All computers come with a way to output graphics to a monitor as part of the PC’s motherboard or processor. But when it comes to PC gaming, you'll want a dedicated, or "discrete" graphics processing output (GPU) for rendering games. As video game developers constantly push the limits of what's possible visually in their games, hardware manufacturers are also continuously rolling out new and improved graphics cards.
What do you do when a new and more powerful graphics card launches but you’re not quite ready to trade in your beloved gaming rig?
With Lenovo’s Y series PC gaming line-up like the IdeaCentre AIO Y910 all-in-one desktop, gamers don’t have to worry about their GPUs falling behind. The Y series is ready-to-play right out of the box and just as easy to upgrade its components without tools. We’re going to break down how you can quickly upgrade your GPU to get the most detail and performance out of your games on the new IdeaCentre AIO Y910.
Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO Y910 gaming all-in-one desktop
First things first, what’s a GPU?
For most gamers, the GPU is one of the most important components that make up your computer. It's the hardware in your computer that makes the most difference visually when you're gaming. That's because it's designed specifically to process video and imagery, but it also has dedicated memory (otherwise known as RAM) designed for this specific purpose. If you're looking to play today's most popular and graphically demanding games, getting a high-end GPU is the place to start. The IdeaCentre AIO Y910 is designed to give you powerful access to today's most advanced graphics cards, supporting up to an NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 or AMD® Radeon™ RX 460.
Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO Y910 with up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD Radeon RX 460 graphics\
Do I need to upgrade?
There are two great reasons to upgrade your GPU. If your rig can no longer play the latest games, it's definitely time to take a look at upgrading. The second reason is if you’re looking for increased performance in your gaming. We get that not everyone starts off with high-end components in their PCs, which is why the IdeaCentre AIO Y910 was designed to help gamers easily upgrade if and when you decide the time is right to give your performance a boost.
With Lenovo's IdeaCentre AIO Y9102 you can upgrade your visuals in minutes1
Quick steps to quickly upgrading your Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO Y910 graphics card
Step 1: Do not open your computer or attempt any repair before reading and understanding the important safety information in the IdeaCentre AIO Y910 user guide and manual. For a copy, go to: http://www.lenovo.com/support
Step 2: Before powering down to switch out the hardware, make sure to remove any and all drivers associated with your current graphics card.
- For NVIDIA cards, follow these instructions: http://www.nvidia.com/object/IO_13955.html
- For AMD cards, follow these instructions: http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/GPU57RemoveOldGraphicsDrivers.aspx
Step 3: Power down and unplug your IdeaCentre AIO Y910 from the wall or power source.
Step 4: Now that it’s powered down, turn the IdeaCentre AIO Y910 around and push down on the right side of the Y Logo found in the center of the back panel.
Step 5: Unhook the system shield to reveal the graphics card.
Step 6: Find the graphics card on the system board. (You should see it to the right of where the Y logo was on the back of the computer).
Step 7: Find the HDMI and DisplayPort™ plug at the top of the graphics card and make sure to unplug it.
Step 8: Gently remove the graphics card from the motherboard, making sure to unscrew the single thumb screw holding the card in place.
Step 9: Carefully secure your new graphics card in place on the motherboard where the old card was. Make sure the screw is tightly fastened and all power sources are plugged back in.
Step 10: Reattach the system shield.
Step 11: Slide the back panel of the IdeaCentre AIO Y910 on, making sure it's securely back in place. (Hint: You should feel a click when it's secured).
Step 12: Power on the IdeaCentre AIO Y910. (You should receive a message at boot up notifying you that your graphics card hardware has changed).
Step 13: Press F1 to continue booting up. If you hear a series of warning beeps, make sure that the power supplies to your graphics cards are securely in place. Repeating the steps above as needed.
Step 14: Follow the instructions for downloading the latest drivers on the NVIDIA or AMD website and set your desired settings for your game in the options panel for your graphics card.
And voila! Within minutes, you should be all set to get back to your game!1