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will this video card work in Erazer X315?

2021-01-10, 1:04 AM

Hi and thanks in advance to anyone who reads this and responds :)

 


My friend has a Lenovo Erazer X315 desktop PC, she took it to a computer repair shop who basically told her the PC is hopeless :P .. but when you take the video card out of it the PC runs fine (pretty sure processor is one of those types with the integrated graphics type thing going on)  .. PC was purchased probably 5 years ago so well past the warranty period.

 


https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/desktops/erazer/x-series/x315/ 

 


(there's a "tech specs" link on the website above) 

 


She'd really like to start using the PC to game again though... I was looking at installing this video card

 


https://www.bestbuy.com/site/gigabyte-nvidia-geforce-gt-1030-2gb-gddr5-pci-express-3-0-graphics-card-black/6409183.p?skuId=6409183

 


(but if that link does not work it's the " GIGABYTE - NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card - Black Model:  GV-N1030D5-2GL " 

 


It needs a 300 watt power supply, the PC comes with a 280 watt power supply ... amazon reviews indicate that's close enough but to be on the safe side I'd like to install the unused Corsair CX 430 watt power supply I have lying around

 


https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Power-Supply-Units/CX-SERIES/p/CP-9020046-NA

 


which I know requires a power supply adapter cable so I got this from amazon

 


https://www.amazon.com/Cotchear-Power-Supply-Adapter-Lenovo/dp/B07FCF6D1Z/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=pc+power+supply+24+to+14+pin+adapter&qid=1610231447&sr=8-5

 


So I guess my first question is - would that setup work?  Would the video card be compatible with the motherboard and would that power supply work in the PC long as the power supply adapter cable does it's job properly?

 


My second question is - how does my new video card install compare to the old (probably defective) video card that was inside the PC?    .. I'm not 100 percent sure (even looking at the video card - will attach a picture - I'm not sure what the model number is on it but the lenovo product listing for the Erazer X315 says it's a "  AMD Radeon R9 M360 2GB " ) ... I really don't have a choice because that's all my friend can afford for a video card ($85 from Best Buy plus tax and all the other video cards in that price range are sold out).     I have a feeling the AMD Radeon R9 was better.

 


Third question... I'd like to sacrifice the CD/DVD writer (just take it out of the PC completely)  and have three sata hard drives installed in the PC, I plan on cloning the Windows install from the original 1 TB hard drive to a 240 GB ssd drive I have lying around (Acronis True Image has served me well for this in the past) ... so it would be the original 1 TB hard drive, the SSD drive (would wipe the contents of the 1 TB hard drive after the clone) , and a 250 GB sata laptop hard drive said friend purchased (no idea why she purchased this :P  but might as well use it since it's sitting around unused).. I'm familiar with hooking hard drives up to a motherboard and getting creative if I have to (I have ssd hard drive enclosures and hopefully with some creativity I can anchor the laptop hard drive in there too)  and familiar with cloning Windows so don't need much help there :) .. however I'm wondering if anyone has done that before?  Had three hard drives going at the same time in their Lenovo Erazer x315 PC ?  (I'm hoping the friend will keep Windows, various programs and say at most one graphically demanding game on the ssd drive, less graphically demanding games and documents on the other hard drives).   Thus the power supply upgrade since I'm adding more hardware.

 


I find myself wishing swapping out the power supply would magically cause the original graphics card to work but I'm not holding out much hope for that :P ... I'm sure the PC repair shop would have tried that already.    

 


Again thanks so much to anyone who reads this and responds :) 

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Re:will this video card work in Erazer X315?

2021-01-10, 1:10 AM

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first picture is of the inside of the computer case (friend of my friend has been doing some work on it trying to get the darn video card to work :P  thus the odd appearance) , other pics are of the defective video card that was originally inside said PC

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2021-01-10, 1:13 AM

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Re:will this video card work in Erazer X315?

2021-01-10, 5:57 AM

The video card shown in your photos is a MSI R9 255, which is Lenovo Part Number 11202506 (or 0011202506 as shown on card).    The R9 255 is slightly faster than the GT 1030, but pretty close in performance to Nvidia's GTX 1050 Ti.

 

The GT 1030 is not quite as fast as the R9 255, but it is not that much slower than the R9 255 according to this comparison

 

The onboard APU is probably going to be either the AMD  HD 8570D or R7 depending on the CPU installed on that

 

Regarding power supplies, the GT1030 only draws 30W of power, so Nvidia's 300W PSU requirement extremely conservative.    The GTX 1050Ti and GTX 1650 both draw 75W and have the same 300W PSU recommendation from Nvidia.    I can personally attest that both the GTX 1050 and GTX 1650 will run just fine on a system with a SSD boot drive, two SATA HDDs, and a SATA DVD and a 280W PSU, so I would not bother with upgrading the PSU.   

 

FYI  You can upgrade the PSU with a 24-10 pin adapter, but that comes with a load of other issues, such as the PSU not shutting off when the system goes into sleep mode etc. 

 

That system has four red SATA III connectors (SATA 6.0Gb/s) and one black eSATA (external SATA ) port, so you should be able to have 3 SATA drive plus the SATA DVD installed at the same time.   

 

Your picture also shows that the system has an empty 3.5 inch drive bay slot and an an unused HDD caddy, so you might just get a 3.5 to 2 x 2.5 HDD adapter like this one and mount all three drives in the HDD Bay itself. 

 

SIIG 3.5-Inch to Dual 2.5-Inch Drive Bay Adapter (SC-SA0H12-S1)

https://www.amazon.com/SIIG-3-5-Inch-2-5-Inch-Adapter-SC-SA0H12-S1/dp/B003JHWKS6

 

 

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Re:will this video card work in Erazer X315?

2021-01-10, 14:01 PM

If you get a GTX 1050 or 1650 (which would be commensurate with the original card, as games have gotten more demanding since this system was introduced), be sure to get one that does not require 6-pin PCIe supplemental power, as the 280w supply will not have that cable.  And if the 1650, get DDR6 for the 5% bump at no cost.  I recommend leaving the "250 GB sata laptop hard drive" out, while the factory power supply has enough power for a 75w card, there is little to be gained by needlessly stressing it. 

 

Newer games are also more demanding on system memory, 12GB is the official recommendation for some. 

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Re:will this video card work in Erazer X315?

2021-01-10, 21:28 PM

JD and Bigal thank you both so much this is a wealth of super, super useful info I really really appreciate it !  Man I did not know that there was a problem with the Lenovo not entering sleep mode properly due to that adapter ... this is good to know... having said that.. let's say I can resurrect the video card that was originally came with the PC by switching out the power supply.... do you guys think it would be worth it given the difficulties with the PC not being able to enter sleep mode properly as far as the power supply?   Also is there a link or other thread (or if you don't mind maybe just tell me :)  ) what the other issues are as far as installing a new power supply?   Don't get me wrong I totally believe you :) .... but if it turns out swapping out the power supply brings the old video card back to life this forces me into making a difficult decision - upgrade the power supply or not? ... and it would be good to know what the drawbacks are of a new non lenovo power supply in there.

 

But guys thanks so much this is super, super helpful info I really appreciate it :) 

 

 

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Re:will this video card work in Erazer X315?

2021-01-10, 21:54 PM

I would not place much hope that the video card is going to work on a different PSU if the computer still boots up and works with the onboard APU, but I suppose you could install it in another PC to find out if it powers up, but I would bet the computer techs in the shop already did that too. 

 

I should also mention that if you do get a 3rd party PSU that requires a 24 to 10 pin adapter, you need to get one that has its own power switch, or put the computer on a power strip with a switch, because in addition the PSU remaining on during sleep, it also will not power off during a normal Start >> Shutdown either. 

 

Lenovo Erazer X315 FSP450-50ETN 450W Power Supply PSU

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-Erazer-X315-FSP450-50ETN-450W-36200619-9PA4504002-Power-Supply-PSU-/124410951278

 

 

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2021-01-10, 22:49 PM

Oh my gosh !  So the power supply stays on permanently, all the time if it's 3rd party?   Wow !   I suppose I shouldn't complain about lenovo on their own forums but man, I really wish they'd just use a normal power supply that could be swapped out more easily :P ... it's definitely looking like the last thing I should do is swap out the power supply - you just saved me a world of headaches and misfortune thank you JDGillis :)  ... 

 

I guess I'll just check the BIOS settings and make sure it's not something as simple as that when I get the friend's PC into my possession (though the friend has a friend who I think knows how to do that sort of thing so I'm guessing it's not that)... looks like I'm going to have to just replace that video card but it's good to know that video cards more demanding than the 1030 run fine in a system with a SSD boot drive, two SATA HDDs, and a SATA DVD and a 280W PSU ... I really wish I could get a better video card as recommended but the friend's budget is in the $100 range and those other better models that were mentioned (GTX 1050 or 1650 ), I'm just not finding them online for sale from major retailers , only 3rd party sellers at an inflated price - I guess covid has everyone stuck at home so PC parts are in high demand :) ... 

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2021-01-11, 5:58 AM

Got my hands on the problem PC tonight so I can now give first hand observations instead of second hand info my friend is telling me :) ...  I noticed that when you have the video card plugged in, the PC powers on but .. no display whatsoever on the monitor when you connect the dvi cable from the monitor to the video card (my friend has an HDMI monitor and same thing so I'm guessing we can rule out whether it "likes" HDMI or DVI better  :)    ) ... the monitor screen is just black.   But when you take out the video card and plug a VGA cable into the onboard video (onboard video only has a VGA port it looks like) then you get a picture on the monitor (video works).

 

Also I downloaded drivers from lenovo's website, lenovo assures me all necessary drivers are up to date... downloaded both graphics drivers I could find for Win 10 anyways and installed them, still no joy... lenovo's website (basically the product support page for the Erazer X315 where you can click on drivers and it auto-detects the Lenovo PC and does it's thing) also let me run a diagnostic on the PC, the diagnostic claims all the parts (motherboard, memory, hard drive and so forth) are working fine... except of course for the video card, since you don't get video when you plug it in I can't leave the video card in there for the diagnostic to do it's thing.

 

One interesting thing... there were two beeps when the (defective I'm guessing) video card was in there and I turned the PC on , but when I plugged a keyboard in the two beep complaint the PC was making went away (the lenovo screen you see when the PC starts up complained there was no keyboard attached too)... even with the defective video card plugged in no two beep complaint from the PC as long as a keyboard was plugged in.... which is kind of strange, I always thought the BIOS post beeps or whatever you call them :)  were related to a hardware failure of some sort.

 

(Yep I know the PC ships with Win 8, as you can probably guess my friend did the thing Microsoft was hollering at everyone to do and upgraded the PC to Win 10 ) 

 

(when I say "video card" in this latest post I mean the probably defective video card that originally came with the PC).

 

Ordered the video card I mentioned from Best Buy tonight and it will hopefully arrive in the mail this week, will update this thread accordingly when I plug it in and see what happens :)  .. 

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Re:will this video card work in Erazer X315?

2021-01-15, 22:28 PM

Hi guys :) .. just wanted to say thanks so much once again you guys were a huge help :) ... the video card I purchased from Best Buy worked beautifully in the Lenovo PC so my friend is back in business with her Lenovo Erazer X315  :) .. I installed some older games (Tomb Raider 2013 release/edition), Batman Arkham Asylum, Batman Arkham City, all of them worked without any problems.. my friend mostly plays older games anyways so this will work out just fine for her.

 

I find myself amazed by the limitations of the power supply and how Lenovo seems to have deliberately set up their PC's such that you can't easily throw your own aftermarket power supply in there.  As far as I can tell there are three sata power supply cables, two are taken up for the two hard drives (got the SSD drive up and running in there too in addition to the 1 TB hard drive that came with the PC, installed the games onto the SSD drive which will henceforth be the "gaming hard drive :)  ) ..... but in order to stretch the power cable connecting to the DVD/CD burner to the SSD drive, I had to disconnect the power sata cable going to the DVD/CD burner for it to reach... not that big of a deal, DVD/CD's are in my opinion pretty much a thing of the past nowadays and a sata power extension cable costs all of five dollars from amazon (hopefully it works given how finicky lenovo's power supply is) but I plan on removing the CD/DVD burner/reader and installing a third hard drive (the laptop one I mentioned my friend just has lying around) into that spot instead.

 

Again thanks very much everyone :)  (you especially JD  :)  ) 

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