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Can a video card work on both a desktop and a laptop?


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#1 Lucas₇₅₅

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 04:29 PM

I've been looking for a graphics card for my desktop, and I think I think I've found one: the Radeon 4850. However, I may be getting a laptop soon, so I was wondering if it was possible to switch it from the desktop to the laptop. Is it?

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 08:47 PM

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 09:17 PM

Why not? Is it too big, or just incompatible with laptops?

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 09:28 PM

Not only would it not fit, the wattage would kill it.
The 4850 pulls a maximum of 269 watts which is probably more than four times the laptop's PSU.

Edited by RainbowSix, 30 November 2009 - 09:30 PM.

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 09:38 PM

So I'd have to get a new one.

I'm pretty sure I've heard there's a notebook version of the 4850: is that true?

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 10:01 PM

There are ATI 4XXX mobility cards/chipsets for laptops. They bear little resemblance to the desktop versions as far as speed goes.

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 11:02 PM

The best card I've seen for a notebook is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M.

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 11:33 AM

They do make chipsets for laptops, but you must understand how much work goes into upgrading the onboard chipset. It has to be compatible with the motherboard and current chipset, and you have to know where it is inside the laptop itself. I would highly recommend against trying to upgrade your laptops video unless you have a firm understanding of the inner workings of laptops, and computers in general. You risk frying the laptop out completely and then you won't have any video.

...food for thought

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 01:49 PM

Matrox offers a few devices which will work with both desktops and laptops.
http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/dh2go/#close

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 02:51 PM

I guess I'd be better off using the graphics card that comes with my laptop, huh?

Well, the laptop I'm getting comes with a 512MB Mobility Radeon HD 4530 by default, but I can upgrade to a 1GB Mobility Radeon HD 4650 for $100 more. The most graphics-intensive thing I'd probably be doing is playing Call of Duty, or L4D2. How good are those video cards, and which should I get?

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 09:39 PM

The 4650 is definitely worth getting out of those two, though it still is only a midrange card. You might be able to play L4D2 on medium smoothly.

Edited by RainbowSix, 01 December 2009 - 09:39 PM.

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