Gigabyte's G-Max N411

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Construction: Upgrading and Maintenance

Construction: Upgrading and Maintenance
A Look Inside...

Removing the bottom access panels reveals the hard drive, second SODIMM memory slot, and Intel's 2200BG 802.11b/g WiFi card in the N411's miniPCI slot. Our N411 sample came with only 512MB of system RAM, so our second memory slot was unpopulated. The first SODIMM slot cannot be accessed by end users, unless the notebook is completely taken apart, but we'll get to that part a bit further in the review.


The CPU and CPU cooler can be accessed by unscrewing the "K" screw (marked on casing) and lifting up the keyboard from the bottom end with a flat head screw driver. Once you remove the five screws holding the CPU cooler down, the cooler can be removed by lifting it up and out to the right. Just get out a vacuum or can of compressed air to clean it. If you are up for it, you can even just blow into the exhaust vent, but be careful of all the dust and lint.


Notice that Gigabyte uses a socket CPU design, which means that this model can come configured in a variety of speeds. Socket designs are much more common because it allows the user and manufacturer to customize the notebook. The bottom line is that you have more options and can configure a cheaper notebook should you choose to do so.

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