The 10 Best External GPU Enclosures

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This wiki has been updated 5 times since it was first published in December of 2018. Graphics is an area where laptops consistently lag behind desktop PCs, mostly due to the size, power draw, and heat dissipation of high-end GPUs. Thanks in part to the Thunderbolt 3 protocol, however, it's now quite simple to outfit your ultraportable with top-of-the-line visuals. Most PCIe enclosures do not include the actual card, but they should work with the chipset of your choice. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best external gpu enclosure on Amazon.

10. Akitio Node Pro

9. Gigabyte Aorus Gaming Box

8. Sonnet Echo Express III-D

7. Asus XG Station Pro

6. Lenovo Graphics Dock

5. Razer Core X

4. Mantiz Venus

3. Akitio Node

2. OWC Mercury Helios 3

1. Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box

Editor's Notes

December 17, 2018:

EGPUs are commonly found connected to MacBooks that would otherwise have mediocre graphics performance. With that in mind, Nvidia doesn't appear to want to make Mac users' lives easy, and is for some reason refusing to publish High Sierra drivers for their performance graphics cards. So most Mac users will be limited to AMD this time around. Anyway, a lot of ultraportables are built with fine and fast hardware, up to but not including the GPU. The Sonnet Breakaway box is a frequent choice of Windows gamers, and of the two sizes, one will fill most gaming needs. The Razer is also a great choice, with plenty of great specs, but it's awfully costly, as well. We like the Mantiz a lot, as it serves as a central dock for your setup. And the high-end Sonnet is interesting, as it's among the few we found with multiple PCIe slots.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on December 18, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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