In the 21st century, advanced technology makes nearly everything possible. So if you have heard that it is not plausible to upgrade your laptop’s graphics, then there’s good news for you.

Although not very easy, there are definitely ways to use an external graphics card for your laptop, to make it the ultimate gaming machine. You will certainly have better speed and a more thrilling gaming experience.

However, a word of caution to all those who are not well versed with tampering with the insides of your laptop. Be careful about what you’d do.

If you are a novice, we recommend that you do some basic research about this DIY process; you will have loads of tutorials and help communities to help you through this basic procedure.

Note: Please remember that the warranty becomes void as soon as you open it up.

The other thing before you use the external graphics card is to be sure of the tech specs of your machines so that you can figure out the compatibility issues of the peripherals easily.

Now that you are aware of all the possibilities, let us take a look at the list of popular external graphics cards for laptops.

See Also: 15 Best Gaming Laptops for those who love PC Gaming

Best External Graphics Card for Your Laptop

1. GIGABYTE GeForce GT 1030


GIGABYTE GeForce GT 1030 external GPU comes with Core Clock(MHz) 1506 in OC Mode and 1468 in Gaming Mode. It has a minimal and low profile design with 150mm card length.

The card is integrated with 2GB GDDRS 64 bit memory. The graphics cards interface is PCI-E. The memory clock speed is 6.008 MHz. You can place this external graphics card in any PCI Express x16 slot. You can find its manual on Amazon site.

GIGABYTE GeForce GT 1030 GV-N1030D5-2GL Low Profile 2G Computer Graphics...
  • Core Clock (MHz): 1506 in OC Mode and 1468 in Gaming Mode
  • Low profile design with 150 mm card length
  • Integrated with 2GB GDDR5 64bit memory
  • One-click overclocking via AORUS Graphics Engine
  • Form Factor: Low Profile

2. MSI GAMING GeForce GT 710


MSI GAMING GeForce GT 710 gpu comes with 2GB GDDRS video memory and 64-bit memory interface. The memory speed of this external graphics card is 954 MHz. This graphics card consumes only 20W max power supply.

It gets all its power from the PCI-Express bus. It comes with a low profile adapter and works fine in a PCIe 16x slot. You have the user manual which you can refer to getting started with it.

MSI Gaming GeForce GT 710 2GB GDRR5 64-bit HDCP Support DirectX 12 OpenGL...
  • Chipset: NVIDIA GeForce GT 710
  • Video Memory: 2GB GDDR5
  • Memory Interface: 64-bit
  • Please Note: kindly refer the user guide before use

3. ASUS GeForce GTX 1080


The ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 laptop graphics card comes with exclusive ASUS technologies that include DirectCU III with Patented Wing-Blade 0dB Fans for 30% cooler and 3X quieter performance.

The Aura RGB Lighting enables great customization flexibility. The VR-friendly HDMI ports allow you to enjoy immersive virtual reality experience to the fullest.

It features 1733 MHz Boost Clock with Super Alloy Power II Delivery, DirectCU III with 0dB fan technology.

ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8GB ROG Strix Graphics Card...
  • Brand ASUS, Series ROG, Model STRIX-GTX1080-A8G-GAMING
  • Interface PCI Express 3.0, Chipset Manufacturer NVIDIA, GPU Series NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 Series, GPU GeForce GTX 1080, Core Clock OC mode: 1695 MHz , Gaming mode: 1670 MHz, Boost Clock OC mode: 1835 MHz , Gaming mode: 1809 MHz ,
  • Retail goods are with default Gaming Mode, OC Mode can be adjusted with one click on GPU Tweak II, CUDA Cores 2560, Effective Memory Clock 10010 MHz, Memory Size 8GB, Memory Interface 256-Bit, Memory Type GDDR5X,
  • OpenGL OpenGL 4.5, HDMI 2 x Native HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 2 x Native DisplayPort 1.4, DVI 1 x Native DVI-D, Max Resolution 7680 x 4320, Virtual Reality Ready Yes,
  • Cooler Triple Fans, Power Connector 1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin, HDCP Ready Yes, Max GPU Length 298 mm, Card Dimensions (L x H) 11.73" x 5.28", Slot Width Dual Slot, Package Contents Accessories: 2 x ROG Cable Ties,

4. Gigabyte AORUS Gaming Box GTX 1070


AORUS GTX 1070 Gaming Box helps you turn your laptop into a gaming platform. It is powered by GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1070 overclock edition graphics card.

This external graphics card successfully delivers a good performance for graphics and VR-ready games. With its unique thermal and overclocking technology, you can enjoy high performance in a quiet environment.

It features Thunderbolt 3 plug and play and supports quick charge(QC 3.0).

Gigabyte AORUS Gaming Box GTX 1070 Graphic Card GV-N1070IXEB-8GD eGPU
  • Embedded GeForce GTX 1070 enables graphics-intensive game and VR experience
  • Thunderbolt 3 plug and play. Multi-view : 4
  • Supports Quick Charge (QC 3.0) and Power Delivery (PD 3.0)
  • Thunderbolt 3 plug and play. PSU: 450W, >90% efficiency (equal to 80 plus Gold), PCI-E 8pin power
  • Supports 3x USB 3.0 for peripheral devices

5. ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti features 8GB GDDR5 256-bit memory powered by NVIDIA Pascal. The MaxContact technology delivers better cooling efficiency, and the Auto-extreme manufacturing with Super Alloy Power II component ensures the premium quality and reliability.

The ASUS Aura Sync RGB lightning on the shroud and backplate renders a solid spectrum of colors that can synchronize effects across Asus Aura Sync enabled products.

The patented wing-blade fans deliver maximum airflow. The fan also operates at an up to 3X quieter volume than other cards. This too is a popular external graphics card.

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB GDDR5 Advanced Edition VR Ready DP...
  • 1759 MHz Boost Clock (OC Mode) featuring 8GB GDDR5 256-bit memory powered by NVIDIA Pascal. Dimensions- 11.73 x 5.28 x 2.07 Inch
  • ASUS Aura Sync RGB lighting on the shroud and backplate provides a nearly endless spectrum of colors with the ability to synchronize effects across asus Aura Sync enabled products
  • MaxContact plus Auto-extreme manufacturing technology delivers 2X more GPU to heatsink contact for increased cooling efficiency with premium quality aerospace-grade Super Alloy Power II components
  • Patented wing-blade 0dB fans with FanConnect II optimizes cooling performance using three axial fans to maximize airflow and two 4-pin headers for targeted system cooling
  • GPU Tweak II makes monitoring performance and streaming easier than ever, featuring Game Booster and a free 1-year premium license of XSplit Gamecaster


We do hope that you found this list helpful, even if you are not an advanced gamer. Do share your thoughts if you would like to share some more recommendations for external graphics cards for your laptop.