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Best eGPU for Dell XPS 13 in 2022

Dell XPS 13
Dell XPS 13 (Image credit: Windows Central)

The new Dell XPS 13 comes with Intel 10th Gen processors, but it's still lacking on the graphics front in no small part due to its compact size. Whether you're looking for more horsepower for professional applications or gaming, you'll need an eGPU to partner your XPS 13, and for that, you want to grab a Razer Core X (opens in new tab), which is a great enclosure.

Razer Core X

Great hardware and great value

Who should buy this eGPU?

If you need more than the Intel UHD integrated graphics, be that for professional applications or gaming, then the Razer Core X is the answer.

Is it a good time to buy this eGPU?

Absolutely! Pricing has been stable for a while, and there's no imminent sign of a replacement model. If you want something with a little added RGB, there's now a Chroma-enabled version for $100 more, but for most people that one isn't really worth the extra money.

Make your XPS 13 scream

Razer Core X

The Razer Core was first launched as a companion to Razer's own Blade Stealth, adding gaming chops to the company's first true Ultrabook. Since then there has been no shortage of laptops from other manufacturers that have Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and that are begging for a kick in the pants when it comes to graphics power.

One cable, a Core X and the right GPU and you've got a gaming rig.

What you can do with the Core X is install a full desktop graphics card, even a high-end pick from our best graphics card collection, and use it with your XPS 13. That single cable connection to your laptop is all you need, since the Core X has its own power supply to keep everything juiced up. Of its 650W on tap, 100W is left free to power the laptop connected to it, which is super convenient.

It also means plenty of overhead, so literally any modern graphics card will work without any issue. The Core X also supports both NVIDIA and AMD, so you really do have your pick.

Alternatives to the Razer Core X

The Razer Core X might be the best choice, but it's not the only one. Here are a couple of alternatives for more specific requirements, including a tighter budget and an eGPU that supplies its own graphics card.

AORUS Gaming Box

An eGPU with an included RTX 2070

This is an excellent choice if you're new to desktop graphics cards and need to not only get an eGPU but something to put inside it. The RTX 2070 alone is around $450, so it's excellent value.

You lose the freedom to upgrade it down the road, but the combination of performance and price here is hard to top. It's also a super compact little box, so it's perfect if your setup is tight on space.

Sapphire Gearbox

A solid choice from a respected brand

Despite the price, you still get a 500W power supply to keep both your graphics and laptop powered up while you play. You also get a couple of regular USB ports and Gigabit Ethernet, which is extra nice.

The Gearbox is a tremendous value, but it's a little smaller than some eGPUs, meaning longer graphics cards may not fit inside. It's something to ensure you check before you buy against what you plan to use with it.

Conclusion

When shopping for an eGPU to pair with the Dell XPS 13, you need look no further than the Razer Core X (opens in new tab). You have ample power to keep both your graphics card and your laptop powered and it's also big enough to fit even longer cards. Whatever you want to put in there, chances are you can.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.