I managed to get a device that allows me to plug a desktop graphics card into my laptop. I'm now in the market for a GPU that packs a good punch, but does not have a need for 6-pin/8-pin power headers. One card that comes to mind is a 750. Does anyone have other GPUs that come to mind that meet this criteria?
Yeah, 750 Ti is pretty much the most powerful card out there right now that doesn't need external power. That is, if you're looking for the most powerful :D From AMD the most powerful cards would be R7 250 XE (=HD 7770) or R7 250 E (=HD 7750). But they're not even close to the 750 Ti.
The current rumor is that AMD will be releasing the first of the next gen gpus in the next two months. This first one released should be the low end one. I would expect that it wouldn't require a power connector considering that it supposedly uses about 50watts.
"It is likely that this is the first Polaris GPU being brought up (after only 2 months I’m told) and could represent the best improvement in efficiency that we will see. I’ll be curious to see how flagship GPUs from AMD compare under the same conditions."
There are two variations of it. I grabbed the one with the head that looks like a big/silver rectangle??? Anyways, I wouldn't recommend that one, since I don't see a lot of laptops that use that interface anymore (older laptops do). The other one plugs into mSATA. You then put your card in the slot. There is no way to have the card output to the laptop screen, so you have to use a separate monitor :/
I came across this when I watched this video on youtube which gets into more detail about it:
Kinda wish the tek did hardware hacks like this. It's kinda why I subscribed in the first place. When I joined, they were slapping IPod screens on the side of Lian-Li cases.