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Crazy external GPU setup enables high-end gaming on 11-inch MacBook Air

Posted By Enrique Manalang On August 1, 2013 @ 8:43 AM In Mac OS X | 2 Comments

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A user on the Tech Inferno forums has posted a gaming setup unlike any other: An 11-inch MacBook Air connected via Thunderbolt to a dedicated Nvidia graphics card.

But as you can see in the image above, it isn’t exactly just a Thunderbolt cable connecting the two devices. To make this entire thing work, Larry Gadea had to use the Thunderbolt to connect to an ExpressCard adapter,  then an ExpressCard to PCI-Express adapter and finally to the Nvidia GTX 570. The game also had to be run through Windows via Boot Camp.

It might sound like a lot of work, but as you’ll see in the video below, the results are pretty impressive:

The full step-by-step guide can be found here [2]. Hopefully companies will start providing official products that do just this.

[via MacRumors [3]]


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[2] here: http://forum.techinferno.com/diy-e-gpu-projects/4271-2013-11-macbook-air-win7-sonnet-echo-expresscard-pe4l-internal-lcd-%24250.html#post59391

[3] MacRumors: http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/30/11-macbook-air-owner-connects-high-end-graphics-card-with-complex-thunderbolt-setup/

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