Alienware Graphics Amplifier, an external GPU (eGPU) solution from Dell, is said to be discontinued. The company first released the Alienware Graphics Amplifier for select Alienware gaming laptops in 2014 and provided its own connection port in newer laptops to use. This year, the port is missing the recently launched Alienware x15 R1, Alienware x17 R1 and Alienware m15 R6 gaming laptops among other models. It is not clear at this time whether the company is working on a newer version of the Alienware Graphics Amplifier external GPU solution or has completely abandoned the concept.
At Dell The Alienware graphics amplifier was an external case that came with a PCI-Express x16 slot and a special 460 W power supply that could support a full-length, two-slot graphics card. This allows older people Alienware gaming laptops to use the power of an external graphics processor instead of relying on their own thermally limited internal graphics processors. The Alienware graphics amplifier also had four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports for connecting peripherals. But now it seems that Dell has decided to terminate this decision according to a report from The Verge.
The report says that Dell confirms that the Alienware Graphics Amplifier has been discontinued, but does not say whether a new eGPU solution is under development or not. Remove your own connection port from his the latest Alienware laptop and desktop gaming models can also be, because the latest mobile graphics processors from the Nvidia RTX 30 series offer superior performance and have reduced the gap between a laptop and a dedicated external graphics processor.
Dell’s decision may also be influenced by increased PCIe data rates of the Thunderbolt 4 compared to the Thunderbolt 3, which allows external GPUs to deliver even higher performance, closer than ever to what their desktop counterparts offer. More importantly, it also allows the external GPU to work with a compatible USB Type-C port without the need for a dedicated native connection. And, the new Alienware gaming laptops come with Thunderbolt 4 ports.
It is unclear at this time whether Dell has plans to launch a new eGPU case or has decided to simply continue.