AMD revolutionises external GPUs for notebooks

Chip maker collaborates with Intel and Razer

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AMD revolutionises external GPUs for notebooks Koduri says the company is looking forward to creating a thriving ecosystem of notebooks enabled with AMD XConnect technology.
By  Manda Banda Published  June 12, 2016

Chip designer AMD has announced AMD XConnect technology, which according to the vendor makes it easier than ever to pair a powerful external Radeon graphics card with a compatible notebook or 2-in-1 using Thunderbolt 3.

AMD XConnect technology is a groundbreaking new feature of Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2.2.

Traditionally, PC gamers have been faced with the problem of choosing between gaming notebooks, sacrificing portability for gaming performance, or ultrathin notebooks, sacrificing gaming performance for portability. A lightweight notebook or 2-in-1 with Thunderbolt 3 that is compatible with AMD XConnect technology brings the best of both worlds to life – conveniently lightweight on its own, but as needed, can easily tap into serious framerates and image quality of a gaming notebook with a powerful external GPU.

The connection between the external GPU enclosure configured with Radeon R9 300 Series graphics is made possible over Intel's Thunderbolt 3, and can be connected or disconnected at any time, a first for external GPUs.

“AMD XConnect technology is representative of the Radeon Technologies Group’s on-going commitment to gamers. With the introduction of our user-friendly plug-and-play external GPU solution, gamers no longer need to sacrifice portability for powerful performance in notebook gaming,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “As innovators paving the way with an ingenious external GPU solution for notebooks, we look forward to creating a thriving ecosystem of notebooks enabled with AMD XConnect technology in collaboration with leading manufacturers.”

AMD is also pleased to reveal that there is a notebook available today that can unlock the potential of AMD XConnect technology, brought to you in a collaboration with Intel's Thunderbolt Group and Razer.

“The Razer Blade Stealth was developed as the ultimate Ultrabook for work on-the-go, additionally capable of transforming into a desktop gaming environment when connected to Razer Core, thanks in part to remarkable contributions from AMD and Intel,” said Min-Liang Tan, Razer CEO and co-founder.

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