AMD’s external GPU technology finally official, and it is very exciting to have one device, which can both, potable when on the move and extremely powerful when gaming back in home. We see some external GPU implantation in past but AMD XConnect™ is an open industry standard, that’s allows any company make their own solution.
AMD XConnect™ technology is a new feature of the Radeon™ Software 16.2.2 (or later) graphics driver that makes it easier than ever to connect and use an external Radeon™ graphics card. External Thunderbolt™ 3 GPU enclosures configured with Radeon™ R9 300, Fury or Nano Series GPUs can easily connect to a compatible ultrathin or 2-in-1 notebook. Best of all, a setup configured with AMD XConnect™ technology and external Radeon™ graphics can be connected or disconnected at any time, just like a USB flash drive—a first for external GPUs!
QUALIFIED RADEON GRAPHICS CARDS:
AMD Radeon R9 Fury
AMD Radeon R9 Nano
AMD Radeon R9 300 Series
AMD Radeon R9 290X
AMD Radeon R9 290
AMD Radeon R9 280
Mobile derivatives of these ASICs
PLANNED: Radeon dGPU products based on the Polaris architecture
VALIDATED THUNDERBOLT 3 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:
Radeon Software 16.3 drivers (or later)
1x Thunderbolt 3 port
40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 cable
Windows 10 build 10586 (or later)
System BIOS ACPI extensions for Thunderbolt eGFX (check with vendor)
Thunderbolt firmware (NVM) v.16 (or higher)
Pass Thunderbolt certification
So what does it mean for users? This will change how we use our laptops, as you know gaming laptops are very inconvenient to carry for their size and weight, also cost a fortune to buy. But now we can buy a light weight, slim ultrabook with AMD XConnect™ technology and put any card we want in the external in-closer, also its make future GPU update very easy just like any PC. I think this will perfect for college students and old gamers who need something for work and gaming when come back home.