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Laptop Graphics Upgrade

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July 24, 2011 5:11:48 PM

Hi, I've been wanting to upgrade my GeForce GTX 260m graphics card with something better, but I can't seem to find anything that will be compatible with my laptop.
Specs:
Processor:i5 @ 2.53GHz (4CPUs)~2.5GHZ
RAM: 6GB
DirectX version 11

I'm not sure about the power, my AC Adapter draws 150W
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July 24, 2011 5:33:17 PM

not easy.....
i mean really not easy...
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July 24, 2011 5:47:28 PM

Not easy? btw Its Alienware m15x
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July 24, 2011 7:59:53 PM

One of the reasons its not easy is because laptop graphics cards are hard to buy except from the manufacturer. There's also size and power draw considerations.
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August 2, 2011 12:59:36 AM

So, say I want an nVidia graphics card, I'd have to order directly from the company? And also would they be able to tell me my size and power draw?
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August 2, 2011 1:17:01 AM

There is nothing on the Dell website to indicate that the graphics processor can be replaced....
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August 2, 2011 2:49:38 AM

Video cards for laptops are typically sold only to OEMs like Dell / Alienware / Falcon Northwest, etc and they would install the card in the laptop's MXM slot. If it has a MXM slot. Most laptops have the video chip soldered onto the motherboard. These laptops cannot be upgraded.

If your Alienware m15x does use a MXM format video card (type I, II, III), then it is possible to upgrade. However, finding a place to buy a MXM card is the difficult part.
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