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Old 12-24-2012, 12:26 PM   #1
redhawk71
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Default Socket issue...

Hi all,

I'm not sure; Same or different socket for:

Intel Pentium Dual Core B980

and

Intel Core i3-2370M

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Old 12-24-2012, 12:50 PM   #2
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both socket G2. and both 32nm.... shoudl be a good upgrade!
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Old 12-25-2012, 04:44 AM   #3
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Talking Tnx 007

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Old 12-25-2012, 07:40 AM   #4
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The Intel Core i3-2370M and Intel B980 has similar socket, rPGA988B. But I'd recommend checking the whether the BIOS actually supports a difference CPU. With laptop motherboards, the BIOS is usually limited to the CPU that it came with. I can't give a 100% guarantee that it will work but no harm trying.
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:14 AM   #5
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Talking Tnx dma0991 for your detailed response

That was exactly my concern.
Hardware supplier has told me, that the cpu is welded into the MB, so you can not replace it...
I'm referring to the X serious Asus laptop.
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Old 12-26-2012, 07:26 AM   #6
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If you're moving from Intel B980 to Core i3 2370M, there shouldn't be a problem as both supports rPGA988B which is a detachable pin socket. If it is in reverse, there might be a possibility that it won't as the Core i3 2370M has a variant which is a BGA1023, soldered directly to the motherboard.

Asking the manufacturer probably isn't the best way as they wouldn't want you to void your warranty. If you could provide a more specific model of the laptop in question, it could make it easier to know if it has an interchangeable socket. If it is an Ultrabook, chances are it is soldered directly to the motherboard.
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:07 AM   #7
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Tnx dma, the laptop was looking @ is the ASUS X501A-XX243H - Intel Pentium Dual Core B980 2.4 GHz
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:17 AM   #8
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The laptop looks thin but not Ultrabook thin so there is a possibility that it uses a detachable PGA socket. However, I would advise against doing it as new mobile CPUs sold on its own is expensive and difficult to find. More importantly, you're voiding the warranty of your laptop.

If you happen to have a Core i3 2370M in hand and you don't care about your warranty, then send it to a skilled technician if you're not the kind who is very capable of dissembling and reassembling something. I say this as some laptops vary in their serviceability. Some takes a few screws here and there but some would require an entire teardown. I say this as I had to do a complete teardown of a Dell XPS M1730 just to reach its CPU.
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