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Does it have a Mobile PCI Express Module (MXM)? That is a commen GPU interface that is used in "uperend" or "gaming" laptops. I'm not sure but I think that all MXM GPUs come in a commen form factor or size depending upon the type of MXM you have (if you have it)

Here are a few different types of MXM,1,2,3, and HE.

So the only thing that you should have to worry about is what type and weather the cooling system is good enought to cool the GPU while it's in the laptop.
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There are like two laptops on which you can swap GPUs, one is the Asus C90 I think, and the other one has just been announced by OCZ I think...
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I think video cards are soldered on.
I don't think this is always true, though it is probably the case. For example, most people assume the cpu's on the Compaq laptops are soldered on. Mine is clearly removable.
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The best thing to do is see if your OEM builder offered an 8600 video card for your particular model. Then see if your board has provisions for one. Then you have to hunt down the card designed for your machine since the cards are designed specifically to fit your laptop. The components are standard from card to card, but the actual PCB and layout is unique to the specific model.

I hope that I addressed your question.
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Well my dell notebook was customized and low price, pick one of those up for best bets, but I do believe my handbook says it IS changeable.
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There are like two laptops on which you can swap GPUs, one is the Asus C90 I think, and the other one has just been announced by OCZ I think...
That's not true. Pleanty of the alienware, sager (clevo) and dell models use the mxm interface.

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I don't think this is always true, though it is probably the case. For example, most people assume the cpu's on the Compaq laptops are soldered on. Mine is clearly removable.
So you're basing it on one laptop? Many are, some arn't.

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Well my dell notebook was customized and low price, pick one of those up for best bets, but I do believe my handbook says it IS changeable.
It might be changeable, but is your PSU up to the job? Most laptops with different video card options require more power. For example, my laptop with a dedicated card draws up to 85 watt. If I opt'd out, and stuck with intergrated, it would only need the 65 watt adapter.
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