CES 2012: MSI Flaunts External GPU Connected Via Thunderbolt
Information regarding a PCIExpress expansion chassis serving as a docking hub compete with external graphics cards for high end performance was speculated last year. With many Thunderbolt-equipped peripherals being released during CES this week, it isnít much of a surprise to see progress on the expansion hub concept being made. The folks over at AnandTech
are reporting that MSI is the latest entrant into the category showing off an early demonstration model of such a product with its GUS II.
As of right now, the GPU featured in the demonstration only works under Windows but AnandTech
suggests that Mac support will be easily achievable for those GPUs supporting the platform. The external chassis features a Thunderbolt interface and an internal PCIe slot. Despite running on a MacBook Pro, there is currently no OS X support for the solution, although it does work under Windows. It is being assumed that if thereís OS X support for the GPU inside the enclosure it would work under the OS X as well.
Although the concept sounds ideal, there is one limitation. The internal GPU has to be powered by PCIe alone since there are no aux PCIe power connectors inside the chassis. A release date and pricing for the GUS II hasnít been announced yet but it seems that the Thunderbolt standard that Apple and Intel are promoting continues to gain momentum as it seeks to lead the next generation of multipurpose connectivity technologies.
Are any of you interested in purchasing one of these if and when itís released? Share any thoughts and opinions below!