The 7 Best External GPUs For Laptops

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We spent 27 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. As small and powerful as the newest chipsets are, a laptop's graphics performance is still often limited by the size and heat of high-end GPUs. Thanks to the relatively upstart Thunderbolt 3 standard, an external enclosure is a viable solution for adding a high-speed video card to any ultraportable machine, and some serve as docking stations, too, with USB, DisplayPort, and Power Delivery output. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best external gpu for laptops on Amazon.

7. Mantiz Venus

6. Asus XG Station

5. Razer Core X

4. Akitio Node

3. Akitio Node Pro

2. HP Omen Accelerator

1. Sonnet Breakaway Box

Editor's Notes

December 30, 2018: The Sonnet is probably the most talked about option we found, and the more powerful model we listed supports pretty much any card on the market. The standard Akitio Node is a little more compact than the rest, making it also a little more portable. The Node Pro, on the other hand, can turn your portable device into a home workstation with one simple Thunderbolt 3 plug, as can the Mantiz, though at a bit higher price than others. Also of note is the HP Omen, which is purpose-built for entertainment purposes, though it likely won't support commercial-grade GPUs. The Razer is the biggest one around, and can accommodate the increasingly huge Geforce RTX line, gigantic fans and all.


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