Last night, AMD launched its new graphics drivers AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3. This new driver suite came with Vulkan API support, or even something more interesting, AMD XConnect technology. Today AMD has released the more details on it if the already known details were not enough to clear its operation.

AMD XConnect, Standardized External Graphics Solution For Notebooks

AMD XConnect comes to recognize the use of external graphics cards on our small form-factor PC or laptop, making it a perfect choice for folks who don’t have enough space to give life to a dedicated high-end GPU. In short AMD XConnect is the trade name for running external video cards via Thunderbolt 3. The latest drivers are compatible with Razer Blade Stealth, so by using that box which has its own power supply, we can add any graphics card from high-end to the low-end range and make a laptop to run any game without seeing impaired temperature or energy consumption, as the graphics card will be cooled outside the computer and feeds with its source connected directly to the wall socket.

AMD XConnect will run on our Windows 10 operating system through a Thunderbolt 3 port. All graphics cards based on GCN architecture (Radeon 7000, 200, 300 and Fury  Series) are compatible with this solution, graphics that will go in an external box with its own power supply and increase the graphics power our team just connect a cable.

From a broader perspective, the launch of Razer’s Blade Stealth laptop and Core chassis are part of what AMD hopes will be a much larger ecosystem for eGFX-capable laptops and enclosures.

XConnect GPU Compatibility List

Radeon R9 Fury
Radeon R9 Nano
Radeon R9 300 Series
Radeon R9 290 & 290X
Radeon R9 280
Mobile dGPUs Based on the Above
Planned: Polaris dGPUs


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