External Laptop Video Card

By bann3d
Jan 7, 2009
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  1. I was wondering if anyone knows of an external video card for laptops that allows for better game play. I have googled and looked all over and have found external video cards for laptops that allows one to hook into another display for better performance.

    What I am looking for is different though. I have a crappy integrated chips on my laptops mobos and I am looking to be able to play more recent MMO's without having to purchase a new machine and/or monitor.

    Is there a product available that allows one to plug an external video card into either a pcmcia slot or usb that would be comprable to upgrading a video card on a desktop, that would enhance the performace on the laptop and laptop monitor without having to purchase another display etc?

    I haven't been able to locate one as of yet, but I imagine it would be a pretty good piece of software for mobile gamers looking to be able to get faster FPS and performance out of their lappys.

    Thanks for reading and any ideas are appreciated.

    :wave:
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,450   +135

    I know external sound cards, NICs exist, but video adapters... I don't think so
  3. bann3d

    bann3d Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I was afraid of that. lol thank you though :)
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,277   +22

    There are, namely Magma's Expressbox, ASUS's XGStation and MSI's Luxium, but these need to be hooked up to an external screen and the bandwidth of the card is limited to PCI-E x1. They're also expensive, but they're a solution at least. But unless you've already got a monitor, there's no point going for one.
  5. PCIGamer

    PCIGamer Newcomer, in training Posts: 113

    Reminds me of the old days when i had a 3DFX Voodoo 2 with the VGA passthrough connector :)
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