If you own a notebook PC that just doesn’t have the graphics muscle needed to play some PC games and the ASUS XG Station external graphics card set up just doesn’t float your boat Magma has an option for you.
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They have a new product called the Magma ExpressBox is an external box that allows the use of any desktop PCI-E card including many graphics cards on a notebook. The system attaches to a laptop via the ExpressCard/34 module and a PCI Express cable. There are two different ExpressBox sixes with a short version working with cards up to 6.604 inches in length and a Pro model that can hold cards up to 12.283 inches.
Before your heart gets all aflutter dreaming of slamming an 8800 Ultra into the ExpressBox, the current versions can only accommodate single slot cards, though Magma says a version supporting dual slot cards will be available later this year. Only cards that don’t draw more than 55W of power will work as well.
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Magma claims there is no latency since there is 2000mbps of throughput available. Supported OS’ include Windows XP, Vista and Mac OSX. The downside is the price, the standard ExpressBox goes for a cool $729 while the Pro version goes for $749. Story and image via Magma.