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Razer Core X Chroma

Razer announces the Razer Core X Chroma [1] on the 16th April 2019. It is a minor upgrade from the Razer Core X [1] which retails for S$449.90 in Singapore and it is frequently out of stock.

Razer Core X Chroma retails for S$599, making it S$150 more expensive than the Razer Core X.

Razer Core X and Razer Core X Chroma are the most value for money eGPU in the market. The other eGPU I was looking at is the Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box [2].

Between Razer and Sonnet, I ended up choosing Razer because it is cheaper, sleeker, and overall the design looks better.

Between Core X and Core X Chroma, I chose the Core X Chroma. For just S$150 more, you get four USB 3.1 Type-A Ports, a Gigabit Ethernet Port, 50W of additional power, and a dual-chip design on the Thunderbolt 3.

Razer Core X Chroma - Box Front [3]
Razer Core X Chroma – Box Front
Razer Core X Chroma - Box [4]
Razer Core X Chroma – Box
Razer Core X Chroma - Box Open [5]
Razer Core X Chroma – Box Open
Razer Core X Chroma - Box Open [6]
Razer Core X Chroma – Box Open
Razer Core X Chroma - Accessories Box [7]
Razer Core X Chroma – Accessories Box
Razer Core X Chroma - Box Contents [8]
Razer Core X Chroma – Box Contents

Razer Core X Chroma measures 374 x 168 x 230 mm (L x W x H) and comes with a 700W internal power supply.

Razer Core X Chroma - Front [9]
Razer Core X Chroma – Front

The power supply is capable of delivering up to 100W of power to charge your laptop via USB-C PD. Despite having an additional 600W of power, it only supports graphics cards up to 500W. The other 100W goes to powering the USB-A ports, Ethernet port, and Chroma lighting.

Razer Core X Chroma - Back [10]
Razer Core X Chroma – Back
Razer Core X Chroma - Left [11]
Razer Core X Chroma – Left
Razer Core X Chroma - Right [12]
Razer Core X Chroma – Right
Razer Core X Chroma - Open [13]
Razer Core X Chroma – Open

The maximum inner dimensions measure 330 x 160 x 60 mm (L x H x W) and hence it is capable of supporting up to 3-slot wide, full-length, PCI-Express x16 graphics card.

Razer Core X Chroma - Inside [14]
Razer Core X Chroma – Inside
Razer Core X Chroma - Inside With Graphics Card [15]
Razer Core X Chroma – Inside With Graphics Card

According to Razer, the dual-chip design will handle both graphics and data (4x USB 3.1 Type-A Ports, 1x Gigabit Ethernet Port) through a single Thunderbolt 3 cable to your laptop.

The Thunderbolt 3 cable that is included in the packaging is rather short at 0.5m.

Razer Core X Chroma - On Desk [16]
Razer Core X Chroma – On Desk

Thunderbolt 3 is capable of delivering up to 40 Gbps of bandwidth.

Razer Core X Chroma - Desk [17]
Razer Core X Chroma – Desk

Both Windows 10 (RS5 or later) and Mac (10.13.4 or later) are supported. If you are using Windows 10, both Nvidia and AMD graphics chipsets are supported, but if you are using Mac, only AMD graphics chipsets are supported.

Windows 10 Compatible Nvidia And AMD Graphics Chipsets

Mac Compatible AMD Graphics Chipsets

One of the downsides of using it for Mac is the Razer software. Razer Synapse 3 [18] is available only on Windows. The legacy Razer Synapse 2 [19] which supports Mac doesn’t work with the Razer Core X Chroma and unlikely it will. So we can only hope Razer will port Razer Synapse 3 to Mac soon!

Without Razer Synapse 3, you just can’t configure the Razer Chroma [20] colors. Everything still works per normal on the Mac and it is not a deal breaker.