Acer MXM Models and Cards

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  1. TehSuigi

    TehSuigi Part-time Acer Moderator

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    So, you've probably heard it told to you time and time and time again, that there is no way to upgrade a dedicated GPU on a notebook.
    But as an Acer owner, you may very well be among the lucky few who CAN upgrade their GPU, since Acer used the MXM standard on its notebooks for quite a few models - unfortunately, it seems that as of mid-2010, they've returned to embedded the discrete GPU into the mainboard, effectively cutting off the MXM standard.
    (For a primer on what MXM is, go have a look at the best resource online for MXM.)

    EDIT: But if your system came with any Intel GMA, it cannot be upgraded. NO EXCEPTIONS.

    This topic will list which notebooks are CONFIRMED to be MXM-capable, as well as what slot they have, and what cards they were originally sold with (consider those safe upgrades). Any successful new-card upgrades will be linked to alongside the model.
    A later post will document all the MXM cards that Acer has issued - although it's possible to use cards from other vendors, it's safest and more likely to be compatible if you stick with an Acer issue.

    EDIT: That being said, MXM-Upgrade.com is willing to provide a money-back guarantee on their cards if it proves to be incompatible with your machine. Hit them up here!

    LAST UPDATE: November 19th, 2014
    Change-log:
    -TravelMate 5730G with HD4650 (added by downloads)
    -Aspire 7520G with 9650M GT confirmed working (added by downloads)
    -Aspire 6935G with HD4670 confirmed (added by downloads)
    -Extensa 5620G with HD4650 confirmed. (added by downloads)
    -Aspire 5920G confirmed to be working with 9600M GT with a BIOS mod. (added by downloads)
    -IT WORKS! .NetRolller 3D's brilliant scheme to fix the x920G/9600M GT compatibility issue had its first successful trial - lizzarddos was the brave soul. Have a gander, and be in awe.

    Note: Due to new data, the validity of prior research has been called into question. Italicized models have not been confirmed with an Acer service guide, nor have they ever been upgraded. Please consider them as possibly wrong until further notice.

    Aspire 4520G - MXM-II, 8400M G, 8400M GS, Upgrade to 8600M GS Upgrade to 8600M GT
    Aspire 4710G - MXM-II, HD 2400XT, Upgrade to 8600M GT
    Aspire 4720G - MXM-II, 8400M G
    Aspire 4920G - MXM-II, HD 2400XT, Upgrade to HD 3650
    Aspire 5520G - MXM-II, 8400M G, 8400M GS, 8600M GS, 9300M G, Upgrade to 8600M GT, Upgrade to 9650M GT
    Aspire 5530G - MXM-II, HD 3470, HD 3650, Upgrade to 9600M GT
    Aspire 5710G - MXM-II, Upgrade to HD 3650
    Aspire 5720G - MXM-II, 8400M GS, 5720ZG Upgrade to HD 2600, Upgrade to 9500M GS, Upgrade to HD 3650, Upgrade to 9650M GT, Upgrade to 9600M GT
    Aspire 5920G - MXM-II, 8600M GS, 8600M GT, 9500M GS, HD 3470 Upgrade to HD 3650, Upgrade to HD 4650 (Second), Downgrade to X1700, Upgrade to HD 4670, Upgrade to 9650M GT, Upgrade to 9600M GT
    Aspire 5930G - MXM-II, 9300M GS, 9600M GT
    Aspire 6530G - MXM-II, HD 3470, HD 3650, HD 4570, HD 4650, Failed Upgrade to 9600M GT
    Aspire 6920G - MXM-II, 9500M GS, HD 3650, Upgrades to 9600M GT: Partial Success, Full Success with modded BIOS, Upgrade to 9600M GS, Upgrade to HD 4650, Upgrade to HD 4670
    Aspire 6930G - MXM-II, 9300M GS, 9600M GS, 9600M GT, HD 4650, Upgrade to 8600M GT
    Aspire 6935G - MXM-II, 9600M GT, Upgrade to HD 4650, HD4670
    Aspire 7520G - MXM-II, 8400M G, 8600M GS, Upgrade to 8600M GT, Upgrade to HD 3650, Upgrade to HD 2400 XT, Upgrade to HD 3470, Upgrade to 9650M GT, Failed Upgrade to HD 2600
    Aspire 7720G - MXM-II, 8400M GS, 9300M G, 9300M GS, 9500M GS, Upgrade to 9600M GT, Upgrade to 9650M GT, Upgrade to HD 3470 (7720ZG)
    Aspire 7730G - MXM-II, 9300M GS, 9600M GT
    Aspire 8530G - MXM-II, HD 3470, HD 3650
    Aspire 8730G - MXM-II, 9300M GS, 9600M GT
    Aspire 9920G - MXM-II, 8600M GT
    Extensa 4630G - MXM-I(II?), 9300M GS
    Extensa 5420G - MXM-II, HD 2400XT
    Extensa 5610G - MXM-II, X2500, HD 2300
    Extensa 5620G - MXM-II, X2500, HD 2400XT, HD4650
    Extensa 5630G - MXM-II, HD 3470, 9300M GS
    Extensa 7620G - MXM-II, HD 2400XT
    TravelMate 4730G - MXM-II, 9300M GS
    TravelMate 5520G - MXM-II, X2500, HD 2400XT, HD 2600
    TravelMate 5530G - MXM-II, HD 3470, Upgrade to HD 3650
    TravelMate 5710G - MXM-II, X2500, HD 2300
    TravelMate 5720G - MXM-II, HD 2400XT, X2500, HD 2600 Failed Upgrade to 8400M GS
    TravelMate 5730G - MXM-II, HD 3470, 9300M GS, HD4650
    TravelMate 6593G - MXM-II, HD 3470
    TravelMate 7520G - MXM-II, HD 2400XT, HD 2600
    TravelMate 7530G - MXM-II, HD 3470
    TravelMate 7720G - MXM-II, 8400M GS, HD 2400XT, X2500, HD 2600, Upgrade to 8600M GT, Failed Upgrade to HD 4650
    TravelMate 7730G - MXM-II, 9300M GS, HD 3470, 9600M GT

    Aspire 8920G - MXM-III, 9500M GS, HD 3650, 9650M GS, Upgrade to 9600M GT (Partial Success), Upgrade to 9600M GS
    Aspire 8930G - MXM-III, 9600M GS, 9600M GT, 9700M GT, Upgrade to 9650M GT

    Aspire 5739G - MXM-A, HD 4570, GT 130M, GT 240M, Upgrade to HD 4650, Upgrade to HD 4670
    Aspire 5935G - MXM-A, HD 4570, GT 130M, Upgrade to HD 4670, Upgrade to GT 240M, Upgrade to GTS 250M
    Aspire 5940G - MXM-A, HD 4570, GT 130M
    Aspire 7735G - MXM-A (verified with photo), HD 4570, Upgrade to GT 130M
    Aspire 7738G - MXM-A, GT 130M, GT 240M, Upgrade to HD 4670
    Aspire 8735G* - MXM-A, GT 240M
    Aspire 8935G* - MXM-A, HD 4650, HD 4670, GT 130M, Upgrade to GTS 250M
    Aspire 8940G* - MXM-A, GT 240M, GTS 250M

    *Although there appears to be room in the chassis and motherboard for an MXM-B board, the heatsink design is not able to cover the MXM-B's memory chip placement.

    Aspire <strike>4935G</strike> - Checked service guide, GPU is embedded in motherboard.
    Aspire <strike>4937G</strike> - Posted here, GPU is embedded in motherboard.
    Aspire <strike>5536G</strike> - Checked service guide, GPU is embedded in motherboard.
    Aspire <strike>5738G</strike> - Checked service guide, GPU is embedded in motherboard.
    Aspire <strike>5741G</strike> - Checked service guide, GPU is embedded in motherboard.
    Aspire <strike>5745G</strike> - Checked service guide, GPU is embedded in motherboard.
    Aspire <strike>5942G</strike> - Checked service guide, GPU is embedded in motherboard.
    Aspire <strike>5943G</strike> - Checked service guide, GPU is embedded in motherboard.
    Aspire <strike>8942G</strike> - See here, confirmed by service guide.
    Aspire <strike>8943G</strike> - Checked service guide, GPU is embedded in motherboard.

    DISCLAIMER: I am not responsible for any damages to your notebook's functionality by using the information provided here. Proceed at your own risk.
     
  2. TehSuigi

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    ACER-RELEASED MXM CARDS

    I've put the code-names of each card in brackets so you can decipher Acer's cryptic part descriptions on places like AcerParts.com to get the card you want.
    EDIT March 2010: Added some part numbers in square brackets for certain cards to prevent ordering the wrong one.

    For a brief overview, here are the different types of cards (courtesy of MXM-Upgrade.com):
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    From left to right: MXM-I, MXM-II, MXM-III, MXM-HE, and MXM-IV (with extra power tab cut off). Smaller cards can fit into larger slots, but not vice-versa.
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    These are the new MXM 3.0 standards: MXM-A on the left, and MXM-B on the right. These are completely incompatible with the above cards and slots.

    Part numbers are in square brackets. Part numbers with a Y as the last digit of the second set of numbers are sourced from Yuan, those with an H are sourced from Foxconn, while those with a 6 are sourced from MSI. Not sure if that impacts compatibility, though.

    MXM-I
    GeForce 8400M G 128MB DDR2 (NB8M-SE)
    GeForce 8400M GS 256MB DDR2 (NB8M-GS)
    GeForce 9300M G 256MB DDR2 (NB9M-GE1)
    GeForce 9300M GS 256MB DDR2 (NB9M-GS) [VG.9MG06.001] [VG.9MG06.002] [VG.9MG0Y.001]
    GeForce 9300M GS 512MB DDR2 (NB9M-GS) [VG.9MG06.003] [VG.9MG0Y.002]

    MXM-II
    GeForce 8600M GS 256MB DDR2 (NB8P-SE)
    GeForce 8600M GS 512MB DDR2 (NB8P-SE)
    GeForce 8600M GT 256MB DDR2 (NB8P-GS)
    GeForce 8600M GT 512MB DDR2 (NB8P-GS)
    GeForce 9500M GS 512MB DDR2 (NB9P-GE1/8PGSH)
    GeForce 9600M GS 256MB GDDR3 (NB9P-GE2) [VG.9PG06.007]
    GeForce 9600M GS 512MB DDR2 (NB9P-GE2) [VG.9PG06.003] [VG.9PG0Y.004]
    GeForce 9600M GT 512MB GDDR3 (NB9P-GS) [VG.9PG06.002] [VG.9PG06.006] [VG.9PG06.008] [VG.9PG0Y.005] [VG.9PG0Y.006]
    GeForce 9600M GT 1GB DDR2 (NB9P-GS) [VG.9PG06.009] [VG.9PG0Y.007]
    Radeon X2500 256MB DDR2 (M66)
    Radeon HD 2300 128MB DDR2 (M71)
    Radeon HD 2300 256MB DDR2 (M71)
    Radeon HD 2400XT 128MB DDR2 (M74)
    Radeon HD 2600 512MB DDR2 (M76)
    Radeon HD 3470 256MB DDR2 (M82-XT)
    Radeon HD 3470 512MB DDR2 (M82-XT)
    Radeon HD 3650 256MB GDDR3 (M86)
    Radeon HD 3650 512MB DDR2 (M86)
    Radeon HD 3650 1GB DDR2 (M86)
    Radeon HD 4570 512MB DDR2 (M92-XT)
    Radeon HD 4650 1GB DDR2 (M96) [VG.M9606.005] [VG.M9606.006]

    MXM-III
    GeForce 9650M GS 512MB GDDR3 (8ESEH)
    GeForce 9700M GT 512MB GDDR3 (NB9P-GE/9EGEH))

    MXM-A
    GeForce GT 130M 1GB DDR2 (N10P-GE1)
    GeForce GT 240M 1GB DDR3 (N10P-GS)
    GeForce GTS 250M 1GB DDR3 (N10E-GE)
    Radeon HD 4530 512MB DDR2 (M92)
    Radeon HD 4570 512MB DDR2 (M92-XT)
    Radeon HD 4650 1GB DDR2 (M96) [VG.M9606.003] [VG.M960H.001]
    Radeon HD 4670 1GB GDDR3 (M96-XT) [VG.M9606.004]

    Unknown
    GeForce G 105M 512MB DDR2? MXM-A/MXM-II? (N10M-GE1)


    OTHER MXM CARDS
    These have shown to be compatible with Acer machines. Consider them riskier, but still doable, with MXM-Upgrade.com a step up in compatibility.

    MXM-Upgrade.com Cards
    Radeon HD 4570 512MB DDR2 MXM-II
    Radeon HD 4670 1GB DDR2 MXM-II (replaces their previous HD 4650 offering)
    GeForce GTS 250M 1GB DDR3 MXM-A

    GeForce 9650M GT 1GB DDR2 MXM-II from ASUS (as shown in above post, this seems to be accepted easily by Acer machines)
    Radeon HD 4670 512MB GDDR3 MXM-II from MSI (Failed 6930G Upgrade) (Successful 5920G Upgrade)
    Radeon HD 5650 1GB GDDR3 MXM-A from somewhere (see here and here)

    For more crazy ideas, check out kisetsu17's post here or niffcreature's here, but note that these are well out of the realm of tried-and-tested.

    DISCLAIMER: I am not responsible for any damages to your notebook's functionality by using the information provided here. Proceed at your own risk.
     
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    A lot of work went into this TehSuigi.

    +1 for your Acer dedication and help here.
     
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    Good job Tehsuigi!!
    This is a marvelous information.
     
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    Excellent Job TehSuigi and very helpful and informative
    Thanks mate
    +1 rep from me too
     
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    useful Info there ! Nice!
     
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    Very nice job man, much appreciated.
     
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    Interesting find - it turns out that the same store that has the Radeon HD 4650 MXM-II available also has a GeForce GT 130M 1GB DDR2 card - just not sure if it's MXM-II or MXM-A.
     
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    My 5520g came with a 9300m G 256mb.
     
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    TehSuigi Part-time Acer Moderator

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    Thanks! That actually makes sense, since the 9300M G is just a minor core revision of the 8400M GS.
     
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