What is Alienware Graphics Amplifier? – Simply explained

What is Alienware Graphics Amplifier? – Simply explained
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what is alienware graphics amplifierWhat is Alienware Graphics Amplifier? I bet you have heard about it and you’re curious about . That’s why you’re here. In this article you will find all the information you need. So, here we go!

As you know, there are several problems that bug your mind when choosing between a gaming desktop and a laptop. There may be some boundaries for you, that you may have a schedule where you are obligated to travel a lot, so you may better consider having a laptop. But you don’t want to supress your gamer spirit and you want a laptop which can give you a desktop performance. There are new high end laptops that can give you great performance, but the thing with gaming laptops is that most systems don’t allow you to comfortably swap inner parts and even if you can do it, it will be a pricey pain in the ass. This is where Alienware Graphics Amplifier comes to our help.

 

To explain it in the simplest way, Alienware Graphics Amplifier is the externally connected graphics upgrader for your Alienware laptops Alienware 13, 15 and 17 R2. It’s a box for your graphics card. It means that you can achieve gaming grade desktop graphics with your laptop anywhere and anytime you want. This is hell of an innovation! Good game Alienware!

 

Actually this is a concept that has been around for a while. Asus announced its XG Station Project in 2007, but it has never made its way to the market. Also Sony Vaio had a similar concept with its Light Peak Dock Station. Alienware Graphics Amplifier took this concept a step further.

 

If you’re a gamer who started his gaming life at the end of 90’s and the beginning of 20’s, then you already know that there was a thin line between performance and mobility. Well ok, not a thin line. There was a freakin thick line between mobility and performance. I’m talking about the time when there was Pentium III.  People were fainting when they heard 500 MB of Ram. There were stil floppy discs around. You could never expect desktop grade performance from a simple laptop. Millenium children may not remember those times, but it was stil fun.

 

Today, thanks to the new achievments in technology, we are able to carry performance with us anywhere we go. You may not be aware of the development of mankind, but remember it everytime you play your next generation game with graphics set to ultra high. So, let’s take a minute of respectful silence for every scientist and engineer out there who brought us this amazing technology. And for Alienware also….

 

Design and Specifics

what is alienware graphics amplifierI must admit that it looks like a toaster, but the design crew has done a great job to make it look like an intergalactic pandora box more than a toaster. Alienware Graphics Amplifier comes as a small compact box. But it’s not just a simple box. It comes with a built-in cooling fan, 460 Watt power supply, an integrated USB hub with four ports and some cool lighting effects.

The box design consists from two parts. Base of the box contains  the circuit board and power supply mounted on it..Base has been manufactuted from a strong metal. Top of the box has a plastic cover which can be lifted up to open the box. Top cover has a latch at the back to hold the plastic top and a hinge in the front. It can be easily opened up if desired.

The best feature of Graphics Amplifier is that you can mount into it  almost any standard dual-slot PCI Express x16 graphics card. This involves Nvidia GeForce GTX starting from the 600 Series till the latest model today, also AMD Radeon HD 5000 and newer graphics cards are suitable. Just imagine that you’re playing with Nvidia Geforce GTX Titan quality graphics on your laptop. This is sick.

By the way, i must remind you something for a good reason and safety purposes. You can place inside the graphics amplifier any desktop grade graphics card which suits the forementioned specifics, but be careful that its power consume shouldn’t exceed 375 watt. Because the 460 Watt power supply is for the whole system in the box. The power of cooling fan is also generated by this power supply and that’s why you should leave an energy space for the cooler.

It weights 7,7 lb/ 3,5 kg with dimensions (H x W x D) of 6,8 x 7,3 x 16,1 inches/ 17,27 x 18,5 x 40,9  cm. For me it’s not a big weight to carry along, especially thinking of the graphics performance it provides i’m more than happy to carry it with me during a trip.

 

Safety and Handling

what is alienware graphics amplifierA propriety cable is used to connect the Graphics Amplifier and laptop. It also has a push-forward lock system at the USB end. Its main purpose is to not allow you to pull it off while you’re connected to the graphics box. Imagine what would happen if you’ve done that. While everything is fine, you just pull the graphics card out and leave your computer without GPU. Just like pulling out the graphics card of a desktop while it’s on. It may end with fatal errors. So that’s why Alienware figured out a safety mechanism.

Graphics card run as a part of your system. Because of that you must connect the Graphics Amplifier to your laptop before turning your laptop on and must disconnect it after turning your laptop off. It means that hot swapping, as expected, is not a chance with this alien tech box. But that’s the right thing, would you pul out your graphics card from a desktop all of a sudden? Who would do that?

The good thing is, Dell built in a second safety feature. If you somehow pull of your cable or disconnect the graphics amplfier, your laptop will turn itself off to prevent any harm.

Inside of the graphics amplifier is simple just like its outside. It has a PCB (Printed circuit board) with two PCI-Express ports. One of them has an expansion card with cable input and USB ports. The other slot is standing for the graphics card. And it is that simple, no additional gear. Maybe one thing that not everybody will appreciate is there are no ethernet or audio ports. It means that you can’t use it as a docking station. It’s for amping up your graphics. Audio and ehernet are the things you must solve from your laptop or other desired connection.

Good thing is that you can also connect your keyboard to the USB ports behind the box.

And one of the greatest features of Graphics Amplifier is that you can connect your laptop to an external monitor via Graphics Amplifier.

How to install?

There is one thing that you should know, Alienware Graphics Amplifier doesn’t come with a graphics card inside it. So you must obtain your own suitable graphic card of choice and place it into Graphics Amplifier.

It is so simple to do. Just move the latch at the back of the box and it will let you open it. Then you will notice inside the PCI-Express x16 slot. It will appear covered by two metal fillers for the empty GPU ports. Just unscrew and remove them. Then place your card to the PCIe slot and screw back the screws to secure the card. And finally, plug in two 6+2 pin PEG connectors to supply your card’s power, and you’re good to go.

Then you just plug in the power cable, plug your Graphics Amplifier to your Alien Laptop,  and fire it up! Alienware Graphics Amplifier will automatically start up when you turn your laptop on.

Performance

Test conducted with Alienware Graphics Amplifier really show tremendous results. Frame per second parameter almost doubles up. In the chart below you can see the official results for yourself.

what is alienware graphics amplifier

Of course the performance will vary by taking into count which graphics card is used. It will depend on your graphics card inside the Graphics Amplifier. This also shows the difference of performance between desktop gaming and laptop gaming.

 

Price

The last time i saw, price for Alienware Graphics Amplifier was $299. Questioning the price is up to you. The only omment that i can make about is that it is a good gear if you are going to use it. If you want desktop grade graphics from your laptop, then Alienware Graphics Amplifier will do the trick.
Click here to check the latest price on Amazon.com.

 

Conclusion

Let’s summ it all up with its pros and cons:

Pros

  • Quick and easy achievment of desktop grade graphics with your laptop.
  • Portable, so if you would like to continue your gaming adventure with high grade graphics even if you’re out of town for a while, you won’t have any problems. Just plug it in.
  • You can connect the graphics amplifier not only to your laptop, but also to another screen. High resolution monitors are one of thealternatives.
  • Easy to use, easy to open up and easy to configure. Simplicity is the king.
  • Great look, appealing to the eye.

Cons

  • You can use it only with Alienware Laptops Alienware 13, 15 and 17 R2. If you have these Alienware laptops, then you might consider buying it. Graphics Amplifier is also offered as a bundle when buying Alienware Laptops.
  • When you first get it, there won’t be a graphics card inside. You will have to obtain yourself. the graphics card you want to use.

 

So, this was what our article about. I hope now you have the anwer for your what is Alienware Graphics Amplifier question. It was fun fo me to provide you this information. I hope you’ve found what you need and some answers to your questios here. If you have anything in mind, please don’t hesitate speaking it. Your comments are HIGHLY appreciated. All the feedback you can give is really important to us and you can help us to shape this site with your own ideas. For direct contact you can write to admin@gamingmiceplanet.com. See you soon and keep in touch!!!

 

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57 Responses to What is Alienware Graphics Amplifier? – Simply explained

  1. Kody D says:

    This is really awesome…I have an Alienware mx14 and I wonder about this thing..I wonder what I could pull of with this? Pretty decent size must put in a lot of haul. Grab a decent graphics card and you’d be set with it. Kinda of good price I guess for what it does. You should get an icon for your site as well the top part like on my browser. It’s really easy.

  2. rufat says:

    Very interesting review of Alienware Graphics Amplifier. To be honest, I’ve never heard of this type of device and could never imagine that this was possible. It looks like technology moves fast ahead of what we expect and can imagine. The device looks very interesting but I don’t see the price. I clicked your Amazon link and it doesn’t seem to work.

    • admin says:

      Thanks Rufat)Yes technology keeps developing in a very fast pace that we can’t keep up with it. And huge thanks for reminding! I will definetely fix these issues!

  3. Viljoen says:

    People are getting smarter every day with graphics card because this is a clever idea. Graphics cards take a lot of space on the motherboard and to have an external one is even better.

    I am not really such a huge laptop gamer and prefer my desktop. Can you use this alienware for desktops also?

    • admin says:

      I doubt it. It is meant for Alienware Laptops. And still, it wouldn’t be logical to use with desktop. Why pay additional price next to additional graphics card while you can just buy a high end graphics card and plug it to your desktop?

  4. Rhys says:

    Wow, I wish I had of known about this stuff before. It’s a pity it only available on Alienware laptops. Will it ever be available on mainstream laptops? May be a good market there. I miss being able to play the latest games because a laptop to handle them is just too much money, and I’m not into PlayStation or X Box.
    Might have to check in again later to see if you’ve found a mainstream version.
    Well done, very informative
    Cheers
    Rhys

    • admin says:

      There were some atempts on this concept for other laptops also but they couldn’t be more than a few, and they were also for their own brands. I don’t know what will be the future of graphics amplifiers or docking stations’. But there are some cool stuff like MSI docking station.

  5. Alan says:

    Great article ,

    Being a gamer myself is the first time i hear about alienware graphics amplifier but it does sound awesome , may be getting one for myself since i mostly play from my laptop, one question although, does this device demand a lot of ram from your laptop or does it work separately?

    • admin says:

      Hey Alan! It does use your ram but not for it’s own performance. Just think it like a graphics card. It uses its own GPU ram and additoinal computer ram from your computer. You’re just replacing your graphics cad with the Graphics Amplifier for a while.

  6. Vitaliy says:

    So can alienware be used on normal laptops like say acer or hp computers? I don’t know about these things, but I do sometimes play games that require I lower the graphics settings in order for the game play to be playable.

    I still see a lot of stuttering with the game play through.

    • admin says:

      I’m sorry but no. At least for now, you can use Alienware Graphics Amplifier only with certain Alienware Laptops. There were some docking station attempts of some companies but i think that will kill the concuration of the market if they make a super duper dockig station so that’s why i think they’re only manufactuing for their own brand.

  7. Christian says:

    I’d imagine that the Alienware graphics amplifier makes for a simple plug and play option for serious gamers who are always on the go, and need a portable solution. Are they only compatible with Alienware computing systems, or all they compatible with all PC’s? And after setting it up, is the difference in pixels and graphics that noticeable?

    • admin says:

      Hey Christian! Sorry to say that they only work with Alienware for now( The difference is depended on your graphics card that you put in to the Graphics Amplifier. But yes, they are noticable.

  8. Hannah says:

    What an awesome invention. I have been considering upgrading the graphics on my laptop for ages now. I will consider getting the Alienware Graphics Amplifier. Sounds like just the thing to suit mine and my laptop’s needs!

    Excellent review, you’ve done a great job explaining everything about this device. Sounds great!
    Hannah.

  9. Nicki says:

    Ok. This is totally awesome. I’ve been trying to figure out how to upgrade my graphics for a while now. No problem on a desktop but my limited hardware experience with laptops left me feeling like I should leave it to the pros… This sounds like the perfect fix. Thanks!
    -Nicki

  10. Billy Hunter says:

    whoa, so Alien Ware is the real real deal eh? I have a friend Matt, who has all the alien ware products. He is like 19 and loves pc games. Me and him grew up on the same street and we played Runescape everyday! Then in 2007 Jagex i guess sold Runescape and it was lost foreever. But recently they have realeased an older version for me and matt specifically and we play again haha.

    • admin says:

      Hey Billy! Runescape was great! I remember playing it a long time ago. I don’t know how it is now but i may check it out. I may start playing it again. I saw the latest beta and it was really fine!

  11. Janet says:

    Wow, it’s like stepping into the future. I had no idea this kind of device existed – I can think of quite a few friends who would love one of these.

    Thanks for the informative pros and cons.

  12. Janet says:

    Wow, it’s like stepping into the future. I had no idea this kind of device existed – I can think of quite a few friends who would love one of these.

    Thanks for the informative pros and cons – they really help to see whether it’s a viable option or not.

  13. James W D says:

    Well okay! Sounds like things are finally going to get interesting here. I have been waiting a while now to buy a new gaming computer and have really been torn on the Desktop vs Laptop route.

    After reading this article I think things just got a lot better for the laptop route. I particularly thought it was cool that they thought to have extra USB ports on it too as I had already been thinking about that. I just wonder, how loud is the fan on the device?

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

    • admin says:

      Hey James! Thank you for your comment!

      Fan isn’t that loud, since it supports only your graphics card. It isn’t loud enough to interrupt your gaming experience.

      I appreciate your feedback! Wish you the best and see you soon!

  14. Mike says:

    I’m one of those older folks who grew up on gaming in the late 80s and 90s. Mobile gaming was practically non-existent b/c of laptop limitations. I’m trying to learn about today’s gaming environments so I can have a semi-coherent conversation with my son, who is 15 and knows a ton more about today’s gaming world than I do.

    I find this particular concept very interesting, the idea of a dedicated portable box for a high end video card. This is pretty freaking awesome. The power supply … wow. Just for the card and fans, etc? Holy smokes! I’m definitely going to have to do more reading on your blog and learn more about Alienware and the latest gaming developments.

    • admin says:

      Hey Mike! I appreciate your feedback! Good to know that people are happy with what they get from my website))

      Yeah the gaming industry took a giant leap in last few years and now it’s a multi-billion dollar industry. There are definetely many things that you should keep up with. Even i myself can’t keep up frequently with the latest stuff, it is so dynamic.

      I thank you for your interest Mike! Keep in touch!

  15. Dave says:

    Great article!

    Seems like a really useful bit of tech, it is a shame I don’t have an alienware laptop lol. I usually game on xbox so I haven’t really branched into games on my laptop for quite a few years. Any good comparisons you could make between the two?

    • admin says:

      Hey Dave! Thank you for your comment!

      Well, it’s hard to compare Alienware Graphics Amplifier to XBox, since they are two different things with little relevance, if that’s what you mean. But i’m also a Playstation player for life!

  16. David says:

    Thank you, Duru, for this information. I may not be a gamer myself, but my son is, and this would be a great product for his laptop. You accurately call out the problems with gaming on a lap top, but this amplifier may be the answer! It appears it is even travel friendly. Thank you, too for the heads up about the graphics card. It does seem a little pricey. In your CONS you mention it only works on Alienworks laptops. Are those the only laptops it will work on?

    • admin says:

      Hety David! Thank you for your feedback! Well, for now it seems that Alienware Graphics Amplifier works only on Alienware products. I don’t know about the future plans of Alienware, but this is the situation for now.

  17. Afees Alli says:

    Hey buddy, good job on the webdsite. I am not a huge gaming fan but your website is engaging with quality content. Very well put together and shows that you are very knowledgable on your niche. I like your site, great example of what a good website should look like. Awesome!!!

    • admin says:

      Hey Afees! Thank you so much! I really appreciate it! Great to know that people like my site. I still have so much to improve, but with your helps it may become a successfull site in no time. Thank you for your kind words!

  18. Josette says:

    Hi there, I your page looks very professional.

    Here are a few things that need correction:

    * There second sentence doesn’t read correctly.
    * Typo in para 5 – stil x 2 instead of still.
    * I think pandora box should be Pandora’s box.
    * Para 8 has double full stops.
    basically, you should proof-read the entire piece for typos and grammar.

    On the positive side, I really like your conversational tone, you most definitely know what you’re talking about. You sound not only enthusiastic, but expert.

    Josette

    • admin says:

      Thank you so much Josette! I really appreciate your objective comment! These kind of comments are my favourite. I will correct my mistakes in no time! And thank you for your kind words!

  19. Dylan says:

    Wow this is a really cool website with so much good information. It looks really professional as well too.

    The graphics amplifier is something that seems really valuable and could really improve a lot of peoples gaming experience. I had a few friends in college who would have done anything to have one of these things.

    Thanks for the info!

    • admin says:

      Thank you so much Dylan! It is not that professional yet, but i’m trying my best to improve it. Yhank you for your feedback, i really appreciate it!

  20. G.C.Horton says:

    This gear looks like stuff from NASA, or off planet. The pros you outline are impressive, but I was taken aback by the cons, such as you can only use the Alienware Graphics Amplifier with Alienware Laptops Alienware 13, 15 and 17 R2. That seems rather limiting to me, but, honestly, I’m not a gamer, although, if I keep reading your articles I might become one.

    • admin says:

      Ahaha thank you Horton! Glad that you liked my site!

      Yeah Alienware Graphics Amplifier serves us many pros. But there is no gain without pain right?

      Thank you for your feedback!

  21. HipStar says:

    Finally, someone has explained the Alienware Graphics Amplifier in a way that makes sense to me, in a way I can actually understand. Thank you!!

    I notice it doesn’t actually come with the graphics card though – are there any you recommend as an ideal match and any I should avoid for use with this graphics amplifier?

    Since I’m in a country where I don’t really speak the language, I don’t really want multiple trips to a computer store…

    • admin says:

      Hey Hipstar! Thank you for your appreciation! Good to know that people are happy with my content))

      Well, NVidia GTX 970 will be fine to use, like some kinda fix graphics card for the graphics amplifier.

  22. ariefw says:

    That is not right! I thought Alienware already have a good gaming graphic. Why would it sell another graphic card?

    Alienware is already selling at a premium price and still want to rip off its customer for an enhance graphic card?

    I think I better buy a PC with a high-end graphic card rather than buying an Alienware and have to buy another graphic enhancer.

    Thank you for showing me what Dell is trying to rip off from my pocket. Love your review.

    • admin says:

      It’s a true fact that Dell tries to rip off money from their customers. It was better before alienware joined Dell.

      But it doesn’t mean that this is just a rip off. Alienware laptops really serve you good graphics quality but there are always people(like me) who want more. So if you want desktop performance from a laptop and mobilization at same time this can be the best choice.

  23. Katia says:

    Hi Duru/Tyler,

    Wow, this is so super cool, it makes me wish I had an Alienware laptop, but I’ve never really looked into actually buying one since I’m not THAT big a gamer. I love playing gaming – mostly RTS and sandbox games like Minecraft – but I actually try not to game at all because I end up losing days and weeks to games, I get a little obsessed.

    But that’s such an awesome idea! I know that Alienware’s come up with it, but what, give it five years and it’ll probably be a new staple, it’s such a cool feature, why not? Maybe they can even do it with RAM one day when my laptop needs a boost.

    Thanks again for this post, I really enjoyed reading it!

    All the best,

    Katia

    • admin says:

      Hi Katia,

      Who doesn’t get addicted to games? Just tell me that. And i’m so glad that you liked my content.))

      I totally agree with you! Who knows what’s going to happen a few years later???

      Thanks for your feedback Katia! I really appreciate it)))

      Keep in touch!

      Tyler

  24. Viljoen says:

    The Alienware Graphics amplifier looks like a great product to have for laptops. I was never a huge fan of playing games on laptops because of this reason.

    This is a great idea to have an external graphics card to plug into your laptop. Would like to have one of these for my laptop.

  25. Tim says:

    Hi Tyler,

    I had never heard of a graphics amplifier before, sounds pretty awesome.

    I like the idea of being able to have a powerful gaming laptop that is totally portable, rather than being restricted to a desktop computer.

    Is this innovation exclusive to Alienware did you say or are there other versions of this available on the market?

    • admin says:

      Hey Tim!

      Yeah it’s pretty awesome. I can’t stop myself admitting that it has downers also, but what doesn’t comes with plusses and minuses??

      There are some docking stations out there but there aren’t too many. Sony and MSI have their docking stations. This is exclusive to Alienware. Usually every brand manufactures these kind of amplifiers exclusively to their own. I think it’s because of that they don’t want to effect the interests of other tech companies.

  26. bioelectrobot says:

    This concept is interesting. I’d be curious to know how the games are programmed to take advantage of an external graphics processor. The technology behind modern gaming systems is amazing. Lots of math and physics, which I really enjoy. The technology is more interesting to me than the actual game play, although the games are pretty cool.
    Very nice performance chart you’ve included with this article. According to the chart, the amplifier has an incredibly powerful effect on frames per second. My eyes may not be sensitive enough to notice more detail in the game, however, I imagine the motion is much smoother.
    The price for this item on Amazon has come down a little. The current price is $250 (07 Jan 2016).
    Cool product. Thanks for the explanation.

    • admin says:

      Yeah math and physics are the base of everything, not only games. And it is quite fun to learn how our universe works.) I also love the artistic side of the games.

      Yeah mostly it won’t be an uber-major change if you’re playÅŸng the game already with a decent quality level, but it will definetely improve. You will be able to comfortably notice all details and the dynamics will flow smooth as hell!

      Thank you for the feedback)))

  27. Alex says:

    I love Alienware and their work. I’m more of a desktop guy myself, but I always wished to have a cool looking laptop and to be able to play new games on it. There’s a chance to do that with this amplifier.
    Damn, that GTX 980 looks hot. That’s the graphic card I want to buy for my baby once I save up some money.

    • admin says:

      Yeah it’s one of the best variants if you are lookking forward to hybrid up your graphics. And that GTX 980 is definitely a monster.

  28. Wendy says:

    I have to say that it is obvious that you put a lot of work into your website.

    I love your home page picture banner. Your use of visuals is awesome and helps your readers immediately grasp the concept you are putting across. Very comprehensive and well done.

    I especially like your Article, Other Gear and Reviews in different coloured tabs – very eye-catching and easy to navigate.

    The only thing I can see to point out is one tiny thing.

    Some times another pair of eyes can help us see something that we didn’t catch.

    Not 100% sure what you wanted to say but would recommend that you take a look at the following statement that is at the beginning of your Alienware review.

    “I bet you have heard about it and you’re curious about . ”

    Wishing you all the best in your endeavor!!!

    Cheers,

    Kaly

    • admin says:

      Thank you for al the nice words Wendy))

      I actually put a good effort to this site because i want the content to be unique and the experience to be helpful and enjoyable. And i’m so happy that you approve it. Feels good when hard work pays off)

      And really thank you for the content correction! I will fix it in no time!

      Keep in touch!!!

      Duru

  29. R says:

    I have a quick question. I have the alpha r2 with a gtx 960. If I run this amplifier with another gtx 960 is that the same as having to 960’s running at tbe same time like some popular pc builds?

    • admin says:

      Hey there!! Smart question)) I would like to say yes, but my answer is no.. SLI is something you can’t do with Alienware Graphics Amplifier because it will disable your laptops graphics card in order to perform. The active graphics card will be the one in the graphics amplifier.

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