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AMD Compatiblity - Gateway NV53

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October 19, 2010 9:31:02 AM

I just bought a used Gateway NV53 and had a question regarding which CPU upgrade route to go.

The NV53 I got has an M880G chipset w/ a Turion II Ultra M300 (2.0 ghz 1MB L2). My initial choice was to do a linear upgrade to an M600 (2.4 ghz 2MB L2) then I saw the Turion X2 Ultra ZM-84 (2.3 ghz 2MB L2). According to the AMD spec page, the only difference between the two is power consumption, 45nm vs 65nm respectively.

My question is are there any other underlying differences that us normal people wouldn't know between the M600 and ZM-84? It's a $5 difference so I'm guessing not.

Any real differences between the Turion II Ultra and Turion X2 Ultra lines?

Thanks in advance for any replies.
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October 19, 2010 10:52:06 AM

Will the BIOS support the CPU?
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October 19, 2010 11:17:44 AM

Um, I don't know. Those are the types of issues I was hoping would be addressed.
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October 19, 2010 9:41:14 PM

Did a little more research and found that my CPU and the two upgrades I was looking at are all 638-pin Socket S1. So they obviously fit, the only difference being the M600 is S1g3 and the ZM-84 is S1g2. Are these two sockets interchangeable/compatible?
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October 20, 2010 9:46:11 AM

Please check the Gateway manual first if it is compatible. A BIOS update might be needed.
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