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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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This is awesome for two huge reasons: Thunderbolt is not an Apple exclusive, and mobile Sandy Bridge processors are always bottlenecked in games by any available mobile graphics solution, even SLI 580m. If this is real and affordable I could definitely see myself using it within the next year.
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Eh, needs higher bandwidth if they actually want to use it to route to another GPU (as I'm thinking you are implying). 10 Gbit is only equivalent to about 2.5 lanes of a PCIe 2.0 slot.
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Originally Posted by beers;14423703 
Eh, needs higher bandwidth if they actually want to use it to route to another GPU (as I'm thinking you are implying). 10 Gbit is only equivalent to about 2.5 lanes of a PCIe 2.0 slot.

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What's the maximum bandwidth Thunderbolt can provide, anyway?
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Very interesting indeed.
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What's the maximum bandwidth Thunderbolt can provide, anyway?

10 Gbit both ways, so 20 Gbit if you are saturating the connection.
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Originally Posted by IEATFISH;14424475 
10 Gbit both ways, so 20 Gbit if you are saturating the connection.
Kind of misleading figure when the card pulls more data than it places.
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In order to provide enough bandwidth, you'd need a fiber thunderbolt interface (100Gbit/s), copper wouldn't be enough IMO(10Gbit/s), a GPU would saturate the port (PCI-e 2.0 x16 provides around 64Gbit/s).
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Unfortunately I don't foresee a way to use all 20Gbit in a one way connection with the firmware implemented the way it is. Would 10Gbit be that bad though? I thought most graphics cards only lost a few fps going to PCIE x4 from x16. This would at least be much better than an expresscard 34 adapter that's already available?
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But how many FPS? That is the question wink.gif

According to this review, the performance loss isn't that great, then again, you'd need to power the GPU somehow, right? According to their website, the device can only provide up to 225W of power to the GPU, so if you want to slap something like a GTX 580, you'd have to find another way to power it somehow. It seems like a huge hassle to me! tongue.gif
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