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Hello everyone is it possible to upgrade from my 750m Sli to say 770m sli? Haven't seen a post saying that it is possible.

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No, the GPU is soldered to the board, if you want a notebook with an upgradable video card then you need to look into the 15 inch and larger Alienwares, Clevos or MSIs.

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No, the GPU is soldered to the board, if you want a notebook with an upgradable video card then you need to look into the 15 inch and larger Alienwares, Clevos or MSIs.

+1 what he said.

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Yep. Not doable.

I'd imagine that you could perhaps run an upgraded graphics card in the Ultrabay, but with SLI running the other card would be downclocked to match. BUT, now I do wonder what would happen... or if you can say swap in faster ultrabay graphics and disable in soldered graphics. Maybe in the future there will be a GTX Ultrabay Graphics Option.

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Yep. Not doable.

I'd imagine that you could perhaps run an upgraded graphics card in the Ultrabay, but with SLI running the other card would be downclocked to match. BUT, now I do wonder what would happen... or if you can say swap in faster ultrabay graphics and disable in soldered graphics. Maybe in the future there will be a GTX Ultrabay Graphics Option.

This is impossible because everything rendered by the Ultrabay GPU still has to go through the internal GPU before it reaches the display. The Ultrabay is not able to output directly to the display. It is only a slave card to the main GPU.

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This is impossible because everything rendered by the Ultrabay GPU still has to go through the internal GPU before it reaches the display. The Ultrabay is not able to output directly to the display. It is only a slave card to the main GPU.

But doesn't it all get fed through the intel card anyway? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that what Kwaz said is still possible (although I'll need to do more research first).

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This is impossible because everything rendered by the Ultrabay GPU still has to go through the internal GPU before it reaches the display. The Ultrabay is not able to output directly to the display. It is only a slave card to the main GPU.

Excellent point! I forgot about that.

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But doesn't it all get fed through the intel card anyway? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that what Kwaz said is still possible (although I'll need to do more research first).

Yes but there is no connection between the Intel iGPU and the Ultrabay GPU. As far as I know it goes like this: Ultrabay GPU > main GPU > Intel iGPU > display.

The point is there is no way to upgrade because only the soldered-on GPU can be primary. If somehow it could be disabled and everything could go through the Ultrabay, then maybe it's possible, but then Lenovo would have to come out with a 770M or 780M Ultrabay to exceed the performance of 750M SLI. We know that's never going to happen and the tiny Ultrabay fan won't even be able cool a GPU like that adequately, as it can hardly handle the heat of the 750M as it is.

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Perhaps it would be possible to use the ultrabay to use an external gpu, and then only use the external gpu. If their connector is only a variation on SATA then perhaps it would be possible.

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X_x pretend I said pcie, anyhow, I looked at mine and it does seem to have nonstandard versions of both sata and pcie in there

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I'm more curious, still, if the 650m cards can have their BIOS flashed to 750m versions or vise versa, to make them compatible in SLI with other models. Has anyone made any attempt at it so far?

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Perhaps it would be possible to use the ultrabay to use an external gpu, and then only use the external gpu. If their connector is only a variation on SATA then perhaps it would be possible.

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Even if you could change it out, I don't know that the laptop would be able to run a better card. With laptop, wattage and heat are big issues and most are made specifically for the parts that they come with.

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Yes but there is no connection between the Intel iGPU and the Ultrabay GPU. As far as I know it goes like this: Ultrabay GPU > main GPU > Intel iGPU > display.

The point is there is no way to upgrade because only the soldered-on GPU can be primary. If somehow it could be disabled and everything could go through the Ultrabay, then maybe it's possible, but then Lenovo would have to come out with a 770M or 780M Ultrabay to exceed the performance of 750M SLI. We know that's never going to happen and the tiny Ultrabay fan won't even be able cool a GPU like that adequately, as it can hardly handle the heat of the 750M as it is.

I might be confusing technologies, but doesn't optimus work in a simiar way to the lucidlogix virtu setup of z68 era where the video data from the secondary card (in this case the nvidia card) gets sent through the PCI-E bus?

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Are there any external graphics card solutions?

Not possible for numerous reasons, plus the Ultrabay uses a proprietary PCIe x8 connection you can't find anywhere else.

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The one inside the motherboard is fix and cannot b changed

If you really want to change, buy one and plug it into the ultrybay

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I imagine there isn't that much difference in power consumption and heat production between the 650m and 750m cards? Aren't they essentially the same thing, just one has a higher base clock speed?

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