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    Default DELL Latitude D820 Graphics Card Upgrade?

    Hello all,

    I own a DELL Latitude D820 with Nvidia Quadro NVS 110 graphics card. I wanted to know is it possible to replace this card with a better one ? And if so, which cards are available as option to replace this one ? I am no laptop expert and not aware of the issues that might arise due to change of card.

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    Default Re: DELL Latitude D820 Graphics Card Upgrade?

    Dell used, at that time, a proprietary modular GPU that is not compatible with any other standard from that time or any developed since. The only "upgrade" you could get would be the NVS 120 which really is not an upgrade at all...just a small boost.

    I assume you are thinking about this for gaming reasons (if not, then I don't really see why you need a newer GPU)? If so, then the only reasonable option is to purchase a newer, more powerful, laptop.
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    Default Re: DELL Latitude D820 Graphics Card Upgrade?

    Thanks for the guidance. I am more into CAD than games as an engineering student. I thought having a bit better card would speed up softwares like SolidWorks

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    Default Re: DELL Latitude D820 Graphics Card Upgrade?

    You might benefit from more VRAM which you might find with the NVS 120, but if you're looking for more real-time rendering effects I can't say an upgrade would be of much help. I'm not entirely familiar with the program (is it even GPU accelerated via OpenGL or DirectX?). Maybe an upgrade to your RAM or CPU upgrade would give you what you need...
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    Default Re: DELL Latitude D820 Graphics Card Upgrade?

    The D820 GPU is soldered onto the motherboard. You could try e-GPU with the Expresscard Slot on the D820. Also the Quadro chips found on the D820 are known to be problematic chips. The NVS 120 is the only upgrade and that requires a new motherboard.
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    Default Re: DELL Latitude D820 Graphics Card Upgrade?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tsunade_Hime View Post
    The D820 GPU is soldered onto the motherboard. You could try e-GPU with the Expresscard Slot on the D820. Also the Quadro chips found on the D820 are known to be problematic chips. The NVS 120 is the only upgrade and that requires a new motherboard.
    I would have sworn that laptop was modular. Others from Dell back then were. Either way, there really aren't any options for the OP as far as the GPU is concerned.
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    Default Re: DELL Latitude D820 Graphics Card Upgrade?

    The 945 chipset E1505/E1705/M1710 had Dell's proprietary modular MXM cards. Inspiron 1520/1720/Vostro 1500/1700/XPS M1730 were the 965 chipset laptops that featured removable cards.

    Ya OP is kinda stuck where he is. I'd try to hock any Napa/Santa Rosa laptop with an Nvidia chip in it, not smart holding onto a ticking timebomb unless it is still under warranty.
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