Upgrading Processor - like a car with a processor we are always looking for
more power which equates to ... speed!
The main reason for upgrading
only is for speed.
computer process data faster, this is a top down upgrade. Every day processing
will go faster, but mainly it is a new program that causes you to realize your
system isn't as fast as it used to be. It has not changed, the
program is demanding more of the processor than it
was designed for.
Considerations - You need to know what processor you have in your system, what
speed it is, and what type of socket is on the main board.
If your computer didn't come with a guide that gives you specifications on your
system you will have to do some research. You can find out a lot of this
information with a tool built into the Microsoft OS, by using Computer
Management, under Devices click on the Processors to see what processor is
installed. Your can also use the System Info Tool in the Accessories but you
will have to decode Microsoft's description.
Now you know the processor
version and speed you have to find out what type of socket the
processor is in on the main board.
Your processor will only fit one type of
socket, if you have a Pentium III processor, Intel came out with what
they thought would be a solution to the motherboard socket problem. Every new
processor has more "pins" because each generation has more functionality than
the last. This functionality has to have a way to get to the main board with
more "pins". Intel introduce a way to keep the amount of pin changes to a
minimum with what is know as a "Slot A" socket. This was a good idea until some
major manufactures abused the idea by demanding Intel make different types of
Slot A cartridges. This increased Intel's manufacturing costs so Intel
discontinued the process and went back to the old
ZIF socket. These sockets are
numbered, each revision of processors have a different socket number.
with the Pentium 4D the pins to connect the CPU to the motherboard changed, they
went from being mounted on the device body to spring loaded pins in the ZIF
socket mounted on the motherboard. The CPU has a small copper pad in place of
the pin. Also the way the socket is engineered to open changed, the base plate
no longer has to slide to unlock the pins. The CPU socket has a plate that comes
down over the device to clamp it into position. Word of caution on these new ZIF
sockets: DO NOT bend a pin, if you do you will have to replace the
motherboard, there is no repair for a bent pin!
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Upgrading Processor - "More Speed Mr. Scott! More SPEED!"
Intel™ makes different speeds of the same
processor, by having the information of
your current processor you may be able to upgrade your system by a large margin.
One thing you have to take into consideration that you can not move from a
Pentium III to a Pentium IV or from a Pentium IV to a Core 2 with out
changing the mother board.
Today's processors are the most stable processors produced.
These newer processors lend themselves to overclocking very easily.
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