Hands-On With Razer's New Core X Chroma eGPU

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    Razer last week announced the launch of its latest eGPU, the $400 Razer Core X Chroma, equipped with, as the name suggests, Razer's signature Chroma lighting.

    Razer sent us one of the Core X Chroma eGPUs to check out, and we've gone hands-on with it in our latest YouTube video to see how well it works with Apple's Macs.


    The Core X Chroma looks similar to the previous-generation Core X eGPU, with a rather large all-aluminum enclosure that will support NVIDIA GeForce RTX, GeForce GTX, and Quadro cards along with AMD XConnect-enabled Radeon and Radeon Pro cards (note that there are no suitable modern NVIDIA drivers, so most Mac users who plan to use the eGPU for macOS will want to choose AMD).

    Like the prior model, it's compatible with Apple's Thunderbolt 3 Macs and using it is as simple as plugging it into the USB-C port on a compatible machine. Adding in your graphics card can be done with just a few steps, no tools required. No graphics card comes with the Core X Chroma, of course, as it's just an enclosure.

    Adding your own graphics card is going to give you access to desktop-class performance without sacrificing the portability of a notebook machine. We stuck a Radeon RX 570 in the eGPU, which more than doubled the graphics performance of the Radeon Pro 555X included in the 2018 MacBook Pro we tested it with.

    Razer's equipped the Core X Chroma with 4 USB-A ports and a Gigabit Ethernet port, which is new, along with the standard single Thunderbolt 3 port. The Core X Chroma also has a 700W power supply so it supports more powerful graphics cards than the previous model. You can use the Core X Chroma to transform a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air into a desktop-class machine with a single cable, which is handy.

    Aside from the addition of more ports and a better power supply, the Core X Chroma has RGB lighting included, something that looks great on or below your desk. Unfortunately, Razer's software for adjusting the lights on the Core X Chroma isn't available on Mac, which kind of limits the utility of the extra feature.

    The lights will work on their own, but if you want to customize them, you need Razer's Windows-only Synapse software. That's a major negative for any Mac user considering the eGPU who doesn't plan to use it with Boot Camp.

    Razer charges $300 for its standard Core X, and this upgraded version with Chroma lighting and more ports is $100 more expensive at $400. It's available from Razer's website if you're interested in purchasing one. What do you think of the Razer Core X Chroma? Let us know in the comments.

    Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Razer. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

    Article Link: Hands-On With Razer's New Core X Chroma eGPU
     
  2. shansoft macrumors 6502

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    Incompatible with thunderbolt 3 display is a problem. Using all these eGPU except BlackMagic prevent you from using the LG UltraFine 5K.
     
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    You can physically put Nvidia cards in there, but you can't run Mojave properly.

    I don't know what Apple's problem with Nvidia is, but it makes me have a problem with Apple.
     
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    Its good that it has 4X USB and Gigabit Ethernet. If it had some USB C ports and a SD Card reader, it would also serve as a proper docking station.
     
  6. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

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    That’s not a negative! Read the article. People don’t use external GPUs with monitors. They just plug them in so they can customise the colour scheme.

    /s if you didn’t get it
     
  7. RickInHouston macrumors 65816

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    I love them, but i hate what they do. I love them, but I hate what they do. I love them, but I hate what they do...
     
  8. Saipher macrumors demi-god

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    It’s interesting you assume it’s Apple’s fault.
     
  9. Tucom macrumors 65816

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    Is this supposed to sound clever? The answer is yes: It's an "enclosure" - like you literally just said.

    EDIT: Ah, never mind, I see where this is coming from. Yeah title may be misleading for those living under a rock, my mistake.
     
  10. kyjaotkb macrumors 6502a

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    You need to change your title, dear Macrumors. That’s an enclosure, not an eGPU. ‘Dongle’ would even be appropriate, I would say.

    Oh and the fact that it doesn’t work with the market’s most popular gaming cards on the latest versions of macOS, or that it won’t work with a 5K display make it not much more than a a very very niche one...
     
  11. Tucom macrumors 65816

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    Typical semitism. Be happy we have options, and it works JUST fine with any AMD GPU. Get over yourself.
     
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    You'd think an article reviewing an eGPU enclosure would go into more detail about the experience with an eGPU rather than focus on Synapse and Chroma.
     
  13. CWallace macrumors 603

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    The most popular games don't run on macOS, so... :p

    (And I am not saying that to be an arse - I finally just decided to buy a dedicated nVidia Windows Gaming PC and have it share the monitor I use as a secondary with my 2017 iMac 5K. That way I have "the best of both worlds" for my productivity and my gaming.)
     
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    I could do without the flashy LEDs on this and many other products.
     
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    It does technically work with NVidia cards. In windows. Though wouldn't AMD cards be the most popular seeing as all the consoles use their GPUs?
    And it would work in MacOS as well if apple would sign the drivers NVidia submitted long ago. That's on apple. And it won't work with ONE display on the market? I call it a non issue as it works with all the rest.
     
  16. Plutonius macrumors 604

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    I guess it's which games people consider popular ?

    To me, all my favorite games run on both MacOS and Windows with only a small handful requiring bootcamp.

    If you want to run cutting edge games, neither macOS or Windows will cut it and you need a console.
     
  17. kwikdeth macrumors 65816

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    Riiiight. Cuz somebody at nvidias board said "hey you know what, these Mac drivers aren't worth it. We don't need to sell more GPUs anyway."
     
  18. iop macrumors 6502

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    Wait a second... are saying it's $400 for just the enclosure sans a GPU?
     
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    pretty average price for egpu enclosures, give or take. Though this one gives you a larger powersupply than the rest.
    Here's a list of the top enclosures:
    https://egpu.io/external-gpu-buyers-guide-2019/
     
  20. Pezboy macrumors member

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    These eGPU’s are confusing to me. Sure having a laptop that you can game on would be cool, and sure a laptop that you can do more heavy editing on would be cool as well. But at what point should we just get a desktop? eGPU IS $400 (if I understand correctly that is not including the actual GPU...) another $300-400 for a great GPU a decent screen that is another $500. That almost $1,500. Seems crazy to me. Maybe I’m missing something?
     
  21. archer75, Apr 23, 2019
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    Great for a mac mini which I have. Or a laptop that doesn't have a great GPU. And then you can use a large monitor with the laptop. Though you can use a egpu with a laptop and still use the laptop screen.
    Sure, I have PC's. I've built many over the years. But I prefer my mac so an egpu would be great for me. I also have several monitors.
     
  22. MAcNIAC macrumors regular

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    can you guys advise,

    What is the best GPU that can be put in this that runs in mojave?
    What is the best GPU that can be put in this that runs via boot camp?

    Thanks
     
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    Waat? A decent Windows gaming pc will run rings around any console.
     
  24. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

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    Er, no, consoles are not at all "cutting edge". Console hardware is a few years behind PC hardware. There's a brief window immediately after the release of a new generation where they're sort of competitive, but even then they're hampered by the fact that they need to be cheap, and you don't get cutting edge hardware by being cheap. Especially these days when consoles use mostly off-the-shelf components and are no longer highly customized like they used to be. They're basically locked-down, low-end PCs.

    --Eric
     
  25. racerhomie macrumors 6502

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    Use windows ?
     

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