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Intel Atom Upgrade???

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Ok First off sorry if this is in the wrong place please move it if it is smile.gif

So I have a netbook which has an Intel Atom N270 (Click here for Specs) which uses the PBGA437 Socket. After a bit of research I found that the Intel Atom N280 (Click here for Specs) and the Intel Atom 330 (Click here for Specs). Now the N280 has a slight increase in Clock Speed (0.06) without using anymore power. However the 330 is Dual core (need I say more) but has 64bit architecture rather than the 32bit of my N270 .

What I want to know is:
1) Is it even possible to even change the CPU to either of these 2 CPUs?
2) If the answer was yes is it even worth the 0.06 clock speed / extra core?

Thanks for the help on this smile.gif
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    The extra 0.06 GHz won't be worth it, but the extra core should nearly double the computing power, especially for HD video decompression (playback).  I suggest Googling your netbook's model number along with Atom 330 and see if it has been done before.  If that doesn't give you any useful information, look on the netbook manufacturer's site for any technical specifications that might tell you what kind of CPU the motherboard will support (things like max wattage or CPU series numbers).
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It does not bode well for this upgrade. Not only can I not find any reference to it being attempted before but the manufacturer says noting about the max wattage the CPU socket provides.

The fact that the current CPU (Atom N270) requires a small 2.5w whereas the Atom 330 needs a hefty (in netbook terms) 8w which is a rather large change the PSU of the netbook is only 30w so I don't think it will be possible :/

My netbook is the Compaq Mini CQ10-101SA a rather lovely little machine if I am honest but it would be nice to squeeze some more power from it. If anyone has heard of this being done before or if you know it can/can't be done let me know thanks guys smile.gif
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You cannot replace an atom CPU. Atom CPUs are embedded to the motherboard. Sorry mate.
If you google PBGA437 you'll see that the CPU is not removable ..
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Originally Posted by tasospaok123 View Post

You cannot replace an atom CPU. Atom CPUs are embedded to the motherboard. Sorry mate.
If you google PBGA437 you'll see that the CPU is not removable ..

Ahhh ok thanks for that I was thinking that may be the case after not seeing anyone attempting it smile.gif
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