I'm not particularly interested in how this new technology would make your notebook gaming experience a lot better. I'm intrigued by the possibility to daisy-chain graphics cards using the Thunderbolt technology and how it might change multi-GPU benching. Creative spirits understand what I mean ... ;-)
In a private briefing on the eve of Intel’s Developers Forum, Lucid allowed us to go hands-on with a prototype Thunderbolt graphics card. To show the difference in performance discrete graphics makes, Lucid first had us run the 3DMark06 benchmark on a standard Ivy Bridge motherboard using Intel’s integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 chip, where the system returned a mediocre rate of 28 frames-per-second.
Even better, with graphics over Thunderbolt, users will be able to upgrade to their notebooks’ video capabilities without purchasing a new system or whipping out a screwdriver. If your current external video card is getting long in the tooth, simply toss it and buy a better one. Lucid even told us that the technology could be used to support dual-graphics cards in SLI or possibly to daisy chain multiple cards together for maximum performance.
Right now, however, Lucid’s external Thunderbolt graphics technology is still under development with no set release date and no official partners on board. However, today’s notebook buyers can take heart as the company says that graphics peripherals based on its technology should be compatible with current-generation Ultrabooks that have Thunderbolt on board.