Alienware Graphics Amplifier with no GPU inside?

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  1. jace888au

    jace888au Notebook Geek

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    If I was to buy another hub it'd have to be usb C so I don't use up one of my other ports which are all in use and need to be directly connected. USB C hubs start at around $60-70 AUD around here for a decent one, and I may as well spend a bit more (<$200) and get an AGA.
     
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    You can get a used AGA for <$150. I got mine for $115 on ebay.
     
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    I know this is an older post but I have used mine without a GPU and it works great. I did disconnect the front fan for silent operation and even better. Its expensive but better than spending 40 on a good usb hub then eventually buying the amp later to put a 1080 or better in it.
     
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    AnimalOZ Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'm also using mine as a usb hub. Works fine hower it's not showing up in AW command center so I can't change the colour of the Alien head. Anyone else having the same issue? I'm using an Alienware 17 R4 if that makes any difference.

    I have downloaded the GA driver and reinstalled AW Command Center, no luck.

    Sent from my GT-I9507 using Tapatalk
     
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    morbidking Notebook Enthusiast

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    Just going to throw this out there I am selling a amp with a pny gtx 1080
     
  6. fire3element

    fire3element Notebook Consultant

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    These AGAs are getting cheap enough that this is not that crazy of an idea. I was thinking about this same scenario several months back.
    I read that same reddit thread, but one question still remains.
    Does the AGA power the laptop w/out a card installed? Because that would be another point that would make this a more sensible option.
     
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    rinneh Notebook Virtuoso

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    It does. Gets detected as an usb hub instead.
     
  8. fire3element

    fire3element Notebook Consultant

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    I am not sure if we are following the same idea here.

    My question was pertaining to the ability of the AGA to power the laptop. Meaning that you would not need the laptop's power brick plugged in to the laptop itself for power.

    This would essentially make the AGA a power supply for your alienware, then allowing you to take your power brick with you or use it elsewhere.
    The 230w power brick is already $80+, so getting an AGA for only a little more would actually make a lot of sense. And it comes with additional functionality too!
     
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    rinneh Notebook Virtuoso

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    Oh, no it wont. you need the laptop power supply at all times. if you disconnect it, the AGA software will even warn you that for the best performance you need to hook up the power brick. Would be a cool idea though!
     
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    I bought this anker usb hub for $18 and it works flawless. Only issue I had was the color..lol it looks like an apple. I used this on My Alienware 17 R3.
    This hub also eliminates the BS issue with using usb 2.0 devices it work flawlessly with 2.0 and 3.0. I has my Logitech g900 Chaos mouse, My G933 headset wireless receiver, G910 keyboard, and a modded logitech 920c used as a smd rework microscope. No issues with power and everything was very responsive! I did also try to use the xbox kinect 2 for 3d scanning, I had no lag issues using I on the hub instead of the direct usb 3.0 port on the laptops which is did have issues with compatibility and lag issues. hope this helps
     
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