i have a toshiba m100 laptop with an ATI x1400 w/128mb of memory. it is also PCI-Express.
my question is can i upgrade this? if so what card should i select and where could i find one that fits into a laptop? i was offered a choice of video cards when i was building the laptop on toshiba's site: an intel GMA, an ATI x1300 w/64mb and the x1400 w/128mb.
those are all integrated chips, they were probably giving you a choice of wat motherboard actually. The only upgradable laptop graphics are MXM nVidia chips on DELL XPS / 9300 and select oem gaming/entertainment laptops
damn. i'd probably have to take the entire thing apart to do this too wouldn't i?
Yep, and even then you might not be able to do much depending on how it was put in and the cooling for the chip.
It's really almost never worth it IMO. If ATi were to come out with a cool and powerful X1700 that fit in my X700 socket, ok I'd give it a try because I like the form factor of my current laptop. However, really it's a rare situation where's it's not better to simply sell it an use the proceeds towards a new one.
Yep, and maybe (nd this would be the most attractive to me if I were in your position) there might be a possible DX10 solution available to you. Even if it's a potent mid range chip (close to that GF7800 in DX9 performance) it would be attractive to me in the future.