Published: December 24, 2022
Is your gaming laptop not giving the graphics performance you seek? Perhaps you need extra graphical power for gaming, video editing, game development, AI/machine learning, or other graphically demanding applications. That's where eGPUs come in, or more specifically, an eGPU enclosure. An eGPU enclosure is an external device that houses a desktop graphics card, and is typically connected to a laptop using a fast Thunderbolt 3 or 4 connection.
Most eGPU enclosures also come with a built-in power supply to seperately power the installed graphics card, and are designed to keep the card cool when under load. In addition to providing a connection for the graphics card, eGPU enclosures may also have additional features, such as USB ports for connecting peripherals and an Ethernet port for wired internet.
After researching the current eGPU market as it stands right now, I've pinpointed the current best eGPU enclosures for gaming laptops to help you in your hunt for the right unit. Just make sure to do your own research for your particular laptop and setup, as eGPU enclosures can vary a lot in terms of their requirements and specs.
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Out of all the eGPU enclosures on the market, the Razer Core X is the single best right now overall, offering great flexibility, high durability, effective cooling, and to top it off in typical Razer-like fashion, excellent aesthetics. The Razer Core X allows you to install a desktop graphics card inside, powers it with its built-in 650 watt power supply, and connects to a Thunderbolt 3 port on your gaming laptop to take your laptop's graphics performance to the next level.
Due to its generous power supply and ample space inside - the enclosure supports GPUs up to 3 slots in width - the Razer Core X supports a wide range of modern desktop graphics cards such as the RTX 3060, RTX 3070, RTX 3080, RTX 3090, RX 6700 XT, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6900 XT. While not yet listed on the official Razer site at the time of writing this due to them being so new, there's no reason the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4000 and AMD Radeon RX 7000 series of cards won't work just fine (assuming they fit the physical dimensions of the enclosure of course - check the specs carefully).
Although I would avoid using a RTX 4090 (or RTX 3090 and 3090 Ti for that matter) as the 650 watt power supply would struggle with that. Only way to use such powerful GPUs in this eGPU enclosure would be to change the power supply of the enclosure. You also have the Razer Core X Chroma version of this enclosure, which has a slightly more powerful 700 watt power supply, though I would still get more wattage for the aforementioned top-tier GPUs (RTX 4090 etc). Anyway, for any other powerful GPU, the Razer Core X (or Chroma version if you want the RGB lighting and extra power supply wattage) is a great choice and is easily one of the best eGPU enclosures on the market right now.
When choosing the right external GPU enclosure, there are several key factors to consider:
That pretty much covers the basics of eGPU enclosures, including which are the best to buy right now. Just make sure to do some extra research before purchasing one, to ensure you have got all your compatibility bases covered. If you want to learn more about eGPUs or ask a question, check out the eGPU subreddit.
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