For people that like to carry a thin-and-light notebook around with them, but might on occasion need some extra graphics horsepower either for games or professional work, external GPU enclosures are a blessing. Rather than be limited by a meager Intel IGP, for example, you can toss in a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti into an enclosure to instantly boost your GPU capabilities.
Razer announced today that is launching the new Core X Chroma external GPU enclosure. At first glance, the most noticeable change over the standard Core X is the addition of Razer Chroma RGB lighting in the lower front of the enclosure and internally. In addition, the 650-watt power supply has given way to an uprated 700-watt unit.
You’ll find four USB 3.0 Type-A ports out back, and the Thunderbolt 3 port can provide up to 100 watts to charge your laptop. There’s also a GbE port to handle your networking duties if Wi-Fi just won’t cut it for you. Up to 3-slot graphics cards are supported, which means that you should be able to install just about any high-end GPU you can think of including AMD’s Radeon VII and NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX family. Professional Radeon Pro and NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards are also supported.
For Windows 10 systems, the Core X Chroma requires a Thunderbolt 3-equipped system running the October 2018 Update. For Mac systems, a free Thunderbolt 3 port and macOS 10.13.4 High Sierra or higher is required. It should also be noted that only AMD Radeon cards are officially supported with Mac systems.
Razer says that the Core X Chroma is available starting today priced at $399.