External Graphic Cards for Laptops - The Enclosures


Before I got the ViDock4 I researched many different devices. Some are out in the market today, some are exclusive to specific products, and some never came to the market.  If you are a tech person and are looking for a solution check the ones below. Some graphics cards need extra power and some do not, some solutions have them and some dont.  Enjoy my little research!


Fujitsu Amilo

This is the first one I ran into. It got me interested in the possibility of hooking an external graphics to my Lenovo X201.


My gosh... can they make a more cheesy video?

This is the first one I ran across and got me interested.

Features:
One of the first external solutions
Run up to 3 external displays
Two additional USB 2 ports
ATI Radeon HD 3870 (it's an ok card)
Easy switching between graphics

The problem
It's for compatible ATI GXP Connector laptops only (Like the Amilo SA 3650)

Did I buy it?
NO

Link:
http://ts.fujitsu.com/home/products/notebooks/amilo_graphic_booster.html


ViDock

The second one I ran into. What got me interested in ViDock is that it's actually out there.


Pros:
In the market
Multiple versions
Supports some high end graphics cards
Some systems accept easy graphics switching

Cons:
Expensive and expensive shipping
Terrible documentation
Some systems do not accept easy graphics switching

Did I buy it?
YES - ViDock 4

Village Instruments cons:
Website looks like 1998
Terrible documentation
OK Customer Service

Links:
http://www.villagetronic.com/
http://www.villagetronic.com/vidock2/index.html
http://www.jessebandersen.com/2010/11/vidock-4-unbox-hardware-setup-software.html


ATI XGP Technology

This is basically the Amilo, but they could have licensed this to other companies.


Links:
http://www.amd.com/us/products/technologies/ati-xgp/Pages/ati-xgp.aspx


Asus XG Station

I could not find a place where they sold this solution, so I'm going to assume that it didn't come to the market.


Links:
http://www.engadget.com/2007/01/08/hands-on-with-the-asus-xg-station-external-gpu/


PCI-Express Box by Magma

Another solution. This one is up for order.


Pros:
It's on the market

Cons:
55w internal power (you can't have some of the latest GPUs)
The most expensive solution ($730 to $750)

Did I buy it?
Hell no

Links:
ExpressBox1
ExpressBox2


MSI Graphics Upgrade Solution ( GUS )

This is one of the coolest looking ones.


Pros:
Looks sexy

Cons:
Limited to card power supply needs
Good luck finding one

Did I buy it?
No. I needed more power for my HD 5770

Links:
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/laptops/2010/05/21/computex-2010-preview-msi/1


Do it Yourself ViDock (DIY ViDock)

There are "home made" versions. They can be good if you put the time and effort.  You will also have to figure out the power needs for your card.



Links:
http://www.harmonicinversion.com
http://forum.notebookreview.com/gaming-software-graphics-cards/418851-diy-vidock-experiences.html#post5324240


Some Chris Pirillo Spam - External Video Cards

Chris makes videos that don't exactly resolve the problem.  He's one of the kings of capturing keywords to increase view count and traffic to his websites.  But he's got a few good words in this video so I'll add it.



So what did I buy?
The ViDock 4. It offered the solution for the power needs of my ATI Radeon HD 5770.
http://www.jessebandersen.com/2010/11/vidock-4-unbox-hardware-setup-software.html

Did I miss any? ;)



Alienware Graphics Amplifier


Up to 375 W graphics cards supported.

More info:

Published: Nov 12, 2010

5 comments:

  1. Thank you for your research and for sharing it! You save folks a lot of steps here.

    Michael

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  2. Good place to start; well done.

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  3. Nice one Jesse, just getting the ViDock 4+ to work. Can you help?

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  4. can i run vidock 4 on my laptop ..specs are given below..

    CPU : Intel core 2 duo T6670 2.20GHz 2.20GHz
    GPU : Intel GM45 express chipset
    Ram : 2gb ddr3 or 3gb ddr2 (because i have two laptop whose CPU and GPU are same but ram is different..
    ExpressCard/34 slot: Supports ExpressCard/34 (both have same)

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  5. I have learnt various good stuff right here, and I’m sure everyone will get advantage of it. Make ID Cards

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