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March 3, 2012 9:35:51 PM

I'm looking to upgrade my Asus notebook's graphic card. I've never done a laptop GPU upgrade, so its all new to me.

First question: does anyone know if the K72JK has a removable, or a soldered, GPU?

Second question: Does anyone know which cards are compatible with the K72J system?

Background info:
Asus K72JK system
Ships with Radeon HD 5145 card
Intel® HM55 Express Chipset

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March 3, 2012 9:52:10 PM

I am guessing it is removable because the 5 series doesnt have to be soldered
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March 3, 2012 9:56:56 PM

On the VAST majority of notebook computers it is NOT possible to upgrade the GPU. Typically, this capability only exists on high-end gaming and workstation class systems.

That being said, you should contact Asus with this question. Not only do you need to ensure fit/form capability, but also heat and power compatibility as well.

Please post whatever they tell you.

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March 3, 2012 10:07:01 PM

bestlink101 said:
I am guessing it is removable because the 5 series doesnt have to be soldered

That's good to know, although I heard somewhere that the 5145 is essentially a renamed 4-something model. Do you know if the 4 series was similar, and didn't need soldering? If they did require solder, the 5145 may be the exception to the 5 series rule.

COLGeek said:
On the VAST majority of notebook computers it is NOT possible to upgrade the GPU. Typically, this capability only exists on high-end gaming and workstation class systems.

That being said, you should contact Asus with this question. Not only do you need to ensure fit/form capability, but also heat and power compatibility as well.

Please post whatever they tell you.

I've seen youtube tutorials for upgrading GPUs on other, similar Asus models, so I kind of assume its possible. But not sure, and of course the manual is worthless. I tried to live chat Asus, but their system is down. I hate being on hold over the phone, so I'm waiting on a response to email instead.
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March 3, 2012 10:28:02 PM

MXan said:
That's good to know, although I heard somewhere that the 5145 is essentially a renamed 4-something model. Do you know if the 4 series was similar, and didn't need soldering? If they did require solder, the 5145 may be the exception to the 5 series rule.


I've seen youtube tutorials for upgrading GPUs on other, similar Asus models, so I kind of assume its possible. But not sure, and of course the manual is worthless. I tried to live chat Asus, but their system is down. I hate being on hold over the phone, so I'm waiting on a response to email instead.

Good luck. It will be interesting to see how they respond.
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March 3, 2012 10:30:50 PM

COLGeek said:
Good luck. It will be interesting to see how they respond.

Agreed. I'm afraid they will say, "You can't do that. Don't ever ask that. And if you tried it would void your warranty. And our secret police would have to kill you. If your doorbell rings, don't think twice about opening it wide." But who knows, maybe they will give me a straight answer.
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March 4, 2012 10:39:45 PM

MXan said:
Agreed. I'm afraid they will say, "You can't do that. Don't ever ask that. And if you tried it would void your warranty. And our secret police would have to kill you. If your doorbell rings, don't think twice about opening it wide." But who knows, maybe they will give me a straight answer.

they just want u to buy another laptop,
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March 4, 2012 10:49:53 PM

MXan said:
That's good to know, although I heard somewhere that the 5145 is essentially a renamed 4-something model. Do you know if the 4 series was similar, and didn't need soldering? If they did require solder, the 5145 may be the exception to the 5 series rule.


I've seen youtube tutorials for upgrading GPUs on other, similar Asus models, so I kind of assume its possible. But not sure, and of course the manual is worthless. I tried to live chat Asus, but their system is down. I hate being on hold ove the phone, so I'm waiting on a response to email instead.


i meant the 5 series for the motherboard, it is a 5 series intel chipset, discrete laptop video cards doesnt have to be soldered unless the motherboard requires it, sandy bridge requires it but the previous generation doesnt...

according to notebook check amd radeon 5145 is a renamed 4570, meaning it is 55nm, i think it could be upgraded, i would open up the laptop and check to see if it is soldered or not
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March 5, 2012 1:06:19 PM

bestlink101 said:
i meant the 5 series for the motherboard, it is a 5 series intel chipset, discrete laptop video cards doesnt have to be soldered unless the motherboard requires it, sandy bridge requires it but the previous generation doesnt...

according to notebook check amd radeon 5145 is a renamed 4570, meaning it is 55nm, i think it could be upgraded, i would open up the laptop and check to see if it is soldered or not

Ah, good to know. Sorry I misinterpreted the series 5 thing.

Opening up the case may tell me if its soldered or not, but what I most need to know (and don't know how to find out) is what cards are compatible with my rig. Fun as dismantling laptops is, I'm fairly busy with school and won't make the time until I know a few cards that might work.
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March 9, 2012 12:55:51 AM

"Dear Valued Customer,

For your question, I'm sorry to tell that graphics card upgrade is not supported by asus at present, so there're no compatibility test reports we can provide.
Hope for your understanding.

Best Regards,
Eleven
ASUS Customer Service"

I'm not sure who Eleven is, but he/she/it obviously isn't a native English speaker. But at least its an honest and straightforward answer.

So, anybody have any suggestions on how I might figure out what cards are compatible with my rig?
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March 9, 2012 12:58:53 AM

Unless you are 100% sure that the current GPU can be swapped, you don't seem to have many options. Pulling the system apart can be risky. I would hate to see you make a "door stop" with this rig.

Good luck!
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June 17, 2012 9:29:29 AM

I have to say that ASUS has some of the best and most of the worst technical support on my last call in to them I got frustrated and gave up. I am working with a K72J and I am about to give up entirely with ASUS (still under warranty and just sick of the RMA crap they put you through anyway) and upgrade this thing on my own. I am wondering if anyone has found a compatible high end graphics adapter that I can add to improve the graphics performance of this off the shelf doorstop.


ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470

Limits refresh (don't give me crap about laptops not using refresh rates. This was supposed to be a 120Hz monitor and graphics card but the government purchasing office knew less about computers than most elderly people. I have been told the screen is upgraded but they didn't have an upgraded video card and they rushed the job...bs.)

It gets warm and the Graphics card crashes and resets when I am playing FPS games to release stress between finals and that doesn't help at all.
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June 19, 2012 5:52:34 PM

joe_60 said:
I have to say that ASUS has some of the best and most of the worst technical support on my last call in to them I got frustrated and gave up. I am working with a K72J and I am about to give up entirely with ASUS (still under warranty and just sick of the RMA crap they put you through anyway) and upgrade this thing on my own. I am wondering if anyone has found a compatible high end graphics adapter that I can add to improve the graphics performance of this off the shelf doorstop.


ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470

Limits refresh (don't give me crap about laptops not using refresh rates. This was supposed to be a 120Hz monitor and graphics card but the government purchasing office knew less about computers than most elderly people. I have been told the screen is upgraded but they didn't have an upgraded video card and they rushed the job...bs.)

It gets warm and the Graphics card crashes and resets when I am playing FPS games to release stress between finals and that doesn't help at all.

Hijacking an older thread will not get you much help. Start a new thread and see if that generates any responses. Good luck!
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