upgrading a laptops gfx

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  1. mibberz

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    after much youtube watching i now know how to upgrade a laptop gfx card, but where do i buy gfx cards for laptops??
     
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    Well, it's kinda useless to ask if you don't give the model of the laptop.
     
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    Ebay, mxm likely, it will cost a premium.
     
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    it is a mxm

    so if my laptop can handle a 970m can i use any mxm card?
     
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    It can use any MXM that the motherboard can handle the power of/chassis can cool, and the firmware has microcode for (either write it yourself or use a GPU that was a factory option), and don't forget you will also need to sign your own drivers.
     
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    Not really, it depends on:
    1. if there's enough space to fit the new card as some newer cards are non using non-standard sizes like the one below which I am using in my laptop
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    2. the type of display and how the motherboard circuitry is designed. Upgrades cannot be possible if the new GPU doesn't support older display panel signals like LVDS or some boards don't support EDP.
    3. Most newer GPUs can't even run on the legacy BIOS and have to run on UEFI and if your laptop doesn't have UEFI then you can't do shit.
    This is why I asked for the laptop make and model so we can determine if it's doable and up to what GPU model it is compatible with.

    If you want more help you can go to forum.notebookreview.com, find the sub-forum of your laptop's manufacturer and ask there.
     

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