Gaming-on-the-go with Thunderbolt 3

Posted on March 16th, 2016

This month, our team will log about 80 hours in front of Thunderbolt™ 3 gaming machines – all around the world.

We started the month in Katowice, Poland for season 10 of the Intel Extreme Masters championship. More than 100,000 fans came to see the world’s top gamers compete for a combined prize pool of $500,000. Did you tune in to see the winning teams for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends or StarCraft? We also spent time on the Razer Bus as it makes its way through Europe this year.

This week we’re at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. This is our chance to give game developers a first look at how they can leverage Thunderbolt 3 for both work and play. Some of the most exciting news coming out of the show includes:

  • Razer: The highly anticipated launch of the Razer Core for external graphics is now available. This solution provides seamless performance for high-powered graphics and connectivity using Thunderbolt 3. Razer also introduced the new Razer Blade – 14” Gaming Notebook with Thunderbolt 3.
  • Intel: Confirmed during CES, a new Intel® Next Unit of Computing (NUC) Kit NUC6i7KYK (code named Skull Canyon) has officially been announced. The system features a 6th gen Intel® CoreTM processor paired with Thunderbolt 3 for a first ever gaming Intel® NUC – unthrottled performances in less than 1L. It also includes Intel® IrisTM Pro Graphics 580 to work smarter, play harder and see the whole world in high resolution.
  • AMD: New X-ConnectTM technology from AMD makes it easier than ever to pair a powerful external RadeonTM graphics card with a compatible notebook or 2-in-1 with Thunderbolt 3. AMD also announced a collaboration with Razer and Thunderbolt for improved external GPU performance. Configuring the Razer Core with a Radeon™ R9 300 Series GPU allows gamers to play on the Blade Stealth’s high-resolution IGZO screen, or connect an external AMD FreeSync™-enabled monitor for a breathtakingly smooth gaming experience.

Which of these new products are you most excited to add to your gaming collection?

Tags: AMD X-Connect, external graphics, Game Developers Conference, gaming with Thunderbolt, GDC, IEM, Intel Extreme Masters, Intel NUC, Intel Skull Canyon, Intel Thunderbolt, Nook tablets, Razer Blade Stealth, Razer Core, Razer Ultrabook, Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 3, Thunderbolt gaming