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Is AMD working on an external graphics card solution for amplifying your gaming notebook’s capabilities? If the tease AMD’s Robert Hallock just dropped on Facebook is any indication, the answer is a confident yes.

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Something like this would be great for my older Lenovo T420. The Sandy Brdige i5 has a lot of power but without a GPU I can't play games very well on it.
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Wonder if this has anything to do with GDC? rolleyes.gif
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Something like this would be great for my older Lenovo T420. The Sandy Brdige i5 has a lot of power but without a GPU I can't play games very well on it.
Don't forget the Mobile Sandy i5's are actually only dual cores (2450 and the like) so you might be overestimating the performance you have available especially if it has low clocks. Additionally external gpus need a fast connection to the memory and without something like pci-e or thunderbolt it therefore won't work.

Don't get your hopes up.


I am more excited for Polaris I have dual 290s now so not sure if I will be upgrading but always excited for new tech.
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Don't forget the Mobile Sandy i5's are actually only dual cores (2450 and the like) so you might be overestimating the performance you have available especially if it has low clocks. Additionally external gpus need a fast connection to the memory and without something like pci-e or thunderbolt it therefore won't work.

Don't get your hopes up.


I am more excited for Polaris I have dual 290s now so not sure if I will be upgrading but always excited for new tech.

It's a i5-2520M, a dual core but also a 35w part. It easily compares to some newer low power mobile i7's that are built to throttle. With a proper video card it could manage 1080p gaming, it could easily run games at the laptop's native 1366x768 resolution.
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It's a i5-2520M, a dual core but also a 35w part. It easily compares to some newer low power mobile i7's that are built to throttle. With a proper video card it could manage 1080p gaming, it could easily run games at the laptop's native 1366x768 resolution.

I actually just signed in to comment on this. You can indeed get an eGPU working on the T420, but the CPU will indeed bottleneck you to the extreme. I upgraded to an i7-2640, and used a P4CH express card adapter along with a GTX 770. After having to mess around with the OS's ACPI table, I was able to get the card to be hotswapped without a Device 12 error (which was a huge pain,) but the card really did not perform as well as I wanted.

The card did wind up using Optimus and enabling PCI-e compression, but there were so many situations where it would sit there either bottlenecked by the 1x PCI-e lane, or the CPU itself. Turns out HWMonitor has a bus monitoring option (and you can use task manager for the CPU,) and when the bus was not being saturated, the CPU was. This was using an external monitor, not streaming it back to the internal LCD.

I definitely think we are heading towards viable eGPU graphics, but this setup was not worth the hassle imo. I wound up just taking the card out and putting it into my server for folding.
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I'm so happy!!!! A new standard in such an industry. I'll be using it with a laptop in a future for traveling.
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If the price for a dock is decent enough ($100-ish) I would highly consider replacing my desktop for a laptop.
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I actually just signed in to comment on this. You can indeed get an eGPU working on the T420, but the CPU will indeed bottleneck you to the extreme. I upgraded to an i7-2640, and used a P4CH express card adapter along with a GTX 770. After having to mess around with the OS's ACPI table, I was able to get the card to be hotswapped without a Device 12 error (which was a huge pain,) but the card really did not perform as well as I wanted.

The card did wind up using Optimus and enabling PCI-e compression, but there were so many situations where it would sit there either bottlenecked by the 1x PCI-e lane, or the CPU itself. Turns out HWMonitor has a bus monitoring option (and you can use task manager for the CPU,) and when the bus was not being saturated, the CPU was. This was using an external monitor, not streaming it back to the internal LCD.

I definitely think we are heading towards viable eGPU graphics, but this setup was not worth the hassle imo. I wound up just taking the card out and putting it into my server for folding.



Could you fold from the laptop? Those i3 i5 have lot more power than needed to game at 30fps + in older game... Was playing with a e8400 in bf3


Im interrested in using those pcie adapter on ebay. And drop a 7950 in my t4500 laptop and upgrade it to a t9300. Would be able to give it as a desktop replacement and probably be able to browser smoother with hardware acceleration.


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