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Dear CPU Scorekeeper

Could you tell me if I can upgrade my CPU (without changing the motherboard) and to what speed?

My system (2 years old): HP Vectra VL 5/166MHz MMX Series 5

- - Antony, September 1999

See the questionCPU Scorekeeper Responds

The HP Vectra motherboard is capable of natively supporting, at max, a 200MHz CPU due to the limitations of its clock multiplier settings. Even if you could find a Pentium-200MMX around (and you probably won't), it would only increase your performance by, at most, about 10%. Check our CPU Comparator + to see the difference.

All is not dismal, however. Companies such as PowerLeap and Evergreen Technologies (linked to our Vendors page) do offer CPU upgrade kits that can bring your system up to the performance of an AMD K6-III 400 (Check the CPU Comparator + again--it's about a 250% increase), all without a motherboard upgrade.

Of the three, PowerLeap's solution has been tested with the Vectra, but Evergreen's may also provide a good fit. Check them out.

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