06-29-2016 09:35 PM
I'm looking at buying a Probook 450 G3, a model that only comes with onboard graphics. I see in the manual though that a dedicated graphics card (if I'm reading it correctly) is an option for the laptop. I'm wondering if anyone knows whether this can be added later on (say I'm on a budget and can only afford the model without dedicated graphics, but may be able to upgrade down the road)?
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06-30-2016 06:56 AM
There are no provisions to add a graphics 'card' in your notebook like you can with many desktop PC's.
On most notebooks, the GPU's are part of the system board.
Dedicated GPU's have a graphics memory system separate from the PC's memory system, and can also use some of that system memory if necessary.
So in order to have a dedicated graphics system in your notebook, the entire motherboard would have to be replaced with one listed in the service manual that has the switchable graphics feature.
Doing this would be very costly and labor intensive.
Only the most expensive HP business mobile workstations may still have various graphics cards offered.