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Is HM55 chipset compatible with desktop processors?

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June 19, 2011 12:26:38 PM

i just found out that my laptop is using an LGA 1156 desktop processor socket.
I'm planning to buy core i5-661 desktop processor to upgrade my laptop cpu but I'm wary of how will it work with HM55 chipset.

and uh... as i see from intels website, i3-330M is for BGA 1288 mobile socket. kinda weird. my i3-330M is a mobile processor that is inserted in an LGA 1156 desktop socket.

my laptop is dell inspiron 1564. i3-330M CPU. HM55 chipset.
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June 19, 2011 12:29:12 PM

i3 330M is a mobile CPU and HM55 is a mobile chipset.Desktop CPUs use socket H55(not HM55),and you can't change your CPU to i5 661.That's a desktop CPU
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June 19, 2011 1:08:56 PM

so i guess its down to i5-580m for me. thanks!
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June 19, 2011 1:59:47 PM

Going from the 2.13Ghz i3-380M to the 2.66Ghz i5-5 580M is going to be more of a sideways upgrade.
You should really think about getting the Core i7 640M @ 2.8Ghz, turbo to 3.46Ghz.
It's got the same 35watt Max TDP as the 380M and 580M.
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June 19, 2011 4:07:04 PM

is it really possible to upgrade my laptop cpu? everyone around me now is telling me that its exceedingly hard or near impossible. they're not expert technicians so i don't believe them that much.
and whats the point of selling separate mobile processors if all laptops cpu's are non-upgradable.

@WR2. yeahp, after i confirm that my laptop is cpu upgradable. i'll buy i7-640m. i hope it is...
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a c 572 D Laptop
June 19, 2011 4:55:18 PM

robojin said:
whats the point of selling separate mobile processors if all laptops cpu's are non-upgradable
The CPU manufacturer is not the same as the motherboard manufacturers.
So the CPUs have to be installed by the OEMs.
That's not the same thing as saying a laptop is 'upgradeable' by an end-user.
It's not an easy process but it can be done. Lots of chances to 'mess up' - be sure you look over some guides and get a good idea if you're up to the job.
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June 19, 2011 5:12:53 PM

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