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Windows 7: Can I upgrade my CPU?

06 Jan 2012   #1
Hikeman

Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate x64
 
 
Can I upgrade my CPU?

Hey guys! I have a Sony VAIO VPCEB1S1E laptop. It has a Intel Core i5 CPU M430 2.27GHz. I was wondering if I could up great my CPU on higher frequency one, or maybe even Intel Core i7 ???
Thank you very much ))


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06 Jan 2012   #2
Comp Cmndo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

No such term as "up great". The terminology would be "upgrade".
Laptop CPU's are NOT upgradeable.
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07 Jan 2012   #3
Hikeman

Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you for your correction, regarding the therm "upgrade". I am not from English speaking country so to me little mistakes are acceptable )) anyways..
so you are saying that it is not possible to upgrade any laptops CPU??? I remember my friend had a laptop with some Celeron processor and he changed it to some NOT Celeron one, with the higher frequency ))) that'swhy I thought it might be possible for my to change my i5 M430 2.27GHz to change at list on i5 but with higher frequency.
Thank you
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07 Jan 2012   #4
GianniDPC

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Hikeman View Post
Thank you for your correction, regarding the therm "upgrade". I am not from English speaking country so to me little mistakes are acceptable )) anyways..
so you are saying that it is not possible to upgrade any laptops CPU??? I remember my friend had a laptop with some Celeron processor and he changed it to some NOT Celeron one, with the higher frequency ))) that'swhy I thought it might be possible for my to change my i5 M430 2.27GHz to change at list on i5 but with higher frequency.
Thank you
It is possible but you will have to change the whole mobo
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07 Jan 2012   #5
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

Not necessarily, I've placed a different model CPU in a laptop of the same socket and family without an issue.
But personally I wouldn't bother, a core i5 is perfectly good enough, and probably the fastest and strongest component of your laptop, the other parts are the bottleneck.

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07 Jan 2012   #6
traderpats

XP, Win7 Pro, Ubuntu LL
 
 

It all depends on whether the MoBo chipset / socket / bios will support the processor in question and whether the chip itself is user replaceable ie not soldered onto the board.

If you're just looking for speed / faster boot time and program response I would very much recommend upgrading to a ssd (OCZ Agility 3 for around $70 after rebate) as the most cost effective method. Along with at least 4GB of ram if you don't already have that.

For example I just upgraded an old Gateway M285-e (tablet / convertible laptop) from a T-2400 to a T7600 (2.33GHz, dual-core processor). This was only done to get into 64 bit computing and hence able to address a full 4GB of memory otherwise I wouldn't have even bothered. The MoBo used a standard PGA, ZIF type socket that employed a screw instead of a lever to hold / release the cpu. Took about 5 minutes to change after first doing a quick bios update.

Most importantly I upgraded the hdd, (painfully slow 60GB 5400 rpm), to the above mentioned drive. The machine now boots incredibly fast and programs response is awesome. Already had Win7 so the total upgrade for cpu and memory was about $120 and I bet its as fast, if not faster than any similar non-ssd machine out there.

Well got off subject I guess. Anyway if you're not running a ssd consider that first as a best bang for the buck. That will give you more speed and better response than any processor upgrade. My two cents.....
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07 Jan 2012   #7
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by traderpats View Post
...If you're just looking for speed / faster boot time and program response I would very much recommend upgrading to a ssd...Along with at least 4GB of ram if you don't already have that...
Good advice.

I upgrade my Core i3 laptop with an SSD and went from 4GB RAM to 8GB. The difference was amazing.
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09 Jan 2012   #8
Hikeman

Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hey guys. Thank you very much for your suggestions. The thing is that I am very much aware of the benefits of SSDs, that they are faster, safer, stress resistant and so on, but they are very expensive also in a same time, very expensive I would say. For the moment I have a HDD of 500Gb in my laptop and for my to replace with even the half of the size of the memory I have (250Gb) SSD is still very expensive and to have less then that is really not practical, at list for me it's not!
In case I am wrong and there are chipper SSDs, pleas let me know where to get them )))
For now I would really like to find out if I can upgrade my CPU and on more question, pleas tell me if there is a big diffidence between 5400 RPM HDD and 7200 RPM. Mine is 5400 is it worth to change it with 7200 one?
Thank you very much
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09 Jan 2012   #9
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

Mechanical drives are even more stupidly expensive in comparison these days.

A 5400 rpm drive is slower than a 7200, but the difference isn't night and day.

Also if you were to get an SSD, even a 120gb which are very resonably priced, you could stick your current 500gb one in a portable caddy, then you have 620gb tp play with
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09 Jan 2012   #10
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

It appears your current CPU uses this socket:

Socket G1 (rPGA988A)

A quick search for "Socket G1 (rPGA988A) cpu" reveals the following:

Socket G1 (rPGA988A) - Google Search

Keep in mind that it is extremely unlikely that your BIOS will allow you to manually adjust the FSB and/or Multiplier, meaning that if the BIOS doesn't automatically and accurately identify the new CPU it won't work at all. If you look at the price of the Core i7 CPU at the top you are more than halfway to a brand new Core i7 laptop.

Intel BX80607I7840QM: Intel CPU BX80607I7840QM Mobile Core I7-840QM 1.86GHz 8MB FCPGA8 Socket G1 Retail
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