Bizon or similar external GPU

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by GSApple, Jul 31, 2016.

  1. GSApple macrumors newbie

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    Has anyone got one for their MBP that doesnt have a dedicated GPU?

    Now Ive got Win10 running on my early 11 i7 13" MBP Im hoping to get thunderbolt working which is not a given as my model was the last model not to be officially supported, even though all the other drivers work.

    I had an external GPU on a PC notebook and it was awesome.

    You just have to weigh up cost to benefit ratio.
     
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  3. Flint Ironstag macrumors 6502a

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  4. venom600 macrumors 6502a

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    Essentially it looks like a Thunderbolt 2/Mac compatible alternative to the RazerCore or the Alienware graphics dock that are available for PCs. It looks legit...
     
  5. Flint Ironstag macrumors 6502a

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    So who has tried one? Not satisfied with my gaming performance.
     
  6. Garrod macrumors regular

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    I'd actually fork out for one for my late 2013 top-spec iMac...except it only has Thunderbolt 1 so the cost far outweighs any performance gain from the internal Nvidia 780m 4GB. That being said, if Apple don't release a new iMac that can compete with a decent gaming PC then this is the last Mac I'll be owning...until they get their stuff together.
     
  7. venom600, Aug 11, 2016
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    Then this is the last Mac you'll own. There hasn't been a Mac that could serve as a decent gaming computer since the Mac Pro towers were killed, and they were horrendously expensive.

    I understand the cost of this box is prohibitive, but it's in line with what other expansion chassis cost and it should work on any machine you get in the future.
     
  8. monokitty macrumors regular

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    Unless you are tight on free desk space or want to game strictly under OS X and not Windows for some reason, there's little reason to buy into this solution. A custom built gaming PC is worlds better and unlikely very much more extra money - and not restricted to TB2/3 (when the 3 version comes later, presumably).
     
  9. venom600 macrumors 6502a

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    It's the same reason people are buying Windows notebooks with external graphics cards. It works in Windows just fine, btw. Not everyone wants two computers and this gives those of us willing to pay the premium the best of both worlds. Sort of like the Powerbook Duo had a dock that turned it into a full desktop.
     
  10. Flint Ironstag macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not tight on space, but I am primarily interested in gaming under OS X.

    Also, the PCIE to thunderbolt adapter in the expansion chassis I linked are upgradeable all the way from TB1 to TB3 for a couple hundred.
     
  11. Irishman macrumors 68030

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    Things are definitely getting interesting now! The pricing on the different BizonBox configs includes the nVidia GPU you choose, including the 200W pus and a half meter TB2 cable. https://bizon-tech.com/us/bizonbox2-egpu.html
     

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