Crazy idea

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

  1. blurobot macrumors member

    May 28, 2009
    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


    Dec 22, 2008
    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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