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Razer Core X External Graphics Card Case with Thunderbolt 3 for Windows 10 £261.06 @ Amazon Germany (£242 w/fee free card)

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PCIe desktop graphics card support for desktop-level performance
Plug and play for maximum comfort
Thunderbolt 3 connection for fast speeds of up to 40 Gbit / s
Full-length PCIe desktop graphics card support with up to 3 slots; Graphics cards available separately
Powerful 650W ATX power supply with an extra 100W connection for charging your laptop
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Only £259 direct from Razer.
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Big and noisy, import the Asus one for £75 more.
These fill a pretty small niche, great if you travel for work and can fit this lump in your bag but I decided it was better just to deal with crappy gaming on the go and build a decent desktop at home.
That's one hell of an overkill power supply.
robo98924/04/2020 11:23

Big and noisy, import the Asus one for £75 more.


Have to agree. Own this and the HP Omen version. Both with rx580 8GB. One linked to Mac mini and one to a NUC. Actually couldn’t enjoy gaming on the X as it was so noisy. Swapped in a 1650 Super and was better but impacted performance. Still a good piece of kit but put it out the way! I had mine head height on IKEA shelf and even though 3 metres away was very loud.
I have this connected to my Mac and it has doubled the graphics performance as it has a high end graphics card installed.
It is 1m from me and I rarely hear it.
Connected via USB C it works really well.
I don’t use mine for Gaming, just photo editing and video work.
Only £259 direct from Razer.
Have one of these hooked up to my Hades Canyon NUC with a Vega 56 in it. The Razer case itself is about as big as my previous PC build, which was in a Fractal Design Node 304 case. I think the price is fairly good, just a real shame it's sooooooo big.
Could this theoretically be plugged into a surface pro 7 (2019) to be able to game, rather than always remote playing due to lack of graphic power?
MUFCristiano24/04/2020 11:50

Could this theoretically be plugged into a surface pro 7 (2019) to be able …Could this theoretically be plugged into a surface pro 7 (2019) to be able to game, rather than always remote playing due to lack of graphic power?


No, as Microsoft decided not to include Thunderbolt 3 in the Surface Pro or Surface Laptop revisions last year.
Edited by: "ElGofre" 24th Apr
My MBP is Thunderbolt 2, can I take advantage of this external cage? Or should I upgrade to Thunderbolt 3 first?
ezzer7224/04/2020 11:40

Only £259 direct from Razer.


And I've just had a pop-up offering me a £10 voucher for signing up to their newsletter too.
Edited by: "ElGofre" 24th Apr
ElGofre24/04/2020 11:53

No, as Microsoft decided not to include Thunderbolt 3 in the Surface Pro …No, as Microsoft decided not to include Thunderbolt 3 in the Surface Pro or Surface Laptop revisions last year.


Oh I see. But again, theoretically, a similar product with usb connection, would that work?
ElGofre24/04/2020 11:57

And I've just had a pop-up offering me a £10 voucher for signing up to …And I've just had a pop-up offering me a £10 voucher for signing up to their newsletter too.


I think that happened when I bought mine, got it direct from Razer a few months back.
inonefly24/04/2020 11:55

My MBP is Thunderbolt 2, can I take advantage of this external cage? Or …My MBP is Thunderbolt 2, can I take advantage of this external cage? Or should I upgrade to Thunderbolt 3 first?


It needs to be TB3 to get the full benefit.
Edited by: "ElGofre" 24th Apr
MUFCristiano24/04/2020 11:58

Oh I see. But again, theoretically, a similar product with usb connection, …Oh I see. But again, theoretically, a similar product with usb connection, would that work?


It has to be Thunderbolt 3 or at very least TB2, other USB standards simply don't have the bandwidth for these sort of products to work. USB 3.1 only has about a quarter of the bandwidth of Thunderbolt 3, about 10Gbit/s as opposed to 40.
Edited by: "ElGofre" 24th Apr
inonefly24/04/2020 11:55

My MBP is Thunderbolt 2, can I take advantage of this external cage? Or …My MBP is Thunderbolt 2, can I take advantage of this external cage? Or should I upgrade to Thunderbolt 3 first?


It should work in theory but the bandwidth of the port will reduce from 40 to 10 from memory so performance will never be great. You would also need the adapter from Apple which is circa £40. I tried it previously with an older iMac and it worked but wasn’t as impressive as I’d hoped, far better with tb3. I use a sonnet box rather than a razer but the principle should hold true I think.
inonefly24/04/2020 11:55

My MBP is Thunderbolt 2, can I take advantage of this external cage? Or …My MBP is Thunderbolt 2, can I take advantage of this external cage? Or should I upgrade to Thunderbolt 3 first?


You can if you’re fairly savvy and don’t mind disabling SIP. There is actually a brilliant script that installs drivers for nvidia or AMD and sets it all up. Not many people realise but native support was actually in the beta for Mojave or the one before (forget which). The key here is to use the MacBook in clamshell mode and have the eGPU connected to an external display. On an RX580 I have tried thunderbolt 2, thunderbolt 3 2 lane with my XPS 13 and full lane thunderbolt 3 on NUC. TBH I noticed hardly any difference in benchmarks and games (thunderbolt 3 still very limited vs internal GPU). You’ll also need the Apple thunderbolt 3 to 2 adapter and a thunderbolt cable so add on about £90 for those. I kinda wished I’d just stuck with the MacBook Pro 15 2015 setup like that now! Nice to play total war Warhammer that way!
Edited by: "cantonbean" 24th Apr
Bourne948224/04/2020 12:05

It should work in theory but the bandwidth of the port will reduce from 40 …It should work in theory but the bandwidth of the port will reduce from 40 to 10 from memory so performance will never be great. You would also need the adapter from Apple which is circa £40. I tried it previously with an older iMac and it worked but wasn’t as impressive as I’d hoped, far better with tb3. I use a sonnet box rather than a razer but the principle should hold true I think.


20 on thunderbolt 2.
cantonbean24/04/2020 12:12

20 on thunderbolt 2.


Ta, couldn’t remember correctly, was a while ago I wasted ages doing it all to barely ever use it!
Thunderbolt 2 = 2x PCIe slot.

For crying out loud don't be all subjective above this.

Answer - Dont bother.
Bourne948224/04/2020 12:13

Ta, couldn’t remember correctly, was a while ago I wasted ages doing it a …Ta, couldn’t remember correctly, was a while ago I wasted ages doing it all to barely ever use it!


My iMac is 1 but not tried it as haven’t got the space on that desk. TBH you’re probably right but I’ve gone back to a full system nowadays anyway.
Thanks! I ‘ve not been into gaming for years so not sure what graphic card I need to get. I’m getting an ultra wide 3k monitor for my WFH setup so thought I ‘d get an external graphic card for the occasional play of PUBG - if the TB2 could potentially be okay for this then no need for me to upgrade my mid 2014 MBP yet
inonefly24/04/2020 12:33

Thanks! I ‘ve not been into gaming for years so not sure what graphic card …Thanks! I ‘ve not been into gaming for years so not sure what graphic card I need to get. I’m getting an ultra wide 3k monitor for my WFH setup so thought I ‘d get an external graphic card for the occasional play of PUBG - if the TB2 could potentially be okay for this then no need for me to upgrade my mid 2014 MBP yet


So depends. As you’re going to ‘hack’ it anyway you have a choice but natively Mac has to AMD. I’d still advice that route if you’re going to use Mac OS. If it’s just for gaming I never tried windows on bootcamp with thunderbolt 2 (only 3) as total war works in Mac OS (not as well though) but I’d imagine it will be easier. I’ve found that a good idea is to install the intel thunderbolt controller for the NUC on most devices (eGPU should be plug and play but found on windows very rarely the case in order to install the proper drivers from AMD and Nvidia and not lose display afterwards).

egpu.io/ is your friend!
Edited by: "cantonbean" 24th Apr
I can not speak for that model but I’ve always been surprise why these are not more popular.

I had the HP Omen for a few years and I’m incredible pleased. I play 4K latest games with a Lenovo Yoga 13” that otherwise would do even 720. But I still have a 13” 1,2kg laptop that I can take anywhere for other things.

Easy to update the graphics without replacing the whole system. I recently upgrade from a 750TI to RTX2060.

I would definitely recommend external graphics
Edited by: "mchcreations" 24th Apr
mchcreations24/04/2020 12:43

I can not speak for that model but I’ve always been surprise why these are …I can not speak for that model but I’ve always been surprise why these are not more popular.I had the HP Omen for a few years and I’m incredible pleased. I play 4K latest games with a Lenovo Yoga 13” that otherwise would do even 720. But I still have a 13” 1,2kg laptop that I can take anywhere for other things.Easy to update the graphics without replacing the whole system. I recently upgrade from a 750TI to RTX2060.I would definitely recommend external graphics


It’s the speed bottleneck and setup cost vs a normal or ‘gaming’ PC/laptop people get obsessed with. Thunderbolt 3 is max 4x PCie vs internal 16x. With my 1650 as a direct comparison that’s about 10 frames per second on high/ultra high in most games (and more that better the card). I’m in the same camp as you and also until the new NUC there were very few small form factor systems that didn’t have some sort of issue or require a lot of time to assemble. Like most things on here you make a perfect example of a real use case (like me with my XPS 13) that still has decent performance for your needs. It’s the same with a thread on say the iPhone SE 2. Just because you’re obsessed with something doesn’t mean there isn’t a use case for it even it doesn’t have the max specs etc. Never judge a deal on here on heat. Always make up your own mind! Also like you I’m looking at a 2060 super which you can’t do on a gaming laptop...upgrade the GPU (there are a few you can now i think but in general).
Edited by: "cantonbean" 24th Apr
cantonbean24/04/2020 12:43

So depends. As you’re going to ‘hack’ it anyway you have a choice but nativ …So depends. As you’re going to ‘hack’ it anyway you have a choice but natively Mac has to AMD. I’d still advice that route if you’re going to use Mac OS. If it’s just for gaming I never tried windows on bootcamp with thunderbolt 2 (only 3) as total war works in Mac OS (not as well though) but I’d imagine it will be easier. I’ve found that a good idea is to install the intel thunderbolt controller for the NUC on most devices (eGPU should be plug and play but found on windows very rarely the case in order to install the proper drivers from AMD and Nvidia and not lose display afterwards). egpu.io/ is your friend!


I found Windows on Mac overheats easily so will try to stick with Mac OS. Thanks for the link, will check it out for more details.
inonefly24/04/2020 12:52

I found Windows on Mac overheats easily so will try to stick with Mac OS. …I found Windows on Mac overheats easily so will try to stick with Mac OS. Thanks for the link, will check it out for more details.


Cool. Does PUBG run in Mac OS then? Didn’t know that as use on Xbox
cantonbean24/04/2020 12:53

Cool. Does PUBG run in Mac OS then? Didn’t know that as use on Xbox


Yep Mac version available.
inonefly24/04/2020 13:09

Yep Mac version available.


Are you sure? Last I heard the Devs had no intention of porting over to Mac and I can't see any mention of a native Mac version on their website or Steam.
ElGofre24/04/2020 13:19

Are you sure? Last I heard the Devs had no intention of porting over to …Are you sure? Last I heard the Devs had no intention of porting over to Mac and I can't see any mention of a native Mac version on their website or Steam.


Just checked and you are right. The Mac one is very similar but indeed a different game not PUBG. Only played the mobile version for a week so didn’t know the history ... sorry for the confusion.
Edited by: "inonefly" 24th Apr
I looked at getting an ultra portable and then this dock and something like a 2070.

Found it was cheaper, less faff and similar performance just to get an Alienware R15 with a 2060. Decent enough battery life, with throttle stop and disabling 2060 i can push to 4 hours, think the razor advance manages 5hrs+
mchcreations24/04/2020 12:43

I can not speak for that model but I’ve always been surprise why these are …I can not speak for that model but I’ve always been surprise why these are not more popular.I had the HP Omen for a few years and I’m incredible pleased. I play 4K latest games with a Lenovo Yoga 13” that otherwise would do even 720. But I still have a 13” 1,2kg laptop that I can take anywhere for other things.Easy to update the graphics without replacing the whole system. I recently upgrade from a 750TI to RTX2060.I would definitely recommend external graphics


It's because it's just way too expensive for what you get.
Just buy a GS66 or the new Asus gaming laptops. They have good batteries and high end GPUs.
5% discount available direct from razer via student beans. Appx £245 inc delivery
They need to bring in modular laptops. Buying a new one every 3 years is costing me a fortune
I have a reasonably decent Dell 5720 aio machine (i7, 32gb memory, discrete Radeon gpu- though not very good) it has a couple of thunderbolt connectors on the back any idea if this would work on this system? Saves me building another machine for a VR headset (oculus rift)
richlyraumi24/04/2020 18:34

I have a reasonably decent Dell 5720 aio machine (i7, 32gb memory, …I have a reasonably decent Dell 5720 aio machine (i7, 32gb memory, discrete Radeon gpu- though not very good) it has a couple of thunderbolt connectors on the back any idea if this would work on this system? Saves me building another machine for a VR headset (oculus rift)



I'm in the same boat in fact - I already have a Dell XPS 9570 with an i9 and 32GB with a discrete 1050Ti.
I recently got an Oculus Quest and was looking to try Half Life Alyx. The problem is that the GPU is not connected to the USB port - it's complex :/ Hence the need for an egpu - it seems to work reddit.com/r/o…15/
ibz10024/04/2020 15:51

It's because it's just way too expensive for what you get.


Compared to a gaming laptop you get a truly portable laptop that is gaming when at home. You get something that is cheaper to upgrade.

A laptop + box + graphic is not much more expensive that a gaming laptop
richlyraumi24/04/2020 18:34

I have a reasonably decent Dell 5720 aio machine (i7, 32gb memory, …I have a reasonably decent Dell 5720 aio machine (i7, 32gb memory, discrete Radeon gpu- though not very good) it has a couple of thunderbolt connectors on the back any idea if this would work on this system? Saves me building another machine for a VR headset (oculus rift)


On paper it should, according to the specs it has 2x Thunderbolt 3 ports
I have an ASROCK motherboard with a "USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s)" port... will this work with it???

I actually want to use it with an additional GTX 1070 graphic card (I have lying around) alongside my internal GTX 1070ti for additional 3D graphics processing power, so won't be taking a signal from it to a monitor as such, just using it's processing power to speed up my renders!
Edited by: "dudtwo" 25th Apr
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