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Fujitsu Launches Amilo Graphics Booster

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Fujitsu Launches Amilo Graphics Booster

It's been a while coming, but finally the Fujitsu Amilo GraphicBooster has actually made it to market. More than can be said for rival external-GPU solution, the Asus ROG XG Station, which seems destined never to be come a 'real' product. Although currently the GraphicBooster seems available only in conjunction with Fujitsu's Amilo Sa 3650 laptop, but hopefully that will change soon.

The GraphicBooster, in case you can't remember or never knew, is a pretty funky piece of kit. Connected via an ExpressCard slot, the GraphicBooster packs an AMD ATI Radeon HD 3870 GPU which, as the name betrays, can take over video processing from the notebooks own graphics chip providing a boost to performance.

In addition to the boost in graphics, the GraphicBooster also provides a further two video outputs, one DVI and one HDMI which, coupled with a laptops screen and its own video out means up to four simultaneous displays can be used. Pretty impressive for a notebook! Further, the GraphicBooster also packs a pair of USB ports, ideal for having a keyboard and mouse plugged into - the GraphicBooster is almost certainly going to be permanent desk installation after all.

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Fujitsu.

Darfuria

November 26, 2008, 6:22 pm

Ooh - it'll be interesting to see the increase in performance whilst using one of these.

Peter

November 26, 2008, 7:35 pm

Personally I would like to know how the graphics get back onto the laptop screen.

thewelshbrummie

November 26, 2008, 7:48 pm

The Asus ROG XG Station uses the Expresscard slot: I thought the Graphics Booster used the AMD XGP port that provides 8 PCI-E 2.0 lanes, rather than the one offered by Expresscard...





@Peter I assume you just need to connect the Graphics Booster using the XGP cable... and supply it with DC power.

Robovski

November 27, 2008, 6:18 pm

I've been wanting something like this since I got a laptop. Can't come fast enough.

Ed

November 27, 2008, 8:52 pm

@Robovski





I'm totally with you. I think this is one of the most exciting technologies in years.

Xiphias

November 28, 2008, 7:58 pm

At slightly below AGP 1x speeds I wouldn't expect full 3870 performance from this

Jay4d0

November 30, 2008, 8:15 pm

so say ur laptop GPU has given up the game and died (from the nvidia problems) could you use this as a replacement?

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