Xconnect AMD – software support for connecting external graphics cards for laptops
At this stage it is more than obvious that the big players in the market of computer graphics is determined to create a solution to connect an external graphics card for modern laptops, and in the foreseeable future.
Until recently this option was only available for mobile computers strictly certain brands, namely Dell Alienware’s (Graphics Amplifier) and MSI (Shadow dock). However, in January at CES 2016, the company Razer announced a Core module that allows you to connect an external video card to any laptop with a Thunderbolt port 3.
One of the companies actively involved in the development Core is AMD. In the latest version of your drivers package Radeon Software 16.3 the company included the support of new technology XConnect, enables easy connection of external graphic cards for all laptops equipped with Thunderbolt 3.
Technology certainly has some limitations – for example, for correct operation you need Windows 10 Build 10586 or the newer version of the operating system, and the connection between the laptop and the external module should be using Thunderbolt 3 cable with a bandwidth of 40Gbps. Separately laptop computer BIOS must support external graphics card via Thunderbolt 3, and the graphic adapter must be the last generation, i.e. Radeon R9 300 series Fury.
How to work a combination of Core and Razer XConnect in practice remains to be seen. Although it is already known that many gamers are skeptical of such systems. And to blame the Thunderbolt 3, which is their bottleneck because of its peak bandwidth of 40 Gbps, which is two to three times lower than that of PCIe 3.0 x16, which is widely used desktop graphical solutions of high and Supreme class.