Graphics Cards for Laptops and Desktop PC

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MSI RTX graphics card

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What are the tasks of a graphics card?

The graphics card is mounted on the mainboard and controls the graphical output. When a program is executed, the processor first calculates the data and then passes it to the graphics card. There, the data is then converted in such a way that the screen can display it. High-performance graphics cards are essential especially for professions such as graphic designers and architects, but also in modern gaming they are important for a smooth and realistic display.

How can I tell if my graphics card is broken?

Signs of a defective graphics card can be displayed in various different ways. A common error is a completely black screen. At first it is not obvious whether the graphics card or the display is causing the defect. But you can quickly find out by connecting the laptop to an external screen. If this also remains black, the error is most likely on the graphics card. Further signs can be that the laptop beeps after switching on, but nothing else happens. Or the mouse pointer can no longer be moved, which means that the device can only be switched off via the on/off switch.


Laptop Graphics Cards FAQ

Here you will find all important questions and answers about notebook graphics cards.

  • Can I upgrade or exchange the graphics card of my notebook?

    There are three different types of graphics cards or graphics chips in Notebooks:

    1. External graphics cards which can be plugged into the notebook.
    2. Internal, dedicated graphics cards, e.g. Chip soldered on the Mainboard
    3. Internal, integrated graphics, which are a part of the CPU.

    With the first type, an exchange of the GPU is usually not a problem, some manufacturers have their own type of proprietary connectors for external GPUs you can purchase and connect one from them directly. There is also Thunderbolt 3 which is present on some modern Notebooks. It allows the connection of an external graphics card from any vendor.

    If your GPU is soldered on the mainboard either as a dedicated GPU chip or as part of the CPU an upgrade is almost impossible since it would have to be soldered on and also usually only one chip is compatible with the motherboard and firmware.

    Even if the GPU is in a slot like the MXM-slot, which is often found in older laptops, an upgrade is usually not possible. This is due to some measurements not being standardized, the cooling solution not being able to handle a more powerful card or firmware issues.

  • My Display stays off, is my graphics card defective?

    A Display that stays completely dark is often an indicator for a broken graphics card.

    To make sure it is not a defect of the Display itself, plug the Notebook into an external monitor. If it displays a picture the graphics card is not defect but your Laptops internal display. In most cases a broken graphics card cannot be repaired, it has to be replaced.