External Videocard makes it way to laptops.....and the Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by findnemo, Jan 6, 2007.

  1. findnemo macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2006
  2. ventro macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2006
    This is potentially awesome... only problem is that they won't really be driver supported within OSX. Windows maybe, but it'd probably have to be a card that was already supported within OSX on a different mac or something to work properly.
  3. findnemo thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2006
    We need more information!!!!!!

    I wonder if you need a computer to use this.....I think it uses the pc's PCI express slot then transfers to the dock then to the laptop's express slot.

    That would be pretty pointless then to have a PC with a strong graphics card outputting to a dock which then outputs to your laptop....why not just use the PC then.

    Would be brilliant if the dock has a graphics card itself then outputs to the laptop.
  4. Stacc macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2005
    From what I understand, this would be plugged in to a laptops expresscard slot, and then you would plug in an external monitor into the external enclosure. The external enclosure would hold a video card.

    While I really like the idea of this, it probably won't provide any performance benefit to those of us on macbook pros. The problem is expresscard slots don't get enough bandwidth to feed a high performance graphics card. Most graphics cards use a 16 lane pci express connection while a expresscard slot only provides one lane.

    I would be surprised if this ever made it to market. The only people who will benefit from this will be those who are running on integrated graphics in their laptop. The problem is that if you are running on integrated graphics you probably don't care about games and other 3d apps or else you wouldn't have gotten integrated graphics in the first place.

    Even if this did make it to market mac support would be unlikely and the ati x1600 already in the macbook pros would probably be faster.

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