The initial two generations of Thunderbolt interfaces increased the market of exterior storage devices and professional tools. Including 40Gb/s of bandwidth, the third iteration of Thunderbolt could be a game changer for exterior graphics processing solutions created for notebooks. In reality, MicroStar International is actually focusing on two Thunderbolt 3-based exterior graphics items.

40Gb/s of bandwidth – or around 5GB/s – offered by Thunderbolt 3 is significantly lesser than 15.75GB/s provided by a fully-fledged PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot, however that might be sufficient even for today’s expensive graphics cards in various games. Alienware, a boutique PC manufacturer , recently offers its Graphics Amplifier exterior box with PCIe 3 .0 x4 interface for graphics cards created for its laptops. Even though bandwidth limits, reviewers have discovered that the Graphics Amplifier solution designed with a latest graphics adapter might permit dramatic increase of performance in video gaming.

MicroStar International is focusing on two exterior graphics processing solutions for mobile phone and tiny form-factor personal computers with Thunderbolt 3 interface. The information about the items are limited, however we are aware of that one is known as “Thunderbolt Card Chassis” and a second one is identified as the “Thunderbolt Graphics Dock”. Each items will offer Intel Corp’s “Alpine Ridge” controller. Even though it is logical to assume that MSI’s exterior graphics devices to become available to the market before the finish of the year, MSI would not unveil any release dates yet.


The Thunderbolt card chassis is an exterior enclosure for desktop-class graphics boards which will probably have its own power supply unit as well as some other stuff. It continues to be seen whether or not MSI will give you these solution as a dwellings for a graphics adapter or maybe as totally integrated external graphics processing device for laptops as well as for SFF desktops.

The Thunderbolt graphics dock is , as the name means, a docking station with an internal laptop-class graphics processing unit including multiple additional I/O ports as well as other potential extension features ( e .g., Gigabit Ethernet ). However these solution utilizes mobile phone graphics adapters , it can not give levels of performance much like that of desktop computers. Exact configuration of MSI’s Thunderbolt graphics dock is not known. A notebook dock created for gamers might take advantage from an additional storage and an optical disc drive along with a strong GPU.

Although each products from MSI look really promising, they require software support from developers of graphics processing units. Currently, it is actually not known whether or not Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia Corp. are focusing on to exterior graphics processing solutions with Thunderbolt 3 interface. None of the companies commented on the issue when asked by Tech4gamers.

Due to the fact that the minimum 30 high class notebook designs will get Thunderbolt 3 interface with USB 3.1 type-C connector up coming year, it creates a terrific sense for manufacturers of video cards to provide special exterior graphics adapters for mobile phones. Consequently, MSI will less likely be alone with its Thunderbolt 3 graphics processing peripherals.

Currently MSI provides its GS30 Shadow with Gaming Dock solution, which has a thin laptop with an exterior GeForce GTX 980-based graphics processing box. The package is entirely proprietary, quite large and very costly, however it also provides really high performance in games to those, who require thin-and-light notebooks. For all those, who do not, MSI provides GT80 Titan with two GeForce GTX 980M in SLI, Intel Core i7, several SSDs in RAID 0 as well as a mechanical keyboard.




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