Do you remember the GPU docking station prepared by Razer in the cooperation with AMD? The integrated graphics card are very popular among laptop users. The idea of GPU docking station is that you can replace the GPU to more powerful unit whenever you want. In case of gaming laptop, you would have to replace the whole computer.
The Razer’s GPU docking station is based on AMD XConnect standards which may be used by various manufacturers. At the beginning I was afraid that this solution will be used only by Razer. Fortunately, I was wrong and this is really an open standard. This is very good news for us, because it means that we may see the real competition on the market of GPU docking station.
PowerColor company has just presented their version of the docking station called Devil Box which is based on the AMD XConnect solution.
In my opinion this is the perfect solution for gamers who own laptops or All-in-One computers. Why is it so amazing? The performance bottleneck issue is solved by the Thunderbolt 3 interface with 40 Gbps capacity. Also, the hot plug feature is supported, i.e. you can connect and disconnect the eternal GPU when the operating system is running. Additionality Devil Box dicking station allows you to install SATA III 2.5” HDD, so you do not have to install games on the internal storage. It has also 4x USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 Type-C port and 1 Gbps Ethernet interface.
However, the best is the fact that AMD XConnect supports both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.
Here you have the full list of cards supported by PowerColor Devil Box docking station:
- 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
- NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX Titan X
- 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
Unfortunately, the pricing and the release date are not known. I hope that Devil Box will be cheaper than the competitive Razer’s solution.