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    Default Re: Acer MXM Models and Cards

    Hey de3pkeeper, and welcome to the forums!

    The GT 130M is listed as an MXM-A card - completely incompatible with your 5520G's MXM-II slot. You're limited to most MXM-II cards.
    The 9600M GT is a weird one - it's been white-listed in the 5920G's BIOS so it can't be used, but there's been a successful upgrade by a 6920G user. I'd stay away from it.
    And there is no Acer-made GDDR3 version of the 8600M GT.

    I would personally recommend the Radeon HD 3650 GDDR3, or a 9600M GS GDDR3 (downclocked core from the 9600M GT, but seems to work better).
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    Quote Originally Posted by TehSuigi View Post
    ...but there's been a successful upgrade by a 6920G user.
    Actually since Meaker mentioned the 30-secs-delay, I remembered that there were couple of semi-successful upgrades (6920G -> 9600M GT), but not a flawless one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TehSuigi View Post
    Hey de3pkeeper, and welcome to the forums!

    The GT 130M is listed as an MXM-A card - completely incompatible with your 5520G's MXM-II slot.
    You are right. Guess i was just drooling so much over it that my perception got distorted hah.

    Alright, I'll trust you on that and bury my GT desires. But it still kinda bugs me that 3650 ATI has got 30 watt power consumption. Call me ignorant but I mean like, how do you get something working with less power than it needs?
    Last edited by de3pkeeper; 6th August 2009 at 04:06 PM.

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    That's an error on Notebookcheck's end; 30 watts isn't the power consumption of the card, it's the TDP or thermal design power.
    Quote Originally Posted by The Great Wiki
    TDP represents the maximum amount of power the cooling system in a computer is required to dissipate. For example, a laptop's CPU cooling system may be designed for a 20 watt TDP, which means that it can dissipate up to 20 watts of heat without exceeding the maximum junction temperature for the computer chip...While a processor with a TDP of 100 W will almost certainly use more power at full load than a processor with a 10 W TDP, it may or may not use more power than a processor from a different manufacturer that has a 90 W TDP.
    In other words, you're comparing apples to watermelons on the basis of their ability to fly.
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    ahaha

    Alright so in theory HD 4650 should work? But where the heck do you get to buy one of those?

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    Carefully-guarded industry secret.
    I believe you need to say that this is a replacement part for the 6930G series in order to buy it.
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    This whole thing keeps getting more and more intriguing hah. At least it's not like I need to sneak into ACER's headquarters and steal it

    But now I'm thinking, is this "maybe working" worth the 260 bucks....

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    True - MXM upgrades are tricky business. But people have always been willing to take the plunge and do something stupid.

    And that being said, it's also an expensive venture. You could also spend $266 or $270 on a sure thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TehSuigi View Post
    True - MXM upgrades are tricky business. But people have always been willing to take the plunge and do something stupid.

    And that being said, it's also an expensive venture. You could also spend $266 or $270 on a sure thing.
    And of course you could sell it off to someone else here in the forums if it doesn't work. (God forbid, for you. )

    Although if you do buy a 4650, can you post a picture of it beside a ruler or something? Might open up my laptop one of these days, I'll look if it would really fit in my system.

    On a side note, though, do you guys think the reason for the GT 130M being MXM-A type is because it is used with 14" screens or something that has a 16:9 aspect ratio? It seems I can't see as of yet a notebook that has that and a 16:10 screen ratio. (Now, I don't want to start a debate for the 16:9 vs 16:10, kinda biased towards the latter lol) Also, are there 16:9 notebooks that have the standard MXM type 2.1 (2.1 is the type for the usual MXM-I, II and III sizes, right?) that you've seen?
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    No, the reason the GT 130M is MXM-A is because it's featured in the Aspire 5935G which has an MXM-A port according to its service guide. The newer Acer models coming out now may be the shift to MXM 3.0 we've all been dreading.
    All the 69xxG and 89xxG models are MXM 2.1, with the exception of the 8935G (which is MXM 3.0).
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