(groan sound) – That could’ve been incredibly bad. I totally just stepped
on this Thunderbolt cable while it was still plugged
in and slightly bent it. That’s okay, it won’t affect the video. Hey guys, this is Austin. Thin-and-light laptops like
this Dell XPS 13 are great, but the graphics are never
going to be the strong suit. That’s where this comes in. This is the Razer Core
X, and it is the latest external GPU enclosure from Razer. External graphics are nothing new. I recently did a video on an
Alienware laptop from 2014 that did have external
graphics as an option. More recently, we did a little
gaming on a Mac comparison where we used the Gigabyte Gaming Box to be able to actually play decent games over a Thunderbolt 3
interface on a MacBook. The only issue is that
doing external graphics over Thunderbolt 3 can get
pricey very, very quickly. First of all, you’re going to need a computer with a Thunderbolt 3 port. Ideally, you’re going to
have one that does have a full four lanes of
PCI-e, something that’s not always going to be advertised particularly well by the manufacturer. Next, you’re going to
need an enclosure such as the Core X, although there
are of course other options. One of the most expensive parts is always going to be your GPU. Put this all together, and while it can be a nice setup, it can get
really expensive very quickly. When it comes to the original Razer Core, which is still going to
be on sale, by the way, you’re going to be getting
a lot of extra features including USB ports, Ethernet, as well as a second Thunderbolt out,
but the issue is price. $500, this can be as expensive as a lot of really high-end GPU’s that
you would normally pick up, which is where the Razer Core X comes in. While you’re going to be
losing most of those features, most importantly, you can
still fit a full-sized graphics card inside and it’s going to be a full $200 less. Put the Core X side-by-side
with the original Razer Core as well as the tiny little Gigabyte Gaming Box, and
you’ll see that it is, well, it’s a little bit large. However, that is going to be for a reason. It is a very generic-looking black box. It is still going to be
made out of aluminum, but you’re not going to have any of the bells and whistles of the Core, including stuff like Chroma RGB lighting. Take a look around back and you’ll see it’s about as simple as it gets. You’re going to find a
single Thunderbolt 3 port as well as your power connector. However, use the tool-less mechanism which is about as easy
as it gets to open up and you’ll see why this guy is so big. It does now support a full
triple-slot graphics card. That’s not going to be super common. However, some cards,
especially the higher-end ones with giant coolers, will
need a little bit of extra space, and the Core X does provide. You’re also going to find
the upgraded power supply. We now have a 600-watt unit as opposed to the 500-watt in the previous Core, and it’s also now going to
be a full ATX power supply. That’s going to be mostly useful if you ever wanna upgrade in the future, although with 600 watts of capacity, that means that the
graphics card itself is going to be able to get 500 watts, and there’s going to be a
full 100 watts available for USB-C power delivery to your laptop. It should be good enough for a while, but there is that flexibility. You’re also going to find a 120-millimeter fan for cooling. Installing a graphics card is
about as simple as it gets. What you do is open up your enclosure and then just drop it right into place, just like you would
with a standard desktop, and it should clip in. For power, you do have a
pair of 6+2 pin connectors. The cable management out of
the box is a little bit tight, so I had to undo that just to
get a little bit more slack. You just have to plug these guys in, and then, if I can
actually get it into place, (clears throat) use the little screw to
make sure the whole thing doesn’t come flying out of the slot. Then all you do is take
the entire assembly, line it up into the enclosure,
slide it into place, pop the handle, and you’re gonna be good for some external graphics action. I am using Vega 64 for this demo, but you can use the vast majority of current AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards. You should keep in mind
that if you’re going to be using this on Mac, which is now supported, you are going to be needing to use an AMD graphics card if
you want official support. NVIDIA cards will work, but it requires just a little bit more work. From here, it’s pretty straightforward. Just take the Thunderbolt 3 cable and plug it into your laptop. You will wanna use an external monitor, so I’m just gonna hook
up the DisplayPort cable to the back of our graphics card. You actually don’t have to do this, but it will give you much
better gaming performance when you’re not having to fight between the graphics card sending
video back and forth to the internal laptop display. Something like this going
out over DisplayPort is going to give you
much better performance. But with that, we have our full Thunderbolt 3 setup ready to game. When it comes to gaming,
of course the graphics card and the actual CPU that
is inside your laptop is going to make a huge difference. Something like Vega 64 is
honestly a little bit overkill, but we are still going to see a huge, huge performance gain over playing
on integrated graphics. Using the Vega 64 as
well as the Core i7-8550U that’s going to be inside this guy, we’re getting, on full
epic settings at 1080p, around 70 to 80 frames-per-second. You’re always gonna be
giving up some performance when you’re using
Thunderbolt 3 as opposed to an actual, dedicated
solution, but if you put it side-by-side with something
like integrated graphics as opposed to 720p on low
settings at 30 frames, this, at full epic settings, is just a totally different-looking game. Although, one of the slight downsides to most Thunderbolt enclosures is that the Thunderbolt 3 cables have to be fairly small, which means that … I’m getting cooked right
now by the graphics card. I guess I could just do that. (laughs) So again, you will definitely wanna use an external display. Right now, we’re actually
recording it using an HDMI capture card, so we’re
not affecting the performance. But this is gonna be super playable. Framerate’s jumping around a
little bit, but it’s generally in the 70 to 80 frame-per-second range. (yells) No, why? (laughs) I didn’t have anything yet. Why? Let’s try Fortnite round
two, which of course is the game that I’m playing,
as if somehow you’re watching this video without knowing the game Fortnite exists. Because of course you do have to have a Thunderbolt 3 port,
it does mean that you’re not exactly going to be using this with a super old-school laptop,
but I actually would recommend either an 8th-gen Core i5 or i7. The previous dual-cores will be fine, but when you have a full quad-core CPU, it actually does make a pretty big difference to gaming performance. Next up, we have PUBG. This is another game that is absolutely no problem to run with something as high-end as a Vega 64 card. At 1080p with everything maxed out, we’re averaging in the 70 to
80 frame-per-second range. It’s really cool when
you consider that with a single Thunderbolt 3
port, we’re turning a thin-and-light ultrabook
into a proper gaming PC. Sure, you’re gonna need some other stuff like a monitor and a mouse,
although not technically, but it makes your game a lot better. But it’s so cool to be
able to have a small, thin-and-light laptop that
you can carry around all day, have no problems with, and
then when you get home, hook it up and turn into a
full, dedicated gaming PC. Of course the Razer
Core is also going to be supported on macOS. Support is a little bit odd right now, mostly because a lot of
games aren’t going to be particularly well-optimized on the Mac. We tried Fortnite; it
didn’t really wanna load. I’m gonna show that. However, Rocket League
is faring a bit better. On full, maxed-out settings,
we’re somewhere around 70 frames-per-second, but we’re getting this weird text thing. You can game on the
Mac, but not super well. Although if you wanna
know more about that, we did an entire video
on why gaming on a Mac is a questionable idea. But the Razer Core does
work, and it’s mostly just on software to actually support it. At $300, the Razer Core
X actually is going to be pretty reasonably-priced as far as these Thunderbolt 3 enclosures go. Yes, you do need a little
bit of extra hardware, but if you do have a
Thunderbolt 3-equipped Mac, or especially an ultrabook,
it’s a great way of turning it into a pretty
decent gaming laptop.

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100 thoughts on “The Razer Core X Will Supercharge Your Laptop

  • December 28, 2018 at 2:34 am
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    Does the Razer Core X come with the graphics card or do you have to separately buy it?

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  • December 30, 2018 at 2:22 am
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    It comes with graphic card already inside?

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  • January 1, 2019 at 3:10 am
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    Does this come with all the components displayed in this video (ex: Graphics Card) – Or do you have to buy that yourself?

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  • January 4, 2019 at 4:34 pm
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    Can we connect it to the Macbook Air 2018?

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  • January 5, 2019 at 5:41 am
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    90 FPS at max
    Looks like 30 FPS

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  • January 5, 2019 at 5:52 am
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    What laptop is being used in the video

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  • January 8, 2019 at 5:24 pm
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    Can we work smoothly with this Razer Core X in letest version of Graphics softwares like Adobe Illustrator CC 2018, Autocad/AutoDesk, 3D Max, Maya, Adobe After Effect CC 2018 and similar applications using old laptop?

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  • January 10, 2019 at 2:06 am
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    hey i have a lenovo legion y720 work on it ?

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  • January 10, 2019 at 3:08 am
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    Do you need your own graphics card?

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  • January 10, 2019 at 4:51 am
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    Could you connect this to a USB C? I have a Pavilion all in one and I want to get a external gpu

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  • January 10, 2019 at 9:25 pm
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    I use a laptop that doesn't have a thunder blot 3 can I use an adapter? Such as an ARKTEK USB 3.0 to USB-C Adapter USB A 3.0 (Male) Convert to USB Type C (Female) Adapter? WIll it work? plz

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  • January 13, 2019 at 10:41 am
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    are you sure the core x isn't connected to you? each sentence from you is overhyped aka overclocked. every time you talk it's like making a huge statement with a few !!!!!!! you just made me believe every word you say and go buy the core x!!!! 0.o

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  • January 15, 2019 at 7:32 pm
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    Oh I have to buy a graphics card as well as the core x

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  • January 20, 2019 at 1:48 am
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    this thing will save my laptop

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  • January 23, 2019 at 4:41 pm
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    so you pay 300$ for a box WITHOUT A GPU INCLUDED

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  • January 24, 2019 at 11:56 pm
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    You sound, look and feel like my old 6th grade social studies teacher. xD

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  • February 1, 2019 at 7:58 am
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    I have a game laptop with GTX 1050 Ti and intel core i7 and I want to buy a Razer Core X with a RTX 2070,
    Is it possible to use the RTX 2070 and my GTX 1050 Ti in my laptop togetter? (GPU and an eGPU)

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  • February 2, 2019 at 10:24 pm
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    I have a laptop, but it doesn't have the Thunderbolt 3 port. Is there any way I could use some sort of USB adapter for a Thunderbolt 3 port?

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  • February 4, 2019 at 1:05 pm
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    Austin could you live the link for the Vega 64

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  • February 6, 2019 at 8:31 pm
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    "It's about as simple as it gets"

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  • February 11, 2019 at 2:07 am
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    Haven’t watched the video yet, but I bet it’s $24,000

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  • February 11, 2019 at 2:40 am
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    Would a Usb adapter work?

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  • February 12, 2019 at 12:09 pm
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    you tested an egpu with fortnite!!!!????? wtf

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  • February 12, 2019 at 3:18 pm
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    Can i use a thing like this on a y50-70 laptop? 😀

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  • February 13, 2019 at 5:31 pm
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    Does it work just with a regular laptop I have a dell invidia 2 in 1 series

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  • February 21, 2019 at 7:49 am
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    I got an Austin Evan ad on an Austin Evan video 😂

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  • March 6, 2019 at 7:20 am
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    S U P E R C H A R G E

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  • March 10, 2019 at 2:43 pm
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    does it also help for laptop temperatures?

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  • March 14, 2019 at 12:41 am
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    lol just buy the Razer – Blade Stealth

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  • March 21, 2019 at 10:14 am
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    Hello guys this is augin

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  • March 22, 2019 at 2:42 pm
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    the moment you realise your laptop doesent have thunderbolt 3 🙁

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  • March 24, 2019 at 2:58 pm
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    there something that I still do not understand the razer blade comes by saparado with the razer core or if you buy the razer blade comes with the razer core?

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  • March 25, 2019 at 7:44 am
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    Why don't you review Tomb Raider / Resident Evil : ) ?

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  • March 28, 2019 at 3:46 pm
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    Well we can't actually see the true performance of the core x because you are filming in 24 fps

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  • March 29, 2019 at 10:42 pm
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    what a waste of V-bucks

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  • April 2, 2019 at 1:56 pm
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    Just buy 2 laptop

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  • April 5, 2019 at 7:21 am
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    Would the the macbook be more compatible with the razee core if i use the macbook in windows?

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  • April 5, 2019 at 11:37 pm
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    So you can put another graphics card in youre laptip

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  • April 6, 2019 at 1:22 pm
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    Can you use it on an external display using HDMI 1.4? Or isn’t that possible.

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  • April 9, 2019 at 6:25 pm
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    You cant see the FPS difference because of the 24 FPS recording.

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  • April 10, 2019 at 5:34 pm
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    What if I want to play on my laptop though? Is it really going to perform bad?

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  • April 11, 2019 at 7:43 am
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    So if its a USB-C with no TB3 the it won’t work?

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  • April 12, 2019 at 8:59 pm
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    wow i just realized that is was posted on my b day

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  • April 15, 2019 at 1:34 pm
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    What XP’s model is that

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  • April 17, 2019 at 3:41 am
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    Do you need thunderbolt 3?

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  • April 17, 2019 at 3:42 am
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    Fuck…

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  • April 21, 2019 at 5:25 am
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    Recording in-game video degrades your performance so the result might be incorrect

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  • April 26, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    When you have money to buy this.

    But you start choosing on whether to fix your car, do a house repair, buy better clothes, etc.

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  • May 3, 2019 at 4:30 pm
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    Will it not work on simple usb type C?

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  • May 19, 2019 at 1:51 am
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    So we have to install our own gpu in the razer

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  • May 28, 2019 at 10:49 am
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    Can the core x run the raptor?

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  • June 5, 2019 at 2:00 am
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    Please giveaway to me.

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  • June 9, 2019 at 8:35 pm
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    That setup probably costs more than my house, and the furniture in it

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  • June 20, 2019 at 5:50 am
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    Will these boxes help the 5k imac? Very little comment and no-one has answered this question.

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  • June 24, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    Hey Austin
    Did you plug in the mouse to the laptop itself or something else?

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  • July 2, 2019 at 4:23 pm
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    your tiny t-shirts make your videos unwatchable

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  • July 7, 2019 at 4:41 am
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    What kind of laptop is this?

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  • July 13, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    Just take the gpu out and sell it for more

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  • July 14, 2019 at 4:08 am
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    What is the graphic card

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  • July 17, 2019 at 11:12 am
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    Does it work by just plugging it into the laptop

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  • July 21, 2019 at 2:16 pm
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    I am i new subcriber make a video on cheap gaming laptop hp

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  • July 28, 2019 at 11:37 am
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    Anybody notice the fallout pipboy in the background?

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  • July 28, 2019 at 3:00 pm
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    Can you build one from scratch?

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  • July 31, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    Will this work with a MacBook Air 2014

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  • August 1, 2019 at 4:09 am
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    HEY! Austin, guys here !!!

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  • August 1, 2019 at 7:26 pm
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    can it work on the surface book 2 13.5 inch?? i really want to know. thNK yOo!!

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  • August 7, 2019 at 10:06 pm
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    Why fortnite in every single video? You could run minecraft with some tough shaders on.

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  • August 8, 2019 at 9:29 pm
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    The core x might supercharge your laptop but will also burn your pocket

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  • August 11, 2019 at 3:59 am
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    eGPU

    fucking lol

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  • August 12, 2019 at 4:03 am
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    It’s not like there’s something called a desktop

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  • August 12, 2019 at 6:52 am
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    Will this work on an HP Envy 15 Notebook PC?

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  • August 12, 2019 at 10:02 pm
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    If all of you are talking about why to buy this, buy it for an actual game, not a trash one, also this is for when you can’t buy a desktop because you go everywhere

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  • August 13, 2019 at 12:33 am
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    Isn't that the DELL XPS 13 9360? I think it only has 2 lanes.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 6:33 am
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    Austin do other games like tomb raider

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  • August 14, 2019 at 8:55 pm
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    Is it possible to use an egpu with a 2 lane thunderbolt instead of a 4 lane thunderbolt?

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  • August 17, 2019 at 5:35 pm
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    Will this work on a mid2012 MacBook Pro with Mojave?

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  • August 17, 2019 at 6:29 pm
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    What happens if u remove the gpu while playing in the MacBook

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  • August 17, 2019 at 9:44 pm
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    Wait did you seperatly buy thee graphics card?

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  • August 24, 2019 at 11:31 am
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    should i have to use another graphics card another inside

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  • August 26, 2019 at 5:38 am
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    The Austin Evans Will Supercharge Your Laptop

    ok

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  • September 2, 2019 at 7:09 am
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    Hey Mom what do you think of my big black box

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  • September 3, 2019 at 4:51 am
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    IM NOW DESIGNING AN EXTERNAL GPU THAT USES DUAL, NO TRIPLE GRAPHICS CARDS!!!!!!

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  • September 14, 2019 at 5:31 pm
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    I'm gonna get this for the Hades Canyon Nuc

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  • September 15, 2019 at 5:52 am
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    I came here at 666k View. Fu

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  • September 20, 2019 at 8:46 pm
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    Wait does this allow my laptop to run more games?

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  • September 22, 2019 at 1:08 pm
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    just buy a gaming pc ._.

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  • September 26, 2019 at 3:52 am
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    play rust nibba

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  • October 1, 2019 at 11:43 pm
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    do you need a graphic cards with this

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  • October 2, 2019 at 12:41 am
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    can you do this on aio computer?

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  • October 4, 2019 at 2:06 am
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    does it come with a gpu?

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  • October 4, 2019 at 11:40 am
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    why the hell is a 2080 ti coming with 200 dollars with the box but $1k just by itself. wtf

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  • October 13, 2019 at 11:15 pm
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    wait your telling me I still have to buy the gpu.Goddamn it Razer 🤦‍♂️

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  • October 20, 2019 at 6:48 pm
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    if i dont have thunderbolt

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  • October 22, 2019 at 8:24 am
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    Does it come with a graphics card

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  • October 25, 2019 at 8:59 pm
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    i got this enclosure the other day with the rtx 2060 and battlefront runs almost flawlessly on ultra graphics, its worth every penny

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  • November 1, 2019 at 2:11 pm
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    Hey guys this is nicole….

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  • November 6, 2019 at 3:10 am
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    If I have a Dell xps 13 i5 8250U and I get a Razor core X and put a Radeon RX 590 into it, how much FPS will I get at all low settings?

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  • November 19, 2019 at 11:21 am
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    what happens you you dont have the thunder bolt 3 port
    ??

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  • November 21, 2019 at 2:25 am
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    Do you need an external monitor? Can I just use my laptop screen?

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