I currently have in my possession it’s a beaten-up old ace out with a seller on inter 840 dual core CPU and Intel HD graphics as well as four gigs of RAM when it comes to gaming well it could definitely use some improvement as you can see here with games running okay but dipping and lagging in terms of framerate and some more demanding titles failing to get decent performance at all sure you could stick to even less demanding games but what if you want to turn an old laptop like the Acer here into an affordable budget gaming PC without the expense of buying the premium docs some companies are offering well that’s where the device inside this box comes in this is the 30 pounds of $40.00 XE source exp GDC and it lets you connect to any graphics card of choice to the best convertible laptop 2020 I have in order to make it capable of playing games in the box itself you get the dock and the two essential cables needed you also need an ATX PSU and GPU both of which you’ll have to supply ourselves.
Of course an Express port version is also available for older laptops today I’ll be replacing the Intel HD graphics with an HD 5750 GPU a card that features one gig of gddr5 and should still offer a nice improvement over the onboard graphics so first of all to install you’ll need to access your laptops and motherboard and locate the PCI Express mini port removing the wireless card I also removed my DVD drive because I only had access to the motherboard from under the keyboard and so when I refit the keyboard the cable can run through the hole where the DVD drive usually sits I won’t miss it and usually I suspect that you’d only need to take the bat casing off a laptop to access the wireless card on most models.
So I have no idea what a SAR we’re thinking here once that’s done connect this cable to it and screw it into place if you have a slightly different layout screws may not be required or they may not fit the other end of the cable which features an HDMI connector can then be connected to the graphics card dock itself and you’ll need to take your ATX PSU and get up to this other supplied cable as well messy I know but a cheap way to run games on your laptop I’ve hooked mine up to my TV as well it should look something like this when you’re done getting straight back into their games and you’ll see an immediate improvement remember that the CPU is a bottleneck now though and will hold back even this old card Fallout New Vegas now rounds at 37 FPS as opposed to 24 with any stutter having disappeared and the same can be said for the Elder Scrolls oblivion which has seen a nice increase from just 20 frames per second to 36 making it finally playable on a sort-of laptop desktop hybrid. But one that would look way better on a desk than it does on my floor the ever demanding GTA 4 also saw a bump in performance from a shocking 10 FPS all the way up to 26 still not a fantastic gaming result but a significant improvement over what we were seeing in GTA 4 beforehand and I could admit that I’d still probably happily play this game in these circumstances so guys I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at this external graphics card dock it’s something that a lot of you have been asking me to check out for a while and I’m sure you’ve seen other people take a look at this as well. Nonetheless I hope you’ve enjoyed it I would 100% recommend a device like this if you’re looking at turning your laptop into something a little more capable or perhaps you’ve already bought one for yourselves if you have let me know down below what you think of it let me know what you thought of the post.