NVIDIA has done a pretty god job of demonstrating that low power netbooks and notebooks can actually be pretty effective machines for watching HD video and playing games if you add a decent graphics card. But that doesn’t have to mean throwing an NVIDIA ION or similar graphics card inside a laptop. You can also boost performance by adding an external graphics card — like the upcoming MSI GUS (Graphics Upgrade Solution).
MSI says the card can connect to a notebook using a PCI Express card slot. While those ports aren’t as common as they used to be, MSI also plans to launch a USB 3.0 version of GUS down the road.
MSI GUS will have a base price of about $100, but for that price you just get the enclosure. YOu’ll have to pay closer to $200 if you want the unit bundled with a graphics card. In addition to powering up the graphics performance of notebooks, the GUS system should add multi-monitor support, allowing you to connect up to 3 monitors to your notebook (for a total of 4 displays including the notebook screen).
MSI is expected to showcase the graphics solution at Computex next week.