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Need a minimum 2GB dedicated video card - Any Thinkpad models have this or external card an option?

I see a lot of T400-T500 users asking how to upgrade graphics card and being told that the card is integrated to the motherboard and cannot be replaced. Most answers stop there leading one to believe either you can’t use whatever software requires more GB or you must get a new computer all together. I did see a brief mention of external graphics cards, something about a graphics card having to do with a docking station, and something about a virtual graphics card.

Are any of these an option for someone who has a ThinkPad 400-500? If so, could we get some more specific detail on what can be used please?

If none of these are an option – are there any ThinkPads that have at least 2GB dedicated video cards?

Thank you in advance for any help.



My specs: (including a question about my video card – 1 place shows 2GB, another shows only 1696MB with system video memory being 0. Is this right?)

Computer Manufacturer               LENOVO

Computer Model              2522AA6

Operating System (O/S)                 Microsoft Windows 10, 64-bit

Operating System Build (O/S)     14393

Operating System (version)         10.0.14393

O/S Language    0409

System RAM       4.0 GB

.NET Framework Version              4.6.2


Manufacturer    Intel

Model   Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 540 @ 2.53GHz

CPU Speed          2.5 GHz


Graphics Product [1]       Intel®HDGraphics

Graphics Driver Version       

3D Acceleration Yes

Hardware Transform & Lighting Support                Yes

Video Memory  2.0 GB←

Vertex Shader Support 4.0

Pixel Shader Support       4.0

Microsoft DirectX* Version          11.0

Current Graphics Resolution       1280x768

Current Color Depth       32 Bits Per Pixel

Chip Type: Intel® HD Graphics (Corei5)

DAC Type: Internal

Adapter String: Intel® HD Graphics

Bios Information: Intel Video BIOS

Total Available Graphics Memory: 1696 MB ←

Dedicated Video Memory: 64 MB

System Video Memory: 0MB←

Shared System Memory: 1632MB

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Re: Need a minimum 2GB dedicated video card - Any Thinkpad models have this or external card an opti

If you want a T series Thinkpad, you are probably better off going with a dedicated video card in something like the T470p which comes with the NVIDIA® GeForce® 940MX 2 GB with 2GB of dedicated DDR5 memory.  


Another Thinkpad to consider is the P series, as most come with Nvida Quadro M520 with 2GB of DDR5 as well.


See for more details.



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