Powerbook Upgrade

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by andreasg, Jan 10, 2005.

  1. andreasg macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2004
    Since I've heard (over at thinksecret, as I recall) the new powerbook is the exact same hardware, though with a small increase in CPU speed. As I've got the 1.5Ghz Powerbook, I was wondering: how would it be possible to upgrade it to 1.67Ghz? It couldn't be that hard I figured, as the hardware configuration on the new seems to be the exact same... Any thoughts? I can't be the same who doesn't want to shell out for an entirely new powerbook just to gain a small bit of performance... :D
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
  3. BakedBeans macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2004
    What's Your Favorite Posish
    your going about it all wrong,

    you know how much extra performance you would get dont you?

    about this much >.<

    :) its so so so not worth it

    as for grapes, why link to that thread? he is asking a question, not giving opinions on apples upgrades :rolleyes:
  4. andreasg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2004
    I think what I could gain would be worth it, because almost any game I run is CPU limited.
  5. thecow macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2003
    Timonium MD
    You probably won't notice a 170MHz bump. Also the only way to overclock a mac is to solder the logic board. You're on your own on figuring out what to remove. I don't think it's worth it.
  6. andreasg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2004
    The question is if there is any difference with the CPU/cooling system at all, or apple just overclocked the old 1.5Ghz systems. Also, I've seen companies selling/applying upgrades for older powerbook systems. I don't see that anything should be in the way for these companies to upgrade to do 1.67Ghz upgrades?

    Hey, if a 170mhz bump gave me an extra 3-4 FPS in world of warcraft, then I'm all for it. It would mean a huge difference around the current level my FPS (10-25)...
  7. BakedBeans macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2004
    What's Your Favorite Posish
    like i say it wont make much off a difference, feel free to bork your mac. but i advise against i, and very strongly at that

    170mhz is feck all.

    just see what actually happens tomoz because i for one cant see steve getting up there and saying WOW, we have bumped the powebooks from 1.5-1.66 its so great :)

    plus you say upgrade it, what do you mean?

    buy a new processor (cant logically) or
    maybe just buy a new one (no point for the money)...

    maxing ram would get you about the same performance as that speed bump im guessing

    your expecting a 5fps bump by upgrading the pro by 170mhz :rolleyes:

    EDIT: how many threads do we need on this
  8. i_am_a_cow macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2001
    Where are the fricking powerbooks!? I'm gonna go buy a PC and put Linux on it.
  9. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
    Patience is a virtue.
  10. Shacklebolt macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2004
    I hate waiting

    I have a Sawtooth 400/20gb/128mb

    At this point, a 1.5ghz 12" laptop with a DVI port in the back for my 15" Studio Display makes my mouth water. i just KNOW in my heart of hearts that G5 laptops will be out before the end of this year, but I really can't wait that much longer.
  11. starstreak macrumors 6502

    Dec 5, 2004
    I could be wrong, but I think you're more GPU limited. If you play WoW, I think we all would be better off if they allowed a GPU upgrade from the JUNK 5200 to a ati 9700 128mb card. I think they only reason why Apple didn't do this is because they are cheap on ram. Why show 128mb in vid ram and give customers 256mb of regular ram. They would have to bump up the basic ram to like 512mb to compete better. Now they just raised the price of the PB by $100 and when you add in the name APPLE, you increased the price by $300. And I don't think Apple would want to make it cost that much. :)


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