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Anyone here use one?
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I've never used one, but I've heard about them.

Why do you ask?
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People use them for laptops that have one heck of a processor but junk dedicated graphics. ViDock is a common enclosure for later model cards. So basically, you can put a desktop gpu into and enclosure and plug it into your laptops mobile express slot. It also has it's own PSU.

http://www.villagetronic.com/vidock/index.html
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If you want a GOOD ViDock, wait for the thunderbolt version/thunderbolt laptops.
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If your laptop has an ExpressCard , You would be able to use an external GPU ..
I remember seeing ExpressCard to PCI-E adapter ..

But sadly the x1 bandwidth limits the power of the GPU .

Good luck !
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I've almost invested one once when I had an older laptop and wanted more juice for my display experience. After thinking through, it's a pain to have the external gpu everywhere you go and it's just not mobile. I say you'd be better off with a new laptop + a better gpu in the long run, IF YOU did plan on getting an external GPU.
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Thanks for the responses guys. Typically, to get a laptop with a good cooling solution and a GPU that performs just as well as what you could get on the desktop is just much more expensive. The GTX485m performs similar to a 5870 by my understanding and a good laptop that houses one costs quite the pretty penny.

I'm now thinking of getting one for my little brother. I don't have a lot of money so I'll see what my family members could pitch in for the Christmas gift. He has an i7-720 mobile processor and a dedicated card and doc would help him a lot for his laptop gaming. Would also help him in the long run as well. His computer simply overheats way too much. I'm wondering if an external solution might be better for him while he is at home.
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I've almost invested one once when I had an older laptop and wanted more juice for my display experience. After thinking through, it's a pain to have the external gpu everywhere you go and it's just not mobile. I say you'd be better off with a new laptop + a better gpu in the long run, IF YOU did plan on getting an external GPU.

Probably, but the price is still much more in the long run by my understanding. A good i7 rig with a weak GPU would cost less by my understanding? Plus, you don't really have to worry about overheating as much while still maintaining portability when you aren't gaming.

Does anyone know of someone on OCN that has one by any chance?
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I didn't even realize they had something like this. Is it actually worth it? I currently run a 460m in my sager notebook and am slightly curious about this for upgrade issues.
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