A new simple way to use an external graphics card on your latptop | OCuLink

Over the last decade or so, Laptops have been slowly gaining power. Initially they were rather weaker than their desktop counterparts as technology advanced we were given much more powerful laptops. Now a days, you can find laptops with top notch i7 processors, huge storage (perhaps even an SSD), several gigabytes of RAM. That’s all fine and dandy if you’re using the laptop for processor intensive tasks but as soon as you switch to something which requires a bit more GPU juice, like some games, you’ll miss your desktop PC. There are two basic types of laptops, those with integrated GPUs and those with discrete GPUs.

Now, there’s a third option. Cheaper and apparently better than the two mentioned above. The OCuLink Cable aims to provide a super fast way of transferring information. It can be used for several purposes like attaching faster external storage. But a more interesting use is to attach an external graphics card. Right now, OCuLink supports only X1, X2, and X4 widths, rather than the 16 lanes which are usually used by Graphics cards. However, the support for better lanes will be coming next year while the cable will be available before the end of 2015.

Also, by next year, the next version (4.0) of PCI express is coming. And the OCuLink cable will also support the new version. We’ll keep you updated.

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