The Razer Core is a great product for folks who want the convenience of a laptop but also want a full-on gaming PC when they're at home. It doesn't just hook up a desktop graphics card to a Blade Stealth, but offers a plethora of connectivity.
But it comes at a price. However, if you only want it for its GPU capabilities, there's now another way. And it's a lot more affordable.
Say hello to the Razer Core X.
The price is the first noticeable change to the regular Razer Core, which, by the way, isn't going away. Razer will be selling the regular version alongside the X, because both offer a different proposition. But at $299 it's a much more attractive price for anyone who doesn't want the added functionality of the Core V2.
There's no Chroma lighting, though. The Core X is also a little bigger than the Core V2, happily accommodating three-slot graphics cards from NVIDIA or AMD now, so even the largest custom coolers should fit. There's a single large fan on the side of the Core X, and the unit comes with a standard sized 650W power supply, which is ample for whatever you're going to be throwing at it. 500W of that is reserved for the graphics card, with 100W allocated to charge your laptop over USB-C if it supports it.
The Core X should work with any laptop that has both Thunderbolt 3 and eGPU support enabled, so it's not limited to Razer laptop buyers, either. Visually it's very clean looking, and there's a neat design at the back that locks a handle in place to keep everything safe inside. Installing a graphics card takes seconds, hook the Thunderbolt 3 cable to your laptop and get to some serious PC gaming. Check out our best graphics card picks that will work great with this hardware.
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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.
they need to fix the pricing in the uk
$2299 in uk $1899 in the rest of the world is completely ridiculous i would have liked to see another port on the LHS it could have been
anything: Ethernet, another thunderbolt sd another connection port
and for a 4th display option 1440p touch 144hz would have been nice at $2999
with the same specs as the 4k option but at 1440p i hope the power port is magnetic and i was hoping for the metallic color too at the same price, more business like and white backlight
I think this is good. The only thing I would have liked to see is Ethernet. Otherwise, it will get the job done.
Cheap USB dongle and you're away.
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