Gaming Peripherals have been seeing a lot of advancements to give a better experience for gamers.
However, one of the most popular fields where we see innovation in gaming peripherals take place is Laptop Gaming. With the recent advancements in External GPU units that allow for gaming performance, Razer steps in with a solution that offers an eGPU for Windows and Mac users.
Razer has been known for producing a lot of solutions to help PC and Laptop users with their gaming experience. From Software to Hardware solutions, Razer has shown their compromise with gamers on multiple occasions and hasn’t failed to deliver as of yet.
The Razer Core X is another one of these solutions. Offering gamers the possibility of a more budget-friendly alternative to the Core V2. It sacrifices features such as Ethernet, RGB Lighting and even USB ports in favor of a more straight up solution. This External GPU is one for those who don’t want to be left out of the PC Gaming Craze but can’t afford the big guns.
Overview: Features that Stand Out the Most
The Core X’s compatibility is one of the most detracting factors, though. Windows users might be disappointed to know that only Thunderbolt 3 enabled PCs (including Razer computers) are going to run the External GPU. However, any and all Mac users that have version 10.13.4 will be happy to know that this GPU will be for them, which makes me feel like this is tailored towards MacOS users.
USD 299 offers users with a rather robust and elegant product that doesn’t need headlights to look cool. The chassis itself is made of aluminum and has a hidden quick release lever for ease of access to the inner parts of the entire thing, which is better for those gamers who don’t have a screwdriver on the 80% of the time.
Another one of the features that will actually make MacBook Pro users happy is the three-slot wide, full-length, PCI-Express x16 graphics card. In other words, any and all of the current GPUs available on the market will be able to fit this eGPU, allowing for a ton of customization options to make a pretty powerful build according to the user’s budget.
It’s an External GPU that allows for Ease of Access for even the most unwise of users. It offers high customization options with its PCI x16 compatibility options and most importantly, its design is centered around the budget and does what it needs to do, nothing else.
Looking towards the Future
You might think that the great features stop here. However, Razer has once again shown that they care about gamers, their budget, and compatibility. As such, the greatest feature the Core X has to offer is its actual capability for upgrades, should the user find the need to do so
The Core X comes with a robust 650W PSU. However, this PSU can be upgraded for more demanding graphics cards that require higher end PSU units. This also applies to the Case fan that comes with the Core X itself. This makes for a great tool that will elongate the life of plenty of computers that would’ve been considered obsolete and useless.
Another standout feature is how the Core X can actually charge any and all Thunderbolt 3-enabled computers at full speed by using 100W of the total PSU power. These in-depth features and more show a very strong contender for the title of greatest external GPU. However, no device comes by without its own shortcomings, and sadly, the Core X is not an exception to the rule.
The Shortcomings of a great External GPU
Sadly, the Razer Core X has a lot of issues that will definitely keep it from being a perfect eGPU. The first one of them is the lack of USB ports. This actually comes as a huge detriment to the eGPU itself considering the fact that there are a lot of laptops that don’t really have that many USB ports. As such, it’s going to be a bit troublesome for some users.
This is also coupled with the fact that Mac users will have to be limited in regards to their Graphics Card choices. As NVIDIA is not officially supported by Apple and any of their GPUs require a workaround to be operable. Not to mention, a lot of the popular apps among Mac users haven’t been updated to properly enable External GPU support. As such, the benefits of the Core X become null and void.
There also is a lack of an HDD/SSD drive compartment. This is also attributed to the decision of offering a budget eGPU. However, when you find out that you can actually do this on the Omen Accelerator, which has the same price point and offers HDD/SSD support. You begin to see the cracks on the Core X’s design.
Conclusion: A Great External Graphics Card
Even with its drawbacks, I consider the Core X to be a great External GPU. It has a ton of possibilities for customization when it comes to its PSU and Fan units. Its sleek design and ease of use will actually attract even those who are just beginning as computer/tech enthusiasts. Not to mention, its capability of having 3 different full-length graphics cards offers a huge possibility of customization.
This eGPU does what it has to do and only that. As such, it sacrifices a lot of bells and whistles that other eGPU cabinets offer in order to excel at the Graphics Performance side. It’s definitely a respectable decision because, well, they are External Graphics Cards at the end of the day, USB, Ethernet, and HDD/SDD Support are mostly bonuses.
The price point is very attractive and it also offers a budgeted option for enthusiastic gamers that don’t want to be left out despite not being able to afford a new full build. If I were to pick an eGPU, it would definitely be a Razer Core X. The main reason is that it does what it sets out to do, which is a pretty respectable decision.