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upgrade intel core i3 330M 2.13 ghz -> i7 720QM

hello my friends i have sony vaio pcg-71312M and i thinking to upgrade cpu ..i have i3 330M 2.13ghz socket 989rPGA and 32 nm..i want to upgrade with Core i7-720QM socket PGA988 and 45 nm ..does this works on my motherboard?...the temperatures is not a problem, i clean cpu fan + change thermal paste every six month + have base cooler aluminum
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  1. Hi there!

    This will all depend upon whether or not the bios is locked to that i3. Can you please run CPU-Z and take note of the bios you have then come back and let me know, thanks.
  2. AdmiralDonut said:
    Hi there!

    This will all depend upon whether or not the bios is locked to that i3. Can you please run CPU-Z and take note of the bios you have then come back and let me know, thanks.

    of course ...i have american megatrends inc....R0300Y8...07/20/2010
  3. Then your answer is yes you can upgrade to the i7 at least in theory. Please note though that the i7 does draw more power than the i3, so there could be issues with heat dissipation and, depending on the motherboard, there could be power issues as well. That said, as long as you are careful there shouldn't be too much of a problem with the upgrade.

    Just for one final check, what does CPU-Z say about your motherboard? Name, serial number etc?
  4. AdmiralDonut said:
    Then your answer is yes you can upgrade to the i7 at least in theory. Please note though that the i7 does draw more power than the i3, so there could be issues with heat dissipation and, depending on the motherboard, there could be power issues as well. That said, as long as you are careful there shouldn't be too much of a problem with the upgrade.

    Just for one final check, what does CPU-Z say about your motherboard? Name, serial number etc?


    Manufacture: Sony Corporation
    Model: Vaio
    Chipset: Intel Havendale/Crackdale Host Bridge Rev.02
    Southbridge: Intel HM55 Rev.05

    can i ask you something more,,the technology of my cpu is 32 nm and the cpu which i want is 45nm..does matter??..
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    Ah ok. That motherboard should definitely support the i7 in that case :) As for the 32/45nm difference it does not matter. That particular socket supports i5's made using the 32nm process and i7's made using the 45nm process as seen here http://www.cpu-world.com/Sockets/Socket%20G1%20%28rPGA988A%29.html So don't be concerned with that :)
  6. thanks you very much !
  7. general07 said:
    thanks you very much !


    You are very welcome. I hope it all goes smoothly for you and if you like, come back and update me on how it went :)

    Have a great day!
  8. Dear General07,
    please would you be so kind to let me know if that worked at the end? I've the same identical issue going with the same pieces/charateristics on and before buying I need the ultimate proof that is working please.

    Thanks a lot.
    G
  9. sorry for the big delay ...yes it works for me,but i can't see big difference and my laptop is more noisy now,maybe is power consumption .never mind :)
  10. AdmiralDonut said:
    general07 said:
    thanks you very much !

    You are very welcome. I hope it all goes smoothly for you and if you like, come back and update me on how it went :)
    Have a great day!

    Dear AdmiralDonut,
    I have the same question for Toshiba A500-1GL. Bios Toshiba 2.00 11/18/10, MB NSKAA.
    Tried to put i7 in, but fan starts for 5 sec. and then nothing, no booting at all.
    Thanks for any help.
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