Darris Posted June 20, 2009 Report Share Posted June 20, 2009 (edited) Ok, so I purchased a Compaq 8710w that went on sale recently. Looking at the model specs, it seems to have the fx1600m card installed. I'm wanting to upgrade to a fx3600m for my classes this coming fall.. aannnd for some gaming performance as well I guess. :) I'm reluctant to try the 3700m graphics card because of Vandleman's Thread It may have something to do with the different chipsets between the 8710w and the 8730w. I know the 8710 uses the ich8 and the 8730 uses ich9 (it's the southbridge I know, but you get my point) so there may be imcompatabilites in the written bios. (find/make an image dump and disect it maybe?) Regardless, I'm going the safe route of the 3600m as I know that card was offered in that model. SO! Here's my problem. According to notebook check's website, the fx3600m's chipset codname happens to be NB8E-GLM. I've confirmed that the newer fx1600m's shipped in the later model 8710w series share the same chipset name Confirmed here. There's a few of these cards for sale on ebay currently. Here, Here, and here. So my question to you all is this: How do you tell the difference between the 2 cards? I know the card sold here is missing the he form factor notch at the end of the card, but if you look at the alienware card here, you can see the extra notch visible on the card. I've sent questions to the sellers, and so far have no luck on them identifying which card is which. So, anyone who's had experience with this card, could you give me some idea on how to tell the 2 cards apart? tldr; How do you tell apart the NB8E-GLM model fx1600m and the fx3600m so I don't waste a purchase on the wrong card? Thank you my mxm gurus! :) Edited June 22, 2009 by Darris Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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