Ex­ter­nal graph­ics

NVIDIA an­nounces ex­ter­nal GPU boxes for Quadro cards.

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Back in COMPUTEX 2017, NVIDIA an­nounced its Max-Q de­sign ap­proach to note­books us­ing desk­top-class GeForce GTX GPUs to main­tain their thin­ness. That seem­ingly doesn’t trans­late to Quadro note­books, mean­ing that cre­ative pro­fes­sion­als will have to choose be­tween a pow­er­ful sta­tion­ary ma­chine, or a por­ta­ble thin-and-light one that didn’t have the num­ber­crunch­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties they needed.

An al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tion to this was seen dur­ing SIGGRAPH 2017, where NVIDIA an­nounced the Quadro Pro eGPU so­lu­tions, which are ex­ter­nal GPU boxes for its high-end Quadro cards. Like the ex­ter­nal GPU en­clo­sures that have been made for gamers, these eGPU so­lu­tions are made to be com­pat­i­ble with work­sta­tion­class graph­ics cards like the Quadro GP100 and Quadro P6000, so that they can sim­ply be plugged into a mo­bile work­sta­tion via a Thun­der­bolt 3 port at full band­width. This al­lows the thin-and-light mo­bile work­sta­tions to have the sort of ren­der­ing power that would oth­er­wise be ex­clu­sive to the mas­sive tow­ers that are too im­prac­ti­cal to carry around. The catch is that the mo­bile work­sta­tion has to be a Win­dows 10 note­book PC, as it is in­com­pat­i­ble with MacBooks for now.

NVIDIA also an­nounced that it has part­nered with brands like BIZON, Magma (now a One Stop Sys­tems com­pany), and Son­net to pro­vide such eGPU so­lu­tions. Prices of the eGPU boxes be­gin at about US$300 for those who al­ready have a com­pat­i­ble Quadro card, but bun­dles with sup­ported Quadro cards are also avail­able.

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