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 Note: The Wolfe works on Windows, too

 

Your laptop is an incredible device that can do almost anything.

You can browse the web, communicate, manage your data, and so much more -- but there’s something missing. Sometimes, our laptops just aren’t powerful enough.

Laptops sacrifice performance for portability. For more intensive tasks like gaming, VR, and high-speed rendering, your laptop is held back by it’s weak, mobile graphics processor. Because of this, you’re expected to use a bulky, expensive desktop computer for these tasks. If you can buy an external hard drive to easily expand your storage, why can’t you do the same for your laptop’s performance?

That’s why we created the Wolfe - the affordable, easy-to-use device that removes these barriers and gives you the power to do all the gaming, design, and more -- on the laptop you already own. You never have to buy a desktop again.

     

 

 

 

With the Wolfe Pro, your laptop is fully equipped to handle VR. For the first time, gamers, developers, and other professionals can use this technology without a desktop computer.

The Wolfe outperforms consoles and most desktops, so you can play all the latest AAA games. And for enthusiasts, the Wolfe Pro allows you to play at the highest settings, without compromising performance.

The Wolfe lets you create faster and more efficiently than ever. Enhance your CAD with super-smooth rendering and modeling, boost your performance in the Adobe Suite, or power any other GPU-accelerated application... 

Boost tons of other applications

Any application that can benefit from GPU acceleration will receive a performance increase from the Wolfe. This includes CryptoCurrency mining, hardware accelerated programming, machine learning, AI, and simulation. Check out an in-depth list here. 

 

 

 At the most basic level, the Wolfe is a device that speeds up your laptop.

The Wolfe plugs into your computer to dramatically improve any application that requires graphical power.

The Wolfe is a desktop GPU that can plug into your laptop. A GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a computer chip that contains hundreds (or even thousands) of microprocessors, together capable of trillions of operations per second. This makes it makes far better than a standard computer chip (CPU) at things like gaming and 3D rendering.

  • The Wolfe contains an NVIDIA GTX 950 GPU - 768 cores operating at 1024MHz, for a peak compute power of 1.57 TeraFLOPS.
  • The Wolfe Pro runs on an NVIDIA GTX 970 GPU - 1664 cores operating at 1050MHz, for a peak compute power of 3.49 TeraFLOPS.

What about NVIDIA's 10-series GPUs? As of right now, The Wolfe Pro includes an NVIDIA GTX 970. However, it's more than likely that Wolfe Pro level backers will be able to opt for the new GTX 1060 in our post-campaign survey for even better performance. See the FAQ for more information on this topic.

 

 

Desktop-level performance - On the laptop you already own 

The Wolfe provides up to 5x the graphical power of your typical modern laptop - enough to completely support most of your gaming needs. And for professionals, enthusiasts, and VR users, the Wolfe Pro provides up to 10x the performance increase -- giving you more power than many desktops.

Improved frame rates:

 

 Faster GPU rendering:

 

Thunderbolt equipped - Supercharge your laptop, old or new 

The Wolfe is compatible with Thunderbolt 1, 2, and 3, so you can use it on any Thunderbolt-enabled laptop. (NOTE: The Thunderbolt 2 Wolfe will ONLY be available to Kickstarter backers. Per the eGFX standard, Wolfepack, Inc. will only use TB 3 technology moving forward.) Be sure to check our compatibility list for more information.

Thunderbolt 2 users: While the Wolfe will dramatically increase your performance on your laptop’s display, you will get the best results using an external monitor or VR headset. This is due to the inherent bandwidth restrictions in Thunderbolt 2.

Thunderbolt 3 users: You do not have to worry about internal vs. external display. Be sure to check our FAQ for more information.

You can pick whether you want a Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt 3 Wolfe in our post-campaign backer survey. 

Multiple Wolves - More wolves, even more power

The number of wolves you can use is only limited by the number of Thunderbolt ports you have. With two ports and two wolves, you can see insane boosts in performance. However, the benefits of this feature are entirely dependent on the applications you use, so be sure to check for multi-GPU support (Industry multi-GPU support for gaming isn't quite there yet).

On the go - Untie yourself from your desk

The Wolfe’s small form factor and its mobile power supply allows you to take it wherever you go. In your hotel room, at Starbucks, at home, at work - bring your Wolfepower with you.

Easy to use - Ready out of the box

Our Wolfe Manager software makes everything really simple. You just plug the Wolfe in, click ‘install’, and you’re ready to go. Kickstarter backers will receive a download key for free with the Wolfe. 

Software features - Plug and play 

Aside from the one-click installer, the Wolfe Manager will enable internal display and GPU switching at launch. This means that you can choose which applications and games to run on the Wolfe, to manage your computers resources how you want.

Thunderbolt 3 users can expect updates such as Easy Eject, Hot Plugging, Elective Launch (choose a specific application to run with the Wolfe), and more. This is just the beginning for us, and as our community grows the software will continue to help more and more users get the most out of the Wolfe.

 

 

The Wolfepack's vision is to make desktop computer obsolete, and to level the playing field between platforms by making Macs performance powerhouses too. In doing so, we want to stop big companies from charging outrageous prices for minuscule upgrades by letting everyone take control of their computer’s performance.

We also hope to bring VR to everyone. The founder of Oculus and the creator of the Rift, Palmer Luckey, has famously proclaimed his desire to bring the Rift to Mac, saying:

Right now, the Wolfe Pro allows you to use the Rift or Vive on a Mac with Bootcamp or a Windows laptop. In the future, we want to bring Virtual Reality to macOS - and with your help we can make that happen. Even if you don’t want to purchase a Wolfe just yet, your support (even if it’s only 1 dollar or sharing our vision with your friends) will help bring VR to everyone.

From dorm room to market

The Wolfe began over a year ago in a Harvard dorm room when we realized how much we wanted, and needed, this to exist. Inspired by the online eGPU community, we built our first prototype in the summer of 2015. Our vision was to create an affordable, easy-to-use product that would change personal comp forever.

Focused on portability, simplicity, and sleek design, we began an extensive prototyping process that took us over a year to complete. After many iterations, we've finally arrived at a beautiful solution we are proud of. 

 

 *The Wolfe without the GPU. The DIY Kit is for hardware enthusiasts only. Our enclosure is intended for half-length GPUs but we welcome you to report your hardware/software experimentation with whichever GPU you choose. Also note that our 220W power supply is not rated for all GPUs on the market.

 

 Physical:

  • Length: 7.8 in (199.5 mm)
  • Width: 5.4 in (137.5 mm)
  • Height: 2.6 in (67.00 mm)
  • Weight (Wolfe): 2 lbs (908 g)
  • Weight (Wolfe Pro): 3.2 lbs (1464 g)
  • Material: Injection Molded PC-ABS

 Technical (Wolfe):

  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 950
  • I/O: 3x Displayport, 1x HDMI, 1x Thunderbolt
  • Power: 220 Watt Mobile PSU

Technical (Wolfe Pro):

  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 970
  • I/O: 3x Displayport, 1x HDMI, 1x Thunderbolt
  • Power: 220 Watt Mobile PSU

Packout:

  • Wolfe
  • QuickStart Guide (includes software key)
  • Thunderbolt Cable
  • 220 Watt Mobile PSU

 

 

Wolfepack, Inc. was founded by 3 Harvard computer science concentrators whose passion for gaming, computer graphics, hardware, and design led them to fix one of their biggest frustrations - underpowered laptops. With the Wolfe, they have created something that would not only improve their lives, but the lives of many others. The growing team's diverse industry experience and strong vision has driven them to work towards perfection, as they prepare to usher out the age of desktop computers.

 

 

 

Special Thanks 

This Kickstarter would not have been what it is without the help of: 

  • Rough Draft Ventures 
  • The Harvard Innovation Lab 
  • Paul Bottino
  • The DIY eGPU Community
  • CS50

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

As a hardware and software product, the Wolfe has a number of risks, most of which are associated with the hardware side. We have dramatically reduced these risks by partnering with Dragon Innovation - with their help, we have assessed our manufacturability, production costs, and economies of scale, and we are confident we have a product we can deliver on. That being said, there are a few risks that could potentially delay delivery:

Manufacturing/Production - Unforeseen production delays are always a possibility. We have communicated with various different suppliers and manufacturers, opening multiple supply avenues to minimize this risk.

Order Volume - We have planned for a number of different volumes to minimize this risk. However, higher-than-expected volumes require changes in the manufacturing process, potentially causing delays.

Certification - Different parts of our product must be tested and certified by various agencies. We have been working hard to set up our pre-certification process so that we can proceed promptly once the campaign is finished.

Software - While our software is fully functional, we would like to implement a number of different features to improve the user experience. We are programmers by trade, so we are very confident in our ability to finalize this by delivery - this is a low risk.

We feel confident in our ability to deliver a high-quality product on time. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at info@wolfepack.io.

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    The Wolfe DIY

    Try building the Wolfe with your own GPU. Comes with all the parts you need to turn your GPU into a hacker's Wolfe. DIY Kit will include:

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    -220W Mobile PSU
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    Note: this option is for hardware enthusiasts only - be ready to break out the toolbox. For most people, we'd recommend buying the fully-functional Wolfe below.

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    Be the first in the world to get the Wolfe - for what it costs us to produce. Earlybirds will not only save on price, but on timing as well. Inside is a GTX 950 - be sure to see the packout list down below for more details.

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    The Wolfe Pro (Earlybird)

    Super-Supercharge! This is the lowest price you'll ever see for the Wolfe Pro - earlybirds will not only save on price, but on timing as well. The Wolfe Pro allows VR, professional-grade workflow, and maxed-out gaming on your laptop. Inside is a GTX 970 - be sure to see the packout list below for more details.

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    The Pack: For Enterprise and Education

    5x Wolfe Pros. For business, research, and education. Inside each is a GTX 970 - be sure to see the packout list below for more details.

    Note: you can choose Thunderbolt 2 or 3 through BackerKit in our post-campaign survey. Also, backers will likely have the option of choosing a GTX 1060 instead of the GTX 970.

    International Backers - please get in touch with us at info@wolfepack.io so we can make shipping arrangements.

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