Razer has announced pricing for its Core external graphics card enclosure, designed to add almost any PCI Express GPU board to a small-form-factor or laptop machine via Thunderbolt 3, ahead of its launch this April.
Part of a new range of external graphics card enclosures taking advantage of Thunderbolt 3's integrated PCI Express connectivity and 40Gb/s throughput, the Razer Core is designed to bring high-performance graphics to any Thunderbolt 3-equipped laptop or small-form-factor machine that would otherwise be unable to house a full-size PCI Express graphics card - including Intel's freshly-announced Skull Canyon gaming NUC
and Razer's own Blade and Blade Stealth gaming laptops. To further increase its appeal, the housing also doubles as a port expander giving a connected system four USB 3.0 ports and a gigabit Ethernet port.
There are, naturally, restrictions on just what sort of card you can shove into the housing. The power supply is rated only to 375W thermal design profile (TDP) graphics cards, while the maximum length is 310mm. A mesh inlet at the side, however, means that most card designs won't have to worry about overheating: fresh air is pulled in directly to the card's fans, where in a normal case the card would be fed already-heated air from within the chassis.
The Razer Core is due to launch on the 15th of April, and the company has confirmed pricing: pre-orders begin at $499.99 (around £345 excluding taxes) for the housing alone, with no pre-installed graphics card, with the price dropping by $100 if you purchase the Core at the same time as a compatible Razer laptop.