MSI demos Thunderbolt-based external GPU solution

By Jos · 12 replies
Jan 10, 2012
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  1. External graphics solutions have long been a dream of those who want a laptop that's both powerful enough to play games and light enough to carry around comfortably. We've seen…

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  2. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    i say bump up the power envelope... and fit a serious graphic card in there that's not a mid range 5770. something like 5850/6950 at the least. other wise it defeats the purpose. lets face it... people who are interested in external gaming graphics will have this thing sitting on a desk in their office, or in a vacation cabin plugged in to a wall. so bump up the power please.
  3. repeating Asus XG station?
    but, yes, I agree, they should not put mid range graphic card onto it. External gaming graphics must provide extra power that average laptop (with graphic card, gforce or radeon) can't provide.. at least match with gaming laptop..

    but, with amd fusion (with integrated radeon 6xxx series) is a solution for light laptop for gaming right?
  4. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,673   +989

    I agree with the comments above, high end or nothing. Better yet, make it a standalone accessory where you can fit ANY graphics card you may already own so you can take out your desktop's graphics card and take it along with you and your laptop when and if needed.

    We've seen this same thing showed time and time again. Hopefully thunderbolt will finally make it happen.
  5. I disagree, I have a computer that runs every modern pc game on high and bf3 on medium fine. Unless the laptop has an resolution over 1080p a 5770 is fine for 90 percent of the games out there. But having the choice between mid end and high ends makes everyone happy.
  6. make it a standalone accessory where you can fit ANY graphics card you may already own so you can take out your desktop's graphics card and take it along with you and your laptop when and if needed

    If they make this reality, I'm going to buy laptops from now on
  7. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    That would be a breakthrough Julio! An external PCI Express interface, externally powered and in which you can add your own graphics card(s)? Now that sounds like a terrific idea.
  8. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 603   +64


    I was about to say the same thing about the accessory. I believe that is what it already is intended for though. However, if they just make it an external PCI Express x16 slot that connects via Thunderbolt with the option of plugging it into the wall or other power sources on the laptop, that would be awesome. That way you're not confined to any particular GPU and can be upgraded at will.
  9. Completely obsolete !!!
  10. do you think someone will carry that big box only for hd 5770, its better to get a laptop with gtx580m or hd 6990 mobility. They should atleast use a hd 6950 to really make it useful.
    Most of you think that i am mad but it would be great so that we can upgrade it with usual graphic card by including a pcie slot in that big box
  11. baroquer

    baroquer TS Rookie

    If the GPU is too high-end, will there be the bottle-neck at Laptop's CPU ?
  12. This would be a great solution, if every laptop had an express card slot, however many laptops arent made with them anymore, such as my acer aspire 5740, while i have a decent onboard i am gonna have to buy a 1300 dollar beast of a laptop to even think of gaming, and damnit i miss mmo's!!!! So the challenge for you, make an external gpu that can run off an external power supply and port in over an hdmi line, without using an external monitor!!! then i will be impressed, this wow and wonder of an express card extension is not worth the hype.
  13. oh and look up Vidock, they have been doing this for years, with a smaller case and external power supply, and will even support up to 225w!!!

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