PCI Express Developing Blazing-Fast External Standard



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I imagine all that would be required for an external GPU would be an external enclosure or docking bay and AC to DC power supply and cord (similar to the power supplies and cords used on laptops).

I really don't see this as a roadblock at all.

Dan O. 




You can even make your own, and/or hardwire it to your internal mPCI-E slot.



this outta piss on intel's parade :)



Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't there already an option to have an external graphics card attached to laptops?  I don't remember where I read it, but I seem to remember there being a connector of sorts that would allow a full-length PCIe (x16) card to power the graphics of a laptop, or at the very least, be connected to a laptop for computational purposes


EDIT: Also, I see that this isn't going to work with external graphics cards, but I believe this will be more geard towards external hard drives/creating external PCIe SSD's in the future



External graphics has takens many forms over the years, but have not really taken off due to the increasing performance of integrated graphics, and the increasingly limited bandwidth of the more commonly available external interfaces or the cost of custom external interfaces. Usually now you only get basic USB conversion that really only amounts to an additional video port.

This is a prime example of what you are talking about though http://www.villagetronic.com/vidock/index.html




I believe it was the vidock also ati xgp then I forget one more that showed up...

EDIT: Found it here http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/21/msi-graphics-upgrade-solution-seeks-an-expresscard-slot-to-call/ in my opinion it looked pretty promising.



It's close to what I remember, but at the same time, It's not even remotely what I was thinking.  What I remember was kind of like an actual PCIex16 slot, mounted to a small PCB, then wired to the laptop.  This way, you can use an actual graphics card in conjunction with the laptop



It's still a dream it just means that you would have to buy a base that would coonect to the PCI cable and plugs into a power bar to support a graphics card.

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