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External Thunderbolt GPU turns your Ultrabook in powerful game PC

Posted at 13 September 2012 19:28 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

We’re all used to external HDDs,  we’re aware of external sound cards, but what if you could bring your GPU with you? Especially when you have a portable computer such as a laptop or Ultrabook, which you mainly use for work or office related tasks and bring everywhere, but also want to use it as a gaming machine?  New technology makes it possible to turn your Ultrabook into a powerful game system.

The company Lucid has demonstrated this during a private session with LaptopMag during the Intel Developer Forum. Lucid showcased an external prototype graphic card that connected to an Ultrabook with the Thunderbolt interface. The graphic card was in its own case,  had its own power supply and was based on a AMD Radeon 6700 chip.

An external graphic card would also allow easier future upgrades, if you want a more powerful card you just buy a new one and connect it to your laptop or PC.  And with Thunderbolt it should also be possible to tie multiple cards together to get even more performance.

Unfortunately its unknown which company made the prototype card nor when it would be released and a what price. Get all the details on

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Posted on: 13 Sep 12 15:50

    You don't have permission to access /404/ on this server.
    Did you stash the article in the secret pr0n forum?
    Posted on: 13 Sep 12 21:48
      It was scheduled to go live later, but already got posted on the forum
      MyCE Member
      Posted on: 13 Sep 12 22:01
        What a stupid idea. My son just bought a 0.78" thick HP Envy 6 Sleekbook (like an ultrabook but with an AMD processor). It has a 15.6" LED display, a NextGen AMD A6-4455M dual core 2.6 GHz processor, 6 GB of RAM (upgradable to 16), AMD Radion 7500G video with 1 GB RAM (supports 3 GB using shared system RAM) and an HDMI port. It also has three USB ports (two are USB 3.0), stereo speakers and a subwoofer, and it even included a really nice set of Beats Solo HD headphones. Anway, my point. It's a sleekbook (ultrabook), my son is very happy using it for gaming (he mostly plays Minecraft, but also plays a few multi-player online shooter type games, and a lot of games from Steam.), and it was only $630.00. I know it isn't a really powerful game machine, but it's more than adequate for the typical gamer, and anyone who wants a really powerful game machine probably isn't interested in playing games on an ultrabook anyway. So, if I'm right about that, doesnt' it kind of blow the whole theory behind this external Thunderbolt GPU?

        By the way, DrageMester, the links worked for me. Maybe they've been fixed.
        MyCE Member
        Posted on: 14 Sep 12 09:18
          Originally Posted by DoMiN8ToR
          It was scheduled to go live later, but already got posted on the forum
          Whatever happened to the contributor called 'CrabbyAppleton' on here?
          Posted on: 14 Sep 12 13:47
            Originally Posted by FreqNasty_RiseS
            Whatever happened to the contributor called 'CrabbyAppleton' on here?
            Hi FreqNasty, we miss him too, everyday! Unfortunately his day job was too demanding to continue to post news

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