Will a USB 2.0 graphics card enhance my gaming experience on a G42 HP laptop?

Rahul Tripathi March 2, 2013
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Can I get a USB graphics card of 1 GB or more and will it increase my gaming experience? I am using G42 HP notebook. Please give me some suggestions?

  1. DIANE WHITE
    March 3, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    No it will not.

    • Muo TechGuy
      March 4, 2013 at 9:06 am

      I'm going to vote your answer anyway, as its clearly the most correct, but a little explanation would have been good too!

  2. Jan Fritsch
    March 2, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    USB graphics cards don't add any graphics performance. They are primarily designed to add graphic outputs to connect additional monitors. In fact it will use some of your CPUs performance further limiting your gaming experience.

    The solutions I know of are ExpressCard expansion cards or Thunderbolt to PCI-Express.

    One of them is the ASUS XG which requires an ExpressCard slot and ~at this time ~ is quite aged and doesn't really offer the performance for current games.
    http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/XG_Station/

    The other one is the Sonnet Thunderbolt to PCIe expansion chassis.
    http://www.sonnettech.com/product/echoexpresschassis.html

    The third solution I found is DYI
    http://www.techradar.com/us/news/computing-components/graphics-cards/how-to-make-an-external-laptop-graphics-adaptor-915616

    I didn't see either interface Thunderbolt or ExpressCard on the G42 so I'm afraid there is no solution for you.

  3. ha14
    March 2, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    How to Upgrade Your Notebook Graphics Card Using DIY ViDOCK
    http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=5846&review=how+to+upgrade+laptop+graphics+notebook

    it depends if G42 HP notebook (BIOS) support external graphic card, check als if your laptop support Mobile PCI Express Module
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_PCI_Express_Module
    An external GPU will reduce CPU load if the software is designed to use an external GPU.

    ViDock 2: are external graphics cards finally here? http://optimitza.cat/news/2009/07/01/vidock-2-are-external-graphics-cards-finally-here/#sthash.n97IayH9.dpuf