It’s been a few years since the gaming accessory – and laptop – manufacturer Razer released its first Core cabinet that houses a graphics card and connects to the host PC via the Thunderbolt 3 interface.
With an external GPU, or eGPU , it’s possible to greatly improve laptop gaming performance from a lower-end laptop or desktop with otherwise limited graphics performance.
Following Razer’s first eGPU, Core, the manufacturer brought us the Core X and now the Core X Chroma. As is typical for gaming devices nowadays, and as its name implies, the new graphics box has been equipped with RGB LEDs. This won’t boost your frame rates, but it will possibly improve the atmosphere.
Fortunately, this is not the only news that Razer added to this version of Core X. The eGPU cabinet now also has a USB hub with four ports as well as a gigabit LAN port for wired networking.
Like the original Core X, it will also serve as a charging dock, providing up to 100 Watts of power via its Thunderbolt 3 cable.
However, when it comes to the graphics card itself, this is not included in the package. You will have to provide your own, but you’re free to choose from a wide range.
The cabinet can hold graphics cards up to three slots wide, and the power supply, now at 700 Watts, shouldn’t hold you back in the least.
Razer therefore offers plug and play compatibility with Nvidia’s RTX, GTX and Quadro lineups. In addition, you should be able to use the Radeon and Radeon Pro cards from AMD that support the XConnect technology .
The Razer Core X Chroma will work with most Windows 10 PCs, as long as they have a Thunderbolt 3 port with external graphics support (eGFX). In order to use the box with a Mac, the requirement is a Thunderbolt 3 port and macOS 10.13 High Sierra or newer. And in the latter case that the Core X box is equipped with a compatible AMD Radeon card.