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A SB at 3.4GHz base (3.8GHz single-core turbo) will still beat a a IVB at 2.7GHz base (3.7Ghz single-core turbo) in the vast majority of cases. IVB has a slight IPC advantage which can allow it beat a stock SB in a intensive single-threaded application but that's not common for gaming anymore.
Also, i7-3820QM is twice as expensive and current generation.

The quad core turbo of the 3820QM is still 3.5Ghz as long as it stays below a set TDP (3.5/3.5/3.6/3.7 - 4c/3c/2c/1c). In addition, you can use Intel XTU to set the clock on the non-XM processors to 3.8/3.8/3.9/4.0 (4c/3c/2c/1c) by pretty much hitting a switch and of course the XM processors are only limited by cooling. Either way these new mobile chips give their desktop counterparts a run for their money.
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Im wondering how much mobile CPU's will bottleneck current high end GPU's in this fashion. I also wonder how much input lag is generated through this type of setup compared to a discrete solution interconnected via PCI-Express.
bottleneck? its looks you where out of the mobile world for a long time my friend, the intel i7 3940xm clocked 3.6 GHZ all cores or 3.9GHZ 1 cores is in pair with the i7 3770k so the only question here are thunderbolt GPU able to provide a full speed gpu as the PCI ones?
     
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"Gaming Rig" term are abused too much, even crappy alienware with nividia 545 OEM is called gaming rig.

Being fair, at lower resolutions a GT545 would be good enough for most games, seriously, I can max out some modern DX10 games on a 9800GTX+ on a 1366x768 screen.
    
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This is literally the technology I have been waiting for. I've seen kits that allow you to run video cards via a laptops PCcard slot, but it required extensive modding and runs like it's in a x4 PCI slot.. Thunderbolt looks really promising in the future. Hopefully thunderbolt will be a standard technology in laptops in the next few years. I honestly don't see thunderbolt being used yet. USB 3.0 is just now being used and boards with USB 3.0 have been available since 2010.
Edited by M3T4LM4N222 - 9/11/12 at 4:12pm
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I thought this already existed...



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I thought this already existed...

Here
This is the ghetto way of the same idea.
     
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post #47 of 68
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This is the ghetto way of the same idea.

there are ways of making it look like a really nice AIO package....

here is a whole thread of stats of people using ext.GPU's
http://forum.notebookreview.com/e-gpu-external-graphics-discussion/418851-diy-egpu-experiences.html
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I thought this already existed...

Here

External PCIe cables are faster than Thunderbolt (36GB/s vs 10GB/s), but IIRC, Thunderbolt has an advantage of sustaining that 10GB/s at full duplex mode on 2 separate channels at once (quadplex?). The determining factor would be the implementation on the motherboard I think. Does PCIe cable go directly to the motherboard's bus, and then to the CPU? IIRC, Thunderbolt has a direct bus to the CPU, which could give it an advantage despite slower channel speeds.

On a less technical note, Thunderbolt also lets you daisy chain stuff, so you could run a monitor, an external HDD, and your GPU off a single port on the computer. You could set up your laptop to where you could dock it with just 3 cables. Thunderbolt going to the display, HDD (with games loaded on it), and GPU, power cable, and a USB keyboard (With the USB mouse plugging into the keyboard optionally).
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there are ways of making it look like a really nice AIO package....
here is a whole thread of stats of people using ext.GPU's
http://forum.notebookreview.com/e-gpu-external-graphics-discussion/418851-diy-egpu-experiences.html
That will take hell a lot of time O.O
     
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bottleneck? its looks you where out of the mobile world for a long time my friend, the intel i7 3940xm clocked 3.6 GHZ all cores or 3.9GHZ 1 cores is in pair with the i7 3770k so the only question here are thunderbolt GPU able to provide a full speed gpu as the PCI ones?

I haven't been out of the loop for long at all, I own a SB laptop now. My statement was generic, let me refine it a bit. I was more talking about lower spec'd ultrabooks that utilize I3/I5 and low tdp I7 processors. Processors that are made for lower power consumption and longer battery life. Apparently there should be no bottleneck with top of the lines Ultrabooks equipped with the high end I7 mobile CPU's , but their are far too many processors used in Ultrabooks that aren't high end I7's that are more what I am curious about.


The I3'/I5 and low power I7 processors are dual cores with hyperthreading, take this "ultrabook" for instance http://www.meridianavstore.com/pd-acer-nx-ryxaa-003-aspire-s5-391-9880-us-13-3-ultrabook-computer.cfm
(I7 3517U http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Core-i7-3517U-Notebook-Processor.74462.0.html)
Are you still telling me that a 17 watt TDP mobile processor is going to perform as well as a desktop I7 IB processor, and it will not bottleneck a GTX680?

Furthermore, I am not stating that there will be a bottleneck present in any of these setups, I am merely stating my curiosity as to whether one will exist.
Edited by Mattb2e - 9/11/12 at 6:02pm
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