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March 17, 2012 12:13:58 PM

Hi. I'm getting tired of my laptop processor being so crap and I was looking to upgrade it from an Intel Core i3 380m to something like an i5 580m.
This is the i5: http://ark.intel.com/products/49652/Intel-Core-i5-580M-...(3M-Cache-2_66-GHz)
And this is the i3: http://ark.intel.com/products/50178/Intel-Core-i3-380M-...(3M-Cache-2_53-GHz)
According to those links the i5 should fit and work. But I'm not really sure.
Does anyone know if it will actually fit and work?

Also my laptop is a Sony VAIO VPCEB4L1E:
Windows 7 Home Premuim 64bit
Intel Core i3 380m @2.53Ghz
4gb Ram

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March 17, 2012 3:41:14 PM

Some laptops have nonreplaceable, soldered-in CPUs. I can't find any infomation on your laptop tho.
March 17, 2012 3:50:21 PM

Uhhh... Sony Vaio always soldered their CPU to their motherboard. So does other vendors. However, some engineering laptops (workstation) like mine (signature) are not tied to the motherboard. Therefore, It's pretty much universal...
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March 17, 2012 4:02:01 PM

open it up and see if its removable. I have yet to own a laptop thats soldered the CPU down and I have only ever owned cheap crumby laptops.
March 17, 2012 4:33:15 PM

why bother with the upgrade, you wont really notice the difference in speed, the i5 and i3 has the same features apart from the i5 has a marginly faster speed and turbo boost
March 18, 2012 2:03:08 AM

without checking the CPU's, you might also wanna check that they have the same TDP(not sure, use the same amount of watt's). Otherwise your hearsink might not be able to remove enough heat :) 

- Nevermind, both 35W TDP :) 
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March 18, 2012 2:28:14 AM

jamieyates14 said:
Hi. I'm getting tired of my laptop processor being so crap and I was looking to upgrade it from an Intel Core i3 380m to something like an i5 580m.
This is the i5: http://ark.intel.com/products/49652/Intel-Core-i5-580M-...(3M-Cache-2_66-GHz)
And this is the i3: http://ark.intel.com/products/50178/Intel-Core-i3-380M-...(3M-Cache-2_53-GHz)
According to those links the i5 should fit and work. But I'm not really sure.
Does anyone know if it will actually fit and work?

Also my laptop is a Sony VAIO VPCEB4L1E:
Windows 7 Home Premuim 64bit
Intel Core i3 380m @2.53Ghz
4gb Ram



When you said being so crap, is it slow? Maybe you just need to reformat the HDD and fresh reinstall Win 7 or add more RAM. The ultimate upgrade that you can make to your laptop is an SSD 256 GB SATA III(6Gb/s), You will see the big difference in performance and it is gonna be so responsive.
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March 18, 2012 2:29:20 AM

I doubt you will see much improvement. What, exactly, makes you feel your processor is crap? I have several older computers running 'dated' core 2 duos, all the way down to the celeron DC 1.6 Ghz. They are all fast for tasks suited for them. So to hear that a modern CPU that is faster than half my computers is crap, it makes me suspicious that the blame is placed in the wrong spot.
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