6920G 9500M GS swapped -> HD4650!!!!

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  1. Microstorm

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    With some help of mxm-upgrade.com we managed to upgrade my current nvidia 9500M GS with the new ATI HD 4650 1gb ddr2.

    As Kris from mxm-upgrade already posted we needed a heatpad to get the right contact between the cards.

    Ice-Tea : " I wasn't too happy with the print the thermal paste left on the heatsink so I substituted with a heatpad. Will probably deliver cards for all Acers with a heatpad from now on."

    I think a full guide will follow on the site www.mxm-upgrade.com

    Its not very hard to swap the cards and there are noone problems when swapped.
    Everything worked like HDMI VGA and stuff.

    I am using the currently beta version driver 10.3. I figured that the powersaving settings are on max battery when plugged into the wall. So that needs a change for a good result.

    RESULTS:

    3dmark05 old: +-5300
    3dmark05 new: 10238 HUGE upgrade
    3dmark06 old: 3309
    3dmark06 new: 4857

    The temp of the GPU is not getting higher then 65-66 degrees. Tested with Furmark running.
    Everything is running great compared with the old card.

    I will highly suggest to buy the card and upgrade your laptop if you are playing heavy games.

    Greetz,

    Microstorm
     
  2. TehSuigi

    TehSuigi Notebook Virtuoso

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    Brilliant news!
    Good to hear that the 6920G's cooling system is a little more capable of handling the increased heat, too - the Radeon HD 4650 can get into the 90s when in a 5920G.
    Thanks for taking the plunge, Microstorm, and double-thanks to Ice-Tea for jamming open the upgrade path again.
     
  3. yalcin19

    yalcin19 Notebook Consultant

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    What about the power usage overall after upgrading the card on battery, any difference?
     
  4. Microstorm

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    Thats a thing I cannot say something about..
    My battery is most likely broken. When I startup my laptop without 220v the battery goes after 5mins from 80% to 5%. In a second like boom! ;) Will buy a new one shortly. Strange thing is: when I startup with power and pull out the adapter its pretty normal.

    Without Ice-Tea I was most likely not going to try out a new card because of the price. Ice-Tea just has a very good service!
     
  5. Aikimox

    Aikimox Weihenstephaner!

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    Very impressive! Enjoy the red team! ;)
    As for the battery life, there shouldn't be a huge difference IMO.
     
  6. Microstorm

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    I guess their wont be any huge differend indeed.

    I figured that ATI has 10% undercut as a basic in their 10.3. Remember to put it down for fullscreen on hdmi output:)
     
  7. gazzacbr

    gazzacbr Notebook Evangelist

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    good stuff. do you mind me asking how much you paid for the card and upgrade?
     
  8. Microstorm

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    The card was €200 incl. shipping as on the site: www.mxm-upgrade.com
    Ice-Tea and me replaced the card at his house since I aint living to far from him and because I was replacing something never done.

    So the costs for the card is 200 euro's including shipping. :)
     
  9. sgogeta4

    sgogeta4 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Holy cow, 200 Euros! :eek: But awesome results less.
     
  10. Aikimox

    Aikimox Weihenstephaner!

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    That's not too bad, the current top notebook cards can easily hit 700$ per card.


    <<< the 4870 is about 450$
     
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