HP ZBook 15 G4 MXM Upgrade Options And Experiences

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  1. John66

    John66 Newbie

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    Hello fellow forum members,

    I have HP ZBook 15 G4 with NVIDIA Quadro M2200 (4GB, 55W TDP) and I'm looking at upgrade options for the GPU as it's clearly the biggest bottleneck of this latop.

    The current generation of Zbook 15 G6 is shipped with the following GPUs:

    NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 (6 GB GDDR6 dedicated) - 80W TDP
    NVIDIA Quadro T2000 (4 GB GDDR5 dedicated) - 60W TDP
    and also NVIDIA Quadro T1000 (4 GB GDDR5 dedicated) - 50W TDP

    To put it into perspective if the NVIDIA Quadro M2200 (4GB) is 100% of the performance upgrade to RTX 3000 means 446% of the performance (more than 4x the current performance) upgrade to T2000 is 234% performance (2x the performance) and T1000 is 189% (almost 2x the performance)

    Did anyone of you tried the upgrade? Any experience is greatly appreciated.

    A tried to lookup ebay and I did not even see the new GPUS on offer as spare parts (RTX 3000 / T2000/ T1000)...

    Edit: Added TDP for T1000
     
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2019
  2. win32asmguy

    win32asmguy Moderator Moderator

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    You may be able to use a Quadro T1000 MXM from a Zbook 17 G6 - IIRC they were still MXM 3.0a. Sadly though since this is a new model getting a spare part will be expensive and back ordered. The part number is L70629-001 if you want to try and look around for it.
     
  3. John66

    John66 Newbie

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    Thank you for quick followup. I found out that the T1000 actually has 50W TDP (I will update the OP). So for the later T2000 and others it's about the MXM version?

    I checked the ebay again and the RTX 3000 is now available on ebay for hefty price tag of US$799 (part number: DAXW3UB7C0A) but I'm afraid the TDP (and the MXM ?) is too far apart from the current laptop...
     
  4. silverchairbg

    silverchairbg Notebook Geek

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    @John66 I am afraid @win32asmguy is not correct here .. the 17 inch Zbooks are all MXM Type B cards. There will be no spare parts from 15 inch models because the 15 inch Zbooks are with soldered GPUs since G5. 15 inch Dells where most of the spare GPUs came from before are using their proprietary MXM standard which is incompatible with MXM Type A. So 15 Zbooks are no longer upgradable unfortunately, if you wish upgradability, buy 17 inch one.
     
  5. John66

    John66 Newbie

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    Unfortunately you are correct. The zbook 15 G5 repair manual does not even mention MXM repair/replacement so it indeed is part of the motherboard.

    So anyone who would like to consider MXM upgrade gotta stick with 17 inch version as the MXM cards are still repairable/replaceable.

    For reference: zbook 15 G5 "Maintenance and Service Guide": https://support.hp.com/us-en/product/hp-zbook-15-g5-mobile-workstation/18865644/manuals

    And zbook 17 G5 "Maintenance and Service Guide": https://support.hp.com/us-en/product/hp-zbook-17-g5-mobile-workstation/18865648/manuals
    (page 76 explicitly mentions "Before removing the discrete MXM daughter card, follow these steps: ..."

    Anyway - thank you very much for pointing the different MXM Types out :).
     
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