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External graphics solutions have long been a dream of those who want a laptop that's both powerful enough to play games and light enough to carry around comfortably. We've seen some prototypes throughout the years, and some have even made it to market, but they've yet to achieve mass adoption.

However, with thin and light 'Ultrabooks' expected to be hot items the next few years and Thunderbolt starting to see wider implementation, MSI is ready to take another shot at the concept with the GUS II. The company's external graphics product was on display at CES 2012 housing a Radeon HD 5770, which itself was rendering the Unigine Heaven demo and pushing graphics to an external display.

 

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I have to say this is exciting, and I would love something like this for my laptop,, but what I think MSI should really do is also sell the external adapter solo, and let people add their own video cards, I wouldn't mind taking my 560ti along for vacations or what not, this could help boost Laptops and ultrabooks sales even more.

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post #2 of 45
woot nice... but +1 to selling it solo.

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I would love to see just powered enclosures tiered with wattage for higher end solutions. There are already mobile gpu solutions that are far superior to a 5770.

But this would be a godsend for many I think. Just get a laptop with a decent cpu and save yourself a ton of money over a dedicated gaming laptop. In theory of course.

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The best possible thing that could come to laptops. I'd definitely wait to get an ultrabook if I could buy an external housing to let me hook my 5870 up when I go home without having to lug my whole rig with me.
    
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Even tho is this an old concept, MSI could be on to something, not only with laptops but can you imagine lets say a tablet with windows 8 and one of these for graphics o__O, these tablets already have a really nice processing capability, imagine playing BF3 on one lol.

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Here's what I want: 13.3" Ultrabook that is even thinner and lighter than my Acer Aspire Timeline, quad core ivy bridge CPU, 4-8GB DDR3-1333 (low voltage), 256GB SSD, and a thunderbolt connection that can drive an external HD7850-caliber GPU... If I could have that, I'd retire the desktop smile.gif
    
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then soon external Crossfire and SLI solutions... that would be interesting to see..
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Here's what I want: 13.3" Ultrabook that is even thinner and lighter than my Acer Aspire Timeline, quad core ivy bridge CPU, 4-8GB DDR3-1333 (low voltage), 256GB SSD, and a thunderbolt connection that can drive an external HD7850-caliber GPU... If I could have that, I'd retire the desktop smile.gif

Id love that and have a bios toggle for the GPU. It recognizes if a thunderbolt GPU is connect and uses it, if not it uses the IGP.
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At this point we can only dream, but if MSI ever goes forward with it, they will have a solid market for it.

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hmmm this is an interesting and possibly FANTASTIC idea as long as you could add your own gpu as others have suggested. That is obviously as long as the enclosures don't cost an arm and a leg to buy.
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