AMD XConnect Uses Thunderbolt 3 for External GPU Connections
It has always been an issue when you want a laptop and you also want good gaming. External GPU connections is one thing that sorts the problem out to some extent, but the solutions for that are also varying in approval. However, it looks like AMD XConnect is going to be the go-to choice for users now.
The company has finally announced the new technology now although work on it has been ongoing for a couple of years. The problem was that they were not able to get enough bandwidth before Thunderbolt 3, and now that we are there, the XConnect technology is also up to the mark.
However, it does not work with all the graphics cards, and the Thunderbolt drivers are also not available for anything other than Windows 10 build 10586. It is expected that at least Win 8.1 and Win 7 will get it soon. For detailed requirements for Thunderbolt 3, see the table below and watch the video at the end for a full demonstration of how AMD XConnect works.
Raja Koduri, the Senior Vice President and Chief Architect of Radeon Technologies Group at AMD says that they want to remove the forced need to choose between power and portability with the new technology:
AMD XConnect technology is representative of the Radeon Technologies Group’s on-going commitment to gamers. 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.
Here are the system requirements for Thunderbolt 3:
- Radeon Software 16.2.2 (or later)
- 1x Thunderbolt ™ port 3
- 40Gbps Thunderbolt ™ cable 3
- 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
Will you be using AMD XConnect with Thunderbolt 3 to give your laptop the external GPU connection it needs for your gaming sessions?