Can I change the video card on a laptop?

Alexander Smaznev
Alexander Smaznev
May 23, 2015
Can I change the video card on a laptop?

A laptop is a convenient and useful device with which you can work, play computer games, watch videos or listen to music anywhere in your apartment or even outside.

But a laptop is a technical device. It may become obsolete or fail. For example, your laptop's video card may break or fail to meet the modern requirements. Is it possible to change the video card on a laptop?

To answer this question, you first need to figure out what type of video card is installed on your machine.

Integrated graphics card

On some notebook models, there is no separate video card to save space. The integrated video card (video processing subsystem) is built into the central processor. She has weak technical characteristics, and therefore she most often wants to change. But this is impossible to do. In this case, you will have to change the processor itself.And, most likely, you will come across the problem of incompatibility of the new processor and the motherboard.

Discrete graphics card

Other models are equipped with a discrete (i.e. separate) video card. It is called separate because it has its own graphics processor and RAM.

However, discrete graphics cards for laptops are also different. Some notebook models are equipped with a graphics card in the form of a graphics chip soldered to the motherboard. Such a video chip to change to a more perfect one is very difficult. At home, without special skills and equipment, it is impossible to evaporate the old module and connect a new one. Specialists of the service for the repair of equipment will request a decent amount for this operation. Replacing such a video card will become uneconomical.

But there are video cards connected to the motherboard via the MXM connector. This video card can be replaced by a more productive one on your own. Technically, this is a bit more complicated than replacing similar equipment on a stationary PC. To do this, you need to pre-disassemble the laptop and disconnect some parts, such as the cooling system.