Ive been looking into this for a few months now. I've been doing some reseach but i just want to make sure everything will work. I currently have the I5 2410m and id like to go with the best cpu for this socket which is the I7 2820qm. My one friend said HP has a Bios lock on the cpu. I feel like that isn't true. I found one for $60. Is that a good deal? Thanks!
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Your best processor is
Intel Dual Core i7-2620M 2.70-GHz (turbo up to 3.40-GHz) processor (1333- MHz FSB, 4-MB L3 cache, 35 W) 631252-001
There are different motherboards for dual and quad core cpus with your 6490 chipset.
See the Manual page 27-28
$60 is a good price for the Quad, but will not work with your motherboard.
The i7 dual core would provide about a 20% bump in processor power:
No processor BIOS lock. Good luck and post back if you need any more info or help. An SSD would be an easier upgrade and likely as effective or slightly more so, although more expensive if you are doing the labor on the CPU.
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> I've been doing some research ...
To replicate your work, I looked at: https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c02845403
which states that the original processor is: 2nd generation Intel Core i5-2410M Processor 2.30 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.90 GHz
Specifications for that processor: https://ark.intel.com/products/52224/Intel-Core-i5-2410M-Processor-3M-Cache-up-to-2_90-GHz
Product Collection: Legacy Intel® Core™ Processors
Code Name: Products formerly Sandy Bridge
Vertical Segment: Mobile
Processor Number: i5-2410M
Launch Date: Q1'11
# of Cores 2
# of Threads 4
Processor Base Frequency 2.30 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 2.90 GHz
TDP 35 W
Graphics Specifications: Processor Graphics ‡ Intel® HD Graphics 3000
Package Specifications - Sockets Supported FCBGA1023, PPGA988
I think that the most-important required attributes are:
* "Core", not "Core2",
* integrated graphics processing,
* "mobile", not "desktop",
* maximum TDP of 35W,
* same pin-outs, to fit the supported sockets,
* dual-core, with hyper-threading.
But, given that you currently have 4-way processing, how often will your software simultaneously exploit all 4 threads, and exploit 100% of each thread? Will you be "wasting" money, by needlessly upgrading the processor?
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