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I often hear ppl asking alot of questions about laptops and there respective GPU's and one of the most common one is,

Can I upgrade my laptop's GPU
and my answer is, No

But, Is that really true?

Could you not just replace the entire mobo with one that has a better GPU????

I ask because my wife has a Mayhem G3 with ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 and its choking on CoH
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You probrably could, though laptops have extremely limiting compatabilities...

the new mobo would have to match the lappy EXACTLY for one, the other being very limited cooling. For those it would be hard to do, but hey, why not if you can BUILD a laptop.
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Yea I have built a few laptops in my day using barebone toshiba's but they all have on-board graphics and you have to be specific when ordering to ensure you get the graphics for your application but is there not a solution to keep from having to fork over $2,000 each year just to have a decent laptop????
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post #4 of 8
you could go for the geforce go 7 series as shown here
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is there not a solution to keep from having to fork over $2,000 each year just to have a decent laptop????
The simple answer is... get a desktop. Use the desktop for gaming and graphics processing.

Laptop are designed to fit specifically in their cases. It will be much cheaper to get a new laptop than replacing the whole mobo for better integrated video. You also have to make the mobo fit.

I believe it MAYBE be possible to replace discrete laptop graphics cards. However, the cooling and spacing was mostly likely not designed to accommodate the upgrade. Also, you also have to deal with the increase power consumption. By changing the TDP of you laptop, it may stress the batteries harder than spec.
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Now the problem is where to find a mobo that will fit my laptop and has that gpu??????

I know its possible to some extent but the logistics involved maybe overwhelming lol
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Now the problem is where to find a mobo that will fit my laptop and has that gpu??????

I know its possible to some extent but the logistics involved maybe overwhelming lol
You'd have to find the exact same model laptop but with another type. Come to think about it, it seems impossible. The mainboard has to fit exactly in between the bottom and top-case and needs to have the same ports on exactly the same places, a highly unlikely find unless you find one of the same model but with another onboard videocard.
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What's the model?
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