New Razer external graphics enclosure easily adds desktop graphics to laptops, supports macOS

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Coupled with today’s new Razer Blade 15 announcement, Razer is also updating their external graphics enclosure with the Razer Core X. External graphics enclosures — or eGPUs — aren’t new and Razer’s first Razer Core was introduced back at CES in 2016. Until recently, eGPUs have been primarily for Windows laptops and computers with macOS only recently getting support with macOS 10.13.4. On that note, the new Razer Core X is not only compatible with Windows machines but also supported macOS devices.

Designed with a standard Thunderbolt™ 3 connection, the Core X is incredibly versatile and compatible with not only Razer Blade laptops but also systems running Windows and macOS- specifically Windows 10 Redstone 1 or later and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 or later with compatible AMD Radeon™ cards. Razer compatible laptops include the Razer Blade Stealth, Razer Blade, and Razer Blade Pro (GTX 1060 version). Additional Windows 10 laptops require a Thunderbolt 3 port with external graphics (eGFX) support.

In addition, the Razer Core V2 is also compatible with Mac laptops with Thunderbolt 3.

The Razer Core X external graphics enclosure has a larger internal design and a wider aluminum shell than its predecessor, allowing it to accommodate a single video card with up to a 3-slot width. Supporting the latest NVIDIA and AMD cards, the Razer Core X uses plug-and-play via USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 connection, eliminating the need for rebooting when the enclosure is connected to your laptop. With a large 650W power supply, the Razer Core X also provides up to 100W of laptop charging for supported laptops.

The Razer Core X external graphics enclosure with video card installed (video card not included).

Compatible graphics cards include:

  • Windows 10 compatible graphics chipsets
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX Titan X
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX Titan V
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX Titan Xp
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 Ti
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980 Ti
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 950
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 750 Ti
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 750
    • NVIDIA® Quadro® P4000
    • NVIDIA® Quadro® P5000
    • NVIDIA® Quadro® P6000
    • NVIDIA® Quadro® GP100
    • AMD Radeon™ VEGA RX 64
    • AMD Radeon™ VEGA RX 56
    • AMD Radeon™ RX 500 Series
    • AMD Radeon™ RX 400 Series
    • AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury
    • AMD Radeon™ R9 Nano
    • AMD Radeon™ R9 300 Series
    • AMD Radeon™ R9 290X
    • AMD Radeon™ R9 290
    • AMD Radeon™ R9 285
  • Mac compatible graphics chipsets
    • AMD Radeon RX 570
    • AMD Radeon RX580
    • AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100
    • AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
    • AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
    • AMD Vega Frontier Edition Air
    • AMD Radeon Pro WX 9100

While the Razer Core V2 will set you back $499 USD, albeit with USB + Ethernet and Razer Chroma support, the Razer Core X is a more affordable $299 USD and is available for order today in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, and shipping soon to the Nordics, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan. NOTE: graphics cards not included with the Razer Core V2 or Razer Core X.

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