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    News - Alienware 13 laptop gets external Graphics Amplifier

    The PCI Express enclosure can fit graphics cards requiring up to 375 watts.
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    Re: News - Alienware 13 laptop gets external Graphics Amplifier

    well.............its better I upgrade a fully functional desktop with that cash.

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    Re: News - Alienware 13 laptop gets external Graphics Amplifier

    eGPU goes "mainstream" - or as mainstream as Alienware gets.

    Do they offer watercooling?

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    Re: News - Alienware 13 laptop gets external Graphics Amplifier

    Quote Originally Posted by lumireleon View Post
    well.............its better I upgrade a fully functional desktop with that cash.
    You're missing the point. Overall it works out cheaper than having both a desktop and a laptop.
    It's also cheaper and easier to update the graphics card in the future.

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    Re: News - Alienware 13 laptop gets external Graphics Amplifier

    Seems like a good idea to me. I don't use my desktop half as much as my laptop since fatherhood came along. Would be nice to have the flexibility to have more grunt when needed but just use one system. Can't see me affording one any time soon however!

    (Would be nice if it could have fed into the laptop screen but I can see the technical issues preventing that...)
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    Re: News - Alienware 13 laptop gets external Graphics Amplifier

    Can't see the price justification myself, tho the idea is sound IMO.
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    Re: News - Alienware 13 laptop gets external Graphics Amplifier

    Remember the other advantage: laptops with power hungry graphics not only are very heavy, they are also far more likely to fail. For instance, most people still think that the Nvidia faulty solder issue with the 8000 series was only a laptop thing because the laptops failed far sooner than the equally faulty desktop parts.

    And once an graphic card fails in a laptop it is usually not fixable either (even those internal MXM cards aren't fully upgradeable). While something like is a major investment, once you have it you can have a slim ultrabook like laptop with thunderbolt (which is the main problem with this idea as Intel don't seem to want to promote thunderbolt) you can upgrade with normal cards.

    Mind you, this seems to be proprietary not thunderbolt. Also, the DIY route using expresscard to PCIe is a lot cheaper.

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    Re: News - Alienware 13 laptop gets external Graphics Amplifier

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    (Would be nice if it could have fed into the laptop screen but I can see the technical issues preventing that...)
    NVidia Optimus allows the image to be displayed on a laptop screen for a traditional eGPU setup. I believe the same should hold for a Thunderbolt solution as for my expresscard setup.

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    Re: News - Alienware 13 laptop gets external Graphics Amplifier

    And now if someone else could take this idea and make it non-proprietary and about half the price that would be just great, thanks
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    Re: News - Alienware 13 laptop gets external Graphics Amplifier

    This is exactly the kind of thing that could make Steamboxes a good buy if they offered the option, as it seems the sticking point for a lot of people is that the GPUs look to be the one thing that's not easily upgradeable.

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    Re: News - Alienware 13 laptop gets external Graphics Amplifier

    When windows fully supports thunderbolt (iirc it still has issues) then I can see these boxes being a great little thing for gpu rendering as you can have a laptop/tablet with iris pro then plug this in for improved rendering/encoding in programs in 3ds max etc.

    The boxes for the gpu's are already here, they've been around a fair while already, there's just limited support in windows and OS-X just doesn't have the same options when it comes to 3D software.

    Also this isn't really new... iirc asus did this a couple of years back but it never caught on.

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    Re: News - Alienware 13 laptop gets external Graphics Amplifier

    We will get e-GPU, but this isn't the solution we are looking for.
    Firstly, it's unnecessarily big. It would probably be better served by an inbuilt/purpose built PSU. It is expensive and most likely proprietary.
    Looking around this morning about it, apparently this laptop has switched to ULV cpu, which is going to bottleneck any external card and furthermore apparently 4x PCI-E? Again bottleneck.
    I see the merit in this conceptually but I don't think we are there yet

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    Re: News - Alienware 13 laptop gets external Graphics Amplifier

    Would be nice if it wasn't proprietary, smaller and cheaper. Maybe make it for mini itx sized gpus. Stick that nice new little 970 in it and it'll be more powerful then most peoples desktops

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    Re: News - Alienware 13 laptop gets external Graphics Amplifier

    Quote Originally Posted by cart1089 View Post
    Would be nice if it wasn't proprietary, smaller and cheaper. Maybe make it for mini itx sized gpus. Stick that nice new little 970 in it and it'll be more powerful then most peoples desktops
    ie something like this AKiTiO box....that actually works with windows
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...659&subcat=941

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    Re: News - Alienware 13 laptop gets external Graphics Amplifier

    Good to see that someone followed through with the idea. Now lets hope Asus, Gigabyte, or MSI comes up with an sli/crossfire version.

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    So i have to pay 299 for a fancy box, then buy my own R9 290x to get performance like is shown in the chart?
    Can anyone say "ummm no!" ?

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