After the recent release of the Core V2, Razer unveiled the latest product in their line-up of eGPU enclosures with the Razer Core X.
If you are not familiar with the technology, an eGPU or external graphics processing unit leveraged the high connection speeds of Thunderbolt 3 (up to 40 Gbps) to connect an external enclosure housing a PCIe slot to your device. This allows Thunderbolt 3-equipped ultrabook, NUC, or all-in-one users to use desktop GPUs with their system with marginal performance loss.
This new evolution of the Razer Core series goes in a different direction than its predecessors. Instead of the Chroma lighting that is nearly ubiquitous with Razer products and extra IO ports found on the Core V2, the Razer Core X puts priority on power.
The Razer Core X houses a generously sized ATX 650W power supply to power any GPU on the market. It also offers 100W passthrough power which will allow users who charge their device via USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 to power directly off of the eGPU.
Another interesting development is that Razer has publicly announced support for the Razer Core X for both Windows 10 and MacOS 10.13.4. While Razer lists compatibility with most GPUs on the market, at the moment native support under MacOS is limited to the RX570, RX580, and the RX VEGA cards as well as the Radeon Pro WX 7100 and 9100.
As we keep seeing these devices popping up, let us know what you think about the idea in the comments below… and if you are interested, I’ll share my real-world experience with these devices.
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