Can the discrete graphics cards in the i5 and i7 be upgraded in the future?

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  1. acribb macrumors regular

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    Might be a dumb question, but couldn't the graphics cards be swapped out for higher end cards in the future, say replace the 330m 512mb for a 1gb card in the future?

    Or are these GPUs soldered onto the mobo?
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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    They cannot be upgraded. They are soldered to the motherboard. The VRAM is soldered—mine was epoxied as well.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    No. They aren't even discrete "cards"- more like discrete chips that are soldered to the logic board.
     
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    They are soldered onto the logic board. www.ifixit.com might have a teardown for you to look at.
     
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  6. acribb thread starter macrumors regular

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    I guess the term 'discrete' is a little misleading.....

    'Discrete' sounds like there is the built-in soldered-on-to-the-mobo graphics chip with a side of plug-in pcie 330m graphics card.

    Probably should say dual video chips instead, because that's really what it is.
     
  7. hypermog macrumors regular

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    The interface needed to allow for modular components takes more space than just soldering it directly to the mainboard, which is why truly modular GPUs are so rare in laptops.
     

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