Changing a CPU in a laptop PC is not at all like changing a CPU in a desktop PC, where you can simply match the CPU socket and supporting chipset, with some restrictions.
The socket is the same for a B970 and an i7-2830QM, but you must also answer these questions:
Some laptops have the CPU soldered in place, not in a removable socket. Is your B970 in a socket, or not?
The i7-2830QM is a 45 Watt TDP processor, and the B970 is as 35 Watt TDP processor. Is the CPU cooling system in your laptop adequate to cool a 45 Watt TDP CPU?
I did not find the chipset information for the B970. The i7-2830QM will work with Intel 6-series mobile chipsets.
Even if all of the above is fine, will the BIOS of your laptop support that CPU? That cannot be ignored. You may never find that information.
Changing a CPU in a laptop is very difficult, will void any warranty, and is most of the time impossible.
Desktops are much easier to alter and upgrade than laptops. They both hold the same method, but you need to be a bit more careful when dealing with laptops.
On a desktop, you need to match the physical socket of the CPU to the motherboard, and in most cases, you're good to go. An i7-2600K (like I have) can work across P67, Z78, and other chipsets. However, things are a lot sketchier in that regard on laptops.
I'm looking to upgrade my ASUS X401A from its Pentium dual-core to an i7-3720QM. This was after placing a bid on ebay for a 2760QM, which I learned works with the series 6 Intel chipsets, and my laptop is running an HM70 chipset. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT to note not only the CPU socket of the laptop you want to upgrade, but the chipset as well.
I've looked for the model of laptop that you have, and I see that it's an HM70 as well. I discussed this matter with Intel within the last 24 hours. You'll need to look for the 3rd generation CPUs with your matching socket.
I was given links to all of the 3rd generation CPUs, and I found five of them that were at my personal preferred clock speeds (for a laptop), and also fit my (our--your laptop's and mine) socket. Here you go:
Personally, I'm going for the 3720QM because I may soon have to sell my desktop to save space for moving to a new town (possibly country). If you have a desktop that you'll be using as your power-hitter, I'd suggest going for the 3610QM. It has the same initial clock speed as the B970, but TurboBoost pops it right up to 3.3GHz when it's needed.
Just make sure that you know your socket, chipset, and what your hopeful CPU can work with.
Can I set this processor:
on my laptop?
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No, you can't. The 2630QM has the same socket, but it is built to run on HM65, HM67, and QM67 chipsets (series 6 chipsets). Your laptop has a series 7 chipset.
To see exactly what chipset you have, click your Start Orb, right-click Computer, click Manage, and then click Device Manager in the top-left tab. Click the arrow beside "System Devices," and if you go down to the section that has about six Intel beginnings in a row, you should see one that says "Intel(R) ____ Express Chipset LPC Controller..." and where my blank is, that will be your laptop's chipset.
I feel stupid, I just got a new HP CQ45-710 to install Linux on it. I thought I would be able to install a better processor of the same architecture, socket and TDP, as I've done it several times before with other laptops. Then on the service manual I found that these CQ45/HP1000 come with HM70 for Celeron/Pentium systems and HM75 for i3/i5 systems!
Original plan was to replace the original B820 with a Core i5 2435M. Both chips are Sandy Bridge architecture, same socket and same TDP.
Does the HM70 support a Core i5 2435M???
Did you install successfully that Core i7-3720QM ?
I found some posts on internet a guy tried Ivy Bridge i5 and it works fine BUT only for half an hour or so before shuts down.
Anyone tested Sand Bridge i3, i5 or i7 PLEASE?
Edit: I so hope Asus is not messing with BIOS/chipset here and restricting everything else but Celeron/Pentium! Would be a shame because X401a is a fine looking piece and lightweight too.