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Can i upgrade my gpu in my laptop (Acer Aspire e1-571-6454)

by brads93 / February 12, 2013 7:09 AM PST

Here are the specs

Card name: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
DAC type: Internal
Display Memory: 1760 MB
Dedicated Memory: 128 MB
Shared Memory: 1632 MB

Just wondering if i can upgrade the graphics card. I know graphics cards are hard to install in laptops so i might have to get someone experienced to do it but i was hoping someone could point me in a better direction. I intend to use it for gaming, the first game i want to play is gta4 on the highest graphics settings as well as some mods.

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A quick look says no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 12, 2013 7:12 AM PST

I don't see any card slot or for that matter a card at all. It looks like a single board with everything on it inside.

You may want to explore if you can return this for a gaming laptop.

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by S20000 / November 4, 2013 7:30 PM PST
In reply to: A quick look says no.

The intel Hd gpu is Not a real card that you can replace, its a Part inside the cpu, Check if you can upgrade your cpu to a better cpu with better integrated graphics

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Yeah, no
by Jimmy Greystone / November 4, 2013 10:40 PM PST
In reply to: Maybe

Yeah, no. Laptops generally have very little in the way of upgrade potential, Acer being among the worst of the bunch on that front. Even assuming the OP could replace the CPU, it would have to be from the same generation, so the IGP would be the exact same as any other. It's not like you can just upgrade a second or third gen Core i3/5/7 CPU to a 4th gen just by popping in the new chip. If the BIOS/UEFI doesn't have the microcode needed to bootstrap the CPU, your laptop isn't booting, end of story.

Acer is a company that basically builds a new model unit every 6-8 months, after which it completely abandons the previous model. You're lucky if you can get warranty repair parts on a unit less than a year old, so forget about BIOS/UEFI updates to support newer model CPUs. Even if they did, you'd still run into the problem of how the heatsink and the rest of the laptop thermals are designed around the heat dissipation rates of the CPUs on offer with that model. So if any new CPU you put in generates more heat, it will overwhelm the cooling system on the laptop causing problems. If we were talking about a custom built desktop machine there MIGHT be something to your idea, but in cases like that you'd be better off just popping in an actual video card anyway.

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