Razer, during the launch of its latest gaming laptop, the Razer Blade 15.6, has also launched a new product for its Core line of external GPU enclosures. As a successor to the Core V2 eGFX released in Q4 2017, Razer unveiled its latest external GPU enclosure, Razer Core X .

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The Core X is different from the Core V2 is many ways. It’s the more economical option but also loses out on some features. The Core X is an entry-level model for Razer’s Core line of external GPUs. It costs less at just $299 compared to Core V2 which costs $499. This reduction of price is due to many reasons like the external body of Core X costs less to manufacture due to its simple design. It also loses some features from the Core V2 like USB and Ethernet port along with Razer’s Chroma RGB lighting etc.

That said, the Core X also improves on some features over the Core V2. It supports larger 3-slot graphics cards as compared to the 2.2-GPU size supported by the V2. It also features 100W pass-through charging over Thunderbolt (compared to 65W in the Core V2) and an internal power supply of 650W as compared to V2’s 500 W. It also uses the Alpine Ridge C-stepping whereas the V2 uses an older stepping of the controller.

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A comparison between the Core X and the Core V2

Core X will also be supported by the Apple’s macOS laptops along with the Core V2. This will be an addition to the previously supported Windows 10. Razer says that only the machines running High Sierra 10.13.4 or higher will be able to use these external GPU enclosures.

Razer’s approach to deal with the thermals is just the same for Core X as it was for Core V2, it’s designed with open vents to facilitate a proper airflow for the enclosed GPUs and to improve the overall thermal performance. Another major selling point, according to Razer, is the easy installation of GPUs on the Core X. It has a rear panel that slides out and a thumb-screw that allows for a tool-less installation.

One thing to note is that although macOS laptops are now supported, Razer recommends and advertises the use of only AMD GPUs for them. On the other hand, for Windows laptops, a wide variety of GPUs with different performance capabilities are supported ranging from NVIDIA GTX 750 all the way to GTX 1080Ti and Titan Xp. For AMD, all XConnect GPUs are supported by the Core X.

The Core X is available to buy from Razer’s website for $299 and provides a unique value for money to people in the market for an external GPU enclosure.

RazerA full list of all the Graphics Cards compatible with the Razer Core V2 eGFX :

  • 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

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