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Simple explanation EGPU or ViDock?

Can someone please explain to me what an EGPU is or ViDock? I tried reading online about it but can't quite understand how it all works exactly. All I heard was a possibility to upgrade laptops with some kind of express card or something? I'm really interested in understanding how this works and if my laptop is compatible? (lenovo Z585). Also if this topic is in the right category.
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    EPU is external gpu that you can connect to a laptop via express card slot(some laptops have it) or mpcie slot or thunderbolt port. It basically allows you to attach a graphic card to the system externally for tasks such as video editing, multiple displays and gaming.

    Vdock is a docking system for those external gpus

    I am not entirely sure I don't think your lenovo has those necessary ports(thunderbolt/express card)
  2. shamsmu said:
    EPU is external gpu that you can connect to a laptop via express card slot(some laptops have it) or mpcie slot or thunderbolt port. It basically allows you to attach a graphic card to the system externally for tasks such as video editing, multiple displays and gaming.

    Vdock is a docking system for those external gpus

    I am not entirely sure I don't think your lenovo has those necessary ports(thunderbolt/express card)


    Thanks for the quick explanation do you know of anything similar to this? Maybe something supported by more laptops?

    Edit: I've looked through my manual and found that i believe i do have a mini pci e port behind the back cover of my laptop is that all that is needed?
  3. Gamers anonymous said:
    shamsmu said:
    EPU is external gpu that you can connect to a laptop via express card slot(some laptops have it) or mpcie slot or thunderbolt port. It basically allows you to attach a graphic card to the system externally for tasks such as video editing, multiple displays and gaming.

    Vdock is a docking system for those external gpus

    I am not entirely sure I don't think your lenovo has those necessary ports(thunderbolt/express card)


    Thanks for the quick explanation do you know of anything similar to this? Maybe something supported by more laptops?

    Edit: I've looked through my manual and found that i believe i do have a mini pci e port behind the back cover of my laptop is that all that is needed?


    No.
    What is needed for that particular application is an expresscard slot. Which your machine does not have. Very few do/did.
  4. USAFRet said:
    Gamers anonymous said:
    shamsmu said:
    EPU is external gpu that you can connect to a laptop via express card slot(some laptops have it) or mpcie slot or thunderbolt port. It basically allows you to attach a graphic card to the system externally for tasks such as video editing, multiple displays and gaming.

    Vdock is a docking system for those external gpus

    I am not entirely sure I don't think your lenovo has those necessary ports(thunderbolt/express card)


    Thanks for the quick explanation do you know of anything similar to this? Maybe something supported by more laptops?

    Edit: I've looked through my manual and found that i believe i do have a mini pci e port behind the back cover of my laptop is that all that is needed?


    No.
    What is needed for that particular application is an expresscard slot. Which your machine does not have. Very few do/did.


    Dang so theres nothing i can do similar to that to beef up my graphics?
  5. Gamers anonymous said:


    Dang so theres nothing i can do similar to that to beef up my graphics?


    nope most laptops arent made for beefing up. You basically keep the way you buy it before you finally trash it and get a new one.
  6. Gamers anonymous said:


    Dang so theres nothing i can do similar to that to beef up my graphics?


    No. That is one of the main tradeoffs of a laptop vs. a desktop.
    Portability and size vs. power and upgradability.

    And even those eGPU/expresscard 'solutions' are marginal. You end up with a very slightly better performing laptop, and lose the laptops portability.
    It is an exercise of the possible, rather a practical upgrade.
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