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Upgrade my computer's VRAM for gaming via BIOS or eGPU?

by DKokoro / September 14, 2012 3:43 PM PDT

So, I have a Asus U52F and I'm a gamer. This thing has got a great screen size, and I can't complain about the space. However, the more I think about about it, the more I want to play games on here. It currently has the minimal intel integrated graphics card and no card reader installed.

However, I did a lot of research and I found there are two options. one is an external graphics card, however I have yet to find one that works without a card reader. Would anyone know if there is one that would improve the system.

The other option I found was to increase the VRAM through BIOS, however I have no knowledge on this. What are the pros and cons of doing this and does it actually work?

other options I don;t want to use are to disassemble my PC (I would break it) or buy a better gaming rig (this still has quite a bit of life in it).

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by pgc3 / September 15, 2012 2:40 AM PDT

You could try an external USB input graphics card but whether it would really do what you want is questionable. You could allocate ram to video, as you mentioned but that also has some drawbacks. Your Asus laptop is what it is, a really nice little unit but is really not designed to do major gaming, basic stuff it would probably click along quite well. If you are really serious about gaming, the best way to go is to bite the bullet, save up a few bucks (maybe more than a few) and build one, then you'd have what you want for your purpose. Building systems is really not that difficult, though it can get pricey depending on how radical you get. And of course you'd have bragging rights once you get the unit up and running, not to mention then fun of doing your own stuff.

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Don't do it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 15, 2012 3:22 AM PDT

DO NOT SPEND BUCKS ON THE EXTERNAL. It's USB and slower than any internal card.

If this machine's bios let's you allocate more RAM, do that then head to and use their graphic driver updater.

It might be at this link -> (click on graphics, etc.)

Remember that USB is a slow link so you won't play games on any of today's USB video cards.

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