OT: Pentium processor sizes

Sean Caron scaron at umich.edu
Fri Jul 10 15:43:26 CDT 2015

If this is an old P5 Pentium, IIRC, it was the same CPU whether you were in
a laptop or a desktop. I remember many of those early Pentium laptops; they
ran incredibly hot and the battery life on them was just awful ...
Depending on a myriad of factors ... whether or not your particular
laptop's logic board has a socketed CPU; whether or not that laptop's
planar allows you to tune the clock rate, divider, voltage etc. beyond just
the stock settings; whether you've got an appropriate CPU on hand; there is
a remote possibility it could be done ... That said, I would expect your
chances to be better on a crummy "generic" laptop from that era; in my
experience, laptops from the major vendors were more highly integrated ...
there was more customization of i.e. the logic board and it's less likely
that the logic board allows any variance from the stock configuration ...
the "generic" laptops were a little more COTS-y and may be more amenable to
modification although they tend to be less portable and not so well built.



On Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 4:25 PM, <ethan at 757.org> wrote:

> Hey. I'm sorry for the off topic post, but I couldn't think of another
>> forum to ask my question. I'm just looking for information as to whether
>> there are different sizes Pentium processor dependent upon whether the
>> processor is for a desktop or laptop. I want to see if I can give my old
>> Hewlett Packard OmniBook a little more juice.
> There are mobile specific processors. There are laptops that use socketed
> chips. There are laptops that I believe the CPUs are soldered in.
> A good trick is to try to find the motherboard for sale on eBay and see if
> there is a picture of it without any heatsink or heat exchanger.
> --
> Ethan O'Toole

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