Core X Chroma

The $399 Razer Core X Chroma is a colorful, capable, and expensive GPU enclosure, an external graphics card (eGPU) enclosure. It comes with a single Thunderbolt 3 cable. It can significantly boost graphical performance of a slim laptop and will provide an assortment of extra USB ports and connections.

The Core X Chroma arrives empty yet full of promise, like other eGPU enclosures. You will need a computer with a Thunderbolt 3 port and an AMD, the only option for mac-OS users, or Nvidia desktop graphics card. Depending on how much power you’re looking for, these range in price from around $200 to $1,200.

We cannot say that this is Razer’s cheapest nor most expensive eGPU. The price difference between the $299 Core X and the $449 Core V2 splits by the Core X Chroma. A 700 W power supply is present in the Core X Chroma. It makes it 50 W more powerful than what was included with older Razer Core enclosures. None of the supported GPUs come close to taking full advantage of that allowance, as it caps the power usage of the GPU installed to 500 W.

t comes with the four USB 3.1 ports on its back that can be used for peripherals like a mouse and keyboard, thus this extra wattage is appreciated. Since most Thunderbolt 3-ready laptops are lacking in them, more ports are always a good thing. To increase download speeds and minimize latency versus gaming over WiFi, Ethernet jack is also present. You can use the Core X Chroma like a dock, with your mouse, keyboard, external display, and wired network connection plugged into it because of all of these extra ports and connections, instead of having to make all of those connections every time you sit down at your desk.

The multicolor LEDs of Razers also make an interesting appearance in the Core X Chroma. If you are already using other Razer products that support the system you can easily get the best out of it. The Synapse software can sync up the lighting effects across the devices for a coordinated light show,but it isn’t available on mac-OS, or you can also tweak them individually to look different. Well you have to admit that seeing the graphics card dimly lit through the side panel of the Core X Chroma looks cool, it’s superfluous.

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Well, the good and bad stuff both are present in this device. Like, there asre More power and ports for USB accessories and its Chroma lighting effect is understated. Moreover, the novelty of boosting a laptop’s power with a single cable will never get old. On the other hand, the $100 premium is barely justified and thunderbolt 3 inherently bottlenecks GPUs.

However, some things work differently for mac-OS laptops. The Razer Core X Chroma won’t boost gaming performance on a Mac-book laptop’s display, according to Razer’s documentation. To see any benefits from using the eGPU enclosure, you’ll need to hook up an external monitor. You’re probably not using a Mac anyway if you are very serious about your gaming.