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  1. Posts : 17
    Windows 10
       #1

    Laptop CPU upgrade


    Hi guys,

    I have a HP Pavilion dv2700, Wistron 30cd motherboard, and I am having an intention to upgrade my CPU. But there's a problem. Since I am just a PC noob, I don't know the maximum CPU which can be supported by the motherboard. Any ideas? I would appreciate very much :)
    BTW - Can anyone tell me differences between PPGA and PGA sockets? I did some references on some websites, they said that both of them were the same. But I don't think so...
    My chipset series is intel 965 express chipset.
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  2. Posts : 2,068
    Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    Being honest, I would just stop thinking about this. Upgrading a laptop CPU is never easy, CPU's that are old and out of supply are expensive and your performance increase would be next to nothing.

    If you really want to upgrade, change out the hard drive for an SSD. Otherwise, save up for a new computer.
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  3. Posts : 4,666
    Windows 10 Pro x64 21H1 Build 19043.1151 (Branch: Release Preview)
       #3

    I absolutely agree with the above comments. I have 2 laptops with similar specs and only reasonable upgrade to do was to add a bit more RAM and replace the spinning HDD with an SSD.

    Swapping the CPU is out of the question. Not worth it unless you get the CPU for free and know what you are doing.
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  4. Posts : 17
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Oh, I thought that upgrading Laptop CPU is that easy...
    Anyways, can you explain to me the differences between PPGA and PGA sockets? I did some search and it said that they are both the same. I did think so, but doubts are still in my mind. Pls help me :)
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  5. Posts : 4,666
    Windows 10 Pro x64 21H1 Build 19043.1151 (Branch: Release Preview)
       #5

    xtremeraces said:
    Oh, I thought that upgrading Laptop CPU is that easy...
    Anyways, can you explain to me the differences between PPGA and PGA sockets? I did some search and it said that they are both the same. I did think so, but doubts are still in my mind. Pls help me :)
    PGA = Pin Grid Array
    PPGA = Plastic Pin Grid Array

    Only difference is the materials used in packaging the CPU.
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  6. Posts : 17
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    So can I mount a PGA478 CPU with a PPGA478 socket?
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  7. Posts : 4,666
    Windows 10 Pro x64 21H1 Build 19043.1151 (Branch: Release Preview)
       #7

    Yes you can, but you must be certain that the motherboard including BIOS has support for the CPU in question. The PGA478 CPU fits a PPGA478 socket, but there is no guarantee that the CPU will work anyway.

    Also make sure the MB is NOT using a micro FCPGA478 socket, then you can only use that kind of packaged CPUs in the laptop.

    Either way...I would NOT go with the CPU upgrade, unless you know what you are doing. You will have to take the whole laptop apart, and that is NOT an easy task to do. (...well easy to take apart, but getting it back together can be a pain)

    UPDATE: PPGA478 can also mean Socket P in some cases, then you can not fit a PGA478 CPU in it. Socket P = micro FCPGA478 (smaller in size)
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  8. Posts : 4,666
    Windows 10 Pro x64 21H1 Build 19043.1151 (Branch: Release Preview)
       #8

    I suspect your MB uses Socket P which is the same as FCPGA478MN marking on the socket on the motherboard. Only way to know for sure is to take the whole computer apart.
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  9. Posts : 13,170
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home
       #9

    In support of simply replacing the Notebook/Laptop I checked HP's site and the only drivers listed were for Vista, certainly suggests it is an older device.
    HP Software and Driver Downloads for HP Printers, Laptops, Desktops and More | HP® Customer Support
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  10. Posts : 17
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Well, I took the whole laptop apart, reassembled it, and I have to say, it's pretty easy (except the touch panel as well as the touch pad, I mistakenly broke it down ...:P)
    By the way, thank you very much for helping me :)
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