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IdeaPad Z710 video upgrade options?

2016-07-28, 17:45 PM

From “lshw” (this is all the "Video" that is in my system apparently):

 

product: 4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:416]

vendor: Intel Corporation [8086]

bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0

version: 06

width: 64 bits

clock: 33MHz

 

As you might imagine, graphical performance is a bit lacking.  I find out that it IS possible for the Z710 to have an "NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 745M 2GB graphics" courtesy of this page: http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/lenovo/z-series/z710/#tab-tech_specs

 

So, it IS possible for my Z710 to get upgraded apparently so my question is how?  I cannot seem to find the card for sale on Lenovo.com and the only things I find on eBay are motherboards that, it would appear, I'd have to try and remove one of these nVidia cards from.

 

Any help would be much appreciated.  I'm loving everything about this laptop BUT it's video performance.

 

Thanks!

 

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Re: IdeaPad Z710 video upgrade options?

2016-07-28, 20:12 PM

Hi rbettle  ,

 

Welcome to the Community Forums.

 

Amongst most laptops currently available GPU are built in from factory to have it fixed on the motherboard therefore not upgradable which includes Z710 .

 

Offered upgradable parts are shown on the hardware manual for reference on users doing upgrades but do not include GPU. FRU list of motherboards also on the same manual.

 

Availability of NVIDIA graphics models varies by supply as product specification show on machine variants (different machine number for each variants).

 

Similar article about the topic here and here

Hope this help answer your query.

 

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Re: IdeaPad Z710 video upgrade options?

2016-07-29, 0:05 AM

However, it would appear that the system board is an FRU so if I bought a system board that had both the Intel and nVidia GPUs that would solve this issue, correct?  Am I reading that technical document you linked me to correctly?  Thanks!

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Re: IdeaPad Z710 video upgrade options?

2016-07-29, 13:07 PM

Hi rbettle , 

 

Greetings. 

 

You have the correct idea on how it can be done.

I also hope that MXM technology would be offered in the future as this would make GPU upgrade simplier. As of the moment still is proprietory and not offered at cheaper price.

 

Take time to review your option as costing can be a factor as more models would be coming up offering better GPU performance.

 

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2016-07-29, 15:08 PM

Yes, I understand that future technology will be better than what I have, but, I already have what I have so if I can upgrade for a nominal amount, now, that is very likely what I will do.

 

Is there somewhere at Lenovo.com that I can buy the motherboard that I am looking for?  I've poked around a bit but have so far not found anything.

 

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2016-07-29, 15:53 PM

Hi rbettle , 

 

As availability of NVIDIA graphics models varies by supply, would be a factor for searching it , but I do hope this helps you:

 

Based on the product specification sheet:

Machine number 59421370 for Z710 that has NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M, 2GB memory.

Checking on parts look up page for  gave FRU/Part number 90004565 for DUMBO2 MB W8S DIS GS 2G systemboard. 

 

Lenovo encompass may not have it in stock at the moment but you can search for other resellers using the Lenovo part number. 

 

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Re: IdeaPad Z710 video upgrade options?

2016-07-29, 16:18 PM

This is what "lshw" has as my current motherboard:

 

product: Durian 7A1
vendor: LENOVO
version: 31900058Std
serial: xxxxxxxxxx
slot: Type2 - Board Chassis Location

 

Is this the same thing as what you mention?  It certainly does not look the same in "lshw" but, then, there are a lot of reasons why that might be.

 

Thanks!

 

 

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Re: IdeaPad Z710 video upgrade options?

2016-07-29, 18:54 PM

Hi rbettle , 

 

As all software analysis tool available , your hardware lister may show what was labelled on the database (reason why they usually have disclaimers at the bottom saying "check with the manufacturer") but as previous reply I have for you are all manufacturer hardware listing (from OEM). 

 

Your current IdeaPadZ710GMBKTXI74700MQ8G1TBR8MUS 

Machine number 59400467 type : 80AK

using OEM part number 90004893 DUMBO2 MB W8S UMA

 

Offered links are from your hardware manual and product specification.

You may call in technical support to verify answers provided as per your initial query GPU on this model is non upgradable therefore change in systemboard would be the next logical step .

 

Offered board (90004565)with the NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M would fit the laptop chassis as it is intended on same model . Variants from each model differ with the components and devices like ram , harddrive , GPU , CPU.

 

Best luck to your endeavors and I do hope the information I searched would help.

 

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