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Can you replace a MX550 video card in a new inspiron 16 2 in 1?


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Just wondering since it's a dedicated graphics processor, it's it on board, or an actual card? 

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If you look at the service manual, you can see that both the CPU and GPU chips are right there on the motherboard, not separate.

https://www.dell.com/support/manuals/en-us/inspiron-16-7630-2-in-1-laptop/inspiron-16-7630-2in1-service-manual/removing-the-system-board?guid=guid-7db6166b-f81c-4e7a-b7a9-434fe48cd6aa&lang=en-us

(This is for Inspiron 7630; looks like there are three different "16 2 in 1" models.)

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You've been a member of NBR and this forum for how long and you don't know that 99.99% of GPUs are soldered to the motherboard on laptops?

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26 minutes ago, saturnotaku said:

You've been a member of NBR and this forum for how long and you don't know that 99.99% of GPUs are soldered to the motherboard on laptops?

HP has had some weird stuff recently; socketed non MXM GPUs in some of there laptops. I guess Dell also has there DGFF stuff. No question is a bad question.

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4 hours ago, saturnotaku said:

You've been a member of NBR and this forum for how long and you don't know that 99.99% of GPUs are soldered to the motherboard on laptops?

never know.....hence the question!

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Ryan, you know me too well!  ha ha. 

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The only stupid question is the one not asked!!

 

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It's reminded me that there is a 2-in-1 Dell convertible with a dedicated board for the graphics. It's the Dell Inspiron 7778 17in 2-in-1. Shame it's not the case for the 16. Kinda wishing people stopped addressing soldered discrete graphics as cards.

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6 hours ago, Kitje said:

It's reminded me that there is a 2-in-1 Dell convertible with a dedicated board for the graphics. It's the Dell Inspiron 7778 17in 2-in-1. Shame it's not the case for the 16. Kinda wishing people stopped addressing soldered discrete graphics as cards.

I would be fine with it, if it's a powerful card.  The MX550 is not much better than my iris Xe graphics on my i7.  I do LOVE the rest of the laptop.  I am thinking very hard about getting the 16 2 in 1, swapping in my 64gb of ram, 4tb ssd and giving my current 14 to my son, and getting the wife one as well. 

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4 minutes ago, kojack said:

I would be fine with it, if it's a powerful card.  The MX550 is not much better than my iris Xe graphics on my i7.  I do LOVE the rest of the laptop.  I am thinking very hard about getting the 16 2 in 1, swapping in my 64gb of ram, 4tb ssd and giving my current 14 to my son, and getting the wife one as well. 

It could take battery life quite a hit with a dGPU. The only benefit here is having a little more power in some editing tasks with CUDA. I don't know if it's a significant or negligible difference.

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I am mulling over getting the 16".  I am happy with my 14, but my son's acer S3 is getting up there in age and I will soon have to replace it.  So figure I get the 16, give him this 14 and kill 2 birds with 1 stone.  The battery life will be negligible compared to my current 14 as the battery is larger in the 16 to make up the difference as far as I know. 

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does your son game?

 

if so an acer nitro with the 3060 for 1100cad might be a better idea

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No, he does not game on his computer. He uses his switch and iPad for gaming. He uses his computer for creation work.  

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He and I are very artistic and creative. He does not doing anything for work, but he is CONSTANTLY creating pictures, videos etc for himself.  It's awesome to watch. I create for work. Speaking of that, I have just been hired by a very well known website about mobile devices to write content for them. Cannot wait to get started. 

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