Notebook Graphics Hardware Guide
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Topic: Notebook Graphics Hardware Guide
Posted: 06 Jun 2008 at 3:25pm
Notebook Video Card Hardware Guide
Gaming notebooks need a discrete video card to play any of the current video 3D video games on the market. Information and products in this category are lacking, so this guide was designed and developed to go over exactly what products are out there and their capabilities. Most notebook barebone systems either use integrated graphics built into the chipset or use a discrete module (MXM) that is directly connected to the notebook motherboard. It is rare and only a few notebook barebone systems accept interchangeable discrete video cards. However, the different brands of notebook manufacturers create their own different modules for interchangeability. It is impossible to swap a GPU module from one brand of barebone to another.
Terms and Technologies
Integrated graphic solutions are small low-powered GPUs placed inside or along with the chipset on a motherboard. Usually uses the systems memory for graphic storage and total system performance can decrease with high graphical demands. Capable of only handling the basic graphic demands of applications and software.
MXM Graphic Cards
A Mobile PCI Express Module (MXM) is an interconnect standard for GPUs (MXM Graphics Modules) in notebooks using PCI Express created by NVidia and several notebook manufacturers. The goal was to create a non-proprietary, industry standard socket, so one could easily upgrade the graphics processor in a notebook, without having to buy a whole new system or relying on proprietary vendor upgrades. However, notebook manufacturers each produce their own version currently, and upgrading these modules is impossible at the moment. What comes with the notebook is what you are stuck with for the life of the notebook.
Edited by MattSlagle - 22 Jul 2008 at 11:23am
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