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Old 3rd October 2011, 7:48 PM   #1
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Talking Vaio Z128 Laptop + External GTX580 = BIG Grin! ;)

And now for something entirely different...........

Take one....

Vaio Z128GG Laptop



and one....

PE4H-EC2C-ver2.4 Express card to PCIe adapter +



and one....

Gigabyte GTX580ud




Shaken not stirred...








And you get...





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Old 3rd October 2011, 7:54 PM   #2
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thats awesome!!

does it take much of a hit? i would have thought a 580 would be higher than that?
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thats awesome!!

does it take much of a hit? i would have thought a 580 would be higher than that?
It only performs at about 60% over @ PCIE x1.opt (with Nvidia Optimus drivers)
This is about PCIe x2 performance but it still shits all over the GT330M.

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Everything you need to know is here...
http://forum.notebookreview.com/gami...periences.html

WARNING its not a simple plug n play affair. You have to do a fair bit of driver hacking and bios hacking to get it to work for some systems, particularly for the Vaio Z because of it's gay Hybrid graphics and Sony's slack video driver support!
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Old 3rd October 2011, 8:06 PM   #4
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sweet goat!!!

i'm impressed. Nice work mate
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Old 3rd October 2011, 8:13 PM   #5
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Nice work. Where'd you get the PCI-E adapter, and what'd be the best bang-for-buck GPU, seeing as:

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It only performs at about 60% over @ PCIE x1.opt (with Nvidia Optimus drivers)
This is about PCIe x2 performance but it still shits all over the GT330M.
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Old 3rd October 2011, 8:16 PM   #6
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Nice work. Where'd you get the PCI-E adapter, and what'd be the best bang-for-buck GPU, seeing as:
Go to the link above it will tell you everything you need to know..
A gtx580 is marginally faster than the 560TI which is the best bang for your buck.
I just happen to have my cards lying around while I rebuild and wait for blocks.
I'll probably replace it with a 570 or 560TI if I can find one.
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does it only allow output to the external screen? if so then although would be good for a laptop -> desktop arrangement

Edit: If only it could output to the laptop screen... would make a fantastic lan setup, make a little external enclosure that housed the GPU on the pcie PCB, maybe a few HDD's in there through eSATA or something. Its not so much the suers fault as it is the laptop maunfacturers, when will laptops start coming out with video input/output as a standard? I mean Ive seen a few laptops around that have HDMI in on them....
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does it only allow output to the external screen? if so then although would be good for a laptop -> desktop arrangement

Edit: If only it could output to the laptop screen... would make a fantastic lan setup, make a little external enclosure that housed the GPU on the pcie PCB, maybe a few HDD's in there through eSATA or something
Yes with the setup ive got it can render to the LCD.. You loose a bit of performance but its still faster than the builtin GT330M.

You mean something like this? Its on the to do list after I finish rebuilding the main system. The external board has a USB port so technically you could put a USB drive inside the case with it.

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Old 3rd October 2011, 9:23 PM   #9
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Haha I mean exactly like that!
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For those wondering what real world performance is like.

In Crysis 2 DX11 Ultra pak @ 1920x1080 I get min 24fps avg 35fps outdoors and 50FPS indoors. Compared with the GT330M struggling to do 20FPS on lowest settings @ 1600x900!

My favourite flight sim gets 50FPS compared to 3FPS with the GT330M.

18K Vantage compared to a desktop GTX580 @ 24k.
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This is seriously an external GPU powering an internal laptop screen?

SOLD. A THOUSAND TIMES.

Where do I get the parts?
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This is seriously an external GPU powering an internal laptop screen?

SOLD. A THOUSAND TIMES.

Where do I get the parts?
See above link for the info.
Yes it renders to internal LCD but only on Nvidia Optimus capable laptops with the integrated Intel HD GPU. This site above gives all the info and options.

Even without the Intel HD GPU you can still plug the external GPU into a monitor.
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And just to put that into perspective, my built in so called dedicated GT330M does Vantage P1825 and 5fps vs 18900 and 55fps for the external GTX580.. Thats a 1000% (10x) increase in performance.
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Old 4th October 2011, 3:26 PM   #14
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that is soo awesome, i think you have just started something, soon we will see heaps of these things going around, almost makes "gaming" laptops useless when compared to the price and performance. i love it.
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can you do it with an ATi/AMD card? ATi/AMD cards get affected less by PCIE bandwidth drop
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