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Dear CPU Scorekeeper

I have a Compaq laptop 1610 with a P150 CPU. I want to upgrade it to a 233 or 266 CPU. Any idea where I can get one?

I also have a Toshiba 4000 laptop with a BX motherboard and a PII-233 CPU. I would like to upgrade this as well. What is the fastest CPU that I can put in this notebook?

...and where can I find the CPU's at a reasonable price?

- - Rick, August 2000

See the questionCPU Scorekeeper Responds

As shown on our Pentium-MMX page, the Intel Pentium-150MMX CPU in your Compaq Presario 1610 may only be reliably upgraded to the 166MHz version, due to its core voltage of 2.2V. Doubling your speed (up to 300MHz) with a faster, low-voltage (1.8-2V) model may be an option, but you risk burning out your new chip.

As for your Toshiba 4000 (pdf), the fastest Pentium-II that would fit into your mobile module CPU connector would run at 300MHz, only a 25% increase in speed. For any significant increase in speed, you will be looking at a new notebook.

This discussion is a bit academic anyway, as boxed mobile CPU's are notoriously difficult to find and purchase-- especially the discontinued models you are looking for. Your best bet would be to try looking around at eBay!

A memory upgrade would be a better option to see a performance increase in your notebooks.

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