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I'd love a solution like this. Work and portability on the go, heavy duty gaming setup at home sounds fantastic.
I doubt any current interface can give enough bandwidth/low latency...what do you think?
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Nobody games on battery.

I don't say it's useless by the way. Mainly that it's so immobile, that after a point it might be worth it getting a Desktop. Especially if the solution doesn't give more than x4 v2 PCI-E lanes, then the cost over performance is high.

He doesnt mean to game on battery. he means to have ONE system that is for gaming and for mobile.
So the perfect solution would be to have a laptop with a decent cpu & thunderbolt for gaming when you get home.
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This is why I love thunderbolt. It's basically a PCI-E + a video out slot in one. I wish displayport became the standard instead of HDMI.
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Depending on the cost of adapters it might be cheaper to get bottom of the barrel desktop system and plug the card in there directly. I mean without factoring in the cost of the GFX card you can get something already together for as low as ~200 EUR. For 10 extra EUR you can bolt an handle to it wink.gif if portability is really needed for that "gaming" system.

(ignore the radiator, its not the macbook you are looking for).
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Why do people think that Pcie X4 2.0 is a bad thing, You can get 85-95% performance from a 7970 ghz... That's plenty, it's far better then anything mobile in a macbook air is going to offer.
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it's too bad it costs so much
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If Apple stuck this in an attractive case, power supply integrated and all, that would blend in seamlessly with current Macs.

It would sell. Like crazy.

Honestly, if they did that, I think they'd actually have a winning product that could be marketed towards the enthusiast community here AND their normal Apple customers alike. I'd actually be interested in a fairly svelte external GPU enclosure, even if its made by Apple (which honestly, I have no problems with like some people).
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Depending on the cost of adapters it might be cheaper to get bottom of the barrel desktop system and plug the card in there directly. I mean without factoring in the cost of the GFX card you can get something already together for as low as ~200 EUR. For 10 extra EUR you can bolt an handle to it wink.gif if portability is really needed for that "gaming" system.

(ignore the radiator, its not the macbook you are looking for).

This isn't really the point, its about being able to seamlessly transfer between gaming and non-gaming modes on one portable machine. Having two computers is a major pain in the ass. Say you installed a program you like on your laptop, and also want it on your desktop. You're going to have to go through the trouble of reinstalling that program on the desktop. Same goes for managing music and video libraries on both machines, its just a pain. Being able to have a laptop with great battery life and portability to use on the go, and the ability to plug in to a eGPU at home when gaming is desired is a great solution. You also have a bit more money saved from not having to use redundant components (i.e. SSD, screen, CPU, etc), so more can go into the system overall.
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I could have sworn there was something like this a while back that used an Expresscard Slot headscratch.gif:
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This isn't really the point, its about being able to seamlessly transfer between gaming and non-gaming modes on one portable machine. Having two computers is a major pain in the ass. Say you installed a program you like on your laptop, and also want it on your desktop. You're going to have to go through the trouble of reinstalling that program on the desktop. Same goes for managing music and video libraries on both machines, its just a pain. Being able to have a laptop with great battery life and portability to use on the go, and the ability to plug in to a eGPU at home when gaming is desired is a great solution. You also have a bit more money saved from not having to use redundant components (i.e. SSD, screen, CPU, etc), so more can go into the system overall.
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Originally Posted by jakethesnake438 View Post

He doesnt mean to game on battery. he means to have ONE system that is for gaming and for mobile.
So the perfect solution would be to have a laptop with a decent cpu & thunderbolt for gaming when you get home.

How people completely miss the entire point is beyond me.
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