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Asus G50 - 260M Swap Procedure

Discussion in 'ASUS Gaming Notebook Forum' started by forcedinductionz, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. forcedinductionz

    forcedinductionz Notebook Enthusiast

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    Updated Procedure:

    http://blog.san-dex.com/2010/07/asus-g50-nvidia-260m-swap-procedure.html

    I have been reading posts and articles on this forums for a while now. Just though I would share some progress on my ASUS G50 Best Buy model.

    Here is the list of upgrades:

    X9100 Processor
    8 GB of Corsair
    2 x SDD Drives in Raid 0
    260M 1GB Video Card Swap

    I thought people may be interested in the video card swap since it isn't really documented anywhere.

    First off, my friend had a G60 that got partially crushed. So he ended up giving me the laptop. Well as everyone knows ASUS mobile video cards have a different mounting pattern than most other manufacturers. So I was able to remove the 260M from the G60 and swap it across into my G50. Everything works great.

    Here is the procedure I followed to remove the card.

    - Remove back access plate
    - Remove 6 Heatsink bolts for CPU and Northbridge
    - Remove 2 Heatsink bolts for GPU
    - Unplug the fan
    - Now gently pull straight up and the whole cooler assembly will lift up and it can be removed from the laptop case.
    - Remove 2 bolts holding GPU card in place
    - Gently wiggle the card loose and remove it.

    Here is the tricky part:
    - Gently place the new video card into the slot
    - It will not want to seat at first, I used the metal end of a multimeter probe to leverage the card into place. Do be GENTLE when you do this. Take your time and everything will work out.
    - Now I cleaned off all the thermal tape that comes on the cooler stock, lapped the heatsinks and applied a new thermal compound.
    - Now reinstall the cooler and button up the case.
    - Install the driver of your choice
    - Have a beer

    [​IMG]

    http://san-dex.com
    http://san-dex.blogspot.com
     
  2. a3r0x

    a3r0x Notebook Evangelist

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    The 260M GTX is going to fry in that G51 chassis. Did you play any game or run stress test?
     
  3. forcedinductionz

    forcedinductionz Notebook Enthusiast

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    It's in the G50 chasis, but I've been playing CODMW2 for hours no problems yet. The air coming out of the fan duct is cooler than when I had the 9800m installed. I guess I'll find out.
     
  4. Lanaya

    Lanaya Templar Assassin

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    what are your idle/max temps? check with HWmonitor and post results here.
     
  5. forcedinductionz

    forcedinductionz Notebook Enthusiast

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    This was just after playing COD for about 30 minutes
    [​IMG]
     
  6. a3r0x

    a3r0x Notebook Evangelist

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    Idle seems fine, can u post the temps after a session of MW2 using the same program to monitor.
    Do you have a cooler or any mods made?
     
  7. forcedinductionz

    forcedinductionz Notebook Enthusiast

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    I lapped the heatsinks and applied arctic silver. My laptop sits on a rack, instead of on a table, so more air can circulate. I will be cutting the hole out of the bottom of the access panel to improve airflow at some point.

    I'd like to point out the G60 cooler is IDENTICAL to the G50 cooler, and can't find a reason we it should run any hotter in a G50.

    I'm playing some MW2 now and I'll post the HWMonitor temps when I am finished.
     
  8. a3r0x

    a3r0x Notebook Evangelist

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    I'd like to point out the G60 cooler is IDENTICAL to the G50 cooler,G50's fan has different spindle design, and it runs at slightly lower speeds which forces less air and therefore has less cooling capability. I agree as to the heatpipes, yes they are the same.
     
  9. forcedinductionz

    forcedinductionz Notebook Enthusiast

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    Interesting, never took a close look at the fan. I still have the G60 cooler, maybe I will swap that in if heat becomes an issue. Thanks for the heads up.
     
  10. a3r0x

    a3r0x Notebook Evangelist

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    Yeh a swap could be a good idea, I would try that at least.
     
  11. forcedinductionz

    forcedinductionz Notebook Enthusiast

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    Four rounds of MW2 - I'll swap the G60 cooler and do another test.
    [​IMG]
     
  12. thalanix

    thalanix Notebook Deity

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    105 is the slowdown threshold, so its definitely burning up in there. might want to consider a higher speed fan, or finding some way to boost the voltage to the current one.
     
  13. JGZinv

    JGZinv Notebook Consultant

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    Just for clarification, the receiving machine is a Best Buy edition G50Vt-X5 or G51 or other?

    There's a lot that can fit under the G50 label.
     
  14. forcedinductionz

    forcedinductionz Notebook Enthusiast

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    Receiving machine was a G50Vt-X5 Best Buy Model
     
  15. be77solo

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    hmm, my G51 bone stock 260m GPU ran upper 90's, so you aren't that far off. Good luck!
     
  16. Lanaya

    Lanaya Templar Assassin

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    He's pretty far off considering this is with replacement thermal paste.
     
  17. IKAS V

    IKAS V I'm addicted to laptops!

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    Yeah I agree!
    When I got my G60VX from BB first thing I did is swap out the CPU for a T9900,applied IC7D thermal paste on both the CPU and GPU and the highest temps I get for my GPU is 88 C, that's after hours of gaming.
     
  18. DCx

    DCx Banned!

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    What are the clocks on the card? Maybe underclocking it a little will solve his problem.
     
  19. jose70mino

    jose70mino Notebook Enthusiast

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    When you did the swap did windows find the card? I did the swap on a g50vt-x1 and everything seemed ok. It booted up fine but when windows found the driver it was for standard vga adapter and not for nvidia 260m gtx like I assumed it would. When i try and install drivers from nvidia it gives me an error stating that the program cannot find any drivers compatible with my hardware. I used cpuz and it also shows standard vga adapter and it has 1gb memory gddr3 256 bit bus and 65nm. Was there a special driver that you used or just the regular nvidia ones?
     
  20. bboy1

    bboy1 Notebook Evangelist

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    Your CPU temps look way too low when maxing for a T9900. I'm guessing your TJ Max is still set at 90C when they should be set at 105C in the hwmonitor.cfg file? i.e. your CPU temps are reporting 15C lower than they really are. I get about 60C max on the CPU (T9600) and yours is about 45C so my guess seems about right. But then again your ACPI temp is pretty low too so I dunno.
     
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