I’m considering upgrading my laptop’s CPU but don’t know what to use as a replacement. My laptop is a Dell Latitude D820 with an Intel Core2 T5500. This CPU does not support virtualization, so I am looking to replace it with a CPU that does. How do I go about figuring out which CPUs go with my laptop motherboard? If I am going to void my (very expensive) warranty doing this, I want to be sure that I have the correct part.
It may be the recession, but the Doctor has gotten more laptop CPU-upgrading questions in the past two months than ever before. Keep in mind that many laptop CPUs are soldered to the mainboard and aren’t easily upgradeable; however, the Latitude D820 is upgradeable. It looks like the best CPU you can put in your laptop that will support virtualization is the Core 2 Duo T7600 Mobile. However, as is often the case with discontinued CPUs, you’ll have to drop more than $300 to get one ($312 is the cheapest we’ve seen it, at Ewiz.com), at which point it’s almost wiser to replace the whole laptop.
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