Suddenly, PowerColor's 'Devil Box' External GPU With AMD XConnect Is Available

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Would love to see compatibility comparisons with the razor core. I've seen videos where the core will not work certain notebooks. I am wondering if this will work on the razor blade notebook, the intel NUC, and the branched out to see if it will or will not work on other products.
 

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Still too much money, even if they did undercut Razer. The Alienware unit is a lot more reasonable, but I think there's a market for a more entry-level unit to pair with a less-expensive laptop. Something around $100 that "only" supports up to 150W graphics cards and doesn't power the laptop itself (I would use an extension cord or a spare supply cable so the laptop's external PSU is easily detached without fishing). Even a $100-150 latest-gen graphics card would add a lot of ooomph to a $500-ish laptop. For a little headroom and the extras like additional ports you could equip it with a 200-250W PSU.

Then you just need more manufacturers to build devices that support it over Type C, without needing to get into the higher-end.
 

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The msi gaming dock and gaming dock mini has been out for many months now so it's not a maybe. It's just not sold separately and only sold with the gs30 and gs32 respectively. But like dell, it's proprietary. Amazon says May but that article is June.
 

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I think we'll see more of that very soon, from multiple dock vendors. We've been pressing Razer, Asus, etc. on that for over a year. The answer is, essentially: Any laptop with a USB Type-C (w/ Thunderbolt over Type-C) that has the proper firmware/software should be able to support the USB Type-C docks.

Those OEMs have been working directly with Nvidia/AMD to make it work. XConnect is one of the results of those efforts, as I understand it.

Basically, it's not a complex solution, but it's one that needs to be implemented. Because the docks themselves are generally pretty new, and so are the Nvidia/AMD solutions, you have to figure that step 1 is convincing laptop makers to enable the functionality at all, and step 2 is waiting for product refresh cycles.
 

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Good catch, thanks--
 
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