Toshiba® NB300 Graphics Card
When to upgrade Toshiba NB300 graphics card?
The new Toshiba NB300 comes in a very compact form. Designed with performance in mind, it contains the exact equilibrium between power computing and battery duration. It is a good computer for those who plan to surf the web, blog, write or watch videos. Thanks to its Atom N450 processor, equipped with the new Intel's architecture, which integrates the system's graphics card and memory with the processor itself, making it possible to provide the best performance with less energy consumption. But sometimes the video output may not be as you desired, this is the time when you need to upgrade graphics card in Toshiba NB300.
The following points will provide a better understanding of upgrading Toshiba NB300 graphics card:
- Integrated and non-Integrated graphic cards - When to Upgrade
- Characteristics of inbuilt Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 in it.
- Issues faced during an upgrade
Integrated and non integrated graphics card - When to Upgrade
Laptop computers usually are enclosed systems and most of them currently found in the market, have an integrated graphics card. There are but very few devices or upgrades available for laptops, regardless of brand. The Toshiba mini NB300 is no exception, with an upgradeable RAM memory (up to 2 GB) and Hard Disk (SATA), it has an integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 integrated in the main Intel® Atom™ N450 Processor. Few laptops in the market have the required space to install expansion slots for further devices. A graphics update is usually needed when the current card is unable to manage the applications that are being run on the machine. These usually involve high graphics content such as games, videos, and even some movies. The fact is that your graphics card and its memory will determine how well those applications operate if you can even get them to run. Some applications will tell you point blank, that your graphics card cannot manage.
Characteristics of inbuilt Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
The Graphics processor installed in the Toshiba mini NB300 is an integrated graphics card with shared memory, located on the Intel Atom N450 processor that this system uses. Running at 200MHz processor core, the design based on the previous version of the Intel® GMA X3100 brings a better performance. The GMA150 can help the CPU decode videos with the MPEG2 encoding; however, the architecture is not capable of decoding High Definition Videos at a higher resolution than 720p. However, the 3D performance for gaming is only suited for games that require a low details in 3D. The graphic card supports an external analog VGA port with a resolution up to 1400 x 1050 pix.
The Toshiba mini NB series have a variety of similar models, but with their own unique features or upgrades. The main advantage of the graphic card being integrated in the Atom™ CPU is its lower power consumption, thus prolonging the battery life. The compact architecture of the Toshiba mini NB300 does not allow you to have any expansion slots to upgrade the graphic card and since it is integrated along with the main processor. To upgrade the graphics card the laptop will have to be sent directly to the manufacturer. On other Toshiba models it may be possible to find such expansion slots, but it will require some hunting to find the proper model for a compatible card to replace the current one.