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post #31 of 45
Personally I'd have no use for it. If my laptop can't run it from 10000' in the air or on a car ride, i won't install it. I guess it wouldn't be too bad if you always ran from a desk, but then you might as well buy a better laptop. +bottleneckin'.

I'm sure they could sell it, though.
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Originally Posted by pangolinman View Post

The big problem here is how would you power the GPU?
An external PSU? Thats even more to lug around. You can't transmit enough power via thunderbolt to actually power a decent GPU

You're already carrying around more if you are carrying a full size GPU in a thunderbolt enclosure,so how is carrying a laptop type PSU a problem?
IMO,I'd rather carry around a GPU with a PSU brick when I need it than use a mobile GPU or being stuck with the iGPU.
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If only it could deliver the image back to the laptop LCD..
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post #34 of 45

This allows for a peripheral expansion box..  (ala the Ti-99/4a era).  *snicker

 

 

post #35 of 45
Intel seems to be trying to compete with AMD's fusion line with this.

Seems ok for people that go to work and need some extra power for their job.

I especially see this as something good for people that run a lot of screens since a laptop would either struggle or outright be impossible to run 3+ screens with it. Get an AMD card in there for 6 screen eyefinity productivity. biggrin.gif
     
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post #36 of 45
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Originally Posted by armourcore9brker View Post

Intel seems to be trying to compete with AMD's fusion line with this.
Seems ok for people that go to work and need some extra power for their job.
I especially see this as something good for people that run a lot of screens since a laptop would either struggle or outright be impossible to run 3+ screens with it. Get an AMD card in there for 6 screen eyefinity productivity. biggrin.gif


Just so they can use amd cards with it probably lachen.gif

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I could see this evolving into an external, plug and play PCI-E rack. You set it on the desk next to the laptop, plug it in, and plug it into the wall along with your laptop power cord. Forget trying to power it off the laptop. The rack could have its own built in PSU that just plugs into the wall. I could see this having great aesthetic appeal. It's just a small case, maybe with 3-4 PCI-E slots on a small PCB board. Have it complete with airflow cooling solutions. Kind of like a mini gaming rig case, but in only holds GPU's. Add a side window to the removable door. Mount an L.E.D. fan onto the window for both cooling and aesthetics. Make it just over a foot long, maybe 14 inches. And then make it about 8 inches wide. Of course it would have to be tall enough to support a quad Crossfire/SLI setup. Also the internal PSU would have to pump somewhere close to 800W to be able to support the power draw of such a configuration. The case should also have a handle of some kind to make it easy to move around. Though even fully loaded I don't see it weighing any more than 15 pounds.
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Quote:
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You do realize Thunderbolt isn't something you can buy? Well not externally anyway, if you could then there would be a major bottleneck .

I realize that.
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Cool idea, but it wont make mobile gaming possible. You'll have to lug that thing around, and I doubt its drawing power from the battery (or if it is, it'll be sub-1 hour).
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Guess desktop is getting closer to being ancient.
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