M6500 modify nvidia 2800/3800m heatsink to fit Radeon HD 5870?

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  1. tgz

    tgz Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hello, looking to migrate from M6300 to M6500, I use Manjaro Linux OS. I want the ATI FirePro M7820 gpu but am unsure about what it means that the Radeon HD 5870 is the same.

    There is a steady stream of m6500's coming through Ebay/craigslist, some quite cheap, but most have an nvidia card. I found the following post which states that some metal was cut on the nvidia heatsink and the ATI fit right in. However, this was on an M6400. But, I read any m6400/m6500 cards can be swapped. Anyone else do the same modifying the m6500 nvidia heatsink for an m7820, any ideas?
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...ers-lounge-part-2.425226/page-62#post-8627083

    I gather the Radeon HD 5870 is the same board as the ati m7820, and seem to be somewhat available. Are the 2 boards actually the same, one can be swapped for the other?
    thanks
     
  2. Mastermind5200

    Mastermind5200 Notebook Virtuoso

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    The M6500 does not use MXM, it is non standard, as such the best card for it is the Quadro 5000M? or similar, I forget exactly what.
    However, the M6600 is fully MXM standard.
     
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