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The Razer Core GPU enclosure can now be pre-ordered for US$499

By Bryan Chan & Koh Wanzi - on 17 Mar 2016, 10:12am

The Razer Core GPU enclosure can now be pre-ordered for US$499

Razer Core

The Razer Core external graphics enclosure was one of the more intriguing announcements at CES 2016, and today we got to find out how much it will cost and just when you can get your hands on one. Starting today, the Razer Core is available for pre-order for a whopping US$499 (~RM2,039) on the Razer store, with shipping to begin on April 15.

Razer also released a list of supported graphics cards from both NVIDIA and AMD. For starters, the Core is officially certified to work with most of the latest cards from both camps. These cards must also not draw more than 375 watts from the dock’s 500 watt power supply, and measure no larger than 310 x 152 x 44 mm (which means you’re limited to dual-slot cards). We’ve put together a table below listing all the supported cards at launch for your reference.

R9 Fury GeForce GTX Titan X
R9 Nano GeForce GTX 980 Ti
R9 300 series GeForce GTX 980
R9 290X GeForce GTX 970
R9 290 GeForce GTX 960
R9 280 GeForce GTX 950
- GeForce GTX 750 Ti
- GeForce GTX 750

The dock itself features four USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and two Chroma lighting zones that can presumably be customized to match your Razer laptop. At launch, the Razer Core will work with the Razer Blade Stealth, with support for the just-announced Razer Blade to arrive in the near future.

Razer Core ports

That’s quite a paltry list of supported notebooks, but there’s good reason to believe that it will eventually be possible to buy the Core for use with notebooks from other manufacturers. Razer is offering a US$100 discount on the Core if you get it with a compatible Razer notebook, and it wouldn’t make sense to distinguish between buying the Core with and without a companion Razer notebook if it wasn’t going to work with anything else in the first place.

Furthermore, Razer has very deliberately chosen to go with a Thunderbolt 3 connection on the Core as opposed to some other proprietary interface. It will even work with AMD XConnect, and all the signs point toward wider support for the Core further down the road.

Perhaps given Razer’s recent partnership with Lenovo, we might see supported notebooks from the latter sooner rather than later.

Source: Razer