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Integrated vs. Dedicated Graphics Card


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lezama

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I recently bought a new laptop from ASUS, model U53Jc. I often play games on it. However, it seems that despite having a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 310M video card installed, the system chooses to use the integrated Intel® HD Graphics video card for everything.

I'd like to know how I can make my laptop use said dedicated video card.
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iammykyl

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Hi lezama.

Here is a link for your notebook, > http://laptops-specs...ifications.html

If you look at the graphics specification you will see the full name. This is integrated on the motherboard.

There are no PCIe slots on the Mobo so you are unable to add a discrete card.

The graphics installed are the only graphics available for that notebook.
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Ah, I see. So when I read Intel HD Graphics it's the same thing as the NVIDIA card? But when I look at my Device Manager under Display Adapters, I see the two separate cards. Or is the Intel HD Graphics simply the Intel software that functions alongside the NVIDIA card?

So my motherboard has no slots.. does that mean that in a future scenario I wouldn't be able to upgrade video cards? Is the integrated card removable?

I apologize, I don't know much about this stuff.

Thank you very much for your attention and time.

Edited by lezama, 10 May 2011 - 01:46 PM.

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So my motherboard has no slots.. does that mean that in a future scenario I wouldn't be able to upgrade video cards? Is the integrated card removable?

No slots.
Not upgradeable as the video card is soldered to the Motherboard.
A technician would be able to replace a failed on.

The Nvidia 310M is the card.
The Intel GMA HD part of the Processor.
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