Using A Chunky Nvidia Card With An 11'' Macbook Air

Through a complex series of adapters, a Tech Inferno forum user has managed to get a chunky Nvidia GTX 570 eGPU working on an 11" Macbook Air. At around 3.4 pounds, the graphics card weighs more than triple the laptop itself, yet can support graphics through the Thunderbolt port.

Larry Gadea goes from a Thunderbolt to ExpressCard adapter, then from an ExpressCard to PCI-Express adapter, into finally into the Nvidia chip. It requires Bootcamp to use, but the gameplay in the below video looks flawless.

He notes that any video card should work with this method, and the GTX 570 was just what he had - but using top-of-the-line cards won't give you as much of a performance increase, because of the slower PCI bus.

There are a lot more notes on the project over at the Tech Inferno forums.

[Via MacRumors]


    Hmmm Interesting Concept. Quite interesting where he states on his video " That he tried talking to intel about this. they are actively refusing thunderbolt certification for all devices that are trying to make GPUs connected via thunderbolt. unknown why except "no".

      That does seem strange.
      I'd have thought this would be the bigger use for Thunderbolt. (sure, uberfast SSD access is a good use for the tech, but direct PCI bus access has *gotta* be aimed more at this kinda use)

Join the discussion!

Trending Stories Right Now