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Noob Question: Integrated and External GPU

  1. #1

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    Windows 8.1

    Noob Question: Integrated and External GPU

    So I bought my laptop at around Christmas time, and being the tech "genius" that I am, I thought it would be good for gaming because of the amount of RAM and Hard Drive space it had. I had no idea what a GPU was. My question is: Is it possible to disable/remove an Integrated GPU from my Laptop and replace it with a external GPU so that I can properly play games on here without fps lagging?

    Laptop specs:
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4510U CPU @ 2.00 GHz 2.00 GHz
    RAM: 8.00 GB
    System Type: 64-Bit operating system. x64-based processor

    HP Envy 15 x360

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  2. #2

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    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    Welcome to the forum!

    No. Dedicated GPUs in laptops are mostly soldered to the motherboard these days. If your model didn't come with a dedicated GPU besides the Intel graphics then you are out of luck.

    That said, the Intel graphics on that CPU should handle most games although not at highest settings.

    EDIT: Lot of good information on your graphics here: Intel HD Graphics 4400 - Tech
    Last edited by popeye; 28 Jan 2015 at 17:44.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 123
    Windows 8.1

    The simple answer is no. The HD 4xxx GPU is integrated on the CPU chip itself thus is always there. Some Laptops have an additional Nvidia or AMD GPU but that has to be designed into the Laptop in the first place.
    Laptops are designed to be small and portable thus hardware changes are almost impossible apart from maybe the HDD or optical drive if there is one.

    No good thinking about this later. The HD 4xxx graphics are quite competent, you will have to lower the fancy graphics effects a bit to maintain reasonable frame rates that's all.

    A standard sized Desktop was designed to have additional Graphics Cards and so on, almost every bit in the case can be replaced indeed replacing the Motherboard and you have a new PC.
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