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I have limited gaming capabilites with the current chipset the laptop has. I was wondering if it was possible to buy a graphics card for this model VGN-FZ150E laptop.

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Hi ramdomz12,


Unfortunately laptop that enables you to change video card are pretty rare. A standard format called MXM, similar to PCI-E on desktop, exists and enables you to change video card on laptop supporting it, but yours don't.


One thing to keep in mind though, is that if it would have supported it, you probably would have had to change you power supply to support the power requirement needed for the card. Your battery would also have depleted itself a lot faster.


Sorry I could not help; hope it answers your question.


Cheers!

Posted on May 19, 2011

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