The new Razer Core X is the company’s most affordable GPU dock yet
Updated on 26 May 2018: The Razer Core X is available to buy now on the Razer Store for S$449.90.
Originally published on 22 May 2018:
Razer today announced the Core X, a new Thunderbolt 3 external graphics enclosure designed to provide laptops with gaming-grade performance at a more affordable price.
The Core X costs US$299 to the Core V2’s US$499 (or S$750 locally), bringing it within the reach of a far larger audience.
Like the Core V2, the Core X will also work with any Thunderbolt 3-certified laptop that supports external graphics at the BIOS level. It isn’t restricted to just Razer Blade laptops and will work with any system running Windows (Windows 10 Redstone 1 or later) or macOS (High Sierra 10.13.4 or later).
In addition, the Core X will take both AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards – this includes professional cards like NVIDIA’s Quadro and AMD’s Radeon Pro – as long as they occupy three slots or less. In comparison, the Core V2 limits you to a 2-slot card.
The Core X also improves on the Core V2 in other ways, featuring a higher wattage power supply and more robust laptop charging. The built-in regular sized 650W ATX power supply provides enough juice for even the most powerful graphics cards, and the dock can also supply up to 100W of power to charge your laptop.
However, as part of Razer’s effort to keep things simple and affordable, the Core X doesn’t boast any Chroma RGB lighting.
The aluminum enclosure features open vents and a fan to better dissipate heat from the GPU. It also supports tool-free installation of the graphics card, and the drawer utilizes a convenient latching mechanism that slides open easily to give you access to the insides.
The Core X is available for S$449.90 now in the Razer Store.
That aside, Razer is also announcing a new Chroma Laptop Stand, together with a 15.6-inch Razer Blade. The laptop stand features a light strip up front and a three-port USB hub in the back, and it will work with pretty much any existing laptop.