NVIDIA announces external GPU boxes for Quadro cards.
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.