CES 2020, the corporate’s first foray into promoting desktop PCs along with its line of laptops. Now, nearly a yr later, its PC with a modular, 10 liter eGPU-like design will lastly ship — or no less than be — with costs beginning at $2,400.at
As concepts go, it is fairly ingenious. It is principally a pull-out circuit board with two PCI slots: one for a graphics card and one for an Intel NUC 9 Extreme Compute Element module which slides right into a bay and has an Intel Core i9-9980HK processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD and a 2TB arduous drive. It might probably accommodate a GPU as much as the scale and energy necessities of an Nvidia (it makes use of a 750 watt energy provide), which ought to cowl most wants. You’ll be able to go for a GPU-free mannequin; preconfigured ones will embody the RTX 3080.
It is constructed very similar to Razer’s Core eGPUs, out of matte black milled aluminum, with the identical deal with within the again to drag out the tray. On the again are 4 USB-A ports, two USB-C/Thunderbolt Three ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and a 3.5mm analog/optical audio jack.
I do have a few reservations about it, although, together with the module’s mobile-class processor and that upgrading something on the Compute Component card — reminiscence and SSD — will not be easy or low-cost. I am going to know higher as soon as I’ve one in my arms.