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I have an old laptop (which is definitely on its last strides). It's a MacBook Air Late 2010 and its running like a slug (I have abused the laptop beyond comprehension) so for its final year or two I want to get the most out of it. I already have a 2' monitor attached and I want to know if I get a GTX 970 and attach it with one of these things (Using thunderbolt) if it will function properly and that I'm not burning $600 for something my computer can't handle.

  • I would check the vendor website, it probably won't work without additional software. But: are you sure it's the graphic card which is slowing down your laptop? – nohillside Sep 18 '16 at 16:48
  • its not the only thing but im pretty sure it was. i realized today that my computer has display port not thunderbolt but since they look the same i couldn't tell – gidoBOSSftw5731 Sep 19 '16 at 23:34
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Unfortunately not, your Macbook doesn't have Thunderbolt, only Mini DisplayPort. For best results, your mac should have Thunderbolt 2 to take full advantage of the speeds.


By the way, I have Macbook 2011 and I had 2x Thunderbolt displays at 2560x1440 with my integrated HD3000 512mb without a problem. But it was fast as hell when I added a SATA3 SSD with 560mbps read. Hard drives are bottlenecking! :)

  • do you know if i could upgrade the ports to support thunderbolt instead of displayport? – gidoBOSSftw5731 Sep 19 '16 at 23:35
  • Nope you can't, you need a newer Macbook. Thunderbolt 1 was released with Early 2011 Macbook and Thunderbolt 2 was released with Late 2013 Macbook. – emotality Sep 20 '16 at 12:03
  • so i cant like switch the IO and have it work? – gidoBOSSftw5731 Sep 24 '16 at 1:17

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