What if you could easily transform a sleek Thunderbolt capable notebook into a formidable and powerful gaming desktop, by simply adding an external graphics card for the higher speeds of the 10 Gb/s Thunderbolt interface to communicate with an ultrabook?
Earlier this week at the Intel Developers Forum (IDF), the folks at LucidLogix gave a private briefing with the editors over at Laptopmag, to showcase the possibilities and the difference in a performance a discrete graphics card make with a prototype Thunderbolt GPU. Lucid is also well known for developing the Virtu MVP graphics acceleration software.Using a standard Ivy Bridge motherboard with Intel HD Graphics 4000 series chip, Lucid had demonstrated a test run with 3DMark06 benchmarked that returned a modest rate of 28 frames per second. After plugging in an external AMD Radeon 6700 series GPU, with it own chassis and power supply. The new device was successfully launched in Windows Device Manager with the new Display adapter. The next test run of the 3DMark06 benchmark, scored a frame rate of about 89 fps.
Lucid did mention that this new technology could also be used to support dual graphics in SLI, or “possibly to daisy chain multiple cards together for maximum performance.”
Check out the Lucid Demo below:
Although the solution at this time is not ideal, it could change the way some may look at notebook gaming. As of now, Lucid 's external Thunderbolt graphics technology is in the early stages of development without an official release date in sight.