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Questions about Video Cards (or GPUs)


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#1 noxzhu

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 10:33 PM

I have a few questions about video cards/graphics cards/GPUs (I think they're all practically synonymous, correct me if I'm wrong.)

How do you tell which is your video card after taking apart your laptop? (I have a laptop by the name of "ASUS Notebook U80V.)

I hear about PCI and PCIe slots for GPUs, what difference is there? And are there other types? Are video cards specific to one slot?

P.S.: Ultimately, I want to replace my card as I've asked about in this topic: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/340985/do-i-need-a-graphics-card-upgrade/

By the way, I have pictures of my laptop with one of its covers off as well as the only part that I dared to take off (which I suspect may be the GPU). I didn't take off the cover over my keys for fear of damaging my laptop.

My laptop with the back cover off: http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/3921/20100820157.jpg
The part I took off: http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/4764/20100820159.jpg
The slot it was plugged in to: http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/1685/20100820158.jpg

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#2 Platypus

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 10:55 PM

You've removed the hard drive from your system. The graphics is integrated Intel GMA4500, which is modest performance and intended for business/home applications with some multimedia/video. There's no way to upgrade this.

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#3 noxzhu

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 01:03 AM

Thank you for the reply! I'm no longer curious for my previous questions, so others may consider this resolved; for me at least.




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