HP Accelerator external GPU dock coming this August for $299 USD
External GPU docking stations are becoming increasingly popular now that Thunderbolt 3 is commonplace on the latest Ultrabooks. Its vast 40 Gbps bandwidth allows for docking stations like the Razer Core, Aorus Gaming Box, and MSI GUS II to work almost seamlessly with the notebooks they were designed to pair with.
HP is the latest manufacturer to unveil its own GPU docking solution designed specifically for compatible HP notebooks. The Omen Accelerator will integrate a 500 W PSU to support desktop graphics cards of up to 300 W. Aside from the removable GPU, the dock will also carry 4x USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a secondary USB Type-C port, and a 2.5-inch SATA III bay for external storage. Its primary Thunderbolt 3 port will even be able to simultaneously charge a compatible notebook with up to 60 W of power to allow for gaming without necessarily draining the the laptop battery. The included Thunderbolt 3 cable will be relatively lengthy for an eGPU dock at 1.5 meters (5 feet).
Compatibility with notebooks outside of the HP family will likely be spotty not unlike how the Razer Core is only guaranteed to work with Razer notebooks. So far, the Omen Accelerator will work with the following devices at launch:
We fully expect the list to grow over time with even more HP products. Compatibility with the Elite x2 1012 G1 tablet, for example, would be an impressive sight to behold. Strangely enough, the Accelerator will not be compatible with the Omen series of notebooks for now even though it is technically an Omen product.