PowerColor’s Devil Box infuses laptops with desktop-like graphics performance *updated with pricing and availability*
PowerColor’s Devil Box infuses laptops with desktop-like graphics performance
Originally published on 31st May 2016.
Update (26th October 2016): Pricing and availability
This year, we see a rise of external graphics processing unit (GPU) enclosures made to boost less graphically-capable laptops or mini-PCs. Just yesterday, one more enclosure just entered the mix, and it’s none other than the Devil Box, made by Taiwanese component makers PowerColor.
Like the Razer Core and the ASUS ROG XG Station 2, the Devil Box uses Thunderbolt 3.0/USB Type-C to provide a graphical boost from the external GPU enclosure to your laptop. Thunderbolt 3.0 combines PCIe and DisplayPort into one signal, and it also provides power, making it easier for these external GPU enclosures to come into the market.
The PowerColor Devil Box supports a typical desktop GPU with a maximum dimension of 310 x 140 x 50mm. Both AMD and NVIDIA graphic cards are compatible with the Devil Box, and their website lists the following cards as the recommended GPUs for the Devil Box enclosure:
- AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury
- AMD Radeon™ R9 Nano
- AMD Radeon™ R9 300 Series
- AMD Radeon™ R9 290X
- AMD Radeon™ R9 290
- AMD Radeon™ R9 285
- NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX Titan X
- NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980 Ti
- NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980
- NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970
- NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960
- NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 950
- NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 750 Ti
- NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 750
The PowerColor Devil Box’s host of output ports includes four USB 3.0 slots, one USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C, an Ethernet 10/100/1000, and a SATA III connection for 2.5-inch HDD support (it’s more than just a GPU enclosure). It has its own power supply unit of 500 Watts, and it measures 400 x 172 x 242mm.
The PowerColor folks do not have an availability date or pricing for their external GPU enclosure, but that should change with future updates.
Update (26th October 2016): The PowerColor Devil Box has a recommended retail price of US$375 (~S$521.12), and their chosen distributor in Singapore is none other than Ban Leong. PowerColor is still rolling the product out to their partners, and Singapore will get it second, together with Japan.