AMD’s powerful gaming laptops will become faster with XConnect tech
Gaming notebooks are an expensive investment, and with ultrabooks, hybrids and notebooks with extremely slim form factors becoming insanely popular, bulky sized gaming laptops have started to thin out.
In order to take advantage of the popularity of slim notebooks, AMD has introduced its XConnect technology. With this technology, a lightweight notebook or 2-in-1 with a Thunderbolt 3 port that is compatible with AMD graphics processors will easily be able to play games at the highest possible visual setting, (this will also depend upon which GPU is running inside).
So how does XConnect technology work? You can connect a notebook that features a Thunderbolt 3 port and make a connection between the external the GPU computer casing that has been configured with an AMD R9 300 Series graphics GPU.
Keep in mind that you will have to purchase a separate desktop class GPU, power supply and a PC casing in order to make this happen. Raja Koduri, Senior Vice President and Chief Architect, Radeon Technologies Group had this to say about the company’s progress of making gaming possible for notebook owners.
“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. As innovators paving the way with an ingenious external GPU solution for notebooks, we look forward to creating a thriving ecosystem of notebooks enabled with AMD XConnect technology in collaboration with leading manufacturers.”
Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40Gb/s, delivering both power and data in abundance. In order to find out the list of AMD Radeon GPUs that can support AMD XConnect technology, you will need to visit www.amd.com/xconnect. While this will definitely mean that you will have to make additional investments in improving your gaming experience, it is always great to see companies coming up with viable solutions to cater to notebook gamers.