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Can I upgrade a laptop Intel HM67 chipset i3 dual core 35w TDP CPU?

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May 24, 2012 11:57:13 AM

Can I upgrade a laptop Intel HM67 chipset i3 dual core 35w TDP CPU to a i7 quad core 45w TDP CPU?
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May 24, 2012 12:22:31 PM

Sure, by buying a new laptop.
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May 24, 2012 12:23:41 PM

No.

The TDP part refers to "Thermal Design Point"; your laptop will comply with this and its cooling solution will be geared toward that.

Since they won't support it, even if it was theoretically possible to add, the BIOS for your laptop won't allow the 45W CPU to even be recognized.
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May 24, 2012 2:33:24 PM

photonboy said:
No.

The TDP part refers to "Thermal Design Point"; your laptop will comply with this and its cooling solution will be geared toward that.

Since they won't support it, even if it was theoretically possible to add, the BIOS for your laptop won't allow the 45W CPU to even be recognized.


Thanks. What about upgrading to a 35w TDP i7 quad core (mobile) CPU such as the i7-3612QM CPU? If this can't work, what is the fastest CPU am I able to replace my relatively slow i3 CPU?
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May 24, 2012 3:37:59 PM

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May 24, 2012 3:47:49 PM

questions:
1) what are you doing that needs the more powerful processor?

2) what price is this new mobile CPU?

3) the cpu you mention is a 22nm model. I believe it's an Ivy Bridge CPU requiring an Ivy bridge motherboard.

Are you sure it is compatible?
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May 24, 2012 4:29:31 PM

photonboy said:
questions:
1) what are you doing that needs the more powerful processor?

2) what price is this new mobile CPU?

3) the cpu you mention is a 22nm model. I believe it's an Ivy Bridge CPU requiring an Ivy bridge motherboard.

Are you sure it is compatible?


I just want to upgrade my laptop's i3-2310M CPU 35w TDP to the fastest CPU possible that is still compatible with my Intel HM67 chipset motherboard because I do a lot of video encoding and would like to speed up the process. It would be cheaper than buying an i7 laptop which would cost me over $650.00. I am already sure that an i7-2640M ($350 dual core 35w TDP) would still be compatible with my system but I was just wondering if a TDP 35w quad core i7 would still be compatible. Thanks. The Socket on my motherboard is Socket 988B rPGA (Socket 2) with an Intel HM67 chipset according to CPU-Z.

I don't know if the i7-3612QM quad core CPU is compatible with my system but according to the info I have read it will fit a Socet 988B rPGA and has a 35W TDP.

Thanks.
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May 24, 2012 5:03:08 PM

The BIOS would have to support that CPU even if it was compatible. You would have to contact your laptop manufacturer.
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May 24, 2012 8:00:49 PM

Hi :) 

The answer is NO....no matter how many times you ask in different ways...

All the best Brett :) 
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May 26, 2012 1:08:09 AM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

The answer is NO....no matter how many times you ask in different ways...

All the best Brett :) 


Yes, but it's important for him to understand WHY. It IS possible to upgrade a CPU in a laptop.

The BOTTOM LINE is that you would have to check with the laptop manufacturer to find out which CPU's are supported by that laptop's specific BIOS.

(It does not matter if the CPU would theoretically work because the socket and TDP are identical. The manufacturer must have also added it to the BIOS. A computer will not start if the CPU is not recognized by the BIOS.)

I think he'd be far better off putting that $350 towards a desktop since he wants to upgrade for faster video conversion. Not counting Windows, he could build a PC for about $500 with a good quad-core, hyper-threaded CPU for the maximum video conversion processing power. That would be far faster than a laptop could accomplish especially when you overclock with a good $20 CPU HSF.
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May 27, 2012 12:21:14 AM

photonboy said:
Yes, but it's important for him to understand WHY. It IS possible to upgrade a CPU in a laptop.

The BOTTOM LINE is that you would have to check with the laptop manufacturer to find out which CPU's are supported by that laptop's specific BIOS.

(It does not matter if the CPU would theoretically work because the socket and TDP are identical. The manufacturer must have also added it to the BIOS. A computer will not start if the CPU is not recognized by the BIOS.)

I think he'd be far better off putting that $350 towards a desktop since he wants to upgrade for faster video conversion. Not counting Windows, he could build a PC for about $500 with a good quad-core, hyper-threaded CPU for the maximum video conversion processing power. That would be far faster than a laptop could accomplish especially when you overclock with a good $20 CPU HSF.


Thanks photonboy. Excellent explanation and I totally understood it.

I did contact the manufacturer of my Dell System Inspiron N4110 and was told that I could upgrade the CPU of this system to the following CPUs (i7-2640M, i7-2620M, i5-2540M, i5-2450M, i5-2410M, i3-2350M and i3-2330M). I also did ask them about the quad core i7 and was told that non was listed as compatible with this system.

I am OK with my present laptop and I do have a fast quad-core AMD phenom 9950 desktop at home but was just thinking of having a very much faster portable laptop for the road without having to purchase a new $800 i7 laptop.

Thanks again.
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April 5, 2013 8:41:14 AM

photonboy said:
No.

The TDP part refers to "Thermal Design Point"; your laptop will comply with this and its cooling solution will be geared toward that.Since they won't support it, even if it was theoretically possible to add, the BIOS for your laptop won't allow the 45W CPU to even be recognized.


As I moved forward & changed my Intel® Celeron® Processor B815 (35w) on Lenovo G580 to Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM (45w). Everything started well & works fine without any mentions of overheating or throttle ) Now it is third month of steady running /
added +2gb ram, changed hdd 500gb to Kingston V200+ SATA3 SSD (YES! Lenovo G580 got Sata3! )




so my answer is YES it can be upgraded but you can loose your warranty, you can damage your pc if not qualified.
try to avoid that ivy bridge cpu due to bios issues - use sandy bridge cpu's
the list of cpu's I mentioned in that thread http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/353317-28-upgrade-l...
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