External game hardware for Mac Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jmass777, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. jmass777 macrumors newbie

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    Somewhere I saw a notice about the upcoming release of third-party game hardware for the Mac Air - an external box that includes a graphics card - but no mattter what I Google I can't find the name.

    Does anyone know the name or manufacturer of this hardware?

    thanks
     
  2. jmass777 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  3. komoornik macrumors regular

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    Big? You would like it to be slimmer , so you couldn't put a decent graphics card in there?
     
  4. castillo4141 macrumors member

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    This is a better use for the ThunderBolt connection than just file transfer, if this kind of hardware keeps developing, the so called "planned obsolescence" will be affected, but I guess that will be good in the long run for the ones that keep their machines for some time....besides...desktop graphic power without the need of a another computer - desktop PC - will be awesome for a gamer! The CPUs on the MBP are already good enough for most professionals and gamers, with a professional GPU it will be a complete package.:D
     
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    When (and if) they finally release the box, it is certain to be expensive, like $400 for the box with no graphics card. Add on a graphics card plus an external monitor (since it won't help the built in display) and you might as well just by a dedicated gaming machine.

    Plus someone will have to write drivers for it, and this is not trivial.
     
  6. komoornik macrumors regular

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    Village is saying about 250$ for the box if there will be enought pre orders.

    And there are actually drivers avaliable now - especially for nVidia.

    They're using Optimus technology and you can use built in display, but with a little cut to the performance.

    Of course we're talking about Windows here - but that's pretty obvious if you want to do some real gaming.
     

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