Alienware Explores the Evolution of eGPUs with Concept Polaris at CES

Alienware has a history of making eGPU way back from 2014 when they launched the Alienware Graphics Amplifier in 2014. It was praised for its performance-enhancing feature set and allowed gamers to take their laptop’s graphics performance to previously unreachable levels.

As the needs of the gaming community evolve and change, new innovations and the exploration happen of different product categories, or it can even rewrite the definition of an existing solution.

Alienware showcased a new Concept Polaris. Starting on the outside, this iteration of Concept Polaris has the futuristic Alienware Legend 2.0 ID with its soft rounded edges, meaningful cable routing and the Alien FX loop lighting. And it can be oriented both vertically and horizontally, making it ideal for those with limited desk space.

For power, Alienware removed the built-in power supply and provide power through dual AC adapter solutions. One iteration of Concept Polaris delivers power through two 330w AC adapters and, in another variant, It can utilize two 425w AC adapters. This allows us to deliver the dedicated power needed for desktop gaming graphics while reducing the occupied internal space.

The inside is just as beautiful as the outside. You will find that the dimensions of this concept allow for off-the-shelf full-size 16-inch desktop gaming graphics cards. This is liquid-cooled – of course – with our 240mm Cryo-Tech cooling solution including our thermal interface material, Element 31. With that kind of cooling architecture, overclocking your GPU natively with Alienware Command Center to reach its unrealized potential could never be easier.

Unlike the earlier Alienware Graphics Amplifier, which was designed for Alienware products, Concept Polaris could provide connectivity through Thunderbolt 3, Thunderbolt 4 and USB-4, giving it the ability to open up desktop gaming graphics performance to a broad range of laptops. It doesn’t stop there either, Concept Polaris features USB-A, USB-C and 2.5GB ethernet ports – which could arm users with a central hub to expand their ecosystem further.

Of course, it is a concept and many of these features and ambitions will evolve and change which will definitely bring an innovations and features in upcoming products.

Written by Shintu Dhang