Solved! Can I upgrade my laptop BGA soldered GPU chip? It's a GTX 765M

fermicro

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Hello, looked at the internets, but haven`t found decisive information. Anyone?

I have a rebranded (as Avell) Clevo W350ST, Intel HM87, i5-4200M, 8GB DDR3 and a GTX 765M.

I bought it used and committed the mistake of using it for some time without replacing the dried out thermal paste (too hot - up to 100C - while up to 75C now), which I believe that led to a problem while playing Dota 2: video will freeze randomly, sound continues, must alt-tab and process kill the game to resume playing.

My question is, can I work on the BGA soldered GTX 765M but also take the opportunity to replace it with say, a GTX 960M or 970M?

Possible issues I can think of:
-BIOS not recognizing new chip
-Motherboard not feeding enough power to chip
-New chip generating more heat/TDP than fan was designed for

(second and third ones could be addressed by taking similar TDP new chip)

Thoughts?
 

bignastyid

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Not feasible. Even the guys whom do component level repair usually wont do a bga cpu or gpu. It's rather difficult does not have a great success rate and good parts are hard to impossible to get. Another potential problem with going to a different generation gpu is a different bga socket.
 

fermicro

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As per getting the service, I know at least two shops nearby who do BGA solder job/reballing on a specific machine for that.
Also these gpu chips are available at ebay reasonably cheap (say GTX 970M for 50USD). Marked new from China.
About the possibly different socket I`d have to take a look into.
 

USAFRet

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And even if you can find someone to reliably do a change like this...does the BIOS support a different chip? The laptop cooling environment?
While the BGA part is the hardest part, it is by no means the only part.


If a laptop does not meet your performance needs...sell it and buy one that does.
 
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