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What's the fastest video card I can use with the 2503 Advanced Port replicator?

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X1300 is obsolete and it is not well supported in newer Catalyst packages. There has to be something faster I can use. 

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Re: What's the fastest video card I can use with the 2503 Advanced Port replicator?

No answers in a week? Apparently there is very low traffic on this support board.
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Re: What's the fastest video card I can use with the 2503 Advanced Port replicator?

Hi axelm!

 

According to the technical information for the 2503 Advanced Dock's PCI Express slot, it's specs are:

 

  • Low-profile full-length or full-height full-length PCI Express card with x1, x4, x8 or x16 slot connectors.
  • 50-watt power consumption limit.

You need to search for cards which match these specs.

 

Hope this helps!

 

 

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Re: What's the fastest video card I can use with the 2503 Advanced Port replicator?

Hello Axelm,

 

I would like to confirm that only the ATI Radeon X1300 graphics card was tested and approved for the 2503 Advanced Port Replicator. Lenovo also tried multiple graphic cards following the ATI Radeon X1300. This included: ATI Radeon 2400 Pro, 2400XT, and NVIDIA NVS 290, and others. The technical challenges were too difficult to overcome. Installing a graphic card into the Port Replicator was conflicting with the integrated or discrete graphics processor in the ThinkPad.

 

Typically, installing a graphics card into a ThinkCentre disables the integrated graphics ports. For ThinkPad, this was not the case.

 

Also, ThinkPad power management "hibernate and suspend" features create a  "hot plugging" condiition which is not supported by PCI-e Express.

For more information on accessories, visit: www.lenovo.com/accessoriesguide
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Re: What's the fastest video card I can use with the 2503 Advanced Port replicator?

http://forum.notebookreview.com/lenovo-ibm/445295-guide-getting-radeon-5770-working-advanced-dock.ht...

this is mod done by someone else, i have yet to try it out myself, and this will definitely void any warranty.
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Jin Li

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Re: What's the fastest video card I can use with the 2503 Advanced Port replicator?

Thanks for the link! This passive 5570 seems to be a reasonable choice: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161342&cm_re=radeon_5570-_-14-161-342-_-Pro...
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Re: What's the fastest video card I can use with the 2503 Advanced Port replicator?

check this http://www.retropcmania.com/2011/10/thinkpad-adanced-dock-with-radeon-hd.html That guy put raedeon 5450 and 6570 without extra power supplay ! and play Crysis 2 !
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