Thunderbolt™ 3 External Graphics (eGFX) – Gaming Freedom, Flexibility and Affordable!

Posted on April 21st, 2017

Ravi Gananathan, Thunderbolt™ 3 eGFX Marketing

Enthusiasm for external graphics is growing, with support from AMD and NVIDIA as well as major PC OEMs and many 3rd party device vendors. Staying true to our objective of delivering plug-and-play external graphics solution, Intel is building a healthy Thunderbolt™ 3 External Graphics (eGFX) eco-system.

First, let’s look at basics to set expectations. External graphics allows the freedom to choose a thin-and-light system for day-to-day use, while enabling higher gaming performance than is possible in a typical mobile design by itself. In contrast to dedicated gaming notebooks, a Thunderbolt™ 3 eGFX setup allows for accessing your entire game library via fast storage along with other features such as support for up to 6 HDR displays with FreeSync™/G-sync™ capabilities as well as upgradeability to desktop quality graphics using the latest GPUs.

These features give mainstream gamers more flexibility and freedom, without compromising on graphics performance. You can now have one mobile system and still get a great gaming experience. In addition, Thunderbolt™ 3 eGFX gives gamers the ability to record their game play in high resolution, as well as edit, share and broadcast content just like professional gamers.

With Thunderbolt™ 3 eGFX enclosures commercially available under $300, this solution is more flexible and affordable than traditional heavy, large mobile notebooks. Looking at solutions currently available for mainstream gamers, prices range from $1,500 to $2,100 for laptops, depending on the compromises gamers are willing to make in areas such as resolution, size, weight ,and battery life. Alternatively, eGFX gaming solutions that include a laptop, eGFX enclosure and graphics card, start from $1,500 (for comparable performance) to $1,800 (for higher performance when combined with, for example, a GTX 1080 graphics card) and these packages offer better capabilities than solutions with internal graphics.

With these solutions now in market we are making eGFX a viable option for gaming!

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