Crazy idea

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by blurobot, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. blurobot macrumors member

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    May 28, 2009
    #1
    Here's something crazy:

    - External graphics cards already works well in windows but os x lack driver support for these (according to other threads on mac rumors)
    - New Mac Pro announced with thunderbolt and (possibly) open the door for external thunderbolt graphics card expansion
    - New Mac Pro opens the door to the graphics card expansion market + drivers dev since now there is a clear go to market for these companies later this year
    - MBA could then possibly use thunderbolt 1 (slightly slower then 2 but still good enough) to run an external gpu which allows for 3x 27" thunderbolt screen and awesome gaming

    Am I crazy? am I the only one caring about this?

    Work is buying me a fully loaded 11" mba. How awesome would it be to be able to connect it to my 3 thunderbolt screens sitting in my basement connected to my (blah) PC?

    Possible or not?
     
  2. Menge macrumors 6502a

    Menge

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    Dec 22, 2008
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    Amsterdam
    #2
    Not going to happen with the current state of Thunderbolt:
    16x PCI-express 3.0 bandwidth = 15.75GB/s
    Thunderbolt 2.0 bandwidth = 5GB/s if using both lanes simultaneously

    You CAN run an external video card on Thunderbolt, but it won't necessarily be faster.
     

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