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Are notebook GPUs upgradable?

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January 22, 2011 5:16:32 AM

hey, i have an asus G60-jx, its a notebook with an i5 430m CPU, Geforce 360m, and the like...

i know i can upgrade my CPU, but can my GPU but upgraded as well?

I am not afraid to mess with hardware, I mainly deal with desktops, and i havent really seen any kind of notebook action.
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January 22, 2011 6:09:40 AM

You "may" be able to upgrade to GTX 260M because G60-vx supports it.But aside from that you don't have more options because only few laptops allow VGA upgrades(such as specific AW/Sager models)
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January 22, 2011 3:48:30 PM

No. Even if your laptop has something like an MXM module that can be swapped out you would also need to upgrade the cooling for a more power hungry card. Generally though for most laptops replacing the GPU means taking the entire thing apart and replacing the motherboard & cooling assembly.
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January 22, 2011 6:01:29 PM

Based on what I have read, GPU's for laptops are already soldered with the motherboard which makes it possible to update it but not upgrade it or change it to a different one.
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January 22, 2011 7:32:28 PM

^That's for most laptops,like I said,few gaming laptops from Sager/AW allow VGA upgrades(still don't have variety of options though)

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January 23, 2011 1:29:10 AM

From what I believe, most Asus laptops use MXM III Type B (As seen from the G73's 5870M). The GTS 360M used to be interchangeable with the GTX 260M, as most Asus (such as G73 series) models look identical except for the graphics card. The laptop should support it via motherboard. The only problem I would see is the cooling solution, which may not be enough. If the cooling solution is the same, then the motherboard will recognize it and it will run fine.

Oh, and the GTX 260M and GTS 360M both are only available for MXM III Type B. DO NOT attempt to upgrade to 5870M/460M, as your motherboard will probably not support it.
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January 23, 2011 1:32:29 AM

That vast majority are not while a few are and those that are usually do not come cheap. It is the weak link for many laptops. For gaming on a laptop chose your games and settings accordingly and if you are getting into more demanding games then it is time that you build your self a decent rig.
January 23, 2011 2:18:49 AM

Aight, thanks guys, really appreciate it, keep up the good work.
January 23, 2011 2:19:09 AM

Best answer selected by boujhi.
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January 23, 2011 6:43:26 AM

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