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EXP GDC Beast Laptop External Video Card Dock (Gaming on laptop w/ Desktop graphics card) $36

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Gamer maybe interested, I didn't know this existed, seems pretty interesting.

https://www.gearbest.com/laptop-a...102.html?f

It looks like you can take a laptop and put a desktop graphics card with this device / dock. A bit of hack but look at the youtube video below doesn't seems too hard. The video shows mini-pci version, but this product link is for express card version. $36 gives your laptop option to play high graphics game is not bad. Say you are traveling, bring your laptop, this device and your expensive graphics card, you could play your fav game on a hotel TV woot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG-VJFzrSKk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFWnOJSbHiU

EDIT: You don't need the express card or the mini-pci connector if you are displaying it to external monitor / TV.
EDIT2: Oops sorry, I think I'm wrong, I think you do need the either express card or the mini-pci connector on 2nd thought. Dumb me, how else can the laptop display. Yea, then it gets to be messy, probably not worth the trouble unless you don't mind.
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What a mess.
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Which version is this?

This one on amazon looks similar (a bit more expensive but faster shipping): https://smile.amazon.com/B0725B6L99/

Another listing on amazon mentions version 8.0.

I would first find a tutorial or at least a message board to find out which dock works well with your laptop.

I think in most cases laptops with expresscard slots have lower bandwidth than what would be ideal for a video card. If you want to use the card for gpu computing or to drive the laptop's internal display, i think you'll take an even bigger hit than if you were to use it for driving en external display only. That being said, I think it would make some games playable on an external display for laptops that couldn't run the game itself. I've read about these primarily for thinkpad x series, which are good business laptops, but lacking in graphics performance. I think there is an issue with 16gb ram with an egpu (external gpu) on the x220. I think lenovo may have fixed the driver to handle this for the x230s, but i am not sure.

For someone looking at x and t series lenovos, the x230 / t430 were the last yeat with full powered processors. It has taken until this year's x270, or maybe last year's x260. To reach the same perfoance as the x230. However starting with x240 there was a smaller size and better battery life.

About egpus, they are now moving to usb-c and similar, but be sure to check before you buy as not all usb-c ports will allow it. And alienware had (maybe still has) a proprietary port with better bandwidth for an egpu.

These docks were 100 or so a few years back, and are likely on sale because they are no longer in demand. But a good price for those who want to play around with egpu or want to extend the life of their laptop but upgrade to a 4k external monitor. The next couple years may see some big gains ifor intel processors with more cores if you want to hold out.
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Which laptop still has express slot?
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Which laptop still has express slot?
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Which laptop still has express slot?
The laptops that were made prior to Laptops becoming a disposable thing. I'd say the last ones were circa 2010 ish.
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Which laptop still has express slot?
They have both an Express card and a pci-e versions of these. The pci-e connects in place of your WiFi card on most computers. Bandwidth is very low because pci-e only use 1 or 2 pins.

There's a very nice explanation at r/egpu.
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They have both an Express card and a pci-e versions of these. The pci-e connects in place of your WiFi card on most computers. Bandwidth is very low because pci-e only use 1 or 2 pins.

There's a very nice explanation at r/egpu.
Pci-e are raiser for crypto mining. Not meant for gaming.
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Which version is this?

This one on amazon looks similar (a bit more expensive but faster shipping): https://smile.amazon.com/B0725B6L99/

Another listing on amazon mentions version 8.0.

I would first find a tutorial or at least a message board to find out which dock works well with your laptop.

I think in most cases laptops with expresscard slots have lower bandwidth than what would be ideal for a video card. If you want to use the card for gpu computing or to drive the laptop's internal display, i think you'll take an even bigger hit than if you were to use it for driving en external display only. That being said, I think it would make some games playable on an external display for laptops that couldn't run the game itself. I've read about these primarily for thinkpad x series, which are good business laptops, but lacking in graphics performance. I think there is an issue with 16gb ram with an egpu (external gpu) on the x220. I think lenovo may have fixed the driver to handle this for the x230s, but i am not sure.

For someone looking at x and t series lenovos, the x230 / t430 were the last yeat with full powered processors. It has taken until this year's x270, or maybe last year's x260. To reach the same perfoance as the x230. However starting with x240 there was a smaller size and better battery life.

About egpus, they are now moving to usb-c and similar, but be sure to check before you buy as not all usb-c ports will allow it. And alienware had (maybe still has) a proprietary port with better bandwidth for an egpu.

These docks were 100 or so a few years back, and are likely on sale because they are no longer in demand. But a good price for those who want to play around with egpu or want to extend the life of their laptop but upgrade to a 4k external monitor. The next couple years may see some big gains ifor intel processors with more cores if you want to hold out.
In the FAQ, it says this is version 7:/
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