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MacBook Air graphics gets an NVidia upgrade, sort of

Even though Apple updated their MacBook Air last month, the graphics will always be a bit of an issue, as we know this ultraslim laptop is never about playing games. So just imagine what it would be like to play a graphic intensive game on the Air, well it would be awesome for some of you?

You may wonder what we mean when you see the headline MacBook Air graphics gets an NVidia upgrade? Okay, so we know that you will be thinking that Apple have upgraded the MacBook Air yet again, and have now treated us to an NVidia upgrade, but it is not like that.

The video above will better explain what it all means, but basically there is a unique setup where an 11-inch MacBook Air has been connected to a GTX 570 eGPU with a series of adapters via Thunderbolt.

The cable coming from the Thunderbolt connects to a PCI-Express adapter, which is connected to a Windows compatible video card. The end result is a little ugly to look at, as it looks like a nerds basement, but it is a small price to pay for superb MacBook Air gaming — something we never thought we would say.

It is clear that this DIY project will never catch on because of the amount of paraphernalia needed to make it work. However, if you have no intention of getting rid of your MacBook Air for a Windows gaming laptop, then this could be the solution you are looking for if you don’t mind a bit of mess on your desk?

However, if you are looking for an ultimate gaming experience, then you will not get this by looking down at an 11-inch display. There is also the fact that this goes against the whole idea of owning a MacBook Air. If you want a mix of portability and an above average gaming experience, then maybe you should consider the MacBook Pro instead, although wait for the late 2013 model, as this is expected to get a more powerful Haswell chip?

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Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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