Is it possible to upgrade the core duo 1.6 processor in a Toughbook CF-30 and worth it

Posted on 2007-10-17
Last Modified: 2013-12-10
I recently purchased a toughbook CF-30 and upgraded the Ram to 4GB. Now I am onto trying to make it even faster. I wanted to possibly upgrade the core centrino duo 1.6Ghz to a highter speed.
I talked to Toughbook support and there is no firmware out at this time to do this. So I have a couple of questions.
1. Is there anyway to put a higher processor in the current motherboard if like toughbook said there is no firmware to support it.
2. Would upgrading to a faster processor actually make the laptop run faster when multi-tasking or improve overall performance rating on the unit? At least enough to deal with the trouble of the upgrade.
Fairly new at computers so I wanted to get some input.
Question by:dilligaftouk9
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    1. If there is no firmware to support it, no u cant

    2. Well, it all depends on usage, and how much you are upgrading the processor, if you get 2.6 ghz f.example, you would notice as it being faster, but if you get 2 ghz, you will probably notice it, but not that much :)

    Ofcourse all of this depends on usage :)
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    Another option that i think would make a bigger diffrence is upgrading the HD to a faster RPM one, this is possible on your system now, and would make a diffrence in performance :)
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    The CF-30 uses an L2400 Centrino Duo --> it's likely that any other L series CPU would work (regardless of what Toughbook support indicated);  HOWEVER, the fastest L-series CPU made was 2.33GHz ... and I doubt you'd notice a dramatic difference at the level => especially if the firmware does not, in fact, support the appropriate multiplier (the CPU would work; but if the multiplier isn't supported, it will work at a slower speed).

    As for whether you'd notice the difference ... it's fairly easy to determine that:  Load Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del) and notice the CPU utilization level for your typical applications.   If you're stressing the CPU (i.e. the utilization is high -- 80% or higher), then a faster CPU would likely improve the performance;  if it's usually low (it's not uncommon to be < 10% for most folks), then a faster CPU would make almost no difference.

    For MOST laptops you'll get a much better improvement in the "feel" of the system by replacing the hard drive with a 7200 rpm unit.   The CF-30, however, had a 7200rpm drive option ... so you may already have the higher speed drive.   If not, however, replacing the 5400 rpm drive with a 7200 rpm drive would make a very nice difference in performance :-)  [and you could even increase the capacity at the same time if you wanted to]
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    Another option ... if you don't need a large hard drive and aren't too price sensitive ... is to replace the hard drive with a 32GB solid state drive ==> this would be VERY fast, since the seek times are about 1% of the moving-head drives.   Data transfer rates aren't any better than traditional drives ... but you get about a 10ms "head start" on all transfers --> which makes a BIG difference in performance.    However, a 32GB drive costs over $1000 !!  [Note:  64GB versions are "coming soon" :-) ]


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