CES 2022

Alienware’s revived eGPU concept turns your laptop into a graphics beast

Concept Polaris is a liquid-cooled eGPU soups up your machine's sub-optimal graphics power.

Alienware is tantalizing the gaming world once again by reintroducing Concept Polaris — a liquid-cooled eGPU that promises to give your laptop a big boost of graphical power.

The Concept Polaris is just a concept right now, but Alienware, which showcased the tech at CES 2022, seems to have taken what they learned with its previous eGPU, the discontinued Alienware Graphics Amplifier, and improved on it in every way. The Concept Polaris looks much cleaner with Alienware’s Legend 2.0 design that’s been featured on most of its current lineup. Alienware’s conceptual eGPU also has redesigned interior and a slimmer exterior that allows it to be positioned either vertically or horizontally.

Part of the Concept Polaris’ design, according to the company, was influenced by how working from home has changed all of our desk space into valuable real estate. These days, it might be a lot harder to squeeze a full-blown PC gaming setup onto your desk with all your work stuff and coffee mugs in the way. As a workaround, the Concept Polaris is designed to free up space by giving you the ability to play graphic-intensive games on whatever laptop you happen to be using.

Sleek specs — Even though it’s pretty hard to get your hands on a nice graphics card right now, Alienware built the Concept Polaris to fit a full-size 16-inch desktop GPU. And to cool down your super-expensive GPU, Alienware built the Concept Polaris with its 240mm Cryo-Tech cooling solution so you can overclock without worry.

Unlike the design of its Alienware Graphics Amplifier, the Concept Polaris was stripped of any built-in power supply and was built with two AC adapters. According to Alienware, there will be two variants, with one version using two 330W AC adapters while the other uses two 425W AC adapters.

Maybe the most welcome change with the Concept Polaris, Alienware opened up its eGPU to be connected to most laptops. Alienware did away with the proprietary connection that the Alienware Graphics Amplifier had and instead built Concept Polaris with Thunderbolt 3, Thunderbolt 4 and USB-4 ports. The eGPU was also built with USB-A, USB-C and 2.5GB Ethernet ports so users can make the Concept Polaris into a central hub as well.

Just a concept? — If released, the Concept Polaris could pair really well with any laptop looking for more graphics performance, including Alienware’s latest announced x14 laptop. The x14 brings back Alienware’s 14-inch laptop offerings and is the company’s thinnest laptop to date. The x14 was also built with a 12th gen Intel Core H-series processor, a Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 and Alienware’s Cryo-Tech cooling.

As we said earlier, Concept Polaris is still a concept with no details on a release date or pricing. Alienware has definitely been generating some hype with its cool concepts lately though, including its Concept Nyx that acts as a central cloud gaming server within your home, and its handheld gaming PC dubbed Concept UFO.