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  Nvidia 310M Replaceable? Dell Vostro 3400 
 
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Paul B Jun 14, 2011, 11:48am EDT Report Abuse
Giving BF3 a serious consideration but I have a 310M card that struggles beyond 1v1 with SC2 on low settings (4v4 mid-game and beyond stutters pretty hard during fights) so it's definitely something that would need to be improved on. Additionally, it heats up quite a bit (90C+) which is worrisome. I'm not sure if the heat issue is GPU related or strictly an issue with the design of the Vostro though.

Please don't tell me I should use a desktop for gaming. I do have a 3 year old tower with roughly the same performance but I have my reasons for wanting the laptop upgraded instead. The laptop has an i5 and 6GB which actually might outdo my desktop (X2, 4GB).

Anyways, I guess I have two things I could use advice with.

1) Is the 310M soldered on to the motherboard or is it replaceable?
2) Do video cards come in a standard size for laptops or is there a particular size I would need to look for?

Ultimately, I do regret not picking up a slightly more powerful laptop last year but I can't change that now.

All help is appreciated as always. Thanks.


MSI K9A2 Mobo
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4 GB DDR2 OCZ Platinum
BFG 9600GT
Seagate 120GB HD
OCZ Stealth X Stream 600 W
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jen mendoza Jun 15, 2011, 08:49am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Nvidia 310M Replaceable? Dell Vostro 3400
i would suggest you upgrade your processor on your desktop to phenom black edition phenom x2 555 and unlock it to x4 would do the job...and your video card...upgrade it to ddr5 or 6000 series ati for you are using an amd flatform.for you to enjoy the BF3 in a decent setting.

Paul B Jun 15, 2011, 02:18pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Nvidia 310M Replaceable? Dell Vostro 3400
Really tempting on the PC upgrade, not gonna lie. Especially since I found out the 310M is soldered on.

MSI K9A2 Mobo
AMD X2 5000+ @2.8 GHz
4 GB DDR2 OCZ Platinum
BFG 9600GT
Seagate 120GB HD
OCZ Stealth X Stream 600 W
Meats_Of_Evil Jun 16, 2011, 01:56am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Nvidia 310M Replaceable? Dell Vostro 3400
Paul while I can't give you a guaranteed answer on the laptop question I can say that it may not be upgradeable. The bad thing about laptops is that the GPU's are made to certain specifications meant for a specific model or range of laptops. Some companies sometimes make their gpu's soldered onto the whole laptop motherboard itself while others make a discrete card.

While you're right that the i5 and the RAM is better for gaming than what you have on your desktop your laptop's GPU is the big culprit here. It really sucks how limited laptops are for gaming.

Lol did a quick search on google and found your thread on Toms Hardware, if you get the answer you're looking for can you also post it here? I'd be interested in knowing if any upgrade is possible.

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Paul B Jun 17, 2011, 08:44am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Nvidia 310M Replaceable? Dell Vostro 3400
Yeah, I guess I was just being optimistic. I think I knew the answer before I posted ;p

Anyways, no one replied on Tom's Hardware but I had a reply at http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic403765.html where it was confirmed that it is soldered.

I'll look more into my PC getting upgraded. One of the reasons I was trying to stay away from that route is that I gave my dad my 19" LCD since his blew up and I was using my laptop mainly. I'd have to get a new monitor or use an old 17" CRT.

MSI K9A2 Mobo
AMD X2 5000+ @2.8 GHz
4 GB DDR2 OCZ Platinum
BFG 9600GT
Seagate 120GB HD
OCZ Stealth X Stream 600 W


 

    
 
 

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