Dell has discontinued the Alienware Graphics Amplifier, its exterior GPU

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We not too long ago seen that Alienware’s just-announced X15 and X17 thin and vaguely light gaming laptops are conspicuously lacking a port — and it’s not as a result of they’re thin-and-light, it seems. Alienware has simply confirmed to The Verge that it has discontinued the Alienware Graphics Amplifier exterior GPU, and so these laptops received’t want that proprietary port anymore. The corporate isn’t saying whether or not it’ll supply a future eGPU, however pointed us to off-the-shelf Thunderbolt ones as a substitute.

The Alienware Graphics Amp was first introduced in 2014 for $299 and designed to be a companion to the corporate’s midrange Alienware 13, giving it the overwhelming majority of the ability of a desktop graphics card plus 4 further full-size USB ports when docked. I liked the combo well enough. However through the years, Alienware added the port to virtually each laptop computer (and a few of its extra compact desktops, like the Alienware X51 mini-tower and Alienware Alpha R2 console-sized PC) it launched, together with the company’s flagship Area-51M which was designed to have built-in upgrades of its personal.

With an included 460W energy provide devoted solely to the GPU, and a value that dipped to $199 and sometimes $150, the Amp managed to remain aggressive for fairly some time in the fairly niche market of eGPUs, which typically use manufacturer-agnostic Thunderbolt 3 ports as a substitute of proprietary cables (and might typically cost your laptop computer as nicely).

It’s not clear when Alienware discontinued the Amp. The Wayback Machine shows it was nonetheless reside as of November 2020, and Dell final up to date its support page in April 2021 — with out including compatibility for the newest wave of Nvidia and AMD graphics playing cards.

The new Alienware M15 R5 and M15 R6 additionally omit the Graphics Amplifier port. It’ll be fascinating to see if that is the top for Alienware’s goals of upgradable laptops; actually the Amp lasted lots longer than the idea of offering new chips for the giant Area-51m laptop.

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