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post #51 of 110
Gotcha. I wonder how they fit it in such a small package then? Surely there's a way to build it without lugging around a full-size computer psu.
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i was able to snatch a cheapo dell PSU and rig it to power on and play games that way but i ended up just getting a 4650 since it didnt need external power and used it. the best thing to do is just buy a laptop that already has the video card you need unless you really really really have a need for this.
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post #53 of 110
Quote:
Originally Posted by killeraxemannic View Post
if your going for a small PSU I would say this would be the way to go! Its only 300w but its only powering a graphics card

Amazon.com: Shuttle PC50-PW 300W Power Supply for XPC: Electronics
No.... the problem with using an ATX PSU is that many suffer from crossloading. Older/cheaper units require some load on the +5v/+3.3v rails. If they don't, the +12v line will be poorly regulated or out-of-spec.

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Originally Posted by cyanmcleod View Post
i was able to snatch a cheapo dell PSU and rig it to power on and play games that way but i ended up just getting a 4650 since it didnt need external power and used it. the best thing to do is just buy a laptop that already has the video card you need unless you really really really have a need for this.
From my experience with cheapo dell PSUs, you were probably damaging your card if you were using it for just +12v.
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No.... the problem with using an ATX PSU is that many suffer from crossloading. Older/cheaper units require some load on the +5v/+3.3v rails. If they don't, the +12v line will be poorly regulated or out-of-spec.
In this case what type of PSU would you recommend for a setup like this?
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post #55 of 110
Quote:
Originally Posted by killeraxemannic View Post
In this case what type of PSU would you recommend for a setup like this?
a modern one

or while powering the GPU
plug in some fans or hdd's or something along those lines

but this is kinda old news isn't it?

thsi was developed by someone notebookreviews like ages ago

as linked by OP

they have a huge thread over on their forum
(forum.notebookreview.com) if your interested for more info
post #56 of 110
This one looks very stupid.
Now, Make a brick power adapter for that and maybe were in to something.
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My friend had been looking into buying a ViDock or building his own. The price of the ViDock and a decent GPU would have been a more than decent used desktop. Thanks for the link.
    
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From my experience with cheapo dell PSUs, you were probably damaging your card if you were using it for just +12v.
yeah, thats why i ended up getting a card that did not require external power.
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FSP, Visiontek, and a couple other companies make +12V only PSUs with only PCI-E and EPS +12V power connectors. (like this and this)

They tend to be pretty mediocre performers but it could be a viable option.
     
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Originally Posted by AgentHydra View Post
FSP, Visiontek, and a couple other companies make +12V only PSUs with only PCI-E and EPS +12V power connectors. (like this and this)

They tend to be pretty mediocre performers but it could be a viable option.
That seems pretty win for this setup! I wonder how good the cheap one is. Probably better than just powering the card of an unregulated power brick!
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