Ultraportable laptops are great when you need to put together a presentation for work, crunch some numbers or binge-watch the first season of Stranger Things before the next season premieres. But graphically taxing games and support for VR headsets (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive) are out of reach. Or are they?
If you have a laptop with a Thunderbolt 3 port, there’s a good chance that you can attach an external GPU (eGPU), which allows you to get the benefits of an Nvidia or AMD graphics card, without carrying a bulky notebook. Unfortunately, not every Thunderbolt 3-enabled laptop will work with every eGPU, because compatibility issues abound. For example, our Razer Blade Stealth recognized only three out of six eGPUs we connected to it. So make sure you check online forums to see if anyone else has had success with your laptop and desired eGPU, and be prepared to return an eGPU if it doesn’t work.
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