Razer launches Mac compatible Core X eGPU for $299

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in macOS edited May 2018
Gaming hardware specialist Razer on Tuesday released the Razer Core X, an all-new external GPU enclosure that, thanks to Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, is compatible with Macs running macOS 10.13.4 High Sierra.

Razer Core X


Core X is the first of Razer's Core eGPU lineup to feature Mac support, and sits below the Core V2 on the company's product totem pole at $299 without graphics card. Core V2, which also received macOS today, will remain on sale as Razer's high-end enclosure option.

Designed to provide a graphics boost to Windows ultrabooks, Core X incorporates a comprehensive set of components that makes it an ideal break-out option for Mac gamers, power users who require more graphics horsepower than Apple's stock configurations, and casual crypto currency miners. Both powerful and -- relatively -- portable, Core X boasts a solid mix of performance, efficiency and future-proofing features with few concessions.

A single Thunderbolt 3 cable with USB-C connector ferries data and power between the eGPU and host machine, with support for PCIe graphics cards like NVIDIA GeForce, NVIDIA Quadro and AMD XConnect-enabled Radeon and Radeon Pro cards.

Inside, the enclosure sports a beefy 650-watt ATX power supply, up from the custom 500-watt slim form factor PSU found in the Core V2. Offering a sense of what Razer means by future-proofing, Core X dedicates 500 watts of power to GPU operation, capable of powering two NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X cards despite having enough room inside to fit only one.

Another 100 watts goes to laptop power delivered over the single Thunderbolt 3 connection, more than enough to accommodate Apple's latest 15-inch MacBook Pro models.

Core X's roomy innards fit 3-slot cards measuring up to 330mm in length and 160mm in height, a cavity large enough for oversized cards like those based on the popular GeForce GTX 1080 Ti architecture.

To install a GPU, users simply slide the component drawer out from the aluminum chassis, pop a compatible card into the PCIe slot and lock it down with a thumb screw. No tools are required for installation. A built-in, mesh grill venting system with integrated desktop cooling keeps the interior within thermal limits.




At $299 and with a more complete set of capabilities than Core V2, Core X could be one of the best eGPU options for Mac. Razer told AppleInsider it was able to achieve a low cost basis by incorporating a standard power supply rather than custom-built unit, reducing the number of ports to a single Thunderbolt 3 connection, going without Razer Chroma LED lighting and utilizing a cast aluminum enclosure, among other cost-cutting measures.

Core X is available today from Razer for $299 in the U.S., Canada, China, France, Germany and the UK. The device will launch soon in the Nordics, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan.

AppleInsider will be providing an in-depth review of the Core X in the coming days.
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  • Reply 1 of 24
    bloggerblogbloggerblog Posts: 1,839member
    Bring back the PowerBook Duo!
    martinxyz
  • Reply 2 of 24
    crowleycrowley Posts: 5,824member
    That's very affordable for Razer, and compares well to the competition, especially with that beefy PSU.  Now if only the graphics card prices would sort themselves out.
    dysamoria
  • Reply 3 of 24
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,215member
    I might well get one of these for my new MBP which arrived today ... yay!  Question; would it even function attached via TB 3 to TB2 Apple adapter connected to my late 2013 Mac Pro?
    edited May 2018
  • Reply 4 of 24
    nunzynunzy Posts: 662member
    Razor is smart to support Mac gaming. It is a growing market. People are starting to get it.
    dysamoriawatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 24
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,215member
    nunzy said:
    Razor is smart to support Mac gaming. It is a growing market. People are starting to get it.
    I agree.  This seems the ideal way to go.  IMHO this is a continuing trend Apple started with the new Mac Pro, keep it simple and have everything extra external and so future proofed.  They just didn't go far enough!

    I am curious, for gaming how much difference will an i7 make to an i5 when running a high end Nvidia card in this box for gaming for the likes of VR or 4K GTAV etc..   In other words, is the CPU also critical?
    nunzywatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 24
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,215member

    crowley said:
    That's very affordable for Razer, and compares well to the competition, especially with that beefy PSU.  Now if only the graphics card prices would sort themselves out.
    I agree.  Damn bitcoin miners!  Maybe If we can't beat them we should join them ...  ;). I kid of course.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 24
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 4,568administrator
    MacPro said:
    I might well get one of these for my new MBP which arrived today ... yay!  Question; would it even function attached via TB 3 to TB2 Apple adapter connected to my late 2013 Mac Pro?
    Not officially, but there are workarounds.

  • Reply 8 of 24
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,215member
    MacPro said:
    I might well get one of these for my new MBP which arrived today ... yay!  Question; would it even function attached via TB 3 to TB2 Apple adapter connected to my late 2013 Mac Pro?
    Not officially, but there are workarounds.

    Thanks Mike.  So would a new i5 MacBook 13" with Touch Bar and the USB C give better results for gaming than the 2013 Mac Pro with TB adapter, hack and Xeon?
    edited May 2018 watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 24
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 4,568administrator
    MacPro said:
    MacPro said:
    I might well get one of these for my new MBP which arrived today ... yay!  Question; would it even function attached via TB 3 to TB2 Apple adapter connected to my late 2013 Mac Pro?
    Not officially, but there are workarounds.

    Thanks Mike.  So would a new i5 MacBook 13" with Touch Bar and the USB C give better results for gaming than the 2013 Mac Pro with TB adapter, hack and Xeon?
    It's going to depend on the title. If it's heavily CPU-bound like Civ VI, then the Mac Pro will do better. If it's GPU mostly like most every first person shooter, then the MBP will probably be better.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 24
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,215member
    MacPro said:
    MacPro said:
    I might well get one of these for my new MBP which arrived today ... yay!  Question; would it even function attached via TB 3 to TB2 Apple adapter connected to my late 2013 Mac Pro?
    Not officially, but there are workarounds.

    Thanks Mike.  So would a new i5 MacBook 13" with Touch Bar and the USB C give better results for gaming than the 2013 Mac Pro with TB adapter, hack and Xeon?
    It's going to depend on the title. If it's heavily CPU-bound like Civ VI, then the Mac Pro will do better. If it's GPU mostly like most every first person shooter, then the MBP will probably be better.
    Cool sounds like I can switch about as needed.  Now it's just a matter of the GPU!  ... Oh but which? 
    edited May 2018 watto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 24
    techprod1gytechprod1gy Posts: 836member
    MacPro said:
    MacPro said:
    MacPro said:
    I might well get one of these for my new MBP which arrived today ... yay!  Question; would it even function attached via TB 3 to TB2 Apple adapter connected to my late 2013 Mac Pro?
    Not officially, but there are workarounds.

    Thanks Mike.  So would a new i5 MacBook 13" with Touch Bar and the USB C give better results for gaming than the 2013 Mac Pro with TB adapter, hack and Xeon?
    It's going to depend on the title. If it's heavily CPU-bound like Civ VI, then the Mac Pro will do better. If it's GPU mostly like most every first person shooter, then the MBP will probably be better.
    Cool sounds like I can switch about as needed.  Now it's just a matter of the GPU!  ... Oh but which? 
    Depends on your budget. Overall the 1080ti would be my pick.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 24
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,861member
    MacPro said:
    MacPro said:
    MacPro said:
    I might well get one of these for my new MBP which arrived today ... yay!  Question; would it even function attached via TB 3 to TB2 Apple adapter connected to my late 2013 Mac Pro?
    Not officially, but there are workarounds.

    Thanks Mike.  So would a new i5 MacBook 13" with Touch Bar and the USB C give better results for gaming than the 2013 Mac Pro with TB adapter, hack and Xeon?
    It's going to depend on the title. If it's heavily CPU-bound like Civ VI, then the Mac Pro will do better. If it's GPU mostly like most every first person shooter, then the MBP will probably be better.
    Cool sounds like I can switch about as needed.  Now it's just a matter of the GPU!  ... Oh but which? 
    Depends on your budget. Overall the 1080ti would be my pick.
    The problem is...the 1080ti costs as much as his MacBook Pro. :( So yes, it does very well depend on how much you want to spend. Also, if you're not going to do a ton of gaming then its probably not worth it to get something like a 1080 or 1080ti. Maybe something like a 1060 or 1060ti would be more cost effective. 
    dysamoriawatto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 24
    YP101YP101 Posts: 58member
    Now Apple can update Mac mini with TB3 and we can use external GPU.
    dysamoriawatto_cobracgWerks
  • Reply 14 of 24
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,215member
    MacPro said:
    MacPro said:
    MacPro said:
    I might well get one of these for my new MBP which arrived today ... yay!  Question; would it even function attached via TB 3 to TB2 Apple adapter connected to my late 2013 Mac Pro?
    Not officially, but there are workarounds.

    Thanks Mike.  So would a new i5 MacBook 13" with Touch Bar and the USB C give better results for gaming than the 2013 Mac Pro with TB adapter, hack and Xeon?
    It's going to depend on the title. If it's heavily CPU-bound like Civ VI, then the Mac Pro will do better. If it's GPU mostly like most every first person shooter, then the MBP will probably be better.
    Cool sounds like I can switch about as needed.  Now it's just a matter of the GPU!  ... Oh but which? 
    Depends on your budget. Overall the 1080ti would be my pick.
    Thanks.  Wow, that's some card!  I was disappointed that the dual AMD cards in the Mac Pro 6 Core, even using Catalyst can't run GTA V at 4K on my new 27" Dell.  I would think this would smoke it.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 24
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,861member
    MacPro said:
    MacPro said:
    MacPro said:
    MacPro said:
    I might well get one of these for my new MBP which arrived today ... yay!  Question; would it even function attached via TB 3 to TB2 Apple adapter connected to my late 2013 Mac Pro?
    Not officially, but there are workarounds.

    Thanks Mike.  So would a new i5 MacBook 13" with Touch Bar and the USB C give better results for gaming than the 2013 Mac Pro with TB adapter, hack and Xeon?
    It's going to depend on the title. If it's heavily CPU-bound like Civ VI, then the Mac Pro will do better. If it's GPU mostly like most every first person shooter, then the MBP will probably be better.
    Cool sounds like I can switch about as needed.  Now it's just a matter of the GPU!  ... Oh but which? 
    Depends on your budget. Overall the 1080ti would be my pick.
    Thanks.  Wow, that's some card!  I was disappointed that the dual AMD cards in the Mac Pro 6 Core, even using Catalyst can't run GTA V at 4K on my new 27" Dell.  I would think this would smoke it.
    Those cards aren't designed for gaming, but rather other types of applications that require powerful graphics cards. IMO, its no different than getting an iMac Pro and using it for gaming. There are lots of tests out there where the 1080, maybe even 1070 is actually a better card for gaming than the Vega/Vega Pro graphics. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 16 of 24
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,861member

    YP101 said:
    Now Apple can update Mac mini with TB3 and we can use external GPU.
    Problem with that is the CPU will be the bottleneck now. You're not going to get a top of the line CPU in any kind of new Mac mini. 
    dysamoriawatto_cobra
  • Reply 17 of 24
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,215member
    macxpress said:
    MacPro said:
    MacPro said:
    MacPro said:
    MacPro said:
    I might well get one of these for my new MBP which arrived today ... yay!  Question; would it even function attached via TB 3 to TB2 Apple adapter connected to my late 2013 Mac Pro?
    Not officially, but there are workarounds.

    Thanks Mike.  So would a new i5 MacBook 13" with Touch Bar and the USB C give better results for gaming than the 2013 Mac Pro with TB adapter, hack and Xeon?
    It's going to depend on the title. If it's heavily CPU-bound like Civ VI, then the Mac Pro will do better. If it's GPU mostly like most every first person shooter, then the MBP will probably be better.
    Cool sounds like I can switch about as needed.  Now it's just a matter of the GPU!  ... Oh but which? 
    Depends on your budget. Overall the 1080ti would be my pick.
    Thanks.  Wow, that's some card!  I was disappointed that the dual AMD cards in the Mac Pro 6 Core, even using Catalyst can't run GTA V at 4K on my new 27" Dell.  I would think this would smoke it.
    Those cards aren't designed for gaming, but rather other types of applications that require powerful graphics cards. IMO, its no different than getting an iMac Pro and using it for gaming. There are lots of tests out there where the 1080, maybe even 1070 is actually a better card for gaming than the Vega/Vega Pro graphics. 
    That said the nMP 6 Core under Windows 10 in Boot Camp using AMD drivers with Catalyst on they are not bad, 60 f.p.s. at 2560 x 1440 smooth as butter at all high settings for GTA V.  Not too shabby.  Although  I think I see an external GPU in my future if not for the Mac Pro then the MBP.  Not that I have tried the 2017 MBP with Boot Camp yet.
    dysamoriawatto_cobra
  • Reply 18 of 24
    KITAKITA Posts: 186member
    macxpress said:

    YP101 said:
    Now Apple can update Mac mini with TB3 and we can use external GPU.
    Problem with that is the CPU will be the bottleneck now. You're not going to get a top of the line CPU in any kind of new Mac mini. 
    CPU aside, Thunderbolt 3 is already a bottleneck on a higher end cards. The GTX 1080, for example, loses at least 20% of its performance over Thunderbolt 3 when outputting to an external display. When being used on the internal display, it will lose 30% of its performance.
    dysamoria
  • Reply 19 of 24
    mcdavemcdave Posts: 1,140member
    Sorry but eGPU boxes are not the future of Macs.  The Mac has been tamed by Intel and is now just an Android vendor-like also-ran that’s quickly losing kudos.

    Let’s hope Apple has some actual innovation to announce at WWDC and start to regain its point of difference.  Their own Metal/macOS optimised GPU in a Cinema Display would be a start.
  • Reply 20 of 24
    mcdavemcdave Posts: 1,140member
    MacPro said:
    MacPro said:
    I might well get one of these for my new MBP which arrived today ... yay!  Question; would it even function attached via TB 3 to TB2 Apple adapter connected to my late 2013 Mac Pro?
    Not officially, but there are workarounds.

    Thanks Mike.  So would a new i5 MacBook 13" with Touch Bar and the USB C give better results for gaming than the 2013 Mac Pro with TB adapter, hack and Xeon?
    http://barefeats.com/ has comparisons on this.
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