The Razer Core X Will Supercharge Your Laptop

July 30, 2019 posted by

(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.


100 Replies to “The Razer Core X Will Supercharge Your Laptop”

  1. Lingymingy123 says:

    you may as well just buy a better laptop or desktop,with all that hassle

  2. razeen rauoof says:

    5:12 lol!

  3. ReapZ says:

    heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy guys its austin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Brian says:

    Hey guys this is rapist

  5. Drew Walker says:

    why not just get a pc

  6. GhostTam Gaming says:

    why are you playing fortnite in every video? try playing other popular games like pubg overwatch or black ops 4

  7. Shamindra Hewavithana says:

    What is that external monitor called?

  8. Fireball18 says:

    Am I in 2040??

  9. Preston Beardslee says:

    hey guys, is this austin?

  10. T Vu says:

    0:11 HeY guYs ThiS iS auStiN

  11. nizamm says:

    Is that XPS having 8GB or 16GB RAM?

  12. Aiden Teh Smol Coffee Machinn says:

    0:01 roblox oof

  13. Tobias Dettinger says:

    Stoped the video at 1:00 cause i don't have a thunderbolt 3 port on my laptop 🙁

  14. Spooky IzCat says:

    The thing is when you play Fortnite you don’t want it on epic graphics because it looks really bad so us streamers put it on mostly low or off and the distance is epic but that ok so I normally get +200 FPS

  15. Super Man says:

    I don't see the point to get external graphic box as the cost all together plus the laptop is nearly $3000 !!!

  16. Jamie Stephen says:

    Do u need to buy a separate graphics card?

  17. polong99 says:

    This is exhausting…

  18. Lukas Jakt says:

    If you have a keyboard to your laptop can you put the usb cable in to the racer core v2?

  19. Aleksandar J says:

    Great review, covered everything and very easy to understand. One question, how exactly do you check how many lanes of P.C.I.E. and if it affects the connection In any way?

  20. Chelsey S says:

    Could you hook up the Huawei Matebook X Pro to this? I heard it has thunderbolt three but only 2 lanes. Does that mean it won’t run as efficiently or as well as the full 4 lanes? Please help!!

  21. Gay For Dio Sama says:

    OmG WHy FOrnTite – 90% of the comment section of 10 year olds

    Nice vid – 9.999%

    This unoriginal comment – 0.001%

  22. Mister Chow says:

    Is that an OOF! on an austin evans video?

  23. bob mcboberson says:

    Does the Core X supplement your GPU or is it a replacement GPU?

  24. shomidavlogs says:

    Ayyyy its a kendama!!!!!!!

  25. Imam Hossan says:

    fuck fortnite

  26. Aiden Kashi says:

    Is it loud? Would you ever dare taking it to a library or coffee shop with a 64?

  27. Hassan Alsayoud says:

    Uh…Oh…Eh…ummm. is it possible to use a thunderbolt to USB adapter? So i can use it for my 7th gen core I7 laptop? cuz i really wanna get one of these big bad bois…

  28. Tornadolph aka King gryph jr says:

    I love how austin jumps a bit when he says Hey Guys this is austin

  29. Abhishek Grewal says:

    hey can anyone please tell me if the Core X comes with a graphics card or will I need to get one cause I do not know how egpu works

  30. La Leche says:

    I swear after you buy the $300 box and a $300 gpu and the $500 overpriced laptop you could build a $800 computer and use the $300 on the moniter keyboard and other stuff and you will end up better.

  31. jimbo cigar says:

    Could you use this in a all in one pc, instead of a laptop? My all in one PC isnt for gaming.

  32. da boze says:

    this is prob a stupid question….. does the core x only support pc? could you use your razer phone with it? jw

  33. Lucky Stew13 says:

    Can i put that on my laptop hp omen 17 (1050 rgb)

  34. eduardo jube says:

    but can it run C R Y S I S

  35. FishinIllinois says:

    Hello random person sub to me i amdesprrte

  36. SqueakerShrimp says:

    @AustinEvans – How you connect the Razer Core X to the External Monitor is by using a VGA or HDMI cable?

  37. SqueakerShrimp says:

    Does the Razer Core X come with the graphics card or do you have to separately buy it?

  38. Lixdy EDO says:

    It comes with graphic card already inside?

  39. Official J Gamer says:

    Does this come with all the components displayed in this video (ex: Graphics Card) – Or do you have to buy that yourself?

  40. Aravind pillai says:

    Can we connect it to the Macbook Air 2018?

  41. Chrony says:

    90 FPS at max
    Looks like 30 FPS

  42. Max O'Donohue says:

    What laptop is being used in the video

  43. Ram Gurung says:

    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?

  44. AlgumaCoisaExtreme says:

    hey i have a lenovo legion y720 work on it ?

  45. Ryan S. says:

    Do you need your own graphics card?

  46. Dylanator 216 says:

    Could you connect this to a USB C? I have a Pavilion all in one and I want to get a external gpu

  47. Whisk says:

    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

  48. yankee196575 says:

    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

  49. Luc Boeschenstein says:

    Oh I have to buy a graphics card as well as the core x

  50. Otaku Edwin says:

    this thing will save my laptop

  51. Viewr says:

    so you pay 300$ for a box WITHOUT A GPU INCLUDED

  52. Fantom _ says:

    You sound, look and feel like my old 6th grade social studies teacher. xD

  53. Derposaurus says:

    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)

  54. HighonVaccine says:

    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?

  55. Wit Owczarek says:

    Austin could you live the link for the Vega 64

  56. Jacob Collins says:

    "It's about as simple as it gets"

  57. NintendoNathan says:

    Haven’t watched the video yet, but I bet it’s $24,000

  58. Daniel Zhen says:

    Would a Usb adapter work?

  59. runako hayes says:

    you tested an egpu with fortnite!!!!????? wtf

  60. Davitronic says:

    Can i use a thing like this on a y50-70 laptop? 😀

  61. Skeletronic Voltron says:

    Does it work just with a regular laptop I have a dell invidia 2 in 1 series

  62. Flameky24 says:

    I got an Austin Evan ad on an Austin Evan video 😂

  63. BluEX says:

    S U P E R C H A R G E

  64. PimVI says:

    does it also help for laptop temperatures?

  65. Eugene Kim says:

    lol just buy the Razer – Blade Stealth

  66. ELITE X ECH0 says:

    Hello guys this is augin

  67. WesPo12 says:

    the moment you realise your laptop doesent have thunderbolt 3 🙁

  68. ShADoW :3 says:

    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?

  69. Punz says:

    Why don't you review Tomb Raider / Resident Evil : ) ?

  70. Nairn Crawford says:

    Well we can't actually see the true performance of the core x because you are filming in 24 fps

  71. Maple Sappy says:

    what a waste of V-bucks

  72. aa hh says:

    Just buy 2 laptop

  73. Lou Vo says:

    Would the the macbook be more compatible with the razee core if i use the macbook in windows?

  74. br0kENthumB says:

    So you can put another graphics card in youre laptip

  75. Wulf says:

    Can you use it on an external display using HDMI 1.4? Or isn’t that possible.

  76. Mammutbrot says:

    You cant see the FPS difference because of the 24 FPS recording.

  77. Mike C says:

    What if I want to play on my laptop though? Is it really going to perform bad?

  78. IceyVortex says:

    So if its a USB-C with no TB3 the it won’t work?

  79. Ranzeyy says:

    wow i just realized that is was posted on my b day

  80. Ben Hill says:

    What XP’s model is that

  81. Theaveragegamer says:

    Do you need thunderbolt 3?

  82. Theaveragegamer says:


  83. ThinkView says:

    Recording in-game video degrades your performance so the result might be incorrect

  84. Godofhel1 says:

    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.

  85. Josiah Garcia says:

    Will it not work on simple usb type C?

  86. Squid 8 The YOLO SWAGER says:

    So we have to install our own gpu in the razer

  87. Buster says:

    Can the core x run the raptor?

  88. Kongari Ramu says:

    Please giveaway to me.

  89. 0.o says:

    That setup probably costs more than my house, and the furniture in it

  90. Applecompuser says:

    Will these boxes help the 5k imac? Very little comment and no-one has answered this question.

  91. Adam Ktecha says:

    Hey Austin
    Did you plug in the mouse to the laptop itself or something else?

  92. J says:

    your tiny t-shirts make your videos unwatchable

  93. lilbuzzeo says:

    What kind of laptop is this?

  94. Panda boy says:

    Just take the gpu out and sell it for more

  95. David Hahn says:

    What is the graphic card

  96. Raphael Helou says:

    Does it work by just plugging it into the laptop

  97. Ariful boss says:

    I am i new subcriber make a video on cheap gaming laptop hp

  98. Nepgear Memes says:

    Anybody notice the fallout pipboy in the background?

  99. Tyler Mathalon says:

    Can you build one from scratch?

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