How to Speed Up a Pentium M

By Jedadiah Casey

Increase the performance of a Pentium M based computer.
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The Pentium M series of microprocessors produced by Intel represented the mobile variant of the Pentium brand name CPU. The Pentium M was produced from 2003 to 2008 and was designed with elements from both the Pentium III and Pentium 4 series of CPUs. Being a mobile processor, it was designed to run cooler than its desktop counterparts and therefore ran slower than desktop CPUs. However, there are ways to speed up a Pentium M-based system to achieve the highest possible performance with the CPU.

Install more RAM into the Pentium M system. Lack of RAM is the single largest reason for a computer performing slowly.

Install a faster hard drive or an SSD. An SSD drive is the ultimate way to speed up a Pentium M-based system.

Install and run free clean-up software to optimize the operating system, which makes the overall speed of the system slightly faster.

Overclock the Pentium M CPU in the BIOS settings. It is very rare for a Pentium M-based system's motherboard to have settings that allow overclocking the CPU. However, if your system supports these options, the CPU can be overclocked for additional performance and the expense of heat and overall system stability.


Without a motherboard that supports overclocking, the Pentium M CPU itself is unable to operate any faster than it has been configured for at the factory.