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can i upgrade laptop gpu?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

i have a

Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH

Can i upgrade the gpu in this laptop down the road?

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Just now, Levent said:

By the looks of it, GPU is soldered on, so no.

Nope. most of the modern Laptop GPU is soldered. and you cant Add eGPU because its not thunderbolt 3


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Yes, but not worth the effort.


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No, upgrading the card on the Y540 is physically impossible. Anyone telling you otherwise is lying

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Nope. The only laptop with an upgradable GPU on the market as far as i know is the AlienWare Area 51m. Thats why picking a laptop with a good GPU is so important. Push comes to shove a majority of times you can probably upgrade the ram or storage but not the GPU. 

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On 9/9/2019 at 10:52 PM, 5x5 said:

No, upgrading the card on the Y540 is physically impossible. Anyone telling you otherwise is lying

Well, it's not impossible, but the process just doesn't worth it, and also, the risk.

 

First, you need someone who know how to crack a BIOS. The BIOS has to be edited to accept the new GPU chip.

Secondly, the GPU chip must have the same connection (means you can likely get a better GPU chip of the same gen/series to work, but not future GPU chips). You also need to understand the circuitry of the motherboard, the power rails and chokes the GPU chips demand.

Third, and the most risky part, desolder the GPU chip and solder the new GPU chip. It's an extreme risky part of the process. Success rate is very limited as well.

 

Once you get that done, you need to deal with one last thing: The heatsink.

 

With that said, it will be better for you just to get a new laptop than to go through all the hassles, or just change the motherboard with a better GPU altogether.

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