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I know this is mainly a PC forum, but I have a general question about my old laptop. I have an Asus K60i http://www.amazon.com/Asus-K60I-Dual-Notebook-Refurbished/dp/B003BJOOCW. And I plan to upgrade the processor to an Intel Core 2 Duo T9600. The processor currently installed is the Intel Pentium T4400. So this is a bump from 2.2GHz to 2.8GHz. I made sure that the socket sizes are the same and that the Thermal Design Power is also the same. So, they're both "socket P" and have a "TDP of 35w." Ok, can my laptop handle this raw power? Or will it get too hot since the heatsink is designed for the Intel Pentium T4400?
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I know this is mainly a PC forum, but I have a general question about my old laptop. I have an Asus K60i http://www.amazon.com/Asus-K60I-Dual-Notebook-Refurbished/dp/B003BJOOCW. And I plan to upgrade the processor to an Intel Core 2 Duo T9600. The processor currently installed is the Intel Pentium T4400. So this is a bump from 2.2GHz to 2.8GHz. I made sure that the socket sizes are the same and that the Thermal Design Power is also the same. So, they're both "socket P" and have a "TDP of 35w." Ok, can my laptop handle this raw power? Or will it get too hot since the heatsink is designed for the Intel Pentium T4400?

What will matter is the FSB of the processor , and if its supported
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What will matter is the FSB of the processor , and if its supported

So that will be from 800MHz to a 1066MHz.

Intel pentium T4400: http://ark.intel.com/products/40739/Intel-Pentium-Processor-T4400-1M-Cache-2_20-GHz-800-MHz-FSB-Socket-P

Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 http://ark.intel.com/products/35563/Intel-Core2-Duo-Processor-T9600-6M-Cache-2_80-GHz-1066-MHz-FSB
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So do you think laptops have FSB's that can go higher? Or are they mainly stuck at the listed stock speeds?
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So do you think laptops have FSB's that can go higher? Or are they mainly stuck at the listed stock speeds?

Can you intstall CPU-Z and tell me what the FSB says , the issue is , More than likely youll be limited to the 800 FSB meaning anything higher is not supported , The issue as well as if you installed the processor you would more than likely see more heat , nothing a good Cooling pad cant fix but its a matter that wont matter if the CPU isnt supported.
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Just installed CPU Z. Rated FSB is 800. I'll will most likely get different core 2 duo that isn't too demanding. I only want to improve performance by a little, just for faster mulstitasking. This is used only for school and travel. So the last thing I want is more heat produced.
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I'm going to take an educated guess and say that if your mobo supports it, you're looking for a T8300 2.4GHz/3MB. There is a T9300 2.5GHz/6MB, but price/performance wise the T8300 hits the mark.
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I'm going to take an educated guess and say that if your mobo supports it, you're looking for a T8300 2.4GHz/3MB. There is a T9300 2.5GHz/6MB, but price/performance wise the T8300 hits the mark.

If your mobo doesn't support penryn, then try the T7600/7800.

You read my mind, amigo. I am debating between the T8300 or the T7800 and maybe the T9300. I just wish I knew what motherboard my Asus laptop has, then I can evaluate which processor will work best.
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Heatsink will be ok with cpu upgrade. But T9600 has FSB 1066mzh, It won't work with your laptop. The best cpu for it is T9500. T9300 is better for the money.
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You need to look for the following things when upgrading:
- Is their TDP the same?
- Is the socket the same?
- Will the motherboard support higher FSB?

The cpu's you're looking at all have the same sockets and TDP. You haven't listed what the chipset is in your laptop. If you post that we can check and see whether it's possible to upgrade. An easy way to find out what the chipset is is by installing AIDA64 and looking under motherboard what it is.

A while ago I upgraded the CPU in my laptop from an M320 2.2 to an M640 2.6GHz and it was really easy. Due to them being AMD their FSB was the same so all I needed to make sure was whether the board supported the CPU. Fortunately for me it did and the 400MHz speed bump is pretty nice.
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