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Nvidia 310M Replaceable? Dell Vostro 3400


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#1 Mazer

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 10:52 AM

Giving BF3 a serious consideration but I have a 310M card that struggles beyond 1v1 with SC2 on low settings (4v4 mid-game and beyond stutters pretty hard during fights) so it's definitely something that would need to be improved on. Additionally, it heats up quite a bit (90C+) which is worrisome. I'm not sure if the heat issue is GPU related or strictly an issue with the design of the Vostro though.

Please don't tell me I should use a desktop for gaming. I do have a 3 year old tower with roughly the same performance but I have my reasons for wanting the laptop upgraded instead. The laptop has an i5 and 6GB which actually might outdo my desktop (X2, 4GB).

Anyways, I guess I have two things I could use advice with.

1) Is the 310M soldered on to the motherboard or is it replaceable?
2) Do video cards come in a standard size for laptops or is there a particular size I would need to look for?

Ultimately, I do regret not picking up a slightly more powerful laptop last year but I can't change that now.

All help is appreciated as always. Thanks.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 05:01 PM

The graphics is soldered onto the motherboard and it can not be changed.

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 02:03 PM

Ahh, thanks for the info. Rather unfortunate.

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 04:24 PM

ya, these things really can't changed.

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