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Laptop CPU

Discussion in 'CPUs' started by markwilliams82, 1 Oct 2009.

  1. markwilliams82

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 15 Sep 2009

    Posts: 1,154

    Not sure if I should ask in here or the laptops section but I've got an IBM Lenovo T61 with a T7300 (2GHz 4 MB L2 cache, 667 MHz FSB) at the moment but I've on the Lenovo website on the spec for the T61 that it can take upto a T7700 (2.4 GHz 4 MB L2 cache 800 MHz FSB)

    Would it be possible to upgrade a laptop CPU and how easy is it to do on an IBM?

    Any help would be appreciated!
  2. hyperfighting


    Joined: 8 Sep 2008

    Posts: 139

    Location: High Wycombe

    Just make sure you are damn good at taking apart and putting back together. Two points to remember, one make sure you have flashed latest bios for your laptop (you dont want the lappy not to recognise the new processor). The second point I learned from my own experience, I upgraded a 2mb cache processor to a 6mb cache processor and found out that the heatpipe (part of the heatsink) which sits on the processor wouldnt fit, this was because the 2mb die is smaller than the 6mb die.
  3. craig3000

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 Jan 2009

    Posts: 1,398

    Yeah it is difficult with laptops but achievable if you know what your doing, otherwise I wouldn't recommend it
  4. I DON'T fancy boys


    Joined: 12 Jun 2008

    Posts: 2,948

    to be honest if you're looking for a performance gain id recommend using a windows overclocking utility such as setfsb, so then you can get a boost in performance without all that hassle.
  5. Justintime


    Joined: 24 Jul 2006

    Posts: 8,869

    Location: Edmonton, London, UK

    400MHz and a slightly higher FSB will do nothing for performance and is not worth the hassle as the increase will be miniscule.
  6. gurusan


    Joined: 2 Sep 2006

    Posts: 13,489

    Location: Portland, OR

    totally not worth it. Just max out your laptops ram and call it a day
  7. milkinc13


    Joined: 16 Apr 2006

    Posts: 3,226

    Location: Basingstoke

    as said upgrading a laptop is more hastle than it's worth. I agree with grursan, max out it's ram, until a time that you get a replacement one.
  8. JonJ678


    Joined: 22 Dec 2008

    Posts: 10,371

    Location: England

    Consider putting an ssd in it. Low power => better battery life, and the performance increase is remarkable. I would go down this road before putting a quicker processor in it.
  9. gurusan


    Joined: 2 Sep 2006

    Posts: 13,489

    Location: Portland, OR

    super expensive though....not exactly cost effective.
  10. ShakenNstirred


    Joined: 5 Jun 2003

    Posts: 8,854

    Location: sawley/ long eaton

    if you can do it cheap
    i say go for it
    and as for 400mhz and a higher fsb not being with it
    tell that to a real overclocker if thats not worth it