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VillageTronic has started work on a Thunderbolt version of its ViDock PCI expansion chassis that allows laptop owners to use PCI Express graphics cards on their computers. They lay out the following usage scenario:
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Imagine using your thin and light laptop PC during the day on the job, at school, or at the local café then arriving home, or dorm room, plugging it into your ViDock and firing up your latest PC game on a large format monitor. Just plug in one cable into your laptop PC and you instantly have a powerful 3D workstation with a big display, a big keyboard and your pointing device of choice. You are ready for gaming, video transcoding, photoshop, 3D design, watching full 1080p HD movies, and more!
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Well, I'm quite thrilled. This is exactly what I was hoping to see. Whether for an ultra portable, a notebook, a laptop, or an all-in-one, this could be great. In fact, you could just have integrated graphics in the machine for general use and the external GPU for gaming.
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Too bad this won't happen for macs... Unless they have working drivers

But the concept and idea is amazing. Hopefully this means thunderbolt will take off!
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So this would finally make the idea of external GPUs for laptops a reality? Yes please, I'll take 10...

They should just make sure to sell a few external power supplies to go with that dock in order to power some beasty graphics cards.
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Too bad this won't happen for macs... Unless they have working drivers

But the concept and idea is amazing. Hopefully this means thunderbolt will take off!
As long as you game on Windows (even if you're on a Mac) you'll be fine. I'd say many if not most Mac gamers do, considering it offers a better range of games and better performance.

Also I wouldn't be surprised if Apple offers their own implementation of this. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if they're working on it already.
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This will be sweet if they get it working correctly. Sony already has an external dock for the new VAIO Z.
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this would actually convince me to sell my gaming pc and buy a macbook pro + one of these.

I wonder if you could manage to link two up for SLI/CF
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this would actually convince me to sell my gaming pc and buy a macbook pro + one of these.

I wonder if you could manage to link two up for SLI/CF
I'd say it's certainly possible under Windows if the developers of this built such functionality in. It'd require two thunderbolt ports though. They might even offer "dual GPU" versions of this.
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Yay. I could finally play Metro on my netbook I can see somebody taking one of these and building a massive folding farm with just a few motherboards though, the applications for this are too many to think about...
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Yay. I could finally play Metro on my netbook I can see somebody taking one of these and building a massive folding farm with just a few motherboards though, the applications for this are too many to think about...
That'd be a lot of thunderbolt ports...
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this would actually convince me to sell my gaming pc and buy a macbook pro + one of these.

I wonder if you could manage to link two up for SLI/CF
yea, me too, considering i have a Macbook pro 15 inch with a i7 2730qm, and the single-thread performance of that is 1.21 on STOCK, which beats my desktop's overclocked Phenom ii score of 1.16

This thunderbolt external GPU, if done right, will truly mean the death of desktop itself.
     
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