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    Gigabyte teases its prototype external GPU dock

    As is now usual, it employs Thunderbolt 3 over a USB Type-C port.
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    Re: Gigabyte teases its prototype external GPU dock

    "Importantly it allows not just AMD cards to be externalised and connected to systems, which would otherwise offer puny 3D performance, but newer Nvidia GPUs too."

    I don't think this sentence is very fair on AMD. I wouldn't describe a Fury (or even the new rx 480) as puny 3D performance. Sure its not 1080 territory but to describe as puny just sounds biased.
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    Re: Gigabyte teases its prototype external GPU dock

    Particularly as "AMD Xconnect" is just PCIe with hotplugging, but that happens to occur on an AMD card. same as 'Freesync' is DP Adaptive Sync that is implemented on an AMD card. Interface standards that existed before AMD adopted and branded them.

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    Re: Gigabyte teases its prototype external GPU dock

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    "..not just AMD cards to be externalised and connected to systems, which would otherwise offer puny 3D performance, but newer Nvidia GPUs too."

    I don't think this sentence is very fair on AMD. I wouldn't describe a Fury (or even the new rx 480) as puny 3D performance. Sure its not 1080 territory but to describe as puny just sounds biased.
    Exactly! How biased! Puny? I am using 1GB 7770, and I still won't use the word "Puny" for it!

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    Re: Gigabyte teases its prototype external GPU dock

    THis looks larger than my entire sff build, why?
    Am I missing something?

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    Re: Gigabyte teases its prototype external GPU dock

    Because with laptops getting smaller and consuming less power it would be cool to be able to be out and about working and then plug in for a quick blast using an external GPU. It would mean I don't have to own and upgrade a desktop AND laptop.

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    Re: Gigabyte teases its prototype external GPU dock

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    "Importantly it allows not just AMD cards to be externalised and connected to systems, which would otherwise offer puny 3D performance, but newer Nvidia GPUs too."

    I don't think this sentence is very fair on AMD. I wouldn't describe a Fury (or even the new rx 480) as puny 3D performance. Sure its not 1080 territory but to describe as puny just sounds biased.
    Sorry, its just badly worded. I was just referring to typical integrated graphics - not AMD. I'll change it.

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    Re: Gigabyte teases its prototype external GPU dock

    Quote Originally Posted by mtyson View Post
    ... Sorry, its just badly worded. I was just referring to typical integrated graphics - not AMD. I'll change it.
    Yeah, it took me a second reading to get your original meaning; I can see what you were aiming for but the wording is a bit ... esoteric

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    Re: Gigabyte teases its prototype external GPU dock

    Quote Originally Posted by mtyson View Post
    Sorry, its just badly worded. I was just referring to typical integrated graphics - not AMD. I'll change it.
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    Re: Gigabyte teases its prototype external GPU dock

    Right, that makes four Thunderbolt docks by my count now: Razer, Gigabyte, Asus (ROG XG), and PowerColor (Devil Box). Hopefully this means there will some options cheaper than Razor's $500/$400 ones.

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    Re: Gigabyte teases its prototype external GPU dock

    Quote Originally Posted by b0redom View Post
    Because with laptops getting smaller and consuming less power it would be cool to be able to be out and about working and then plug in for a quick blast using an external GPU. It would mean I don't have to own and upgrade a desktop AND laptop.
    I get that but in a similar sized box I fit a whole system including full size GPU. This just needs a psu and space for a gpu, maybe a fan..

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    Re: Gigabyte teases its prototype external GPU dock

    Quote Originally Posted by krazy_olie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by b0redom View Post
    Because with laptops getting smaller and consuming less power it would be cool to be able to be out and about working and then plug in for a quick blast using an external GPU. It would mean I don't have to own and upgrade a desktop AND laptop.
    I get that but in a similar sized box I fit a whole system including full size GPU. This just needs a psu and space for a gpu, maybe a fan..
    No, no, you don't understand. If you have it small enough to go in a bag with the laptop, people won't upgrade laptops more often, that's less sales! IMPOSSIBLE! INSANE! There needs to be one of these with another full graphics card at every place you intend to dock the laptop, no question. Either that, or you forget it and just be a good consumer and upgrade the laptop every year *big genuine fake smiles*.

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