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WalkIntoMyFace
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Lenovo H520s Video Card

I recently bought the lenovo H520s for Christmas and didn't realise that the graphics card was integrated (my idiocy is incomprehensible I know!) I am somewhat naive on the subject anyway and was wondering if anybody could give guidance as to whether I can manually upgrade the PC myself / if at all!

Thanks!

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Re: Lenovo H520s Video Card

hi WalkIntoMyFace,

 

Welcome to the Lenovo Community.

 

The Lenovo H520s has a  low profile PCI Express x16 ver 2.0 expansion slot where you can add a discrete graphics adapter. You can opt to use an Nvidia GeForce GT 620 1Gb or a AMD Radeon HD 7570 2Gb.

 

See page 35 of the Hardware Maintenance Manual on how to replace the Graphics Card.

 

Hope this helps.



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Assetrac
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Re: Lenovo H520s Video Card

I have a similar request.  I also brought the H520s and wish to put a graphics card in it.  My reasons are that my monitor has a problem with its VGA socket and I wish to use its DVI input, so the only option is a low profile graphics card - or a new monitor but the card is a cheaper option.

You have answered with;

opt to use an Nvidia GeForce GT 620 1Gb or a AMD Radeon HD 7570 2Gb

 

I looked at a GT620 but the specs say a PSU of 350W is required, the PSU I have in my machine says it is 180W Max!  Now I appreciate that the GT620 specs (350W) maybe taking in to account other power draw in the PC. 

Further info: The PSU I have says Max 12v current 14A (168W), the card I was going to purchase is an EVGA GT620 and the web says; Minimum of a 350 Watt power supply. (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 18 Amps.) Maximum Power Draw 49W

 

So I am somewhat confused - can you please clarify?

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Re: Lenovo H520s Video Card

hi Assetrac,

 

If you have the Lenovo H520s with the 180 Watts PSU, you may need to upgrade to a 350 Watts or higher to accommodate the power usage of the discrete graphics adapter. You can get one here:

 

Solid Gear SDGR-TFX350 350W TFX12V V2.31 Power Supply

 

 or

 

400W for AcBel PC 8046 PC8046 PC7067 PC 7067 Power Supply PSU TFX ATX 400 Watt

 

 

Hope this helps.



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Re: Lenovo H520s Video Card

Hi Neokenchi,

 

can you check or explain why are only these two vga-cards are possible? Another high-level card is not possible? i.e Ithink about to buy and  install the following cards...Possible?

 

- Asus HD 7970

- Nvdia GTX 670

- Nvdia GTX 660 i

 

Best regards

 

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Re: Lenovo H520s Video Card

hi RAC,

 

These are powerful GPU's and can definitely work on the Lenovo H520s but you need to consider the following:

 

1.The H520s only has a PCI-E 2.0 slot and it will not fully utilize the PCI-E 3.0 capability of the GPU

2. The dimensions of the these GPU's are quite big (It might not fit on the chassis since the H520s has a small form factor of 105mm W X 360mm D X 305mm H as listed on this pdf data sheet.

3. The power consumption of these beasts are the following:

 

Asus HD 7970 - requires a minimum of 550 W PSU (source here)

Nvidia GTX 670 - requires a minimum of 500 W PSU (souce here)

Nvidia GTX 660TI - requires a minimum of 500 W PSU (souce here)

 

The PSU form factor of the Lenovo H520s is a TFX (70mm X 85mm cutout, length 175mm standard up to 190mm) - you will need to get a good quality TFX 650W PSU or higher to accommodate the GPU's above.

 

 

Hope this helps.



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Re: Lenovo H520s Video Card

Hi,

 

thank you much for answer. Could you check my really last inquiry about the next  Grafic Apapter? I am not sure if this could be usable: Gigabyte Geforce GTX 660 Ti OC 2 GB GDDR5.

This is a low Profile VGA, but this is not in your recommendation..

 

Best regards

 

 

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Re: Lenovo H520s Video Card

hi RAC,

 

The Gigabyte Geforce GTX 660 TI OC2 GB GDD5 as shown on the site is a standard video card which requires a 450 W or greater PSU for it to run smooth. Haven't seen a low profile version of this one yet.

 

Cheers.



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Re: Lenovo H520s Video Card

neokenchi, will a 240W PSU power the Nvidia GeForce GT 620 1Gb without issues.
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Re: Lenovo H520s Video Card

Dear Neo,

 

thank you much for your support. I will try it...

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