MSI features an external docking station based on the fast connection. Will there finally be an alternative to a dedicated graphics card on laptops?
If there is an unequivocal conclusion that can now be deduced from what we saw in CES is that the connection of Intel's Thunderbolt Found in the safe way To the mainstream of the technology world. Products that support the connection pop up in every corner of the exhibition, with one of the most interesting of them being The MSI GUS II.
The GUS II (the company's first GUS based on the ExpressCard connection and introduced two years ago) is an external docking station for video cards designed to connect to the computer (usually through the mobile)Thunderbolt It is.
We have already seen such external connection positions in the past, however Displays the Thunderbolt connection Which is capable of transferring as well Video And information together at a rate of up to 10Gbps has given us hope that this niche solution can become more accessible, popular and efficient.
MSI is not the first company Which speaks of the Thunderbolt position for graphics cards, But is the first to introduce one in practice - the GUS II contains an X16 PCI-Express slot to which the video card will be connected, which the user will be free to choose himself, and a connection Thunderbolt Which will connect the docking station to the computer.
The GUS II supports video cards with a thermal envelope of up to 150 watts, so you can not really turn your laptop into a monstrous gaming machine - although we could have known this earlier given the maximum speed of the connection.Thunderbolt, Which would undoubtedly create a bottleneck for graphic cards More powerful.
However, the model presented by MSI in the exhibition populated a card type Radeon HD 5770, which provides the most respectable power for computers Mobile - which undoubtedly illustrates the considerable potential of such stations, despite the existing limitations.
In the modern mobile market, where the demand for my life battery Long and alongside constant minimization dictates the trends, the ability to make use of enhanced graphics processing capabilities without "carrying" them with you everywhere sounds great to us.
MSI does not say how much the GUS II will cost or when it will be offered for sale, but we hope that the increase in the popularity of the G-Thunderbolt Will convince more and more manufacturers to invest in the concept of promising docking positions.