My basic Lenova ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 has an Intel Core-i3 CPU (product number
My basic Lenova ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 has an Intel Core-i3 CPU (product number 20TACTO1WW) and is used mainly for CAD purposes. Unfortunately, I didn't get the E14 option to have an Nvidia GeForce MX450 2GB GDDR5, as I thought the discrete Intel graphics would be adequate. Recently, I have started having problems where image manipulation, graphics and design AI (Artificial Intelligence, Like Stability-Diffusion and X-Plane), wont work because I do not have NVidia. Can I upgrade my E14 Thinkpad laptop with the Nvidia GeForce MX450 2GB GDDR5 (or better) myself? If so, can anyone let me know how to do it and what hardware to get or direct me somewhere with this information?
Thanks . I was hoping that I could upgrade the Core-i3 CPU with a higher spec one that includes discrete Nvidia graphics instead of the Intel architecture or replacing a graphics chip on the motherboard. Is there an expansion slot on my board that will take an Nvidia card? It would be less hassle and more economic to simply buy another laptop than changing the motherboard.
Thank you for all your excellent suggestions . I am leaning towards your eGPU solution & upgrading my CPU to Core-i7 or i9, if possible.
Try to find one configured like you want and then sell yours to offset the costs. The video is not upgradable without replacing the motherboard with one that has the GPU already.
I wonder if you'd be better off with something like a W520 with the built in Nvidia Quadro 2000M graphics. These are not as sought after as some models, have Core-i7 processors, and make a great workstation. Also is one of the last models to have classic Thinkpad features.