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Enjoy desktop gaming power on your Alienware laptop with this Alienware 452BBRG graphics amplifier, which supports most full-length, dual-wide PCI-Express x16 graphics cards. The 4 USB 3.0 ports provide room for additional accessories.
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    • Graphics Amplifier

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (19 out of 21)

    Features


    Compatible with select Alienware laptops

    Including 13, 15 and 17 R2 models.

    Supports most full-length, dual-wide PCI-Express x16 graphics cards

    Including NVIDIA GTX 600 series or later and AMD Radeon HD 5000 series or later.

    Single-cable connection

    Provides a simple, clutter-free connection to your laptop.

    4 USB 3.0 ports

    Let you connect additional accessories to your device.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 21 reviews

    90%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Works great with a GTX 1080

      Posted
      Keyan
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member
      • Top 10 ContributorTop 10 Contributor

      This is a great option for boosting performance on Alienware systems with a compatible port. The GTX 1080 FE fits right in and works great with the latest mobile drivers installed from NVIDIA. Huge performance boost in games and it keeps the GPU heat out of your system, which should extend the life of the components and lowers fan noise from the laptop to only the CPU fan. It also adds 4 USB ports, so it is a kind of docking station. If you know that you are always going to have the cable connected when at your main work space, the hub can be useful for external hard drives and such to reduce desk cable clutter. The unit is very big - with the rather inflexible cable in the back it probably takes up at least 18" of depth and certainly makes a statement on a desk. I was able to hide it down in a desk cubby, but for many you need to realize it is going to be a substantial part of the look of your space. It does have one of the light up Alienware heads on it that has a full channel LED allowing for it to be controlled by the AlienFX software that also manages the laptop lights, or can be shut off too. One last quirk - with it connected the sleep and hibernate functions won't work anymore. All you can do is shut down or restart the PC.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      great way to add more graphics horsepower

      Posted
      EVLVNE
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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      Comparatively speaking this is the least cost option for an external GPU/laptop combo. I put a Titan Xp in mine and coupled it with an Alienware 15R3. The additional USB ports make it great for setting up VR (Oculus) in one place, but still being able to grab the laptop and go. Be aware that this ONLY works with Alienware systems that have the Graphics Amplifier connection, which is proprietary. It is not perfect, you do have to shutdown the laptop to get it to connect or disconnect. I also had some problems with the Graphics Amplifier USB all working with the Oculus - seems there may be a bandwidth issue, and the Oculus is notoriously picky about what USB ports you use. But with some fiddling and experimentation it all worked. It is faster than the thunderbolt options because of the way that Dell engineered the connection to the system bus, but that also means hot plug and play isn't an option.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Smart Option to Improve Performance

      Posted
      Bainski
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I had the Graphics Amp paired with a 980 ti installed and working within 15 minutes of opening the box. It is incredibly easy to do and user friendly. I am seeing huge jumps in frame rate over a 980m (good in it's own right) especially above 1080p. All current games are playable @ 4k with high-ultra settings. It is also my understanding that this is the way to get the current alienware laptops compatible with upcoming VR. Another positive aspect is that the laptop no longer used the onboard GPU, resulting in a much cooler laptop for extended gaming sessions. Great Product!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Overall a nice option to have desktop grade GPU

      Posted
      FuzzBisquit
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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      I'd recommend this for folks with an older Alienware laptop. I'm talking R1-R3. Having the ability to use a desktop grade GPU(purchased separately) while at home is fantastic. If then you need to take your laptop with you, shut everything down(slight annoyance) unplug cable and your done. Laptop needs to be off every time you (un)plug to the amp. The stock PSU and case fan are too noisy. So I replaced them with a Corsair CX550 psu and noctua nf-59 case fan. Much better, look on youtube on how to do this properly.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love it.

      Posted
      solat152
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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      Its great. Setup was easy. I have a 1070 in it right now. The 1070 will play just about anything at 1080p with ultra settings. Don't use the amp as a docking station or you will hinder performance in games. Looking at youtube videos you can expect to attain about 70 to 85 percent of the cards power. Still its better than the 970m or 980m. The locking mechanism is really bad though. Hard to open and when you do it makes a sound like you broke it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome

      Posted
      SHC0088
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Shipping was super fast, and it works great on my X51 desktop. It's a great system, but hard to find a graphics card that would fit it without overheating. With this Amp I can put almost any card I want and it'll run great. A big plus it keeps the main computer running cooler because the graphics card is running remotely. A must for any Alienware X51 or Alienware laptop owner.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      How to make your Alienware Laptop even better

      Posted
      Zero23
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      Bravo to Alienware for making this. Can boost your graphics with a second graphics card (not included). Also can use this as just a standalone USB hub if you really wanted to, but if you put in a graphics card then you have more inputs and accelerated graphics. This thing is amazing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Perfect companion for any R2 Alienware Laptop

      Posted
      Zero23
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      Got this as a pseudo USB Hub since I needed more ports for my Alienware 13R2. Other USB Hubs with HDMI inputs were all around the same price. It works great. Extra USB ports and also piggyback graphics boost. This works really well.

      I would recommend this to a friend





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