On March 10, 2016 AMD announced AMD Xconnect Technology. This technology is to pair External graphic card with compatible Notebook using Thunderbolt 3. This feature is a groundbreaking feature of their latest AMD crimson software.
Traditionally, PC gamers have faced with the problem of choosing between gaming notebooks and Gaming Rigs. Gaming Notebooks are not able to provide the high end graphical performance in gaming. Gamers sacrifice the Gaming performance in Notebooks.
AMD Xconnect technology brings the best of both worlds. It provides the light weight computing. But can tap into higher frame rates by connecting external GPU. The high end External Graphic card used is R9 300 series. The configuration is possible over Intel’s thunderbolt technology. It easily disconnects from notebook.
” With the introduction of our user-friendly plug-and-play external GPU solution, gamers no longer need to sacrifice portability for powerful performance in notebook gaming,” said Raja Koduri, Senior Vice President and Chief Architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD.
This Xconnect technology is available with the Razer Blade Stealth, a brand new ultrathin notebook. The Razor core is an external GPU enclosure connects to the Razor Blade Stealth Notebook. It also features AMD Freesync Technology.
“Thunderbolt 3” brings thunderbolt technology to USB-C type at the speed of 40 Gbps. Radeon Technology Group had a collaboration with Intel Thunderbolt that brings effortlessly plug and play support.
AMD plans to expand their list of Radeon Graphic cards that will support AMD Xconnect technology.
Supported Radeon Graphic cards for Xconnect technology
- Radeon R9 Fury
- Radeon R9 Nano
- All Radeon R9 300 Series
- Radeon R9 290X
- Radeon R9 290
- Radeon R9 285
System requirements for AMD XConnect:
- Radeon Software 16.2.2 driver (or later)
- 1x Thunderbolt 3 port
- 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 cable
- Windows10 build 10586 (or later)
- BIOS support for external graphics over Thunderbolt 3
- Certified Thunderbolt 3 graphics enclosure configured with above supported Radeon GPU
- Thunderbolt firmware (NVM) v.16
This technology reminds me of Alienware Graphics Amplifier that boost the GPU using external GPU technology. It connects via USB 3.0 need an external power. AMD XConnect technology allows easy to connect. It is better than Alienware’s Graphics Amplifier technology.