Can I upgrade my laptop with a USB graphics card?
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Can I get a USB graphics card of 1 GB dedicated memory for my laptop, which could not be upgraded? Is there a thing called USB graphics card or am I thinking too advanced?

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    why waste your time,just buy a desktop,or n alienware? thyere doing like 800 pounds discounts with dell right now,i just got an email saying so,might have too be a dell customer though so…but alienware laptops are the best out there,unless someone can tell me a cheaper way of getting a super high end gaming laptop?

    • Lokesh Singh

       Dude go for HP DV7t quad series I7 2.4 GHZ to 3.1 turbo boost, 8GB ram, 2GB DDR5 graphics card, 1TB hard disk,Blue ray reader only 1180$ price.

  • Nehr

    Has the AMD XGP been discontinued or something? Can’t find it for sale anywhere

  • Abinkarmakar

    Thanku very much i too was finding this type og graphics cards

  • Nike

    thanks so much

  • Anonymous

    Well there are some External graphical card for laptop, bt thet are expensive, if you are not budget controlled, then here are some that might interest you.

    . A way to add high-performance graphics to laptops was introduced by ATI in 2008: external graphics cards and external graphics port (XGP) technology.

    Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Graphics Booster powered by ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 that can be plugged to Fujitsu Siemens Amilo SA3650 or Acer Aspire Ferrari One.

    Asus xg Station
    A full package will include the XG Station graphics docking station, one ASUS EN7900GS graphics card and assorted accessories.It connects the two via the laptop’s express card slot, and the 3D card’s PCI express interface. The dock also has USB ports, a headphone jack, and that luscious LCD that shows PC stats like GPU clock speed, temp, master volume, and FPS.

    Vidock2:Supposedly it can use any PCI-E x16 card you want:
    ere the ViDock shines and becomes very attractive is for the user who already has a laptop but wants all of these features—multiple display functionality, increased graphics performance, HD video playback, and the convenience of a docking station—all in a single package.
    The price of the ViDock 2 with the ATI Radeon HD 4670 de 512 MB is 309 USD at Xotic PC. What kind of performance do you get for the price? According to the official specifications, a laptop with an Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 (2 GHz) scores 6349 in 3DMark 06 (1280×1024), while a GeForce 9600M GT GDDR3 with a similar processor (Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 2 GHz) scores 5128.


    MSI’s Graphics Upgrade Solution or GUS
    The GUS connects to your laptop via the ExpressCard slot. The devcie packs a a MSI Radeon HD 5670 1GB graphic card in it. You can also put other graphics card in it but the power limitations of the device restricts it to use the Radeon HD 5670 only.

    If its just a display output you want

    Magma ExpressBox1
    Magma’s ExpressBox / Express Box Pro allows users to operate a PCIe card up to 6.604- / 12.283-inches in length by handling up to 250MB/sec, providing dedicated power and cooling solutions, and playing nice with Windows XP, Vista, and OS X.
    the ExpressBox and ExpressBox Pro will run you a stiff $729 or $749, respectively.

    Installing an external card is simple as most of them just plug directly into a free USB 2.0 port. Some external graphics cards install differently though, such as the Asus XGstation. This external card connects to what’s called an ExpressCard slot, which is built into most newer laptops. As well as providing extra performance for your laptop, plugging your external video card in this way give you the option of overclocking the card for even more speed and power.

    The other great thing about external cards is that it can provide great high-performance 3D graphics without heating up your entire computer. The more powerful the card the more heat it will produce, but you don’t have to worry about this with external GPUs since they usually have their own external cooling system too.

  • Tim Brookes

    Unfortunately USB is too slow to carry the data required by a graphics card. USB is slower than even an old PCI card, which is why the current offerings need to be bolted straight into the motherboard via PCI-Express.

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