MXM High-Performance Video Cards

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Video Cards MXM: These Unknown

In this article the public some information that I got from the internet about video cards MXM ( MPEG eXtensible Middleware ) with various specifications. Often I was confused by the myriad differences that I found on some dedicated video cards that are available with these connectors and formats but are not always compatible with each other.

But What Are The MXM Boards?

Many think that the only kind of computer desktop (the classic desktop PC, in short) have the ability to mount graphics cards ‘external’ or rather ‘dedicated’, mounted on a separate slot on the motherboard and comprising a RAM separate from everything rest of the system.

But it is not: in fact there are some laptops (laptops) or particular models (mostly gaming machines) that mount dedicated cards that use a standard called PCI Express MXM ( MPEG eXtensible Middleware ) and that through the use of GPU very high performance graphics (ATI and nVidia) fail to provide these machines high computing performance and exceptional graphics capabilities.

These cards are very high performance and have nothing to envy to the video card dedicated to desktop PCs.

How Many And What Specific Standards?

We begin by specific: there are specifications 1.3, 2.0, 2.1 and 3.0. Specifications 3.0 include video cards completely different from the previous ones both in size and slot; The following are some specifications of the various standard (source: mxm-upgrade.com).

Consider that the rating has nothing to do with the format of the card MXM.

v1.3

  • PCI Express bus with 16-way;
  • Dual LVDS panel support link;
  • VGA (analog output external);
  • 2 single connections or a Dual DVI;
  • Video out (Composite or S-Video)

Note that the functionality of the second / Dual DVI is optional and may not be available on a card with standard 1.3. In addition, most of the video cards handle up to 2 video outputs whatever combination DVI / VGA.

v2.1

  • PCI Express bus with 16-way;
  • Dual LVDS panel support link;
  • VGA (analog output external);
  • 2 single connections or two double DVI;
  • HDMI support;
  • support Display Port;
  • Video out (Composite or S-Video)

Note that the support to the single DVI is mandatory and that a maximum of 3 display is supported.

MXM Formats

There are different types of format MXM each relative to the size of the card and of the mounting holes. Here is a summary:

Width Height Distance dori mounting Connector / Power (Watts)
Type I 70mm 68mm 41mm Adjust / 18W
Type II 73mm 78mm 41mm Adjust / 35W
Type III 82mm 100mm 46mm Adjust / 75W
HE 82mm 100mm 46mm HE / 75W
Type IV 82mm 117mm 46mm HE / 75W

Types MXM graphics cards

If you notice any type of card MXM connector have a similar (or regular) except the last two represented in the previous photo. In particular, the type HE shows a connector consists of 3 parts in which the last can receive extra current.

The MXM 3.0 standard with are completely different (and incompatible) compared MXM boards of previous standards. Here are two examples:

mxm board 3A

mxm board 3b

This connector is a ‘regular’ that accepts cards with two pin-outs:

Regular standard MXM connector

This below is a connector instead of HE who expects a pin made of 3 parts:

MXM connector HE

The differences between the two types of connectors are minimal: the connector HE has some additional pins with the unique feature of requiring more power to the motherboard; there are then differences except for this most current request.

Theoretically, a card type HE should work in a slot type III but the problem is the demand for energy: in fact these cards may require – under special conditions – also over 72Watt which assumes that the machine is powered by a battery pack ‘generous ‘and by a power supply seriously.

 

MXM connector HE and regular

Compatibility Cards MXM

Personally I care about compatibility between cards MXM exclusively from the point of view of the repair and / or replacement in case of malfunctioning card. They ‘well known that these types of video card MXM, of any size it may be, are often subject to malfunctions and breakage.

Probably for a speech thermal (overheating) or a defect caused by the pond unleaded, very fragile, the fact is that many machines running MXM boards meet after a few years to stop working.

It ‘so interesting to see what cards are interchangeable and which search for our PC in case of board failure origin.

It must be said that these cards are generally quite expensive: a MXM type I or II can cost on the used market (assuming it is fully functional ….) Also over 120 euro. An important figure …

Usually these types of cards are on the Acer signed with a ‘G’ as an example: 5520G, 5630G, 8920G, etc. or on some models Toshina A300.

Other models fitted with cards type I or II are some iMac a few years ago, models of color white 20-inch (or even less).

The models of type III or higher usually are found in many high-performance machines, dedicated to games like some Alienware or HP HDX models with 20-inch display.

Some models of machines and the type of card that mount MXM:

 Brand Model Board Type
Acer Aspire 4520G II
Aspire 4710G II
Aspire 4720G The
Aspire 4920G II
Aspire 5520G II
Aspire 5530G II
Aspire 5710G II
Aspire 5720G II
Aspire 5920G II
Aspire 5930G II
Aspire 6530G II
Aspire 6920G II
Aspire 6930G II
Aspire 6935G II
Aspire 7520G II
Aspire 7720G II
Aspire 8730G III
Aspire 8920G III
Aspire 8930G III
Aspire 9920G II
Extensa 4630G II
Extensa 5420G II
Extensa 5610G II
Extensa 5620G II
Extensa 5630G II
Extensa 7620G II
Travelmate 4730G II
Travelmate 5520G II
Travelmate 5710G II
Travelmate 5720G II
Travelmate 6593G II
Travelmate 7520G II
Travelmate 7530G II
Travelmate 7720 II
Travelmate 7730G II
Alienware m5500 II
M5700 III
m5550 III
m5750 III
m5790 III
m9700 III
m9750 III
m15x IV
m17x IV
Asus Z81 III
Z84 III
C90S II
Fujitsu Siemens V2045 The
Amilo M1439 III
Amilo m3438 III
Amilo m4438 III
Amilo Pi1536 III
Amilo Pi1537 III
Amilo Pi1556 III
Amilo Pi1557 III
Amilo Xi1526 III
Amilo Xi1546 III
Amilo Xi1547 III
Amilo Xi1554 III
Amilo M1450 ?
Amilo m1451 ?
Amilo A1667 ?
Amilo a3667 ?
Acer Idea 510 II
Aspire Z5610 A
Apple i7 26 “ A
iMac 24 “ II
A1224 iMac 20 “ II
Dell A2010 II
HP IQ770 II
IQ830 II
IQ542 II
IQ 520 II

In the following some MXM card models:

MXM-The
GeForce 8400M G 128MB DDR2 (NB8M-SE),
GeForce 8400M GS 256MB DDR2 (NB8M-GS)
GeForce 9300M G 256MB DDR2 (NB9M-GE1)
GeForce 9300M GS 256MB DDR2 (NB9M-GS),
GeForce 9300M GS 512MB DDR2 (NB9M -GS)

MXM-II
GeForce 8600M GS 256MB DDR2 (NB8P-SE),
GeForce 8600M GS 512MB DDR2 (NB8P-SE)
GeForce 8600M GT 256MB DDR2 (NB8P-GS)
GeForce 8600M GT 512MB DDR2 (NB8P-GS),
GeForce 9500M GS 512MB DDR2 (NB9P -GE1 / 8PGSH)
GeForce 9600M GS 256MB GDDR3 (NB9P-GE2)
GeForce 9600M GS 512MB DDR2 (NB9P-GE2)
GeForce 9600M GT 512MB GDDR3 (NB9P-GS)
GeForce 9600M GT 1GB DDR2 (NB9P-GS)
Radeon X2500 256MB DDR2 ( M66)
Radeon HD 2300 128MB DDR2 (M71)
Radeon HD 2300 256MB DDR2 (M71)
Radeon HD 2400XT 128MB DDR2 (M74)
Radeon HD 2600 512MB DDR2 (M76)
Radeon HD 3470 256MB DDR2 (M82-XT)
Radeon HD 3470 512MB DDR2 ( M82-XT)
Radeon HD 3650 256MB GDDR3 (M86)
Radeon HD 3650 512MB DDR2 (M86)
Radeon HD 3650 1GB DDR2 (M86)
Radeon HD 4570 512MB DDR2 (M92-XT)
Radeon HD 4650 1GB DDR2 (M96)

MXM-III
GeForce 9650M GS 512MB GDDR3 (8ESEH)
GeForce 9700M GT 512MB GDDR3 (NB9P-GE / 9EGEH))

MXM-A
GeForce GT 130M 1GB DDR2 (N10P-GE1)
GeForce GT 240M 1GB DDR3 (N10P-GS)
GeForce GTS 250M 1GB DDR3 (N10E-GE)
Radeon HD 4530 512MB DDR2 (M92)
Radeon HD 4570 512MB DDR2 (M92-XT )
Radeon HD 4650 1GB DDR2 (M96) [VG.M9606.003] [VG.M960H.001]
Radeon HD 4670 1GB GDDR3 (M96-XT) [VG.M9606.004]

Cards dubious type:
GeForce G 105M (N10M-GE1)

Other cards (or upgraded versions):

Radeon HD 4570 512MB DDR2 MXM-II
Radeon HD 4670 1GB DDR2 MXM-II
GeForce GTS 250M 1GB DDR3 MXM-A
GeForce 9650M GT 1GB DDR2 MXM-II
Radeon HD 4670 512MB GDDR3 MXM-II
Radeon HD 5650 1GB GDDR3 MXM-A

Sources:

mxm-upgrade.com, www.mxm-sig.org, wikipedia

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