Razer Starts Pre-orders for The Razer Core, A Thunderbolt 3 External GPU Enclosure


Razer yesterday revealed the pricing, availability and compatibility of its Razer Core device. Razer Core is the world’s first plug-and-play Thunderbolt 3 external GPU enclosure.

The graphics enclosure supports a single double-wide, full-length, PCI-Express x16 graphics card. Qualified AMD Radeon™ graphics cards are available for use with the Razer Core. At launch of the Razer Core, NVIDIA will support GeForce GTX GPUs, including the entire lineup of Maxwell GPUs, such as the best-selling GTX 970. The Razer Core will be compatible with Razer’s latest systems including the Blade Stealth Ultrabook, and the new Razer Blade 14-inch gaming laptop in the near future.

Physical installation of a graphics card into the Razer Core requires no tools. Its durable aluminum housing slides open elegantly, and a single included thumb-screw secures the graphics card in place. Razer’s solution helps future-proof systems, as graphics cards are easily swappable as new components become available.

Qualified AMD Radeon™ graphics cards (AMD XConnect™ supported with Blade Stealth):
– AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury
– AMD Radeon™ R9 Nano
– AMD Radeon™ R9 300 Series
– AMD Radeon™ R9 290X
– AMD Radeon™ R9 290
– AMD Radeon™ R9 280

Supported NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics cards (at launch):
– NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX Titan X
– NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980 Ti
– NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980
– NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970
– NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960
– NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 950
– NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 750 Ti
– NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 750 


Connection to PC: Thunderbolt™ 3 using included 40 Gbps cable
GPU Support: graphics card sold separately
– GPU Type: (1) double-wide, full-length PCI-Express x16 graphics card
– GPU Max Dimensions: 12.20” x 5.98” x 1.73” (310 x 152 x 44 mm)
– GPU Max Power Support: 375 W
– Graphics Output: Based on capabilities of installed graphics card
Input & Output:
– USB 3.0 x 4
– Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000
– Thunderbolt™ 3 (for connection to PC)
Lighting: Powered by Razer Chroma – 2 zones
Power Supply: 500 W
Approx. Dimensions: 4.13” (104.9 mm) wide x 13.38” (339.9 mm) deep x 8.6” (218.4 mm) high
Approx. Weight: 10.89 lbs. (4.94 kg)

Razer Core is priced $399 with the purchase of a compatible Razer notebook or $499 if purchased separately.  Razer Core is now available for pre-order on Razerzone.com and it is shipping in April.