Can I upgrade my CPU?

September 23, 2010 at 16:21:13
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 2 GHz / 4023 MB

I have a Socket P Mobil Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3200 CPU. Can I upgrade my CPU? If so what would my options be? Also is this CPU overclockable? Thanks

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September 23, 2010 at 17:50:26

An overclocked CPU consumes more power & produces more heat, so that means shorter battery life & a hotter case scorching your leg. Obviously those aren't good things. Laptops generally don't have overclocking features, they have underclocking features (i.e., Intel SpeedStep, AMD Cool'n'Quiet) to conserve power & keep temps under control.

What do you want to accomplish? An increase of a couple hundred MHz in clock speed would be barely noticeable. And if you're hoping for better game play, the graphics are what's holding you back, not the CPU.

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September 24, 2010 at 04:31:52

What i would like to is install a new more powerful cpu.

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September 24, 2010 at 05:53:08

"What i would like to is install a new more powerful cpu"

Yeah, I understand that, but my question is - WHY? What do you expect to gain? What is it that your laptop can't do with the current CPU? The built-in underclocking features that I mentioned will vary the CPU speed based on load so unless you're pushing it hard, you'll notice little or no difference in performance. Do you realize that a CPU upgrade will cost approx $200?

Check out this thread from a year ago...same question about the same laptop:

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September 24, 2010 at 15:25:08

You are right it would cost me at least 200 to add a new CPU. I understand this, I still just want to know if it is possible, to upgrade to say a T6400 orT9600. I have searched top and bottom no one gives me a straight answer.

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September 24, 2010 at 15:29:02

Also i understand this will never be a gaming computer. I have found small ways to squeeze better performance, by adding a better faster hard drive, disabling startup services and so one. but the question is the same can this laptop be upgraded to a better cpu, perhaps a quad core?

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September 24, 2010 at 15:36:05

Ok i get it. It is pointless to upgrade this CPU. Thanks for your input

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September 24, 2010 at 16:51:35

If you want a quad-core, just buy a new laptop. AMD X4 and Core i3-based laptops are quite cheap, they come with Win7, and they have much faster IGPs.

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