i3 M470 to i5 compatible

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June 6, 2012 at 19:27:17
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate, i3 M470/ 8G ram
I have an i3 M470 processor and would like to upgrade to an i5 M520, i5 M450, or biggest upgrade. My i3 is A G1 socket @2.40 ghz. What numbers must I match up for it to work? Also can a G1 work with G2 socket? From what I understand all are 988 pin. Help! I installed cpu z if more info is needed.

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June 7, 2012 at 05:48:52
"I have an i3 M470 processor"

I can only guess you mean an i3-370M? Other than the Turbo, what would you be gaining?



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June 7, 2012 at 08:36:36
...it is a Laptop, they are designed for a purpose, if the purpose you need it for can not be fulfilled then buy a Laptop which meets your needs !

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....

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June 7, 2012 at 12:51:36
uhm yes ur right it's an i3 M370 and wish to upgrade to an i5; M420, M450, M520 or M580(i would not mind suggestions on which). I game with it and trying to figure if a processor upgrade would help performance greatly. Of course ill need to upgrade the memory also. Buying a new laptop is not a feasible option beig that i can buy the processor for around $80 and can install it myself.

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June 7, 2012 at 13:24:15
"it's an i3 M370"

No, it's an i3-370M. The M comes at the end of the model number & identifies it as a mobile processor.

"ill need to upgrade the memory also"

Why? Apparently you have 8GB already.

"I game with it and trying to figure if a processor upgrade would help performance greatly"

While you do need a decent CPU for gaming, performance is more dependant on the GPU (graphics). You can have the fastest CPU available, but if your GPU sucks, your gaming will suck. You never posted the model number of your laptop, but I'll guess that it's the following one (or very similar):


Sorry, but it's not a good gamer due to the Intel HD graphics. Nothing you upgrade is gonna change that. Play your games on low settings with low resolution & save up for a gaming laptop with decent gaming graphics.


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June 7, 2012 at 14:05:39
In the Tags it is this one:


As above pointed out the Intel HD Graphics are for everyday use like surfing and word processing......

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....

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June 7, 2012 at 15:18:28
there would be performance improvement with the i5 520M but would i be better off with a second generation i3. Or maybe get the processor now then upgrade the MB later on and make sure it has a video expansion port. Any suggestions greatly appreciated and also thank you for the lingo and acronym corrections.

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June 7, 2012 at 17:32:26
None of the above. You have a laptop, not a desktop. You can't just swap CPUs, motherboards, graphics cards, etc. They're not designed to be upgradeable in that way. And looking at the specs, you already have the max amount of RAM installed.

If you want to be able to play games & play them well, sell the SONY & buy a gaming laptop. Or buy (or build) a gaming desktop system.

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June 14, 2012 at 20:38:25
i can buy the better processor cheap and it makes no sense to buy a new laptop when my games work fine already. i am looking for an improvement suggestion with what i have. it is hard for me to select a best answer when i have been looking up procesors that are g1 socket and nice turbo upgrades.

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June 18, 2012 at 01:22:47
That is not exactly my laptop but yes and it has a moblile hm55 chipset with a G1 socket. Which means I can upgrade up to an intel i7 940XM according to documentation presented by intel. Now I know it's only first generation but....with all the added features and 2 processor's of an upgrade, it would greatly improve a machine that already runs well; it also prevents me from having to buy another computer or processor for at least a year or so. I have done extensive research and have taught myself/ compared stats to finally come to the conclusion that i7 740QM which is still sold by intel and is supported by the chipset on my motherboard. I have one big concern though. Will my Bios support the new chip =/. Sony won't support me and intel isnt easy to contact. Any help would be appreciated

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June 18, 2012 at 06:44:14
Only Sony can tell you is your BIOS supports the upgrade. I doubt it.
The options on a laptop must take into consideration everything including the quality of the supporting components (if they will take the stress) as well as the available cooling. If Sony believes that in order to cool the stronger CPU they can only offer that option on one of their larger portable computers with a larger heat sink and fan, more vents, and better internal air flow as well as a larger capacity battery, then, no, they will not offer the support in the BIOS installed.

Please understand also that for any significant improvement in gaming performance you would need distinct graphics installed (when made) with faster built in graphics memory rather than the Intel graphics you have. THIS as pointed out earlier cannot be changed so the time and money you are planning would be wasted (even if it worked) if gaming is your plan.

If you had a desktop and you already upgraded your graphics with a quality gaming graphics card, power supply to support it, and other improvements and were considering an upgrade to your CPU, then all here would support this and even give you a link (since it would be available) to your CPU support list. Since this is not available and even if you succeed, you will be disappointed in the result (shorter battery life, additional heating problems, etc.), you will get just what you have already: Advice to not bother. Since you probably already Googled your question and have not found any real answer, you should be able to draw a conclusion to the fact that if anyone was successful at this and it had any benefits, they would be bragging about it and you would find that easily.


You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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June 19, 2012 at 15:01:34
Well I have continued doing more research and found 2 systems so far with i5 processors with my bios; the i5 460 and i5 560. I only brushed the surface but as far as compatibilty with my system with a processor upgrade, it has been successful. FYI

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