I have a 2008 Dell XPS M1730 laptop, which has a Core 2 Duo X9000. I want to upgrade it to a quad core QX9300, but I’m not sure if the laptop will support it. These laptops were never sold with quad core CPUs.
This is what the official M1730 owner’s manual says the laptop supports:
- Processor type Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo processor Intel® 45 nm CoreTM 2 Duo processor
- L1 Cache 64KB
- L2 Cache 2 MB or 4 MB (Intel Core 2 Duo processor) 6 MB (Intel 45 nm Core 2 Duo processor)
- External bus frequency (front side bus) 800 MHz (Intel Core 2 Duo processor) 1066 MHz (Intel 45 nm Core 2 Duo processor)
- System chip set Mobile Intel 965PM
The X9000’s TDP is 44 W, and the QX9300’s TDP is 45 W.
The L2 Cache on the QX9300 is twice as big as the X9000’s.
The QX9300’s FSB is higher, 1066 MHz.
Cooling was designed for dual core processors, will it be sufficient for the QX9300?