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Found 26th Jan
Was looking to add some graphics power beef to my laptop whilst home utilising the Thunderbolt 3 on my laptop. This gets great reviews, doubling as an all-round docking station.

It has space to install a graphics card of your choosing and also a 2.5" hard drive.

Don't forget Topcashback, it tracked at 3.15% for me...

Manufacturers description:

Go from workday workhorse to gaming legend without switching machines. Easily fitting the industry's latest graphics cards and storage solutions, the OMEN Accelerator transforms the sleek, stunning laptop you love into a gaming monster capable of tackling the most demanding AAA titles. Just add your chosen graphics card, plug in the unit, play, and dominate.

  • Thunderbolt™ 3-certified USB-C™ connectivity
  • Add your chosen graphics card (PCIe slot; 29 cm maximum graphics card length)
  • Expand your storage by adding an SSD or HDD drive
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  • Equipped with one of the industry's latest GPUs, the OMEN Accelerator gives a desktop-level boost to your laptop's gaming potential
  • Powerful Thunderbolt 3-certified USB-C connectivity delivers gaming power and charges your notebook from just one port
  • With room for a hard drive or SDD, your games don't eat up valuable storage on your laptop
  • Keep your gaming performance at peak condition without buying a new PC
  • A large door allows for seamless access to the graphics card slot, 2.5 Inch drive bay and replaceable power supply
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Wow, a box that contains a Thunderbolt connex, a PCI-e slot and a SATA connex. Is the size of a large PC on it's side and is NOT a Docking station....oh and you need to add a HDD and a Graphics Card

And all for £199 !

.....and people are giving this heat !

Watch and cringe....
Northerndave7 m ago

Wow, a box that contains a Thunderbolt connex, a PCI-e slot and a SATA …Wow, a box that contains a Thunderbolt connex, a PCI-e slot and a SATA connex. Is the size of a large PC on it's side and is NOT a Docking station....oh and you need to add a HDD and a Graphics CardAnd all for £199 !.....and people are giving this heat !Watch and cringe.... [Video]


People give it heat coz its not just any box. You can connect it your laptop and that way easily upgrade the graphics which otherwise is impossible to do.

If you see the value, you will also give it heat.
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Good spot - thanks for sharing!

Heat
Does it come with OS?
tempt1 m ago

Does it come with OS?


Its not a pc. Its a graphics card enclosure for laptops to boost per
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Apparently it will also work with the new macbook pro so I am tempted to get one although I think I will wait until they become more affordable. I already have a decent pc with a 1060 6GB.
It looks awesome.

Of course, being made by HP, the driver install will be around 8GB!!!
Aorus GTX Box is currently the best option on the market.
mtodak1 h, 6 m ago

Aorus GTX Box is currently the best option on the market.


On what grounds? Looks like it can do 100W PD instead of the 60W of this (remember, only your laptop's cpu is under load, so 45W at most), drops the storage bay and ethernet but includes a GTX 1070 which also bumps the price up massively (over 500 GBP!)

Now, if you were going to get something less expensive than a 1070 the Omen is the better deal. Heck buy this, slap a GTX 960 in there and you've got a good dock for 230 GBP.
CampGareth35 m ago

On what grounds? Looks like it can do 100W PD instead of the 60W of this …On what grounds? Looks like it can do 100W PD instead of the 60W of this (remember, only your laptop's cpu is under load, so 45W at most), drops the storage bay and ethernet but includes a GTX 1070 which also bumps the price up massively (over 500 GBP!)Now, if you were going to get something less expensive than a 1070 the Omen is the better deal. Heck buy this, slap a GTX 960 in there and you've got a good dock for 230 GBP.



If you want something less than 1070 or 1080 and sacrifice portability than you might be right. It bumps price massively because its almost the price of the card itself, box comes up like 50-70 pounds, I see it that way.

And if you find me GTX960 for GBP30 i am all in.
Edited by: "mtodak" 27th Jan
Wow, a box that contains a Thunderbolt connex, a PCI-e slot and a SATA connex. Is the size of a large PC on it's side and is NOT a Docking station....oh and you need to add a HDD and a Graphics Card

And all for £199 !

.....and people are giving this heat !

Watch and cringe....
Northerndave7 m ago

Wow, a box that contains a Thunderbolt connex, a PCI-e slot and a SATA …Wow, a box that contains a Thunderbolt connex, a PCI-e slot and a SATA connex. Is the size of a large PC on it's side and is NOT a Docking station....oh and you need to add a HDD and a Graphics CardAnd all for £199 !.....and people are giving this heat !Watch and cringe.... [Video]


People give it heat coz its not just any box. You can connect it your laptop and that way easily upgrade the graphics which otherwise is impossible to do.

If you see the value, you will also give it heat.
Northerndave53 m ago

Wow, a box that contains a Thunderbolt connex, a PCI-e slot and a SATA …Wow, a box that contains a Thunderbolt connex, a PCI-e slot and a SATA connex. Is the size of a large PC on it's side and is NOT a Docking station....oh and you need to add a HDD and a Graphics CardAnd all for £199 !.....and people are giving this heat !Watch and cringe.... [Video]


To me it's a pretty cool piece of technology, the fact that my new laptop can be upgraded in the future with new graphics makes it more future proof. There's not many ways of upgrading graphics especially this easy, so it's heat from me.
abhijitdash1233 h, 54 m ago

People give it heat coz its not just any box. You can connect it your …People give it heat coz its not just any box. You can connect it your laptop and that way easily upgrade the graphics which otherwise is impossible to do.If you see the value, you will also give it heat.



I can see the value (but it's just a connection box, you've got to add a good graphics card to it) and it's massive! you sacrifice portability.
Are you really going to carry this around with your laptop (plus a big monitor and the wires!)?
If you don't care about portability, buy a pc
jasee2 h, 26 m ago

I can see the value (but it's just a connection box, you've got to add a …I can see the value (but it's just a connection box, you've got to add a good graphics card to it) and it's massive! you sacrifice portability. Are you really going to carry this around with your laptop (plus a big monitor and the wires!)? If you don't care about portability, buy a pc


Say u already had a laptop would be cheaper than building a gaming desktop pc
I don't get how is this better or more portable than a small desktop pc.
coventgamer39 m ago

Say u already had a laptop would be cheaper than building a gaming desktop …Say u already had a laptop would be cheaper than building a gaming desktop pc


Yes but you still have a laptop that’s not optimised for gaming so it may not have enough ram, a slow hard drive or be running a mobile chip that may get hot and slow down if pushed hard when gaming. I know most gaming grunt is needed in the GPU but that’s not all.

Remember also if if you put a hdd in there as well as the graphics card and load the game to the hdd in there all the data goes over the usb c. Badly written drivers or conflicts on your laptop may reduce the overall performance.

It’s s good solution but can’t turn a average laptop into a monster gaming machine.
Edited by: "gavin1" 27th Jan
Gregski13 m ago

I don't get how is this better or more portable than a small desktop pc.


Was slightly easier using excel on the train with my laptop, balancing the monitor on my knees and carrying a UPS system around for my pc gaming system became a bit tedious.
worf2018 m ago

Was slightly easier using excel on the train with my laptop, balancing the …Was slightly easier using excel on the train with my laptop, balancing the monitor on my knees and carrying a UPS system around for my pc gaming system became a bit tedious.


I'd love to see the eyes transport police give you if you'd whip this out on the train, specially if you're beardy and asian!
Edited by: "Murtin" 27th Jan
gavin128 m ago

Yes but you still have a laptop that’s not optimised for gaming so it may n …Yes but you still have a laptop that’s not optimised for gaming so it may not have enough ram, a slow hard drive or be running a mobile chip that may get hot and slow down if pushed hard when gaming. I know most gaming grunt is needed in the GPU but that’s not all. Remember also if if you put a hdd in there as well as the graphics card and load the game to the hdd in there all the data goes over the usb c. Badly written drivers or conflicts on your laptop may reduce the overall performance. It’s s good solution but can’t turn a average laptop into a monster gaming machine.


Literally all high end laptops have more than plenty SSDs, RAM and CPU. What they lack is specifically GPU. Also they get hot exactly because the integrated or weak dedicated GPU is struggling on its own. So I don't think your argument holds that well.
TellyLover40 m ago

Literally all high end laptops have more than plenty SSDs, RAM and CPU. …Literally all high end laptops have more than plenty SSDs, RAM and CPU. What they lack is specifically GPU. Also they get hot exactly because the integrated or weak dedicated GPU is struggling on its own. So I don't think your argument holds that well.


It’s not sold as an add on to a high end laptop which probably has discrete graphics anyway it’s sold to boost lower to medium range machines.

HP sell it as “Go from workday workhorse to gaming legend without switching machines.“

Optimising any pc for games isn’t just about the hardware it’s enduring there is the minimum possible OS footprint loaded and running as possible to keep the load down. If you were to take a day to day laptop it will have all sorts of add on or helper programs running at startup that take ram and cpu cycles. Closing these will usually still leave DLLs in memory.

As I said it will help but it’s not a going to make a everyday pc into a gaming monster by itself.
no thanks, just bought a cheap trolley and prefer to take my pc and oled screen with me at all times
Anyway, here is a list of generators you can match with your new accelerator:
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Edited by: "miaomiaobaubau" 27th Jan
jasee4 h, 23 m ago

I can see the value (but it's just a connection box, you've got to add a …I can see the value (but it's just a connection box, you've got to add a good graphics card to it) and it's massive! you sacrifice portability. Are you really going to carry this around with your laptop (plus a big monitor and the wires!)? If you don't care about portability, buy a pc


Clearly you don't understand the use case.
You are not meant to carry around the eGPU everywhere with your laptop!
The idea is that you have a laptop, however good or expensive, but don't have the money/space to also get a dedicated gaming computer at home.
So you can take your laptop wherever you need as your main PC, and at home all you need to do is connect it to the accelerator.
Plus (unless it's different than other eGPUs) you can connect it back to the laptop screen but this results in some performance drop
worf2011 h, 54 m ago

Was slightly easier using excel on the train with my laptop, balancing the …Was slightly easier using excel on the train with my laptop, balancing the monitor on my knees and carrying a UPS system around for my pc gaming system became a bit tedious.



Well of course it would be far easier balancing a monitor, omen, ups and laptop on your knee
Edited by: "jasee" 27th Jan
WalkableBuffalo33 m ago

Clearly you don't understand the use case.You are not meant to carry …Clearly you don't understand the use case.You are not meant to carry around the eGPU everywhere with your laptop!The idea is that you have a laptop, however good or expensive, but don't have the money/space to also get a dedicated gaming computer at home.So you can take your laptop wherever you need as your main PC, and at home all you need to do is connect it to the accelerator.Plus (unless it's different than other eGPUs) you can connect it back to the laptop screen but this results in some performance drop



Surely if you are a dedicated gamer, you need a proper PC, not necessarily one of those LED laden models which are ridiculously expensive
jasee35 m ago

Surely if you are a dedicated gamer, you need a proper PC, not necessarily …Surely if you are a dedicated gamer, you need a proper PC, not necessarily one of those LED laden models which are ridiculously expensive


A proper PC is far more expensive than the £200 you pay for this. Heck, even an i5 coffeelake chip starts at £190.

There are two situations here and this only makes sense in one of them. If you currently do not own a laptop or a desktop and want to play games, you should buy a desktop. If however you own a laptop already but not a desktop, or you specifically need to own a laptop (e.g university student, travelling worker) then it's far cheaper to get this than a desktop.

Yes gaming laptops are a thing but they sacrifice the best aspect of laptops, portability.
Would it turn my 13 year old Pentium 4 desktop into a gaming monster?
This is exactly the product that will fit one scenareo:

- Laptop deal on HUKD. It It has an i5 with 8GB ram, 1920x1080p 15" screen but shared intel GMA graphics, it costs £400
- Some users on the thread comment that its ideal for most games.
- Person buys laptop and discovers that its NOT ideal for most games (and most graphics settings have to be reduced)
- Person then discovers graphics cant be upgraded and are then stuck with said laptop.
...
- Person then buy this HP OMEN accelerator shell hoping to boost graphics (+£199)
- Person also buys GTX1060 Graphics card for approx (+£300)

So... the £400 laptop now ended up costing £899, all because of a bad decision in the first place.
Far, far more sensible to buy a laptop in the first place with decent graphics!!
CampGareth2 h, 30 m ago

A proper PC is far more expensive than the £200 you pay for this. Heck, …A proper PC is far more expensive than the £200 you pay for this. Heck, even an i5 coffeelake chip starts at £190.There are two situations here and this only makes sense in one of them. If you currently do not own a laptop or a desktop and want to play games, you should buy a desktop. If however you own a laptop already but not a desktop, or you specifically need to own a laptop (e.g university student, travelling worker) then it's far cheaper to get this than a desktop.Yes gaming laptops are a thing but they sacrifice the best aspect of laptops, portability.



I don't think a decent pc (without the ridiculous flashy go faster alien type bits) should cost more than £1000 and it will far outstrip most laptops and you can save £400-£500 by not buying this thing plus graphics card. Just keep your laptop for laptop use.
jasee39 m ago

I don't think a decent pc (without the ridiculous flashy go faster alien …I don't think a decent pc (without the ridiculous flashy go faster alien type bits) should cost more than £1000 and it will far outstrip most laptops and you can save £400-£500 by not buying this thing plus graphics card. Just keep your laptop for laptop use.


...

Sorry what? You're saying that for the person who already owns a top of the range laptop, quad core with 16GB of ram, that sort of thing, they'd be better off spending 1000 pounds on a whole other PC than 500 pounds on this plus a GPU for their laptop... what? What?
Laptops with high end GPUs = heat. Heat = laptop dies after a year or two of use. I've been through several "gaming laptops" and sick of their poor longevity, so gone for a solid business class laptop and omen accelerator.

The omen is massive, but works well.
Edited by: "alexjascott" 27th Jan
118luke3 h, 16 m ago

This is exactly the product that will fit one scenareo:- Laptop deal on …This is exactly the product that will fit one scenareo:- Laptop deal on HUKD. It It has an i5 with 8GB ram, 1920x1080p 15" screen but shared intel GMA graphics, it costs £400- Some users on the thread comment that its ideal for most games.- Person buys laptop and discovers that its NOT ideal for most games (and most graphics settings have to be reduced)- Person then discovers graphics cant be upgraded and are then stuck with said laptop....- Person then buy this HP OMEN accelerator shell hoping to boost graphics (+£199)- Person also buys GTX1060 Graphics card for approx (+£300)So... the £400 laptop now ended up costing £899, all because of a bad decision in the first place.Far, far more sensible to buy a laptop in the first place with decent graphics!!


Not exactly, depends on your situation. It may be more sensible to buy a (cheaper) laptop and buy this for upgrading. Even if you buy a laptop with a 1050ti or 1060 inside it may not last as long as buying this shell and a new GPU. By buying this and a new GPU, you can then upgrade in the future. So in some ways, buying a laptop with decent graphics in the first place will not only cost you more in the short term but also cost you in the long term when you need to upgrade the graphics.
CampGareth1 h, 52 m ago

...Sorry what? You're saying that for the person who already owns a top of …...Sorry what? You're saying that for the person who already owns a top of the range laptop, quad core with 16GB of ram, that sort of thing, they'd be better off spending 1000 pounds on a whole other PC than 500 pounds on this plus a GPU for their laptop... what? What?



Yes.
Some things to note about this:
1- Performance depends on the nature of thunderbolt3 port on the laptop ,some have 4 lanes of PCIe straight into the CPU and give great performance, some give 2 lanes via the chipset and the performance suffers, so its worth reading into what you have and what the performance difference will be.

2- Part of the cost of these external Egpu boxes is the thunderbolt3 connection is owned by intel and they charge you to make something that uses it, this is due to end later this year and it'll be free for companies to use the ports on their hardware, so expect the cost of these boxes to drop in the next 8-12 months.

3- Even with a 4pcie lane TB3 port, you will still loose performance, often around 20%, so for example getting a 1060 external card and one of these for a laptop with an internal 1060 MaxQ will probably gain you no additional or worse performance. This seems to be less if you connect the display directly to the external card and don't loop back to your laptop display (Or use a VR headset) but you still take a performance hit.

4- Most laptops use a cooling system with heatpipes that take CPU and GPU heat together to a fairly large extent. That means by not using the internal GPU your CPU will run a lot cooler as the cooling system as a whole is having to do a lot less work, which will mean far less throttling, heat, noise and issues if your hammering it with taxing games or VR.

All in all these are great devices, I'll be getting one to use with a dell 7577 with a 1060 card, but I think the time to get one will be when TB3 ports become royalty free for manufacturers to use, when (if?!) the GPU prices drop and when the new Nvidia volta cards come out. A combination of those things happening will make them a lot more attractive.

I think people rubbishing the concept aren't really seeing the intended purpose, if you have a decent laptop with an 'ok' card you can do some light gaming, work etc on the go. Then you get home and plug it into this with a far better card via a single cable and have access to your USB gaming accessories, your HDD with your demanding games on it, your VR headset, your dual monitor setup etc, all via a single cable. Then when your done, you take the portable laptop away with you with minimal fuss. Sounds ideal to me.
Edited by: "Ngendo1" 27th Jan
Is there one that will fit a Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 Gaming?
Ngendo12 h, 53 m ago

Some things to note about this:1- Performance depends on the nature of …Some things to note about this:1- Performance depends on the nature of thunderbolt3 port on the laptop ,some have 4 lanes of PCIe straight into the CPU and give great performance, some give 2 lanes via the chipset and the performance suffers, so its worth reading into what you have and what the performance difference will be. 2- Part of the cost of these external Egpu boxes is the thunderbolt3 connection is owned by intel and they charge you to make something that uses it, this is due to end later this year and it'll be free for companies to use the ports on their hardware, so expect the cost of these boxes to drop in the next 8-12 months. 3- Even with a 4pcie lane TB3 port, you will still loose performance, often around 20%, so for example getting a 1060 external card and one of these for a laptop with an internal 1060 MaxQ will probably gain you no additional or worse performance. This seems to be less if you connect the display directly to the external card and don't loop back to your laptop display (Or use a VR headset) but you still take a performance hit.4- Most laptops use a cooling system with heatpipes that take CPU and GPU heat together to a fairly large extent. That means by not using the internal GPU your CPU will run a lot cooler as the cooling system as a whole is having to do a lot less work, which will mean far less throttling, heat, noise and issues if your hammering it with taxing games or VR. All in all these are great devices, I'll be getting one to use with a dell 7577 with a 1060 card, but I think the time to get one will be when TB3 ports become royalty free for manufacturers to use, when (if?!) the GPU prices drop and when the new Nvidia volta cards come out. A combination of those things happening will make them a lot more attractive.I think people rubbishing the concept aren't really seeing the intended purpose, if you have a decent laptop with an 'ok' card you can do some light gaming, work etc on the go. Then you get home and plug it into this with a far better card via a single cable and have access to your USB gaming accessories, your HDD with your demanding games on it, your VR headset, your dual monitor setup etc, all via a single cable. Then when your done, you take the portable laptop away with you with minimal fuss. Sounds ideal to me.


I think Intel removed the thunderbolt royalty at the end of 2017 - maybe that's why this is reduced?
I've got an Aorus GTX 1070 gaming box hooked up to a MacBook Pro 13 inch with Boot Camp. I've got my Windows 10 OS and games on a powered external hard drive, plus my gaming peripherals and screen outputting from this one box.

What this means is that I have the ability to play the latest games (including the terribly optimised PUBG at near enough the highest settings), and charge my MacBook through one single cable. The laptop itself doesn't get hot since the GPU on the SoC isn't being used.

I can unplug my laptop and take it away and have a super lightweight Mac system for general web browsing but can turn it into a Windows gaming machine at my desk. Well worth the money to get a box like this HP.
Any good spot for GTX 960 4gb please? Or maybe something equivalent by AMD?
ebay.co.uk/itm…649
mtodak15 h, 52 m ago

Any good spot for GTX 960 4gb please? Or maybe something equivalent by AMD?


I ordered one of these. It’s from China but if it all comes through ok this will make a tidy little docking station for my Asus Transformer Pro
dkwookies1 h, 45 m ago

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/For-NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX960-4GB-GDDR5-128Bit-PCI-Express-Video-Graphics-Card-Gift/292374796193?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649 I ordered one of these. It’s from China but if it all comes through ok this will make a tidy little docking station for my Asus Transformer Pro


I watched youtube review re. GPUs from China, these are fakes as hell.
mtodak11 m ago

I watched youtube review re. GPUs from China, these are fakes as hell.


Thanks for the heads up, did some digging and yep looks like they are GTX 450 hacked to appear as GTX 960. Contacted seller to cancel order.
May just pay extra and get a 1050 T
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