If I buy this can I use external graphic cards?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by chameleon81, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. chameleon81 macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2006
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    As far as I know, modern graphic cards are much faster than Thunderbolt offers, Thunderbolt offers speeds for GPUs that are some years old already, thus you might not get any performance boost after all.
  3. Nightarchaon macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
    It only gives a max of an 8x slot, most graphic cards are x16 slots, i would think any 8x slot cards would perform worse than the integrated one you already use
  4. Crispinds macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2012
    8x is fine for graphics cards... NVIDIA used to have SLI setup so that if you had two on one motherboard it would make them run at 8x instead because the motherboards couldn't support 2x16 lanes.

    However, the problem with this PCIe chassis is that PCIe cards need to be compatible with Thunderbolt technology, which are either none or maybe one.

    For a current listing of compatible cards visit http://eshop.macsales.com/tech_center/Thunderbolt/PCIe_Compatibility/
  5. chameleon81 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2006
  6. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    Probably not the right solution if you need high end graphics.
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    and where would you get the osx drivers for the graphics card?

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