|Item model number||RC21-01310100-R3U1|
|Operating System||windows 10|
|Item Weight||14.29 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||9.1 x 14.7 x 6.6 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||9.06 x 14.74 x 6.62 inches|
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Razer Core X Aluminum External GPU Enclosure (eGPU): Compatible w/Windows & Mac Thunderbolt 3 Laptops - NVIDIA/AMD PCIe Support - 650W PSU
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- Desktop Grade Performance: Boosts Thunderbolt 3 laptop performance with support for up to 3 slot wide PCIe full sized desktop graphics cards (sold separately)
- Built In Power Supply: Includes a 650W ATX PSU with 100W laptop charging via Thunderbolt 3; GPU max power support up to 500W
- Compatibility (Windows): Requires Thunderbolt 3 external graphics (eGFX) support with RS45 or later and compatible NVIDIA or AMD graphics cards
- Compatibility (macOS): Requires Thunderbolt 3 and High Sierra 10.13.4 or later and compatible AMD graphics cards only (NVIDIA cards not supported)
- GPU Max Power Support: 375 Watts
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Razer Core X
Ultraboost Your Ultrabook
The Razer Core X Thunderbolt 3 external desktop graphics enclosure turns your compatible Windows 10 or Mac laptop into a desktop-class gaming machine by adding external NVIDIA GeForce, NVIDIA Quadro, or AMD Radeon graphics. The massive 650W power supply fuels the graphics card and provides 100W power delivery to compatible laptops via USB-C. Beauty meets beast with the ultimate external graphics solution.
Note: Graphics card sold separately.
PCIe Desktop Graphics Cards Support
For Desktop-Class Performance
The Razer Core X features support for the latest PCIe desktop graphics cards including NVIDIA GeForce and AMD XConnect enabled Radeon cards. Highly mobile developers can now harness the power of compatible NVIDIA Quadro cards for professional graphics performance.
Thunderbolt 3 Connection
The Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) connection between a laptop and Razer Core X yields incredibly fast speeds at up to 40Gbps, while offering a standard connection to various systems.
Plug and Play
Now there is no need to reboot your laptop every time you connect to external graphics. For quick connection to your game session, Razer Core X is plug and play when connected with compatible laptops.
Windows 10 or Mac eGFX Systems
The Razer Core X is incredibly versatile and compatible with Thunderbolt 3 systems running Windows 10 RS1 or later and Macs running macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 or later. Laptops require a Thunderbolt 3 port with external graphics (eGFX) support.
To Secure Future Proof Performance
Stay at the top of your game by keeping your performance maxed. Razer Core X lets you easily upgrade your graphics card, so you can instantly give your laptop a boost and get access to the 650W ATX power supply anytime.
Compatible Razer Laptops
The Razer Core x Thunderbolt 3 external desktop graphics enclosure enables full transformation of your compatible laptop into a desktop-class gaming or workstation setup. The Thunderbolt 3 design provides dedicated lanes for both graphics and I/O ensuring fluid gameplay. Connect to the future with the most advanced and versatile eGPU solution available.
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Now, there's one caveat to using an eGPU, and it's not specific to Razer or any other brand. If you're using disk encryption (APFS, Encrypted) on a Mac Mini, you will need to swap to the default HDMI port on the Mac Mini when booting and/or rebooting, and then back to the eGPU once the system is online.
1). If you have a monitor with an extra DisplayPort or HDMI port, connect your primary to the graphics card within the eGPU and the secondary to the HDMI port on the back of the Mac Mini. When you boot, swap to the HDMI port on the Mac Mini using the display settings. Once the Mac Mini is booted, swap back to the port on the graphics card.
2). Backup your data, and reinstall MacOS (making sure you format the disk before reinstalling) and select APFS (not APFS Encrypted). The issue only impacts boot when disk encryption is used and by removing that from the boot sequence, the eGPU will be used by default.
If you don't absolutely *need* encryption enabled, I would go with #2 to minimize the hassle.
# Radeon VII Notes
For those wanting to use a Radeon VII, this eGPU enclosure *does* work, very well, though as of this review, you will need to make sure you are using the *beta* of MacOS (currently 10.14.5 Beta). The Radeon VII does not currently work with the default (non-beta) version of 10.14 as Apple doesn't include the drivers for the card in versions prior. Much like the issue with disk encryption, you will see a black screen if you're not using the beta release.
The larger question here is, at nearly $300 (at the time of this review), is the Razer Core X worth it? What about when paired with a $400-$700 card? I'd say absolutely. If you have a MacBook Pro or Mac Mini with Thunderbolt 3 and you need something that you can quickly and easily upgrade with a new card in the future, this is an amazing enclosure.
I originally bought mine for a Vega 64, though recently swapped in a Radeon VII. I've bought a second one for the Vega 64 so it still gets used on the same Mac Mini (as the Mac Mini will support 2x eGPU's -- for best results, I'm adding them to the first and third TB3 ports).
I’ve put a PowerColor Radeon Vega 64 in my Razer Core X to hook up to a dual-booted OS X/Win10 Mac mini 2018. Once you actually get the thing running, it’s absolutely seamless and a delight. My issues are more along the build quality.
The Razer Core X uses a magnetic sensor to verify that the case is closed before it permits the PSU to start up. If your rails are wonky, or the sensor doesn’t make the best contact at the end of the rail, you’ll think yours is DOA. After lots of swearing and attempting to bend the back rail into just the right position, I finally figured out that taping a cheap vinyl refrigerator magnet over the sensor on the end did the trick.
Additionally, the board components are a little fragile. I replaced the stock 120mm fan with a bequiet! Silent Wings 3 (w/o PWM), and the plastic retainer clip on the fan plug broke off. Still works, but fragile. Next time I open up the case I’ll probably secure it with some kapton tape.
Outside of the two issues above, it’s been a champ in both Windows and OS X. I’m quite happy overall.
I looked at all of the premium vendors for Apple supported devices, and honestly this is the nicest and most practical case out of all of them. Unlike most cases there are vents on 4 sides of the case. It has a 72mm fan pulling in air opposite of the Graphics card and pulling in more are for the PSU... which most cases lack.
It comes with a 600w power supply unit. Most cases don't have that and cost much more... Why? I have no clue except they include extra Thunderbolt and USB ports. (Which in my case I don't need slowing down the graphics card's Pipeline Thunderbolt basically already took it to 80% regardless of speed)
I know some people love RBG but I hate RGB and I am so glad this case does not factor extra RGB into the cost of the product because it is a waste of electricity and money.
Its smooth and black and it hides very well on one of the shelves of my desk. (They don't have sides so air flow is not an issue)
Honestly it works really well and at first I was surprised that the 72mm fan was keeping my card so cold that it did not cycle at all until I was in a game for at least a few minutes.
Only down side is that the Thunderbolt cable included was a little short... I can make it work but it would have been nice to have a 3 foot cable if that was technically possible with Thunderbolt.
Very happy with this purchase and I think Razer really proved they can also make products for the active professionals, not just gamers.