Solved Graphics Card for laptop

December 29, 2012 at 06:58:00
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Intel i3 350M (2.27Ghz) 6GB RAM

Would it be possible to get a better graphics card for my laptop (See spec)? It currently has Intel HD graphics which as far as I know is not an actual graphics card (some software accelerated thing). I have already read around and seen many people say yes and no. I just want to know if it is possible (even if I have to take every part out to install it) and possibly where I could get such a graphics card.

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December 29, 2012 at 10:06:28

There are external graphics solutions on the horizon, but they will use the Thunderbolt interface. And understand that many of these external units will require a separate power source. Not only that, but they do NOT come with a video card, that has to be purchased separately. The MSI GUS II is an example of the upcoming technology. The box itself will sell for about $150, then a graphics card will have to be added, so the cost will end up being at least $200-250, possibly more depending on the card choice. You'd be better off buying or building a decent desktop system.

http://www.pcper.com/news/Graphics-...

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2484...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

http://www.eteknix.com/articles/ext...



#1
December 29, 2012 at 07:32:41

No. Your laptop does not have a graphics card. The graphics are built into the motherboard.

The only expansion slots (2) are for ram.

Laptop Specs - http://uk.computers.toshiba-europe....


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#2
December 29, 2012 at 07:33:21

Many high end laptops have actual graphics cards that can be upgraded, your low end Toshiba does not. There's nothing you can do other than buy a better laptop.

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#3
December 29, 2012 at 07:38:46

Thanks for your very quick responses. I had heard that some toshibas are able to be upgraded but I was wondering if there was any way I could upgrade mine.

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#4
December 29, 2012 at 08:00:07

"I had heard that some toshibas are able to be upgraded"

SOME is the keyword. But it would be the high end gaming models, not the low end budget models.


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#5
December 29, 2012 at 08:17:38

Would it be possible to upgrade it by replacing the motherboard or something?
Also I heard of external graphics cards. Would they be worth it through a USB 2.0 port?

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#6
December 29, 2012 at 10:06:28
✔ Best Answer

There are external graphics solutions on the horizon, but they will use the Thunderbolt interface. And understand that many of these external units will require a separate power source. Not only that, but they do NOT come with a video card, that has to be purchased separately. The MSI GUS II is an example of the upcoming technology. The box itself will sell for about $150, then a graphics card will have to be added, so the cost will end up being at least $200-250, possibly more depending on the card choice. You'd be better off buying or building a decent desktop system.

http://www.pcper.com/news/Graphics-...

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2484...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

http://www.eteknix.com/articles/ext...


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#7
December 29, 2012 at 10:18:27

OK, guess I'll have to live with these graphics then. Thanks for all your answers and quick responses.

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