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    News - AMD Lasso external notebook graphics booster spotted in the wild

    Graphics card in a box makes an appearance at AMD press event, still not available to buy though.
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    Re: News - AMD Lasso external notebook graphics booster spotted in the wild

    I think this is a great idea. Use a really low powered IGP for normal use, and plug this badboy in when it's play time. You could even do this for PCs (assuming it switches itself off when not in use) for nice idle power savings.
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    Re: News - AMD Lasso external notebook graphics booster spotted in the wild

    That was the conclusion I came to when looking at the product once again today.
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    Re: News - AMD Lasso external notebook graphics booster spotted in the wild

    Definately a market for this kind of device. I would love to use one with my macbook pro as the 128mb m8600GT is pretty poor. When im proccessing a lot of quartz files on it it tends to lag a bit and struggle so if they made one (and made it mac compatable) i would be straight in there.

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    Re: News - AMD Lasso external notebook graphics booster spotted in the wild

    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit View Post
    Definately a market for this kind of device. I would love to use one with my macbook pro as the 128mb m8600GT is pretty poor. When im proccessing a lot of quartz files on it it tends to lag a bit and struggle so if they made one (and made it mac compatable) i would be straight in there.
    IIRC it's more or less external PCIe, so there shouldn't be any real reason for it to be Mac incompatible.
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    Re: News - AMD Lasso external notebook graphics booster spotted in the wild

    so it should plug into my expresscard slot?

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    Re: News - AMD Lasso external notebook graphics booster spotted in the wild

    That would make sense, but I can't say for sure.
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    Re: News - AMD Lasso external notebook graphics booster spotted in the wild

    I think it's proprietary in its current form - i.e. can only be used with AMD systems...

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    Re: News - AMD Lasso external notebook graphics booster spotted in the wild

    External pci-e is not a standard as such. Therefor it is proprietary interface indeed.
    Good product never the less

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    Re: News - AMD Lasso external notebook graphics booster spotted in the wild

    Quote Originally Posted by CooperXS View Post
    External pci-e is not a standard as such. Therefor it is proprietary interface indeed.
    Good product never the less
    Not true. Express card slots are pci-e 1x in a different shaped connector, so with a suitable enclosure you could connect any modern graphics card to your laptop via that slot. The bandwidth would not be as good as a 16x connector, but the hardware will automatically detect the narrower bandwidth and adapt automatically.

    I think ASUS presented such an enclosure at a trade show about 2 years ago, though I have never seen product on sale.

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    Re: News - AMD Lasso external notebook graphics booster spotted in the wild

    They exist, but they are expensive.

    Engadget from over a year ago:
    http://www.engadget.com/2007/05/05/m...h-expresscard/

    And the manufacturer: http://www.magma.com/products/pciexpress/index.html

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    Re: News - AMD Lasso external notebook graphics booster spotted in the wild

    can u add any ati card to it?

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    Re: News - AMD Lasso external notebook graphics booster spotted in the wild

    Is there a us version of this. I haven't seen it yet and i would like to purchase one, been waiting for something like this to come up finally.

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    Re: News - AMD Lasso external notebook graphics booster spotted in the wild

    Yeah I'd definitely buy it, provided it costs the same as an equivalent "gaming" laptop. Being able to have a small, light and energy efficient laptop for general use, while having a GPU at the ready when I get home sounds like a dream.

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    Re: News - AMD Lasso external notebook graphics booster spotted in the wild

    Have to agree with the general consensus this seems like an inspired idea.

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