Recently, I have prepared for you short information about new technology of external graphics cards for laptop which was developed by AMD, i.e. XConnect. This new solution requires GPU docking station, compatible GPU (the same as in the desktop computer) and compatible laptop (or All In One device) with Thunderbolt 3 interface. How much costs a whole set?

Let’s start from the laptop. Razer Blade Stealth is the first ultrabook which supports AMD XConnect technology. Therefore you can use this mobile computer for work in the office and for games at home. The specification is impressive:

  • Display: 13-inch, 3 840 x 2 160 touchscreen
  • CPU: 2.5 Ghz Intel Core i7-6500U
  • Memory: 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1 600 MHz
  • Graphics: 1024 MB Intel HD Graphics 520
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD
  • Networking: 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home (64-bit)

This ultrabook is not cheap, because it costs $1399 (about Rs. 93 000). Unfortunately, the premiere in India is unlikely, so you will have to order this from China or United States. The docking station is priced at $499 (about Rs. 33 180) or $399 (about Rs. 26 500). Razer has decided to give the $100 discount to those who will buy Razer Core dock station together with Razer laptop. Razer Core allows us to install graphics card which is not bigger than 310 x 152 x 44 mm and TDP up to 375 W. The whole unit is supplied by 500 W PSU. Here you have also the list of supported GPUs:

  • AMD Radeon R9 Fury (about Rs. 68 500),
  • AMD Radeon R9 Nano,
  • AMD Radeon R9 300 (the whole series),
  • AMD Radeon R9 290X (about 30 000),
  • AMD Radeon R9 290,
  • AMD Radeon R9 280,
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X (about Rs. 90 000),
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti (about Rs. 65 000),
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 (about Rs. 50 000),
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 (about Rs. 30 000),
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 (about Rs. 20 000),
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 (about Rs. 15 000),
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti (about Rs. 10 000),
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 750.

As you can see, the whole is not cheap, but you have to remember that the biggest advantage of XConnect solution is the fact that you can exchange the GPU at any time.