Dell’s external GPU (eGPU) solution Alienware Graphics Amplifier is said to have been discontinued. The company first introduced the Alienware graphics amplifier for specific Alienware gaming laptops in 2014, and provided a proprietary connection port in newer laptops to use it. This year, the recently launched Alienware x15 R1, Alienware x17 R1, and Alienware m15 R6 gaming laptops lack this port. At present, it is not clear whether the company is developing an updated version of the Alienware Graphics Amplifier external GPU solution, or has completely abandoned this concept.
Dell’s Alienware graphics amplifier is a shell with a PCI-Express x16 slot and a dedicated 460W power supply that can support a single full-length graphics card with dual slot width. This allows older Alienware gaming laptops to use the power of an external GPU instead of relying on their own thermally limited internal GPU. The Alienware graphics amplifier also has four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports for connecting peripherals. But it now appears that, according to a report by The Verge, Dell has decided to stop using this solution.
The report said that Dell has confirmed that the Alienware graphics amplifier has been discontinued, but did not say whether it is developing a new eGPU solution. The removal of proprietary connection ports from its latest Alienware laptop and gaming desktop models may also be due to the fact that the latest Nvidia RTX 30 series mobile GPUs provide superior performance and reduce the gap between laptop GPUs and dedicated external GPUs. difference.
Dell’s decision may also be affected by the higher PCIe data speed of Thunderbolt 4 compared to Thunderbolt 3, which allows external GPUs to provide higher performance, closer than ever to the performance provided by desktops. More importantly, it also allows external GPUs to operate through a compatible USB Type-C port without the need for a dedicated proprietary connection. Moreover, the new Alienware gaming laptop is equipped with Thunderbolt 4 ports.
As of now, it is not clear whether Dell plans to release a new eGPU chassis, or whether it decides to move on.
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