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"Is there such a thing as an external processor?"


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#1 marcopolonian

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 04:53 AM

Specifically, an external processor that you can detach (at which point the internal processor starts processing instead) and reattach (at which point the external processor starts processing again).

Today, I found out that all of my gaming problems in the past few years on my laptop, which I won in a national contest, stem from that the sponsors of said contest (AMD) decided to give the winners a laptop with a terrible processor (E-350), which has kept my Windows Experience Index down to 3.8. Unfortunately, I also found out that one of the features I enjoy the most on this laptop (its lightness) apparently has a negative correlation with how good the processor is.

I looked on Google for an external processor (because then, I could have relatively good processing power at home and the lightweight laptop when outside), but my search turned up dry. (It also suggested to me the possibility that this is a completely ridiculous question.)

Anyways, does such a thing exist, or will I have to give up on a: the lightness of my laptop or b: my quest to be able to play computer games made in the last decade?

Also, thanks for reading all the way through that!


Edited by hamluis, 29 July 2016 - 12:55 PM.
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Posted 13 October 2012 - 05:14 AM

Unfortunately, with the way personal computers function, there's no way to achieve this. The CPU must transfer data between the other internal components such as memory directly on data buses with a comparatively massive bandwidth, and there simply isn't any way to get these processing duties to an external device.

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 04:37 PM

Specifically, an external processor that you can detach (at which point the internal processor starts processing instead) and reattach (at which point the external processor starts processing again).

Today, I found out that all of my gaming problems in the past few years on my laptop, which I won in a national contest, stem from that the sponsors of said contest (AMD) decided to give the winners a laptop with a terrible processor (E-350), which has kept my Windows Experience Index down to 3.8. Unfortunately, I also found out that one of the features I enjoy the most on this laptop (its lightness) apparently has a negative correlation with how good the processor is.

I looked on Google for an external processor (because then, I could have relatively good processing power at home and the lightweight laptop when outside), but my search turned up dry. (It also suggested to me the possibility that this is a completely ridiculous question.)

Anyways, does such a thing exist, or will I have to give up on a: the lightness of my laptop or b: my quest to be able to play computer games made in the last decade?

Also, thanks for reading all the way through that!


Well because the processor socket is specially attached to the motherboard, there's no way for the processor to operate elsewhere :(
The socket is connected to the motherboard a special way, and to have an external processor operate on the same motherboard, one would need to somehow extend those connections from the motherboard to some external device, which simply isn't done these days. Or at least there's nothing commercially available...

GOOD QUESTION, YOU REALLY HAVE ME THINKING! That would be interesting to see

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Posted 23 July 2016 - 12:39 PM

I googled "External Processor" and this post came up. Now as someone said the processor is attached directly to the mobo. Another problem is drivers! drivers are a pain to deal with. however i believe the processor in the Xbox One has a processor with no drivers (highly doubt but could be) so if you hooked two together them you may be able to. I hope this becomes a thing.

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