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    Razer’s external Core GPU dock funciona con los nuevos Intel quad-core NUC

    Over the past few weeks we’ve written about AMD’s XConnect technology, and its cooperation with both Intel and Razer to create an external graphics specification that wouldn’t depend on any one vendor, chassis, or technology. The Razer Blade Stealth and Razer Core are the first laptop and external chassis to come to market featuring this capability, and we’re already seeing some promising signs of cross-platform compatibility — but it doesn’t come cheap.

    First, the good news: At GDC this week, Intel announced a new Skull Canyon NUC (Next Unit of Computing). This new device is built around a 45W Core i7 6770HQ CPU with Intel Iris Pro 580 graphics. That’s the largest graphics part Intel currently ships, with 78 execution units and a 128MB EDRAM cache. Based on the performance we’ve seen from other Intel GPUs, the Iris Pro 580 should be a formidable contender. The device also supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps), M2.SATA drives, HDMI 2.0 support, and comes with built-in Intel 802.11ac wireless.
    The new NUC (part number NUC6i7KYK) is also fully compatible with the Razer Core, which means gamers interested in both devices can expect to pair Razer’s external chassis with Intel’s hardware with no problems — provided you’re willing to drop some serious cash to do so.

    The Razer Core’s price tag

    According to Razer, the Core will cost $500 if purchased separately from the Razer Blade Stealth and $400 if bought with either the Razer Blade Stealth or the new Razer Blade refresh. The Core isn’t just an external chassis — it also offers 4x USB 3.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet, and ships with its own 375W power supply — but $400 – $500 is quite steep, especially considering that the Razer Blade Stealth has a $1,000 minimum Price.

    I still think Thunderbolt 3-based external graphics are the best chance for expanding mobile gamer options, but the Core’s $500 price tag means not many people are going to take the option — especially not when the chassis doesn’t ship with a GPU. Current high-end buy-in prices for a GPU, chassis, and the lowest-end Razer Blade Stealth would come to between $1,800 – $2,000 depending on which desktop GPU you chose to buy.
    There are exceptions to this, of course. If you already have a desktop GPU you want to use, you can cut that price tag back $400 – $500. At $1,500 – $1,600, the Razer Blade Stealth compares better against hypothetical alternate solutions. We’re still trying to get a Razer Blade Stealth and Razer Core in-house for review, and it’s entirely possible that we’ll see cheaper docks in the long run. Given how new the product is, Razer may be banking on short-term premium pricing to pay back some of the development costs, and it’s good to know that cross-device compatibility is already shaping up, despite the newness of the hardware.

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