here, and you can use eighth gene chips a apparently in this. So if you're looking at the youth market, you want to get a cheap upgrade, find a used core a5, an eighth Jim one – throw that in here and then you can really open up the performance. So it has increased the gaming performance, as you saw dramatically, the CPU performance has now more than doubled, there's no power limit throttling there's, no thermal throttling the power supply is fine, the thermals the fan noise.
Everything is really good, it's, not getting any hotter than it did before with the dual cores, so the thermal pace, Grizzly's cronin works really well. Okay, maybe my thermal paste job, my application method, maybe not the greatest. You probably don't, agree with me, but hey. I gained the results. They do speak for themselves. Their thermals did not go over the CPU doesn't go over 76 degrees, which is really great. So if you haven't seen the first video of this 644 u.s. 100 in 44 Hertz screen gaming laptop then make sure you check that out it's right up here.